LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Nearly two weeks after Lakewood announced it reached an agreement to part ways with Carnegie Management and Development Corporation regarding the proposed $72 million mixed-use One Lakewood Place development, city officials are talking about the decision.

“We’re paying Carnegie $255,000 to avoid future litigation, which could tie up the site for years to come,” Lakewood Mayor Meghan George said. “We believe this was in the best interest of the city.

“My focus is to ensure that we’re in the best position to move forward. The outcome of this settlement allows the city to begin a new chapter with a new developer on this site. We’re looking forward to that.”

The mayor noted the agreement includes the city retaining Carnegie-completed market studies, surveys and geotechnical reports that will provide value for any future developer.

“It’s disappointing that this partnership fell through,” Lakewood City Council President Daniel J. O’Malley said. “We wanted to have some finality about the matter, so we reached a settlement with Carnegie. It’s very important that that site not be encumbered by any litigation or potential litigation. It bought our freedom.

“You have cities that have these sites tied up for 30 years with litigation. This allows us to avoid that. We’re also conscious of the fact that lawsuits are expensive, even if you win. The settlement amount we reached with Carnegie is a fraction of what we’d likely spend on attorney fees alone.”

Located on the 5.7-acre site of the former Lakewood Hospital at the corner of Detroit and Belle avenues, One Lakewood Place included 200 apartments and 12 townhomes with retail and office spaces.

The mayor noted resetting the project could bring changes to the next development.

“This provides us an opportunity to re-examine the site,” George said. “There are some things that

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A Columbus, Ohio-based development company want to demolish a funeral home on Grand Rapids’ Northwest Side and build two, four-story apartment buildings for low- to moderate-income residents.

Craig Patterson, senior vice president of Woda Cooper Companies, said his firm plans to apply for state low-income housing tax credits to finance the two buildings at 585 Stocking Ave. NW and 601 Stocking Ave. NW.

The buildings would contain 58 apartments.

If financing is secured and all necessary approvals for the estimated $16.7 million project are received, Patterson said his company would demolish the Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary building at 585 Stocking Ave. NW.

Stephen Arsulowicz, of Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary, could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon. In addition to the Stocking location, the company has locations at 937 Michigan Ave. NE and 3535 Remembrance Rd. NW in Walker.

Patterson said the project is important because there is a shortage of affordable housing in Grand Rapids.

The development would provide housing for residents with a range of income levels.

Twenty-one of the units would be considered “permanent supportive housing,” and would be reserved for people experiencing homelessness or individuals with disabilities, Patterson said.

About half the units would be reserved for residents whose income does not exceed 80 percent of Kent County’s area median income. For a one-person household, that translates to an income of up to $44,960, according to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. It translates to up to $51,360 for a two-person household.

He said the goal of the project is to provide housing to a range of residents, from those who are very low-income to those who are considered part of the “missing middle.”

That group includes residents who make less than the area median income but don’t qualify for housing assistance funds, such

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A developer plan to add 30 new apartments in two buildings on both sides of an inclined industrial road on the southern end of the Duck Island section of Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.

The “Cooper Flats” buildings will include 18 apartments in one building on one side of Willey Avenue, with 12 additional units in a building across the road. The winding industrial roadway, which also includes the Fairmount Creamery building and Cleveland Animal Protective League to the northeast, is one of several ways residents can travel between Duck Island and what many consider the main section of Tremont.

Developer Matt Berges, who has built housing throughout Duck Island, sees the cluster of apartments as an opportunity to better connect the area to the rest of Tremont .

“It’s helping to link our efforts in Duck Island down to the connection point in Tremont,” he said.

He hopes to break ground next year and have the units available for leasing by 2022. Berges owns one of the parcels, while the Cleveland Land Bank owns the other. Some of the units will be affordable housing, while others will be market rate, and Berges said he envisions the 536-square-foot units to rent for between $850 and $1,100 a month.

The ground floor units are set to have small patios, while the larger building is designed to have an opening so residents and guests can walk under it toward the back.

Architect Westleigh Harper presented the plans Friday to the Cleveland City Planning Commission. Commission members unanimously approved the designs for the plans. The project stills need final approval before construction can begin.

Commission members seemed to embrace the idea, though. Chairman David Bowen called the project “very exciting,” while commission member Charles Slife, the councilman for Ward 17, praised the