Apartment living doesn’t mean
giving up summer evenings outside.
Penthouses include their own private
terraces and, in addition, all residents
have access to a shared rooftop terrace,
which will be equipped with grills and
furniture for lounging and dining. A
750-square-foot indoor amenity room
on the rooftop level can be reserved
by residents for private use, too.
Residents also will have use of a fitness
facility, accessible through a private
entrance. The facility will be adjacent to
GrooveRyde, a District tenant that will
offer residents complimentary group
Your cat or dog can move to the
District, as well. A small dog-walking
area just behind the building means
there’s an option for those January
nights when you just can’t bear to take
Fido on that long walk he loves.
All units are rental only, and
that means the residents will not
be responsible for maintenance and
property taxes. Of course, there are
still utilities – residents pay their own
electric bills, and water is billed out pro
rata depending on the square footage
of each unit. For an additional monthly
fee, residents can rent additional storage
space or an indoor parking space.
(Outdoor parking is also available at no
Some residents may find that they
don’t even need a car at the District.
“Tenants may not have a vehicle,” says
Russell, “because of the proximity of
public transit and everything that’s
available – not just in our development
but in the larger Van Aken area.”
CONNECTED TO EVERYTHING
Openness and connection are key parts of the Van Aken District vision. That means
tenants have ample access to community assets outside the District, and that the
community is invited into the District.
For apartment residents, says Russell, “It’s really well-located, whether you’re
going urban or suburban. You can get on I-271 in five minutes, or you can head
downtown. We’re kind of in that sweet spot.”
RMS and the City are also working to improve pedestrian and cycling connections
between the District and surrounding areas. Shaker is undertaking a significant
improvement to the Farnsleigh streetscape between Van Aken and Warrensville with a
10-foot path on the north side of the road as well as lighting and landscaping on both
north and south sides. In 2019, the east side of Warrensville from the post office to
Thornton Park will be similarly improved.
Just as pedestrians are welcomed with these
improvements, the layout also invites cars. This
is not, Russell emphasizes, an isolated shopping
center with two entrances. “We want to create
a place that feels public, like a true downtown.”
Indeed, three new public streets will run right
through the District – Tuttle, Meade, and Walker
roads. And, yes, there is a garage with 325 free
parking spaces for visitors, as well as street parking.
Regular programming at the District will keep
residents in the heart of the action, and also attract
shoppers, diners, and revelers from around the area.
Once in a while, the whole District could even be set
up for a large event with stages and closure of the
new through-roads, but programming will usually
be smaller-scale and frequent. Russell says that the
District “will likely have an event every weekend.
Sometimes it’ll be as simple as just yoga on Sundays
in the park, and other times it’ll be a bigger event,
such as an art festival, that will close down a street.”
with den –
of the wide variety
of floor plan
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JUST OUTSIDE THE FRONT DOOR OF UPSTAIRS
IS THE “LIVING ROOM” OF THE DISTRICT. THE
PLAZA WILL FEATURE CAFÉ SEATING FOR
RESTAURANTS, ACCESS TO RETAIL SHOPPING, A
MARKET HALL WITH VENDORS AND RETAILERS,
AND A NATURAL PLAY-AND-GATHERING AREA.