Huron getting $50 million housing development

HURON A $50 million housing development now getting under way in Huron gives Erie County its first new major housing development in a couple of years. The Two Rivers housing development features upscale houses built to order in a New England, Nantucket style.
Tom Jackson
Aug 2, 2010

HURON

A $50 million housing development now getting under way in Huron gives Erie County its first new major housing development in a couple of years.

The Two Rivers housing development features upscale houses built to order in a New England, Nantucket style.

The 49-acre project is expected to have 121 condominium-style homes. It’s located off Ohio 13, between the Thunderbird Hills Golf Club and the Huron Lagoons Marina.

Residents can either go to their boat in the nearby marina or hop in a golf court and speed toward the golf course, said Joanne Berardi, a Realty Executives Strayer Group real estate professional who is selling the homes.

The development already has three homes, but serious efforts to sell homes can finally begin this week, now that the buyers can receive titles.

The final problems with regulators were resolved when developers satisfied questions the Corps of Engineers and the Ohio EPA raised over drainage and wetlands issues.

“It took a long time to get permission to put a pond in the middle of the area,” said James T. Murray, one of the partners in the development and a retired attorney with the Murray and Murray law firm in downtown Sandusky.

Murray is working with two other partners: Jim Seitz of Seitz Construction, a Norwalk builder, and Lorain schooteacher Andrew Knowles, who has taken charge of infrastructure such as roads and water lines.
Seitz said a price range of between $260,000 to $500,000 is anticipated for the vast majority of the homes. They’ll range from 1,800 to 3,000 square feet, although one customer has contracted for a home of more than 4,000 square feet that will include an indoor swimming pool, at a cost of a little over $1 million.

Buyers won’t have to worry that a bank might withdraw financing for the project, Murray said, because it’s all self-financed.

The houses are not condominiums, but lawn maintenance and snow removal will be included as an amenity. While many buyers will likely live there year-round, others are expected to be snowbirds who want a pleasant place to live during the summer, Murray said.

The development is particularly interesting because there’s been little home-building activity in Erie County in the last couple of years.

The Erie Regional Planning Commission has not dealt with a new subdivision since the winter of 2008-2009, said senior planner Tim King, who schedules projects for the commission’s monthly meetings.
“We are starting to see some activity,” he said last week. “I do anticipate having a subdivision next month, in August.”

John Zimmerman, a building official who handles building and zoning for Huron and Huron Township, said the last housing development he dealt with was the Sanctuary condominium project.
There’s still room in the city for new housing, although “right now, we don’t have anything on the horizon,” he said.

Berardi took a pair of visitors last week to the second floor deck of the development’s model home.
It looks out on the Mud Brook (which developers have renamed “Sheltered Brook.”) The wide stream, which looks more like a river, flows nearby into the Huron River. As Berardi talked, a white crane waded through the water and a flock of Canada geese paddled together.

“The bald eagles were here at the last open house,” said Berardi, who turned on surround-sound loudspeakers with a remote control as she stood on the deck.

Murray said he bought the land for the development 22 years ago. He also owns another 39 acres of land to the east, although only 15 acres of the water tract actually can be built upon.

He said developers will insist upon a high standard for any homes built at Two Rivers.

“We have turned away prospective purchasers,” he said. “We are insisting upon it being a quality development.”

For an online home tour, visit 1149sheltered.com.

 

Comments

Matt Damon

finally i can move away from hancock st

Norma J-C

That's nice to hear. I've always envisioned an upscale, nice mobile home park at the northeast corner of Rye Beach road and Bogart Road.  If that doesn't fly, how about a new center of town with a townsquare, etc.

Raoul Duke

Huron need their ever increasing number of rentals so that they don't turn into Sandusky East. It's already happening...

Raoul Duke

That's--Huron needs to address...kick in, coffee!

Perkins2060

I love the comment saying they have turned away prospective purchasers.  What?  I would love an explanation on that line!

Gardenman

I wish it well for the sake of tax revenue into the Huron Schools and other government enities. Sure the homes will be nice and while $260,000 - $500,000 is probably a nice home most of the buyers will have to sell where they are now. Thats a pretty tough thing to do these days. I know of several homes on the market for over 16 months and they are far below the Erie County Auditors valuation.

A home in my area has been on the market for year + and finally the owner took $35,000 under what they had paid for it and $15,000 under Erie County Auditor's appraisel just to get the house sold.

I remember well all the hype the Sanctuary" condominium when it was before the planning commission and all the homes and etc. that would be built. They can barely get beyond the original installed streets with any new construction. They have advertising everywhere but still can't seem to move much new construction.

Its a very tough market to see new builds, sell existing property etc. Great time to buy a property BUT you better be happy and permanent for it you have to sell it.............you will take a beating in most cases.

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DEEPsix

 If history repeats itself, the area will do well... Huron Heights, at the Riverside Dr, and North T-Bird, area was one of the finest ideas ever in Huron...  We lived there in the second home built, and saw hundreds of fine homes spring up.  The Mud brook area has always been a prime spot, too bad it took 50yrs to finally come about. NOW HURON... REBUILD OUR DOWNTOWN.... Urban renewal has proven to be the WORSE move in Huron's history... Thanks to knucklehead Sheldon and Leib!!!

Andy White may be the one to bring the village back to it's place as a fine area to live and visit. Godspeed... 

Norma J-C

Deep six, why do you blame Dean Sheldon and Millicent Lieb for urban renewal?  Mrs. Lieb tried to warn everyone that this is what would happen and no one listened. A man named Delahunt went to Florida and saw the boat basins that they have down there and brought back the idea.

It was a back-door deal from the get-go and was signed, sealed and delivered before anyone realized the town would be sacrificed. Have you ever read the plaque at the boat basin that says the citizens objected but it was passed anyway? The legislation was passed because it was worded so that those who thought that they were voting against it, actually voted for it.

Make no mistake about it, the citizens of Huron got swindled out of their historic downtown.

As I said earlier, I have longed dreamed of a new town-square at the corner of Rye Beach Road and Bogart Road. Will it happen? If I had $50 million it would.

Hmm

Perkins2060 - Maybe the house they wanted to build wasn't big enough.  Why make accusations when you don't know the facts?

Perkins2060

Accusations?

Hmm

Yes.  Before you edited your comment.

Perkins2060

Wow i even got you to comment back!  Love you Huronites!!!  LOL!

Hmm

Yeah, you really made me look like an idiot.

Perkins2060

You said it!

old dog

REF: Deep Six. I have lived in Huron for 40 years, when Urban Renewal started. You are correct with saying that that was a huge mistake, but the fact remains that a Downtown will never be seen. They have had too many years to do something there, but what you see today, is pretty much it! NOTHING!!!!! That is why all of the local trade goes to Huron Plaza or Commerce Plaza. And most local head West to Sandusky for their business.

Julie R.

I'm here to say that Millicent Lieb was right!

FormerBuckeye

Our family moved away from Huron and Ohio over 30 years ago, but I still check in now and then.  Are these family stories about Huron's Urban Renewal true?

- Mrs. Lieb was the most vocal opponent to Urban Renewal because her husband supposedly owned an exterminating company and he stood to lose the pest control contracts if the old buildings downtown were torn down.

- The developers had a number of stores lined up to move into the new downtown Huron but when plans for the Sandusky Mall were announced, the store owners bolted for that location.

Gardenman

Huron is a nice community but not a shoppers paradise. Neither of the grocery stores in town offer much when you consider the major super centers in Sandusky.

Prices in Huron are always higher. I remember a few months ago following a District Petroleum Shell truck that had just left the Shell station across from Walmart. It went straight to the Shell station at Cleveland Rd and Rye Beach Road. There it dropped its load into the tanks. Exact same gas dropped in the tanks on the Shell across from Walmart was now 8 cents a gallon more in Huron. I could only figure that doing business in Huron is a lot more expensive than doing business in Perkins Township. 

 

bighead10

I wonder who is paying for this?