Developers won awards for their model homes. They were also awarded top honors in the state of Ohio.

The Forest Ridge Development Project Began Construction in 1960.

The area on which the Forest Ridge - West Park developments now exist was originally a swamp with virtually no development at the time.  One farm house existed centrally located on what is now Hampton drive and it had a large pond in the back to the southwest.

Aside from a farm house on the corner near what is now Berkshire and Lorain and a gas station just near by on Lorain as well, there were no other stores or strip centers on Lorain at the time of construction.

The area that is now West Park was a site for orchards before West Park was built.

Homes were built in the 1950’s by the Pate’s.

In 1972, the rustic street signs seen throughout West Park Forest Ridge, were first put in the West Park area by the Homeowners Association.

Planters at the bottom of these signs came later

Bill Pate lived in this area on West Park Drive.

Models and Costs

In 1960, 5 model homes were built on the west side of Berkshire and some building began from the sales generated by these models.

Models were names for famous department stores: May Company, Halles, Highbees, Sterling Linder Davis and Taylor’s.

These models were copied by other builders throughout many areas on the west and east side of greater Cleveland in the suburbs. (especially throughout Parma)

The models included 3 tri-level homes; 1 ranch and 1 colonial ranging from $23,900 to approximately $28,000. A sixth model, the Bowhard was added much later. Every home had a patio.

The area was first called Sherwood Estates and later Forest Ridge.
  • Saul Biskind owned the land on which Forest Ridge was built.
  • Bill and Ray Pate built most of the homes (98-99%)
  • Bill chose to live on West Park and Ray lived on Hampton Drive in Forest Ridge.
  • Due to a very rainy spring in 1961, building was delayed and slow.
  • Berkshire near Lorain was open down to Alden – then around the north bend and a few lots past Lansing.
  • The north side of Devon was started by the end of summer 1961 and Hampton was finally done much later.
  • On Hampton, almost every home on the west side of the street, had a large tree in the front yard.
  • Customers chose a home with 1) less wooden section on Berkshire 2) Moderately wooded section on Devon and parts of Tudor or 3) heavily wooded, most parts of Hampton on the west side, especially middle Hampton.
  • Many trees came down the first few years

Sewage Plant - Yes, we actually had our own sewage plant!

A sewage facility was built for Forest Ridge when the homes went in and were maintained until sewers were put in for North Olmsted. The sewage plant was located at the north end of Hampton Drive. The driveway still exists between the house before the bend.

Swimming Pool or Forest School
An elementary school was said to be constructed in the future at the south end of Hampton (now Forest School) when residents moved in. After rejection of a swimming pool for that area a few years later, Forest School was opened for classes in the fall of 1971.

Bike Path - Road
Where the path runs north of Berkshire Drive and west across Lansing behind the Hampton Drive, homes was designated as Clee Road. On some city maps, it was shown as the Brookpark Extension.
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