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Sedlak Building Revitalization
The Sedlak Building has been a focal point in Cleveland's Larchmere neighborhood for decades. Purchased by the family of John Sedlak, the converted apartment building served as the original store location of Sedlak Interiors. At its peak, the family owned 14 buildings in the Larchmere neighborhood and employed 105 people. Sedlak Interiors moved to Solon in 1987, leaving a large gap in the neighborhood. The family sold the property to ShakerLan Development and the new owner converted it into apartments. After facing financial issues, ShakerLan Development sold the building to a California-based LLC. The sale coincided with the subprime-lending crisis of 2008. As a result, the new buyers paid no real estate taxes, made no investment in the property, and eventually declared bankruptcy.
After the legal issues surrounding the bankruptcy were resolved, the County Treasurer foreclos ed on the property for failure to pay real estate taxes. After a long legal battle, the tax foreclosure resulted in the property being transferred to the Cuyahoga Land Bank. In early 2013, community members became acutely aware that the former Sedlak building was empty and rapidly deteriorating. The Shaker Area Development Corporation (SHAD) convened a group of community stakeholders that included the Larchmere Merchants Association, the SHAD Board, Larchmere Lofts Condominiums, and the Larchmere Community Association. The group's purpose was to come up with a request for proposal that reflected community values and send it to the developer community. The group hoped that the property could be transferred to a beneficial owner who would rehabilitate the property and bring value back to the community. After careful consideration, Mike Montlack (now deceased) and Montlack Reality was chosen as the beneficial owner. Based on the recommendation of the community stakeholders, the Cuyahoga Land Bank transferred the property to the Montlacks for redevelopment.
After four years of organizing and planning, new development at the former Sedlak Building has now come to fruition. The plans have been approved by the City of Cleveland for 12621-12631 Larchmere Boulevard. These plans by ShakerLan/Montlack Reality were submitted to the Cleveland Planning Commission. The plans call for a mixed use development of studio apartments, retail, and green space. Work on the project has begun and the community will see a new development on Larchmere in a short period of time. The garage has already been torn down. It is anticipated that the project will be finished by the end of 2018. Millions of dollars in investment are planned.
Resident Voices Planning Document
What could we accomplish if we were a unified community? We invite interested citizens, businesses, nonprofits, churches, funders, and civic officials to join this effort. Download our Resident Voices Planning Document to find out more.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer undertook a analysis of abandoned homes in NorthEast Ohio including the Larchmere neighborhood. This data was collected through the Cleveland Water departments water records from mid Feb. The red dots indicate where the water has been shut off. The map of Larchmere indicates there are very few vacant homes in the immediate neighborhood surrounding Larchmere. This is good news.
New and Updated E. 130th Street Task Force Presentation