July 26, 2014

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Builders begin quarry work

Developer picks name, details prototype home

SOUTH AMHERST — Work has begun and a name has been selected for the $500 million upscale community set in the South Amherst quarries.

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An sketch of a home at the Quarries at Beaver Creek.

The Quarries at Beaver Creek could take seven to 10 years to complete, but the razing of the remaining sandstone mills is steadily under way and should be finished within the next couple months, according to Rich Govitz, project manager for Industrial Realty Group development.

“We’ve demolished the number six mill and started on the number three mill (Tuesday),” Govitz said. “We’ve got three more buildings to demolish, and then we’ll begin with the land planning to finish the layout of the community.”

IRG also released its first conceptual drawing of its 4,000-square-foot model home — slated to cost around $1 million.

The design of the four-bedroom home is reminiscent of the work done by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Govitz said, and will use sandstone, glass, stone and steel.

“We don’t know how many homes will be based off the model,” he said. “But we hope to start building it in the next few months.”

During the announcement of the project in December, IRG President Stuart Lichter said the largely residential project will eventually have 1,150 homes ranging in price from $750,000 to $1.3 million on nearly 1,000 acres.

The development will be focused on preserving the rustic, natural feel that’s already there, according to Lichter, and about 70 percent of the land around the quarries will remain untouched.

While IRG will build some of the homes, future residents will be able to buy land and have their own custom homes built, but they, too, will have to adhere to strict design standards of glass, wood and local sandstone.

Beyond the homes, the property will include a hotel/conference center, hiking, biking and horse trails, indoor and outdoor swimming facilities, an indoor fitness center, indoor tennis, basketball and racquetball courts, a beach and access to boating, skeet shooting, ice skating, fishing, orienteering, sled riding, and sleigh and carriage rides.

Govitz said the Lorain County Metro Parks will also play a role in cataloguing plants, animals and other insects found throughout the quarries.

Contact Stephen Szucs at 329-7129 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.