Tom Gillespie, president of developer TEG Properties of Cleveland, said the new, more efficient design would give the building more lakefront views.
The plan also would allow for a green roof serving as a rooftop garden atop an adjoining parking garage.
The project is proposed for the southwest corner of Detroit Avenue and West 28th Street.It's the second mid-rise condominium tower proposed for that stretch of Detroit in Ohio City.
A Place For Us - a nonprofit group seeking to create a residential community for the elderly gay, lesbian and bisexual population - no longer is a partner in the project, Mr. Gillespie
said, and a focus on serving the elderly has been dropped.The change reduced costs by dropping space for a planned clinic and other elderly support services.However, he
said the building is designed to be gay-friendly.Linda Krasienko, president of A Place For Us, said the group decided to go a different direction from Mr. Gillespie.
Financing for the proposed $15 million condominium is in place, but Mr. Gillespie
declined to say how many advance sales he
needs to launch construction.However, he
said because he
owns the site of the proposed building, he
would begin excavating the site this summer.TEG Properties also is finishing the renovation of an adjoining office building at 2605 Detroit as eight rental apartments with first-floor retail space.