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Three low-head dams were removed from a 0.9-mile stretch of Baldwin Creek in Berea. The work performed in November is intended to (PDF) remove barriers to fish passage and improve habitats. The Ohio EPA has supplied funding for the removal of a fourth dam on Baldwin Creek.

The Finch Group of Florida submitted updated plans for the Upper Chester development on 38 acres north of Chester Avenue, between East 93rd and East 101st streets. The Cleveland City Planning Commission and Cleveland City Council approved plans for the $94 million first phase that would include apartments and retail. Construction could begin in late 2013.

In light of federal criminal charges against Tom Newman, the former director of the shuttered Flats Oxbow Association, the Plain Dealer examined the decline and collapse of the once-powerful organization.

In January, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will begin assessing fees for its stormwater management program. The average homeowner will pay about $60 per year. NEORSD provides details about the program and offers a fee finder. A group of 11 suburbs are continuing to challenge the program in court and expect that the case eventually will reach the Ohio Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, a federal judge is considering a revised plan for eliminating combined sewer overflows in Akron. The amended consent decree has been approved by the Ohio EPA and the U.S. EPA. An Akron Beacon Journal editorial said that the judge "should be pleased enough with the advances to give his approval."

Update: Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells of NEORSD answered questions about the stormwater management program on WCPN's Sound of Ideas.

Cuyahoga County residential development projects in the media:

Phillips Edison & Co., the new owner of Parmatown Mall, is assembling a design team to develop plans for the mall. The company expects that the redesign and redevelopment process will take three years.

Update: the company's plans include indoor mall and exterior-facing storefront components.

The final public meetings for the Clifton Transportation Enhancement Program were held in November. Revised plans for the corridor include new bus shelters in Cleveland and Lakewood. The Cleveland portion will gain a landscaped median and will be widened by one foot in each direction. Construction could begin as early as spring 2013.

Greater Cleveland's 2012 ozone season concluded at the end of October. The eight-county area experienced 28 days with elevated ozone levels, twice as many as last year. Officials attributed the increase to high summer temperatures.

Crain's Cleveland Business published a special section on the transformation of Cleveland's Euclid Avenue. The section includes a set of stories, photos and videos, and an interactive map.

A report from the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice presents demographic information and policy recommendations about Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in 12 Midwest states. A Community of Contrasts (PDF) includes a section on the seven-county Greater Cleveland area. Between 2000 and 2010, Asian-Americans were the area's fastest-growing racial group, and represented its only majority foreign-born racial group. Asian Services In Action, Inc. has additional demographic data.

Participants in the fifth Cleveland Design Competition devised creative new uses for the disused lower deck of the Detroit-Superior Bridge. The competition attracted 164 entries from more than 20 countries, with teams from Austin and New York City tying for first place. Ashley Craig, Edna Ledesma, and Jessica Zarowitz of Austin envisioned "Superior Pont-scape", an outdoor laboratory for education, exploration, and physical activity, while Archilier Architecture of New York proposed "Bridgewalk", three levels of connections that promote year-round activities. Images of the award-winning designs are available online, and entries will be exhibited at downtown's Colonial Arcade in January.

The renovation of Cleveland's historic League Park is underway. The $6.3 million project at East 66th Street and Lexington Avenue will include restoration of the ballpark's playing field, ticket house, and grandstand wall, plus the creation of a new community park and visitors center. It's scheduled to open next September.

RTA celebrated the opening of its rebuilt Buckeye-Woodhill rapid transit station in Cleveland. The contemporary design features stairs as well as ramps for riders with disabilities. Much of the funding for the $3.3 million project came from the federal stimulus package. It's part of a series of investments in the Buckeye neighborhood.

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