Upscale Innova apartments are filling fast

On June 1, residents began moving into Innova at 10001 Chester Avenue. The ultra-luxury apartments are attracting a diverse array of tenants with 177 new units ranging from 512 to 1,120 square feet. Named after rock stars (the Daltrey, Mercury, Bowie and Vedder), rents for the studio, one- and two-bedroom units start at $995 and top out at $2,600. Thus far, 67 units are occupied; another 10 or so are reserved.
 
"We probably have another 15-20 applications out on top of that," says Lori Reynolds, regional property manager for the Finch Group, which owns and manages eight properties in Cleveland. The 705-square-foot one-bedroom units and studios are already gone.
 
"Those were sold out in March," says Reynolds, adding that about four two-bedroom apartments remain along with a number of 802-square-foot one-bedroom units.
 
Amenities in each unit include full size appliances, a wall hook up for a flat screen television and USB outlets in every room.
 
"You can basically plug and play in any room," Reynolds says. 
 
The building features a 2,300-square-foot fitness center and a recreation center of the same size. The rec space houses a full kitchen including cabinetry made by Rustbelt Reclamation. Fire pits and lounge seating dot the Sky Deck, which has two 80-inch televisions and a large grilling space. Access to everything is included in the rent. The recreation center, however, can be reserved for private parties for a fee.
 
Twenty-four hour concierge services include everything from dog walking to dry cleaning pick up. Grocery delivery from Presto Fresh is free for orders of $50 or more.
 
"If they place their order by 7 a.m.," says Reynolds, "they'll get it the same day. If not, it will be there early the next day."
 
Construction on the $42 million project started in early 2014 and is essentially complete. While free surface parking is available for residents now, future plans include a three-story 100-space garage, which will have a separate fee. In the rear of the building, a community garden awaits eager hands and locked bike storage is available as well.
 
Each apartment may be home to two pets. Dogs under 80 pounds and cats are allowed. Also in the rear of the building, a dog park is all but complete.
 
"We're adding a drinking fountain for the pups," says Reynolds.
 
The Finch Group prides itself in top shelf service. For Innova residents, that service includes extras such as complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres from 5 to 7 p.m. on Fridays in the lobby. On Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m., a light breakfast is served in the same space.
 
Tenants hail from Cleveland, Parma and Brunswick, as well as Saudi Arabia, England and Thailand. They are professionals, students and hospital employees.
 
"We do offer incentives to employees of Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals as well as Case Western Reserve University students," says Reynolds. However, she is mysterious about yet another group of future residents.
 
"We have 22,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor," says Reynolds. "We are in talks with a national drug store, a local restaurant, a small eatery and some office space." Reynolds would not disclose further details on the push for commercial tenants other than to say, "we're close with that."

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Erin O'Brien's eclectic features and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and others. The sixth generation northeast Ohioan is also author of The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts. Visit erinobrien.us for complete profile information.
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