Builder Dana Paul was all smiles on this unseasonably-warm April evening as he unveiled the fruits of his tireless labor – a beautiful, new-build home at 1427 Scenic Street in Lakewood.
Nearly one year to the day after ground broke on this project, LakewoodAlive hosted a Scenic Street Open House on April 27, inviting city leaders and community members to Lakewood’s Scenic Park neighborhood for an exclusive first look at the finished product. Paul, owner of Prairie Stone Group, the company responsible for the project, greeted friends and gave personal tours of the home marking the culmination of a long-held aspiration to give new life to a once-vacant lot.
The 1,425 square foot home features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a craftsman building style emphasizing handcrafted quality and keen attention to detail. Paul intends to list the home for sale in the coming weeks (visit his website for updates).
The Open House festivities included tours, refreshments courtesy of Aladdin’s Eatery and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Paul, Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers and LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews addressed attendees from the property’s front steps.
“It’s a big deal when someone has the confidence to invest in our community,” Mayor Summers said. “It’s an even bigger deal when they commit to building a single house with a new design. We thank you, Dana, for your creative work and your investment in Lakewood.”
With assistance from the City of Lakewood and the Cuyahoga Land Bank, LakewoodAlive had sought to convert this previously-vacant lot in western Lakewood into a new, single-family home. That transformation dream has now been realized.
“LakewoodAlive is thrilled to have played a role in this unique opportunity to inspire a rebirth for this property and to effect positive change within this historic Lakewood neighborhood,” Andrews said. “We’re extremely grateful to our partners and to Dana for their incredible work with reactivating this property.”
The Making of a Housing Dream
In 2015, LakewoodAlive began its Community Engagement Program with a goal of interacting with residents in the Birdtown and Scenic Park neighborhoods to connect them to resources ensuring they live in healthy and safe homes. The nonprofit organization began investigating the lot, which had been vacant and controlled by the Cuyahoga Land Bank for the past three years.
LakewoodAlive worked with the City of Lakewood and the Land Bank to determine if a single-family home could be built on the property. Once the analysis confirmed this feasibility, a request for proposals was sent to dozens of developers. The property was transferred from the Land Bank to LakewoodAlive on January 6, 2016, setting this ambitious project in motion.
Prairie Stone Group was chosen as the developer for the home and took title on March 1, 2016. Excavation commenced April 30, 2016, and LakewoodAlive hosted a Scenic Park House Project Launch Party on May 19, 2016. Since then, Paul’s tremendous efforts have resulted in the remarkable final product that now sits at 1427 Scenic Street.
For more information regarding this project, please reference our previous articles:
- Final Details Falling into Place at Scenic Park House
- Craftsman Building Style on Display at Scenic Park House
- Extensive Progress with Kitchen, Bathrooms Draws Scenic Park House Closer to Completion
- Hardwood Floors, Landscaping in Place at Scenic Park House
- Change Abounds: Everything Falling into Place at Scenic Park House
- Progress Plentiful at Ever-Changing Scenic Park House
- Construction Update: Milestone Approaching for Scenic Park House
- Past Meets Present Meets Future at Scenic Park House Project
- Construction Update: Flag Flying at Scenic Park House
- Construction Update: Frame Up, Room Layout Underway at Scenic Park House
- Construction Update: Frame Rising at Scenic Park House
- Scenic Park House Project Begins to Take Shape
- Scenic Park House Project Launch Party Celebrates Rebirth of Vacant Lakewood Lot