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2014 YMCA Dream House project makes big moves – News |

2014 YMCA Dream House project makes big moves – News

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A construction worker steps onto the foundation of what will be the 2014 Dream House in historic downtown Willoughby. The Dream House will be located on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Sharpe, one of five townhouse units.

A brand new look and locale will greet visitors to this years Lake County YMCA Dream House.

The 2014 project featuring a brownstone structure in downtown Willoughby is a departure from the past few years when colonials and ranch style homes in the eastern end of the county were offered.

The entire dream team from coordinators to designers are enthused about the different approach.

I think downtown Willoughby is going to be just great, said Karen Krauss of Karen Krauss Designs in Concord Township whos heading up the group of designers along with Kate Weaver of Faux What in Mentor. We look at it as a challenge. Weve done some lovely homes in other developments but its time for a change.

At a meeting on Feb. 19, project chairman Bob Hoffman remarked on the lively and vibrant vibe of the city, calling it the new downtown of the east side.

Framing construction is already taking place on the site at The Residences of Willoughby Pointe, a new development on the corner of Euclid and Sharpe avenues and across from Wes Point Park.

Staffers of Concord Township-based Knez Homes, whove been working on getting the development off the ground for the past two years, are pleased that the Dream House is moving in and think that it will work well for the YMCAs annual fundraiser.

The whole idea of live-work-play, thats what we jumped on, said Carol Nagel, community sales and marketing manager for Knez Homes. Theres so much emphasis of urban living.

Project committee member Dick Fraser agreed.

People love living in a metropolitan area, he said, adding that the convenience of being footsteps away from restaurants and shops is an attractive option for many.

With the areas hustle and bustle marketing opportunities abound.

I think that for this Dream House theyre not only marketing the structure itself but theyre also marketing a lifestyle, said Willoughby Community Development Manager Janice Lipscomb. All of our events, the concerts, the artfests will help boost their sales. Were willing to work with the YMCA and developer in any way we can.

In tandem, the increase in visitors to the city will help out nearby businesses. Meetings with downtown merchants to discuss offers affiliated with the Dream House for the publics benefit will be planned.

Eventually the development will be comprised of 18 private residences and 12 commercial units within 12 buildings.

The Dream House, situated in Building 5 of The Residences of Willoughby Pointe, is part of Phase I of the three-phase construction project. It will showcase the 2,600-square-foot Abbott Mill floor plan including a living room and Great room, study, kitchen and dining spaces, three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and an attached garage.

Visitors will have optimal accessibility with direct entrance to the first floor and an elevator for transport to upper levels.

The homes base price is listed at $329,975 but will be valued significantly higher once appointed with furniture and accessories customarily accompanying the Dream House.

Initiated last year, the Chevrolet Network/Classic Chevrolet Mentor once again will donate a car as an additional prize for the fundraiser.

Dream House tickets will be available for purchase in March and tours are planned to begin June 21.
For more information on Willoughby Pointe, visit For details on the YMCA, visit

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