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90 apartments welcoming residents to the former home of 'Andrews' Folly' in Cleveland

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Posted at 8:40 AM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 08:42:01-05

CLEVELAND — Residents are already moving into The Midtown Apartments at 3101 Euclid Ave., right next door to News 5 Cleveland’s station.

The 90 apartments are expected to bring more than 100 residents into the MidTown Cleveland Neighborhood. The penthouse unit is still under construction, offering new views of MidTown and Downtown Cleveland.

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The building's old directory remains in the lobby, showing what organizations used to have office space when it was an office building.

The $24 million renovation will turn abandoned office space into new living space that could help spark more residents in the neighborhood.

The Building’s history

The building was built in 1958 for $5 million dollars by the same development group that built 2728 Euclid Ave., 2800 Euclid Ave., and 2829 Euclid Ave.

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This picture from the 1950's shows the building right after it was built. WEWS station is on the left edge of the frame.

The building was designed and constructed by Cleveland firm H.L. Volks Company, which also built an airport hanger at Burke Lakefront Airport in 1947, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, and a large plant for the Campus Sweater Company at 3955 Euclid Ave., which is now the Jane Edna Hunter Social Services Center.

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A picture before the renovation shows how the building was left when it was unused for years.

The aluminum and glass exterior “curtain wall” system had to be exactly replicated in order for the project to receive historic tax credits.

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Pictures from before the renovation show the dark and light marble that would be preserved through the work.

Similarly, the interior marble in the lobby was preserved, with some damaged pieces replaced.

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The finished lobby has the restored marble entry from the building's original construction.

Andrews’ Folly

The Midtown Apartments and News 5 Cleveland are located on what used to be the Millionaire’s Row mansion known as “Andrews’ Folly.”

It was built by one of the early Standard Oil founders, Samuel Andrews, who put the 18,000 square foot home up from 1882 to 1885, according to the Case Western Reserve University Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.

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The Millionaire's Row mansion stood at the northeast corner of Euclid Avenue and East 30th Street for about 30 years before being demolished. WEWS' station and The Midtown Apartments are on the land where the mansion once stood.

It was demolished in 1923 and the land was vacant for decades, during which hotel manager Thomas Barrow created a driving range, with golfers hitting from Euclid back towards Chester Avenue, according to the Cleveland Memory Project.

CASTO team in Lakewood

The city of Lakewood and CASTO toured the development site in the heart of the city's downtown area.

Carnegie Management and Development Corporation originally planned to build One Lakewood Place, but left the project in early 2020.

CASTO/North Pointe was one of the two finalists for the project's original bidding in 2017. Lakewood ultimately chose Carnegie, the other finalist. CASTO is now carrying the project forward.

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Renderings from CASTO/North Pointe's initial proposal show what its project at the former Lakewood Hospital site might eventually look like.

“Although three years ago we weren’t selected as the winner, we remained interested in the site and have been keeping tabs on the project,” said CASTO Vice President of Residential Development Kolby Turnock.

Lakewood Director of Planning and Development Shawn Leininger told the group that the city’s goals for the project are still to create as much office, retail, and residential space as the market can support.

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