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Jewish News Associate Editor Janet Dery interviews Peter Rubin of The Coral Co. about his Shaker Square plans. (via Cool Cleveland)

The City of Cleveland has closed the two outer lanes on the Fulton Road Bridge, which will remain a two-lane span until the bridge is replaced in late 2007.

Regionalism through pooling municipal assets is being discussed by two separate groups of Cuyahoga County municipalities. Five western suburbs (North Olmsted, Bay Village, Fairview Park, Rocky River and Westlake) have hired a consultant to study merging their dispatch operations for fire and emergency medical services, and Independence Mayor Fred Ramos has sparked a separate round of casual conversations with officials in neighboring communities (Brooklyn Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, Newburgh Heights, Seven Hills and Valley View) about combining some safety operations.

Avon representatives plan to approach NOACA on April 16 with a proposal to build a new I-90 interchange in the city. "Discussions picked up after the Cleveland Clinic told local officials it would move its Westlake Family Health Center to Avon and employ about 350 people there if an interchange is built."

Yesterday's Plain Dealer included a feature on the Cuyahoga Valley Initiative.

The Plain Dealer continues their Region Divided series with articles on the history of regionalism efforts, voting systems, and opinions of local Black leaders, plus maps and charts.

The Federation for Community Planning has changed its name to the Center for Community Solutions.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson says the Center for Disease Control is considering opening a regional center in Cleveland.

The City of Maple Heights is considering working with Cleveland State to develop an economic development plan for the city.

58 condominiums with prices ranging from $165,000 to $185,000 are proposed for a 14 acre site on land at St. Pius X Church in Bedford. Construction could begin this fall.

The City of Strongsville is searching for an architectural identity. "Nothing really identifies our city, [Ward 4 Councilman Michael] Gallagher said, describing Strongsville's look as a hodgepodge of buildings and businesses that lack a defining architectural style. "

The Euclid Sun Journal provides details on lakefront development in the city and preliminary plans for the Briardale Greens Golf Course facilities.

Lee Chilcote of Cool Cleveland interviews Tommy's Restaurant owner Tom Fello, president of the Coventry Special Improvement District.

New Shaker Square owners The Coral Co. released preliminary plans for the area, which offer ways to better knit it into the urban fabric. Proposed improvements include a skating rink/water park, a performance area with seating, a parking deck, moving the rapid station, and a new eight story condominium project behind the shopping center's northeast section.

Rev. Otis Moss Jr. of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church announced that the church is dropping its controversial plans to build a complex in Cleveland's Kerruish Park. Alternative locations are under consideration.

Ailing Euclid Square Mall has been purchased by furniture store owner Ted Lichko. "He hopes to reopen the former Kaufmann's within two months as Outlets USA, a gallery of 300 to 500 vendors selling clothing, furniture and other merchandise."

Articles in the Wednesday and Thursday editions of the Plain Dealer provided details on the unveiling of the harborfront section of Cleveland's Lakefront Plan. The Cleveland City Planning Commission offers online access to harborfront plan images and a slideshow.

In this week's Free Times, Thomas Mulready praises the Cuyahoga Valley Initiative, Michael Gill discusses proposed transportation improvements, and Jim Cox criticizes Cleveland's Lakefront Plan.

Mercury levels in Cleveland precipitation are among the highest in the midwest, 31 times higher than the EPA considers safe for rivers and lakes.

Neighborhood Progress Inc. has received $6.5 million in grants from the Cleveland and Gund foundations. "The foundation money will be spent to help 17 neighborhood community development corporations and build low-income housing over the next three years."

We have a job opening for a Principal Planner for community master plan and zoning code preparation and subdivision and development plan reviews. The application deadline is April 23.

The Blossom Estate Service Compound near Legacy Village in Lyndhurst has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Yesterday's Plain Dealer featured an article examining the conflicts caused by rising deer populations and urban sprawl.

The Coral Co. of Beachwood is purchasing Shaker Square from mortgage holder Key Bank. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

KeyCorp has awarded a $1 million grant to the Playhouse Square Foundation and Ideastream to develop the Idea Center at Playhouse Square. "The Idea Center is intended to provide an educational environment that blends the performing arts, radio, television, interactive broadband and related technology into a single facility."

Marous Brothers Construction announced plans to build a $90 million, 350 unit, three-phase condominium project in the Warehouse District. The new buildings will be built between the Bingham Building and the National Terminal Apartments on W. 9th Street. Unit prices are expected to range from $170,000 to $500,000.

A 300 room Marriott hotel will be built in the Chagrin Highlands. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and construction is expected to begin this month and be completed by summer 2005.

Tom Breckenridge reports on continuing contentious meetings between the City of Cleveland and yacht club members about the city's lakefront plans.

Oakwood Village Council approved a 15 year, 100% tax abatement for an expansion by food distributor Northern Haserot.

SouthPark Center owners Westfield Corporation continue with their plans to build a 239,000 square foot addition to the mall, including a 14 screen movie theater. Strongsville officials are not pleased with the location of the proposed addition.

Olmsted Falls has adopted regulations regarding adult businesses and where in the city they can be located.

Dover Junction owner Ray Negrelli is negotiating a deal with the City of Bay Village to purchase the former Marathon station at Dover Center and Oviatt Roads in order to build a restaurant on the site.

Local political, academic, and business leaders were on hand Wednesday to try to convince NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe to locate their national consolidated business operations near Glenn Research Center.

RTA trustees approved the purchase of 294 bicycle racks, and by this spring, every bus (except those on Loop routes) will have a bike rack.

Steven Litt examines the issues surrounding the City of Cleveland's lakefront plan, including the Shoreway, new housing, the port, yacht clubs, and Burke Lakefront Airport. "The city wants to reorient itself to face its waterfronts rather than turn away from them, as it has since the 1850s. It's about time."

Cleveland Magazine discusses the spread of poverty into the suburbs. (via Cool Cleveland)

Cuyahoga Heights is investigating whether the village can require Harvard Refuse Inc. to obtain a permit to dump construction and demolition debris in the Mill Creek Valley. Owner Stanley Lojek claims that he only needs his state and county licences to operate the dump.

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority is issuing $3.2 million in tax-exempt bonds for streetscape improvements on Superior Avenue between E. 17th and E. 30th Streets.

The Cuyahoga County Mayors and Managers Association is proposing the formation of a self-sustaining $500 million regional bank to support economic development.

Cleveland Community Development director Linda Hudacek is leaving her post next month to become senior vice president of community finance for Village Capital Corp., a subsidiary of Neighborhood Progress Inc.

ISG officially announced it will restart its West Side Mill and rehire 140 laid-off steelworkers. Production is expected to begin again in May.

Marchmont Road residents in Shaker Heights object to the contruction of a 28-space parking lot for the Shaker Regency Apartments at the end of their street.

The November ballot in Oakwood will include a decision whether to rezone a Broadway Avenue property from residential to general business. Owner Paul Hummer wants to build a 20,000 square foot office/warehouse, but has not yet offered a plan.

Retail developers Wald and Fisher of Beachwood are considering purchasing and razing the Clarion Hotel on Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights, but have not announced plans for the site.

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Ohio State University Extension, will hold a business and economic development summit on March 30, and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is conducting a parking survey among local businesses.

Brooklyn Heights Village Council voted to adopt a master plan. It is available for download on our site.

Ken Prendergast writes about ODOT's bridge repair plans on the west side in the Sun Newspapers. "Spokeswoman Lora Hummer said ODOT would either rebuild the bridges itself, or simply distribute the federal money to municipalities and let them hire the construction contractors."

A streetscape revitalization for Kamm's Corners is being planned. Construction is expected to begin in the fall.

In this week's Free Times, Joshua Greene talks about the Euclid church rezoning controversy, and Michael Gill reports on a lakefront planning meeting held with Flats industrialists.

New data from the Census Bureau shows Ohio's 85+ population rose 11% between 2000 and 2003, matching national numbers.

Plain Dealer architecture critic Steven Litt critiques the design of City View shopping center, under construction in Garfield Heights: "The shopping center and the adjacent office complex have the potential to be transformative - not just economically, but aesthetically. Fortunately, there's still time for the city to press for improvements, because it hasn't granted final approval to the plans."

Case Western Reserve University president Edward Hundert is teaming with architect Frank Gehry to develop a new plan for University Circle, in response to a call from philanthropist Peter B. Lewis for greater cooperation.

CMHA has started a new program aimed at reducing the time required to renovate damaged apartments.

Plain Dealer environment columnist John Kuehner writes about a new report from the Ohio EPA that says even the upper Cuyahoga River, historically its cleanest portion, fails to meet the goals of the Clean Water Act.

The list of prospective buyers for Shaker Square has shrunk from thirteen to three: The Coral Company, Developers Diversified, and Minshall Stewart Properties.

The Sun Herald reports on the results of last week's meeting about the future of commercial and retail development in Bay Village.

Some neighbors oppose the construction of a proposed 10.6 acre, 21-house development near Ruth Drive in Seven Hills.

The middle portion of Eastgate Shopping Center in Mayfield Heights will be demolished and replaced by four big box stores. The new buildings will add up to 113,344 square feet, about 10,000 square feet more than the existing stores.

Opponents of the rezoning for Providence Baptist Church in Euclid have collected enough signatures to get a referendum on the issue on the November ballot.

Sam Fulwood replies to a letter he received in response to his Tuesday column about regionalism and African-Americans.

Election Recap
Cuyahoga County:
Issue 30 (human services renewal): passed
Issue 31 (arts and economic development levy): failed

Independence:
Issue 9 (Middle School rezoning): failed

Lakewood:
Issue 10 (removal of blight designation): passed

Strongsville:
Issue 17 (Whitney Road rezoning): passed
Issue 18 (Mill Hollow Lane rezoning): passed

For more results, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

The Cleveland City Planning Commission will hold a presentation of the draft Small Area Plan for Cleveland's Harborfront, the area between the Cuyahoga River and Burke Lakefront Airport, on Wednesday, March 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center.

Crain's Cleveland Business reports that "the Greater Cleveland Partnership is the new name of the broad-based economic development organization formed by the merger of Cleveland Tomorrow, the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and the Greater Cleveland Roundtable."

Plain Dealer columnist Sam Fulwood talks about changing attitudes towards regionalism among local black leaders.

Take a look at our new site for the Cuyahoga Valley Initiative!

Today's Plain Dealer explores a proposed retail rezoning on the ballot in Hudson, and the recent trend of developers bypassing City Hall to go directly to voters for approval.

A new immigration study by the Brookings Institution identified Cleveland as a "former gateway," a city that attracted immigrants in the early 1900s but no longer does.

The City of Cleveland is attempting to use eminent domain to purchase the old Memphis School building at Memphis Avenue and West 41st Street, currently home to Archangel Crusade of Love ministry. The city sold the property to the ministry in 1997, who were supposed to make improvements to the building by the end of 1998. The renovations were never completed, and the city and ministry have been unable to reach an agreement on a purchase price.

With the success of its West Center, Cleveland State is looking to lease a site for an east side campus, possibly in Solon. The University also selected American Campus Communities of Texas to convert Fenn Tower to student housing. If the renovation is successful, another housing project is likely to follow.

The Chagrin Herald Sun describes the streetscape construction project in Chagrin Falls, scheduled to begin on July 1 and end in June 2005. Downtown sidewalks and light poles will be replaced, the front of Riverside Park will be renovated, and electrical wires will be relocated or buried.

Officials and residents in Berea are unhappy with First Energy's policy of cutting down trees along high tension lines.

Fairview Park City Council is expected to approve a contract authorizing CSU's College of Urban Affairs to update the City's master plan.

Fairmount Properties (formerly CenterPoint Properties) purchased the Jay Hotel in Ohio City, and plan to redevelop the building as upscale condominiums and townhouses.

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