Despite its 300,000-plus square feet of vacant buildings and a daunting need for environmental remediation, the future site of The Edison at Gordon Square drew developer NRP Group with its amazing views of Lake Erie and nearby pedestrian beach tunnel. Now, as the first new large-scale luxury development outside downtown Cleveland in decades, the rental community is making full use of its advantages, enhancing the appeal of the surrounding area and attracting young professionals and downsizing empty-nesters.

The Edison offers a variety of flats, townhouses with two-car garages, and multilevel mezzanine units to meet the needs of its residents. All units are designed to maximize natural light, and feature plank flooring, Euro-style cabinets, in-unit laundries, granite countertops, and a stainless steel and black appliance package. Energy Star–rated appliances and fixtures; LED lighting; and CFC-free refrigerants and low-VOC paints, carpets, and sealants are featured throughout the building, which is green certified by Enterprise Green Communities.

Outside the units, residents can access a business center, game room, billiards room, cyber café, and residential event room as well as an outdoor pavilion with a resort-style pool and grilling areas. The community green’s pathways connect to a multipurpose bike–hike trail, and a partnership with the HEDGE gallery provides display and sales space for local artists outside the resident lounge.

The Edison has served as a catalyst for further development in and around the Gordon Square neighborhood, including new construction, redevelopment on vacant land, and single-family home renovation in the surrounding areas. Improvements to the neighboring roadways have improved the community’s traffic flow, and the multi-use path has created a new walking and biking connection to Edgewater Beach to the west and downtown Cleveland to the east.