The first of 100 new houses designed for middle-class buyers will begin construction next week in the Preserve at Quarry Lakes development.
Shaun Brady, managing member of Cambrad Development of Westlake, said the first model home will be ready for viewing by June 1. He said people can start moving into the new homes in mid-summer. “We’re very proud of this development, which is meant for teachers, firemen, nurses and other people who want to live in Amherst but might not be able to afford it,” he said. “These new homes will sell for $175,000 to $240,000, depending on the model, and we expect them to sell very quickly.” The development will be built on a 30-acre field behind the existing Quarry Lakes subdivision off Cooper Foster Park Road west of Ohio 58, right on the border of the city of Lorain.
Brady said 67 percent of the acreage would be preserved as green space. The homes will be built over the next three years until all 100 are completed. Amherst Mayor Mark Costilow said a development of this size is a welcome addition to the city of 12,000. “It means more income tax revenue and some nice, new, affordable homes,” he said. “It’s being built in an area that was not being used, so for the city it is a definite improvement.” Brady said they will offer five different plans for one- and two-story homes to be built at the site by Ryan Homes. Brady has been involved in numerous residential and commercial developments in Northeast Ohio since the 1990s. One of their better known is the medical and professional offices at the Avon Point Professional Campus off Route 83 in Avon.
Brady said they are looking at other developments in the city. “City officials have been great to work with,” he said. “We plan to look around for other areas for additional development.”