Sustainable Community Associates, a Cleveland-based real estate developer, is thrilled to announce that locally-owned Urban Planting Cleveland will be taking up residence in their newest project, the Lincoln, opening in April 2022.
Urban Planting Cleveland was founded in 2017 by Elio Calabrese. It began as a pop-up shop at events throughout the city, before Calabrese opened his first brick and mortar store in Cleveland’s Edgewater neighborhood in 2019. They offer plant care, classes, plant rentals, commercial interior landscaping, and custom moss artwork.
“We think they will be the perfect neighbor for all of the businesses growing along Scranton,” Naomi Sabel, co-founder of SCA, said. Scranton is home to well-known establishments such as Tremont Tap House as well as newcomers like Leavened Bakery, which was launched in partnership with SCA and located in another one of their projects, The Tappan. Nearby, in SCA’s Fairmont Creamery, visitors to the neighborhood will also find the Tremont Athletic Club, Acupuncture First, and Cleveland Chocolate Company.
The Lincoln, which will sit across Willey Road from the Fairmont Creamery, represents the latest phase in SCA’s work to fill in and reinvigorate the Scranton Corridor. The building was inspired by the push and pull between nature and industry, and how that exchange continues to shape this site specifically and the City of Cleveland generally. Bialosky, the architectural partner for the Lincoln, took inspiration from both Lincoln Park and the steel railroad bridges along Scranton Road. The exterior walls and window boxes will provide a manmade armature to support extensive planting, so that nature will become part of the facade—allowing plants to take over the building and, effectively, juxtaposing the natural with the industrial.
When considering what businesses might occupy the commercial space within the Lincoln, SCA had hoped to find a business that would bring goods, services, and vibrancy to the neighborhood.
“We typically work with first-time entrepreneurs, but in this instance we met Elio and loved the idea of working with a tenant who helps Clevelanders bring nature into their living spaces.” Josh Rosen, co-founder of SCA, said. The second commercial space in the Lincoln will in fact be reserved for a first-time entrepreneur, and is currently being designed by Bialosky.
In his announcement of the expansion on social media, Calabrese said, “This opportunity allows us for more room for everything. More plants, bigger plants, more room to spread out! Same great vibe in a fresh, bigger space.” Calabrese is also planning on introducing additional services at the new location, which include educational classes and workshops.
The Lincoln will include 82 units and 4,000 square feet of commercial space. Twenty percent of the units will be held for people making below Cleveland’s average annual income. The building will open to residents in May 2022, and joins Fairmont Creamery, The Tappan, nearby Wagner Awning, and AsiaTown’s Mueller Lofts—all of which SCA owns and operates.
Regular construction updates can be found by following @sustainableca on Instagram.
About Sustainable Community Associates
Sustainable Community Associates is a community development firm focused on invigorating main streets and revitalizing urban areas in socially responsible and sustainable ways. We believe that with determination, creativity and the willingness to challenge conventional wisdom, real estate development can have a transformative impact on a neighborhood.
To date, the team is responsible for the Fairmont Creamery, the Wagner Awning, the Mueller Lofts, The Tappan, and their original development, the East College Street Project. The Lincoln, their latest project, will be completed in May 2022.
About Urban Planting Cleveland
Urban Planting Cleveland was founded by Elio Calabrese in the summer of 2017. Having worked in the interior plantscape industry for over five years, Calabrese has an extensive knowledge of plants, plant design, and purchasing. The store offers interior tropical plants, succulents, and cacti from its flagship location on Clifton Boulevard. The store also carries a large variety of planters, accessories, and vintage plant-themed decor and offers services including plant care, classes, plant rentals, commercial interior landscaping, and custom moss artwork.