RDL Architects was approached to re-envision the St. Luke’s campus in the Buckeye community in Cleveland. The neighborhood, originally planned in 2006, was to include infill housing and green space plus a renovation of St Luke’s Hospital into affordable senior housing. Much of the infill lot development was never fully realized due to poor market conditions. Today, the combination of the renovated St Luke’s Manor, a new elementary school, a new public library, and close proximity to the renovated transit station create a strong catalyst for new residential infill development within the 7.1 acre campus.
The proposed master plan includes 95 units of market-rate fee simple townhomes. All units will include rear-loaded garages accessed off alleyways with the homes fronting the public street or common green space. A new streetscape plan includes the use of bio-retention areas for storm water while green space was re-imagined to be strategically distributed throughout the neighborhood for safety and to maximize utilization. An increase in density over the original 2006 plan creates a more urban feel for the neighborhood with more eyes on the street. The elevation designs will complement the existing surrounding architectural style of the neighborhood while utilizing durable and low maintenance materials. Energy efficient home designs and construction are a priority for this development to ensure long term affordability for the buyer.
The reinvestment in the St Luke’s campus that has already taken place will help to fuel the redevelopment of the neighborhood, creating a sustainable, transit-orientated, and family-friendly development.