Growth in Lordstown Leads to Expansion at The Seasons

CORTLAND, Ohio – Krista Gottuso stood in front of an apartment complex in Howland, preparing to cut a ribbon that had taken three years to get there.

On Monday, the property manager for The Seasons of Howland finally got to show the Mahoning Valley her team’s new luxury apartment community.

“We did our first phase and finished that in 2019,” Gottuso said. “We continued to go on with the rest of the phase. We wanted to see if the community was liking it, if there was a need for it in the community.And it was so well received that we continued on with it.”

The community consists of 132 condo-like housing units off of state Route 46 in Cortland. Each unit has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garage.

The development also has a clubhouse for social gatherings, a swimming pool and a fitness center, as well as a dog park, walking trails and pond, Gottuso said. A beach-themed picnic area is on the way. 

“It was a substantial investment into the community to make sure that we’re here for the community,” Gottuso said. “We have new residents moving in to make it like a lifestyle and choice to come here, where you’re free of having to do a lot of maintenance.”

Properties are available on the southern end of The Seasons, she says, as well several lots available for houses located behind the community.

“Our price ranges start around $1,400 [per month] and they go up from there,” Gottuso said. “It all depends on what style they pick. We also have some screened-in porch versions that have a screened-in porch patio, and they have water views and wood views. The place and the [style] they choose to go with determines the price.”

Mark Beith, controller for The Seasons of Howland, said he expects interest to come from the older population that is looking to downsize and young professionals who don’t want to purchase a house. Some workers at the TJX HomeGoods and members of the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Station have already shown interest in The Seasons, he said.

The Seasons began accepting applications about 18 months ago and the interest led to the expansion from the initial six buildings that were planned. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. According to Gottuso, there are approximately 90 residents already living in the community.

“There’s a lot of things to do in the area,” Beith said. “We’re close to Eastwood Mall, restaurants, things like that. It’s a quiet setting, which a lot of people like.” 

“It’s very well received,” Beith said. “Everybody’s really welcoming. It’s like they’re home now. A lot [of residents] are decorating for Christmas, they’re putting lights out, just like it’s their own house.”

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