Following the vision of Mary Emery's original town plan from 1921, Mariemont has three Tudor Revival design projects currently in the works. One currently undergoing construction,
, is a condo development by Griewe Development Group and North American Properties. The exterior of the developments will keep the Village's historic Tudor look with roof dormers and changing materials of brick and stone, but the interiors will encompass one-level modern floor plans utilizing energy efficient materials and incorporating modern amenities. The mix of old and new fits in well with the original town plan presented by John Nolen in 1921 that at its time was innovative and emblematic of new "urbanism" developments across the country.
Emery Park will feature 36 one and two bedroom units, conveniently located near Mariemont Elementary School and Mary Emery Park. Kurt Heinbecker, Senior Vice President of Construction with North American Properties, said the importance of furnishing the residences with energy efficient materials benefits the environment and will keep costs down for future residents.
"We do a lot of things in our developments to save and do our best to create a building that uses the least amount of energy," Heinbecker said.
Units are priced from $295,000 to $850,000. Developer Rick Griewe said he hopes to attract a wide age group of new residents.
"This kind of lifestyle appeals to everybody…people love to read the paper around the fountain, stop by the library, or go to a show. Mariemont is a walkable community that promotes a lifestyle that is becoming more important for today's baby boomers and young individuals," Griewe said.
Griewe added that an already completed development, Jordan Park
, had its best sales yet and has served as a great reference for Emery Park - four units have already been sold. He anticipates the entire project will be completed by October 2011.
"New developments add to the quality of the Village because it matches the Mariemont style by building upon the identity of the historic village square. This development will also generate real estate taxes, new residents, as well as more business for nearby restaurants and retail." Griewe said.
Writer: Lisa Ensminger