Cleveland’s Mayor Frank Jackson and Council Member Matt Zone were keynote speakers at today’s ribbon-cutting event for the first Green Cottage. Zone reported he had just returned from our old hometown Portland, Oregon, where even Oregonians are hearing about Cleveland and its green practices! We keep saying, “Cleveland is on the cusp of being one of the top green cities in America”, and this confirms it!
As previously highlighted in this blog, the Green Cottages are high efficiency homes built on Cuyahoga Community Land Trust property. The resident owns the home, but leases the land for 99 years, keeping the home price down. This first cottage is NE Ohio’s first affordable LEED for Homes Gold Standard, exceeds Cleveland’s 2009 green housing construction standards and incorporates green building techniques & advanced energy efficiency.
Present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were members from the Cuyahoga Community Land Trust property, staff from the Detroit Shoreway Development Organization such as Lilah Zautner, Marilyn Mosinski, Lisa Kious McGovern and Jeff Ramsey. Neighbors from around the area joined the crowd and toured the new home. The house features a full basement which was kept very cool on this hot day due to the highly efficient insulation. There is a separate garage on the propery and a brick driveway. The first floor has beautiful hardwood floors while the kitchen and baths have Marmoleum. The second floor will have Shaw Green Label Plus carpet installed in the near future. Low VOC paints, primers, caulks and sealants were used throughout.
One of the most exciting aspects of these new green cottages is the energy efficiency. They are projected to have $36 per month heating bills for a combined 54% savings on monthly utilities!
We are so happy we are a part of this new neighborhood (with our new building)!