CLEVELAND — The quiet streets and largely empty sidewalks are often solely an indication of the previous downtown Cleveland, not the extra fashionable model.
“It’s type of like post-apocalyptic nearly,” mentioned downtown resident Stephanie Koetzle. “It’s lifeless down right here.”
And but, Koetzle is among the practically 20,000 individuals who dwell in one of many rising variety of downtown residence buildings.
Residents have little alternative however to dwell shut to at least one one other at precisely the second consultants inform us all to stay far aside.
“In our constructing individuals are alleged to put on masks and solely have two riders within the elevator at one time however individuals don’t comply with that,” mentioned Koetzle.
She says that leaves it as much as residents to awkwardly police one another.
Elevator passenger limits, elevated cleansing, and closed widespread areas are the apparent locations to start out, however there are additionally some adjustments to what residents are paying to remain downtown, or no less than once they must pay it.
“Firm-wide, [Millennia Housing Management] instantly halted all late charges for each resident, no matter purpose,” mentioned Millennia Regional Property Director Bethany Grunenwald.
Gruenwald oversees residences at The Statler and The Garfield in downtown Cleveland. Whereas social distancing pointers are in impact, she says potential residents have been taking excursions and assembly with workers via Zoom and FaceTime and have seen the constructing via self-guided excursions.
She says solely about 5 to 10 p.c of the corporate’s tenants requested for any sort of concession on lease, however potential residents are additionally getting some assist too.
“We’re providing extra incentives for individuals in additional of a considered: this can be a tougher time for individuals to maneuver than it is likely to be sooner or later,” mentioned Grunenwald.
At The Statler, which means one month free for a one-bedroom residence and two months off for a two-bedroom.
However Gruenwald says that’s fairly near the incentives the corporate often gives, as a result of regardless of the pandemic, she says the rental market remains to be sturdy.
“I do know a whole lot of locations had been doing particular offers, however that is most likely the largest one,” mentioned Shawn Cummings, who not too long ago moved into The Luckman residences and in addition obtained one month off his lease for transferring in.
Cummings says the one COVID-related break he obtained was a drastic lower in his utility charge.
“So it make it $2 for the appliance, which is $30-40 sometimes,” mentioned Cummings.