ArtPlace America awarded $15.2 million in grants to 54 projects in the U.S., including $375,000 to support the UrbanUpcycle program in Cleveland's St. Clair-Superior neighborhood. The new program uses an arts-based approach to creative placemaking, and is part of an effort to emphasize upcycling as a community reinvestment strategy. The Collinwood Rising project received an ArtPlace grant last year.
July 2013 Archives
18 July 2013
Recent research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland examined urban decline in Rust Belt cities, and included a closer exploration of the changes in Greater Cleveland. Another report from the Federal Reserve Bank offered an analysis of housing policy "areas that merit careful consideration in Ohio" and "identified some opportunities for Ohio to improve its ability to deal with foreclosed, vacant, and abandoned properties."
The federally-funded Wildwood Lacustrine Refuge Stream and Wetland Restoration Project in Cleveland is in its final stages. The Euclid Creek Watershed Program Partners planned a July 10 celebration, but it was rescheduled due to inclement weather, and will now be a part of the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District's annual Conservation Day on September 21.
For the first time, the League of American Bicyclists included Cleveland in its list (PDF) of Bicycle Friendly Communities, awarding the city a bronze-level designation. Bike Cleveland's Jacob VanSickle celebrated the announcement, but noted that much work remains. Marc Lefkowitz said that "Cleveland needs to 'name and claim' bike progress." Meanwhile, the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy produced a video about how "Cleveland is riding the bike boom all the way back to prosperity."
Update: the League of American Bicyclists published a community feedback report for Cleveland.
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald proposed investing $7 million from the County's Casino Revenue Development Fund to support three downtown Cleveland projects. He recommended supplying $4 million for planned Playhouse Square improvements, $1.5 million for the second phase of the Flats east bank project, and $1.5 million for the residential conversion of the East Ohio Building. County council approved the two latter proposals.
The NOACA Governing Board adopted Connections+ 2035, the five-county agency's long-range transportation plan. It "proposes $9 billion in major transportation investments to meet the needs of the traveling public" and emphasizes the need to maintain the region's existing transportation infrastructure. The previous plan was approved in 2009.
With the completion of the Ernst & Young Tower at the Flats east bank project, Crain's Cleveland Business looked at the potential for more office tower construction in downtown Cleveland.
Developer Andrew Brickman of Abode changed his plans for redeveloping the Mandley-Vetrovsky Funeral Home property in Fairview Park, dropping his proposal for townhouses and proposing a new 60,000- to 80,000-square-foot office building. The concept requires approval from the Cleveland Metroparks, who control an easement on the property. A residential-to-office rezoning is also needed, which voters will decide in November.
The renovation of Victory Center (formerly the Victory Building and the Arts Building) in Midtown is scheduled to be finished this month. The 150,000 square-foot building at 7012 Euclid Avenue is being marketed to biomedical and technology companies. Meanwhile, the Ohio EPA declared that brownfield remediation was completed at the adjacent 2.16-acre 7000 Euclid Avenue site.
Plans for senior housing developments:
- Brecksville residents may vote on a rezoning for a proposed 91,000-square-foot assisted living facility on 3.5-acre Brecksville Road property adjacent to St. Basil the Great Catholic Church.
- A proposed assisted and independent living facility at Broadview and Akins roads in Broadview Heights would provide 101 units on a six-acre site.
- The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority recently celebrated the opening of its new Lee-Miles Senior Building. It provides 40 units of affordable senior housing.
- A groundbreaking ceremony for the Garnett Health Campus in Fairview Park was held on July 16. Construction of the 118-bed skilled nursing facility on Lorain Road is expected to take about one year.
- Parma City Council approved a rezoning for a three-story apartment building on Huffman Road near Stumph Road. The building would offer 125 units for independent seniors. The Parma Planning Commission approved plans for the 5½-acre property, and the Board of Zoning Appeals approved five zoning variances.
- A local developer is using the initiative process to place a rezoning on the ballot in Strongsville. They hope to build a $10 million senior housing development on Howe Road at Tracy Lane.
In its annual report on foreclosures, the Ohio Supreme Court said that foreclosure filings in Ohio decreased by 1.5% in 2012. In Cuyahoga County, the figure fell from 11,544 in 2011 to 11,427 in 2012, a 1.0% decrease, but still the largest number in the state. Policy Matters Ohio used the data in its annual foreclosure report. It said that "Ohio foreclosures remain at crisis levels" and that the "number of filings remained more than four times higher than it was in the mid-1990s." Meanwhile, Slate published an excerpt of Edward McClelland's Nothin' but Blue Skies about the origins of the foreclosure crisis in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood.
Residential project roundup:
- Local developer Abode proposed building luxury condominiums near the intersection of Cahoon and Wolf roads in Bay Village. In order to proceed, it needs a rezoning to be approved by City Council and by voters. Mayor Sutherland said it should be tax-abated, and City Council is considering the proposal.
- Construction is underway at two apartment buildings in Beachwood. Work on the new Commerce Park Apartments began in May, and it will offer 318 units at Chagrin Boulevard and Green Road. Construction of new apartments at the Four Seasons is also underway, and the new four-story building near Beachwood Place will include 141 units.
- In Brecksville, developers revived plans for the Woodlands of Snowville subdivision. The Brecksville Planning Commission approved plans for phases 1 and 1A, which call for 55 single-family houses on a 60-acre property at Snowville and Dewey roads.
- Plans for the Hidden Hills subdivision, also in Brecksville, are back underway after a multi-year delay. The plans for the development at Hillsdale and Parkview drive call for building 46 units.
- Conversion of the former Embassy Suites hotel at Reserve Square will add 218 units to downtown Cleveland's supply of apartments.
- Mariner's Watch is a planned high-end apartment building on Detroit Avenue between West 30th and 32nd streets. Developers anticipate that the four-story, 62-unit building will open in fall 2014. An earlier proposal called for developing condominiums on the site.
- Construction of the Langston at Cleveland State University is scheduled to be finished by August 1. Its first 100 apartments opened last year, and the completed project will include 318 units.
- Work is underway on the Trailside Slavic Village subdivision in Cleveland. The development between Aetna Road, East 71st Street, and East 72nd Street is slated to include 95 single-family houses, townhouses, and cottages. Meanwhile, the Ohio EPA announced that brownfield remediation has been completed at the Morgana East property.
- Local developers unveiled plans for the University Place townhouses, a 20-unit for-sale development on East 118th Street in University Circle. Another Cleveland developer plans to convert a building at Euclid Avenue and East 115th Street into housing for Cleveland Institute of Art students.
- Plans for the five-unit second phase of the Clifton Pointe townhouses were approved by review boards and Lakewood City Council. The City also approved a 10-year, 100% tax abatement. Construction is expected to begin shortly.
- The Strongsville Planning Commission okayed two Pulte Homes projects. Developers in Strongsville are seeking approval for several housing subdivisions.
Building upon its earlier Dashboard of Economic Indicators, the Fund for Our Economic Future issued its What Matters to Metros report, an analysis of 115 metropolitan areas from 1990 to 2011. It's intended to "help community leaders identify factors that are associated with economic growth in mid-sized U.S. metropolitan areas in a post-recession economy," and noted that "growth is not a one-size-fits-all proposition for America's mid-sized metros." Deborah Hoover of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation said that "the data clearly indicates that it is not enough for our economic strategies to focus merely on job creation."