Properties Magazine May 2015 : Page 16

Luxury Lookout Mariner’s Watch delivers dramatic views, sophisticated apartment living in Ohio City By Doug Bardwell | Photos by Christian Phillips S ituated high above Lake Erie, in the northern quarter of Ohio City, Mariner’s Watch offers amazing views in all four compass directions. Docked at 3107 Detroit Ave., the 62 apartments provide pan-oramic lake vistas to the north and west, a European-like view of Ohio City with its half-dozen church steeples to the south and the imposing downtown Cleveland skyline view to the east. There are scenes to enjoy both day and night from its large windows and private balconies with glass patio doors. edge, boarding ships for safe passage to Toronto, Canada. During the 19th century, many immi-grants who settled in Ohio City would also use this hilltop lookout to watch for ships arriving, often loaded with textiles from around the world. That meant employment, as workers were needed to unload the ships and transport the goods to nearby warehouses. Even into the 20th century, the mari-time connection continued as multiple boating and sailing suppliers located near here on Detroit Avenue. Most recently, this location was a parking lot for Cleveland Yacht & Supply Company who incorporated here in 1932. After Cleveland Yacht & Supply closed, the property remained vacant for a period of time. This 0.92-acre location has always maintained ties to the lake, despite its actual distance from the water. Given its elevation, it was an ideal place to observe the comings and goings of ships arriving from distant shores. Just down Church Street, to the east of Mariner’s Watch, sits St. John’s Episcopal Church, thought to be a stop on the Underground Railroad before and during the Civil War. From this hilltop perch, former slaves would watch for a light, meaning it was safe to move down to the water’s 16 Time for a new use The four-piece parcel was purchased in 2005 with the intent of creating luxury condominiums. However, after plans for a 55-unit condo were initially developed, 3URSHUWLHV | May 2015

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