A local developer, a Cleveland CDC, and the Cuyahoga Land Bank collaborated in the low-cost conversion of a neglected house into a loft-style home. They are converting more houses through the Loft Home Rehabilitation Pilot Program (PDF). A Plain Dealer editorial called it "one way to make an impact in blighted neighborhoods."
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27 May 2013
Cool Cleveland columnist Mansfield Frazier said that land-use decisions in Cleveland's east side neighborhoods haven't benefited their African-American residents, and followed up with an interview with Streetsblog's Angie Schmitt about the equity issues surrounding the planned Opportunity Corridor. The corridor is one of several local projects competing for funding from the new Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission.
30 April 2013
Two sites in University Circle have the potential to attract luxury residential towers. An unidentified developer is exploring the feasibility of a 28-story, 300-unit tower at Euclid Avenue and Stokes Boulevard. In addition, the Cleveland Institute of Art's Gund Building site could be redeveloped as high-rise residential, although no plans have been presented. Charles Belson, the president of AIA Cleveland, dislikes the idea, saying that it "could be a big step in the wrong direction."
18 April 2013
Slavic Village Recovery, a new private-nonprofit partnership, intends to acquire, renovate, and sell or rent 50 vacant houses in the Cleveland neighborhood in its first year. The partners hope that the project can serve as a model for other neighborhoods.
24 March 2013
RTA began studying the feasibility of extending the Red Line rail line or HealthLine BRT line beyond the current terminus in East Cleveland. Its board hired AECOM Technical Services to lead a multi-year study on the potential of extending service to Euclid. RTA is also completing plans for its new Little Italy-University Circle Rapid Station.
The Green City Growers greenhouse, the third Evergreen Cooperatives company, celebrated its grand opening on February 25. The 3.25-acre greenhouse in Cleveland's Central neighborhood is the largest urban food production greenhouse in the U.S. It will grow an estimated 3 million heads of lettuce and 300,000 pounds of herbs annually, and its 25 workers are on their way to becoming employee-owners. Stakeholders discussed the company on WCPN's Sound of Ideas.
Local entrepreneurs continue to invest in Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood and its Waterloo district. They plan to make the area a destination by opening several businesses in quick succession later this year.
27 February 2013
At its February 14 meeting, the Cleveland Landmarks Commission approved the demolition of the former Euclid Avenue Church of God at East 86th Street. The Commission had rejected earlier requests in 2011 and 2012. Meanwhile, the City of Cleveland is pursuing redevelopment plans at West 117th Street and Clifton Avenue that include the demolition of the former Fifth Church of Christ Scientist.
Update: the Cleveland Restoration Society's Perspectives newsletter includes an update on the Fifth Church of Christ Scientist.
Update 2: Fresh Water said that the Fifth Church of Christ Scientist likely will be demolished.
The New York Times looked at the League Park renovations underway in Cleveland, describing how the City plans to honor its rich baseball heritage.
06 February 2013
USA Today looked at how several historically black neighborhoods, including Cleveland's Fairfax neighborhood, are recovering from the recession. The improvements include the PNC Fairfax Connection, which opened at Carnegie Avenue and East 83rd Street late last year.
31 January 2013
The Cleveland Institute of Art agreed to sell its Gund Building property to Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art for $9.2 million. The deal for the 4.1-acre site is expected to close in 2015, when the Institute of Art completes the expansion of its McCullough Center. The University Circle institutions have not identified plans for the property. A Plain Dealer editorial praised the agreement.
The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority completed construction of a 1.1-megawatt solar farm on a six-acre brownfield site adjacent to its Kinsman Avenue headquarters. CMHA officials said it will save the agency million of dollars over its expected 30-year lifespan, while providing it with educational opportunities. A Plain Dealer editorial called it the "sort of idea that could catch on."
23 January 2013
Steven Litt critiqued the preliminary plans for the Upper Chester development in Cleveland. He called the design "deeply underwhelming" but added that it "clearly has enormous potential" and that its developer would be wise to emulate the "high-quality thinking and institutional collaboration that went into Uptown."
In an editorial, The Plain Dealer said that the proposed Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland should be a priority for Greater Cleveland stakeholders this year.
16 January 2013
In National Journal, George E. Condon Jr. examined how Cleveland's Slavic Village suffered from the foreclosure crisis and how officials are using targeted demolitions to help revive the neighborhood.
The Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area awarded $121,000 in grants to eight projects through its Strategic Initiatives program. The awards included $23,000 to University Circle Inc. for development of its planned CircleWalk and $15,000 to LAND Studio for Lake Link Trail design and engineering work.
Leaders of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History unveiled plans for a major expansion and renovation of the University Circle museum. The plans call for demolishing a portion of the museum and adding two new wings, a new lobby, and a parking garage. It presents an opportunity for the museum to demonstrate advanced building techniques. The museum also launched a capital campaign with a goal of raising $125 million over five to seven years. Earlier expansion plans were halted due to the recession. A Plain Dealer editorial said that the museum's plans "promise to renew its status as one of the region's premier cultural attractions".
02 January 2013
Mansfield Frazier plans to build the world's fist biocellar adjacent to his Vineyards of Chateau Hough at East 66th Street and Hough Avenue in Cleveland. By reusing the foundation of a demolished house and adding a roof, the biocellar would create a space that could be used as a passive solar greenhouse. The concept was proposed by permaculture designer Jean Loria and developed by Kent State's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. A Plain Dealer editorial said that "biocellars could be the next big thing to resuscitate inner-city neighborhoods".
The Stokes VA Medical Center plans to build an outpatient surgery center in Cleveland, on Superior Avenue between East 89th and East 90th streets. The 10,000-square-foot facility could open in late 2013.
16 December 2012
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.
Cuyahoga County residential development projects in the media:
- Local developers plan to convert a cluster of buildings at West 25th Street and Church Avenue in Ohio City to the West 25th Street Lofts, 70 market-rate apartments. They hope to begin construction in March.
- The mixed-use Intesa project in University Circle could include 80 micro-apartments, small units between 300 and 600 square feet.
- Cleveland Heights City Council unanimously approved a development agreement for a planned $11.4 million mixed-use project on the vacant city-owned property at Lee Road and Meadowbrook Boulevard. The four-story, 17,000-square-foot building will include ground-level retail below 77 apartments. The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board approved an 11-year, 80% tax abatement for the development.
- The Cleveland Metroparks commissioners authorized development in a portion of the easement that the park system holds on the Mandley-Vetrovsky Funeral Home property in Fairview Park. The agreement enables Abode Living to proceed with plans for a townhouse project.
- As an alternative to a proposed 11-house subdivision, 12 acres of wetlands along Bishop Road in Highland Heights may be preserved as open space.
- Abode Living is considering plans for a second phase of its Clifton Pointe townhouses in Lakewood.
- The Zaremba Group dropped its plans for an apartment complex on the former Locust Grove golf course site at Cedar and Lander roads in Mayfield Heights.
- A proposed apartment building in Rocky River is attracting interest from seniors.
- A proposed cluster home development would add single-family houses at Center Ridge and Crocker roads in Westlake.
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.
19 November 2012
The NOACA Governing Board approved Transportation Enhancement funding for seven projects, including $1.5 million for the East 22nd Street redevelopment project in Cleveland's Campus District and $540,000 for a section of the Lake to Lakes Trail in Shaker Heights.
MOCA Cleveland celebrated the grand opening of its new University Circle museum in early October. The Plain Dealer's Steven Litt covered the occasion, describing the history of the museum, the project's financial considerations, architect Farshid Moussavi's design approach, and the building's distinctive architecture. MOCA Executive Director Jill Snyder said that the building realizes the museum's goals of transparency, flexibility, and sustainability. A Plain Dealer editorial cheered the opening.
The milestone also attracted national and international attention. It was Farshid Moussavi's first project in the U.S., and she was profiled in W magazine and interviewed by the Architects' Journal. The museum's architecture was highlighted in Art in America, Arch Daily, De Zeen, Wallpaper, and Unbeige, among other publications.
Update: Steven Litt followed up with a critique of the building.
In a feature titled "New Life For the American City", Architectural Record examined how Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland are reinventing themselves. Its exploration of Cleveland included an overview by Steven Litt and closer looks at the Cleveland Museum of Art expansion and the Uptown development. Meanwhile, The Atlantic Cities published a piece on the evolution of University Circle and a response from Rust Belt Chic editors Richey Piiparinen and Anne Trubek. They identified a lack of nuance in reporting about the region, and said that "urban journalism needs to allow for more ambiguity."
The White House announced that the permitting and review processes for RTA's new University Circle-Little Italy Rapid Station will be expedited through the Obama administration's We Can't Wait initiative. The revised processes are expected to shave more than a month from the project timeline.
The American Planning Association named Shaker Boulevard as one of its great streets for 2012, saying that the 6.75-mile stretch in Cleveland, Shaker Heights, and Beachwood "remains proof of planning's lasting value." The organization celebrates quality places each year through its Great Places in America program, and named the West Side Market as one of the nation's great public spaces in 2008.
05 November 2012
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General conducted a review of the Cleveland VA's decision to close its Brecksville campus and consolidate its facilities at the Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center in University Circle. The review "determined that the decision to completely vacate and close the Brecksville campus and consolidate to the Wade Park campus was not in VA's best interest" because of space, cost, and security issues. It offers a series of recommendations to address the concerns.
The Cleveland Foundation awarded $21.6 million in its third-quarter grants. The awards include $10 million for a new medical school at Case Western Reserve University and $500,000 for the St. Luke's Pointe project. The CWRU grant is the foundation's largest ever and first in a series of large grants the foundation will make to mark its centennial in 2014.
University Circle institutions relaunched the Greater Circle Living initiative, a program that provides incentives to employees who make their homes in University Circle and its surrounding neighborhoods. Participants are now eligible for increased financial assistance. The program began in 2008.
Update: University Circle Inc. issued a press release.
The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority is building 4,200 solar panels on a six-acre site adjacent to its headquarters at Kinsman Avenue and East 82nd Street. The one-megawatt array is expected to cover 70% to 80% of the building's electricity needs.
Local and federal officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for RTA's replacement Cedar-University rapid transit station, formerly known as the University Circle station. The $18.5 million rebuild of the station at the foot of Cedar Hill includes a relocation of its associated bus terminal. Funding for the project includes a $10.5 million federal TIGER grant. Construction is expected to take around two years.
02 October 2012
Local residential projects in the news:
- Developers of the planned Commerce Park Apartments at Chagrin Boulevard and Green Road are seeking final approval of their plans from Beachwood officials.
- The K&D Group is proceeding with its plans to convert the Hanna Building to 102 apartments. Funding for the downtown Cleveland project includes a $7 million federal New Markets Tax Credit allocation.
- A ribbon-cutting celebration was held for the first phase of the mixed-use Uptown development in University Circle.
- Construction of the Waverly Station townhouses is underway on Bridge Avenue in Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. Six of its 22 units were sold prior to groundbreaking. Case Development is offering a $5,000 credit to purchasers who agree to volunteer in the neighborhood.
- The City of Cleveland Heights and developer the Orlean Company continue to develop plans for a mixed-use building at the intersection of Meadowbrook and Lee roads in the Cedar-Lee district.
- Developer Andrew Brickman of Abode Living proposed building luxury townhouses on the site of Mandley-Vetrovsky Funeral Home in Fairview Park. The Cleveland Metroparks hold an easement on a portion of the property.
- The Zaremba Group wants to build a 336-unit apartment project on the site of the former Locust Grove golf course at the intersection of Cedar and Lander roads in Mayfield Heights. An earlier residential development on the 14-acre site was abandoned in 2005.
- Solon residents have concerns about the proposed 13-house Neptune Oval Estates subdivision and its potential impact on flooding issues in the area. The project needs a permit from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in order to proceed.
- The Liberty Court development in South Euclid has been completed. It had been placed on hold in 2008.
A Cleveland Botanical Garden program was one of eight projects recently certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a national rating system for sustainable built landscapes. It's the first project in Ohio to receive the designation. Eleven projects have achieved certification in the initiative's two-year pilot program.
29 September 2012
Through its Wildwood Stream and Wetland Restoration Project, the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District is working to establish a 2.5-acre wetland and several smaller wetlands in Wildwood Lakefront State Park in Cleveland. The project is funded by a $1.4 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant.
Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed envisions that his Mount Pleasant neighborhood could become an arts and entertainment district and a destination for visitors seeking an African-American experience.
12 September 2012
The Ohio EPA declared that brownfield remediation has been completed at the 21-acre Midland Steel property on Madison Avenue and at a 6-acre property at the second phase of the Midtown Tech Park on Euclid Avenue. The agency is also considering a request for an Urban Setting Designation at the former Penguin Cleaners site on Mayfield Road in Lyndhurst. The property was redeveloped as a Key Bank branch in 2010.
Fresh Water began a series on Cleveland neighborhoods by asking whether Slavic Village will be the City's next hot neighborhood.
NOACA recently posted two plans conducted with TLCI funding: the East 55th and Euclid Avenue Crossroads Study (PDF, 26.8 MB), which calls for redeveloping the area as the Penn Square District, and also a full version of the West Park/Lorain Avenue Transportation & Redevelopment Plan (PDF, 41.5 MB). At the Civic Commons, NOACA shared details about the program and its projects. The agency is currently evaluating the program.
30 August 2012
Five to 10 new independent retailers will open along St. Clair Avenue between East 61st Street and Addison Avenue through a new program of the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation. Inspired by Oakland's Popuphood initiative, the program includes six months free rent, storefront renovations, marketing assistance, security, and business training for merchants.
Update: more than 80 people applied for the program.
27 August 2012
Fresh Water explored how Glenville residents are creating farms, gardens, and greenspaces in their neighborhood, while Channel 8 visited the Vineyards of Chateau Hough.
14 August 2012
The former Ivex mill in Chagrin Falls was added to the National Register of Historic Places, listed as the Adams Bag Company Paper Mill and Sack Factory (PDF). It is being redeveloped as the mixed-use Spillway project.
Meanwhile, the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board recommended four Cuyahoga County sites for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places: the former Richman Bros. factory (PDF) on East 55th Street in Cleveland, the Neal Terrace and Oppmann Terrace (PDFs) apartments, both located on Detroit Avenue in Cleveland, and the Euclid Heights Historic District (PDF) in Cleveland Heights. It would be the City's 11th historic district.
30 July 2012
For the second time, the Cleveland Landmarks Commission rejected a demolition request for the Euclid Avenue Church of God. The Cleveland Clinic has offered to purchase the property if the building is demolished. In Lakewood, the California-based owner of the former First Church of Christ, Scientist building is challenging the City's landmark designation of the property, filing an appeal in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
22 July 2012
Steven Litt of the Plain Dealer said that the ongoing renovation of the former St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland's Buckeye neighborhood "embodies a compassionate vision that combines historic preservation, strong contemporary architecture and urban design, high educational aspirations for Cleveland's children, affordable housing and an emphasis on mass transit." Joel Ratner of Neighborhood Progress Inc. described the project in the Cleveland Jewish News.
29 June 2012
The Cleveland Foundation announced $19.9 million in grants for a variety of programs, including funding for economic development activities, $150,000 for the intergenerational housing project in Fairfax, and $400,000 for a partnership that will work to leverage Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District investments to make neighborhood improvements. The Storm Water Management Partnership includes LAND Studio, Neighborhood Progress Inc., and the Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.
ArtPlace, a national partnership to support the arts, awarded $15.4 million in grants to 47 projects across the country. Among the awards was a $500,000 grant to support the Collinwood Rising initiative in Cleveland. Northeast Shores Development Corporation will "work with artists to establish replicable development models for artist space in older industrial cities." Meanwhile, businessman Alan Glazen said he intends to simultaneously launch five restaurants in the neighborhood.
09 June 2012
Several local construction projects celebrated milestones:
- Developers broke ground in Lakewood for the 17-unit Clifton Pointe townhouse project. Three Sloane Avenue houses were demolished. The first units are scheduled to be ready next spring.
- The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland broke ground on a 20,000-square-foot expansion. When completed, it will provide space for an additional 17 families per night.
- The celebration of the West Side Market's centennial began with the opening of the renovated Market Square Park.
- Cleveland's Croatian community dedicated the new Croatian Cultural Garden in Rockefeller Park.
- In South Euclid, developers and officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Oakwood Commons shopping center.
- Solon officials formally broke ground on Solon Village Plaza, the redevelopment of the former Solar Shopping Center.
- A topping off ceremony took place for the 18-story office tower, the main component in the first phase of the Flats East Bank development. It's scheduled to open next year.
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District crews lowered the 345,000-pound head of a tunnel boring machine into the entrance of the Euclid Creek Tunnel, 200 feet below the surface in Bratenahl. The machine will begin cutting the sewer tunnel this summer, and is scheduled to complete the 18,000-foot long tunnel in 2014. When complete, it will be able to store 52 million gallons of combined sewage.
04 June 2012
As part of its mid-biennium review, the Ohio Senate added $42 million for the Clean Ohio program. The spending bill includes $36 million for greenspace preservation and $6 million for farmland preservation. Earlier legislation had budgeted only $6 million for trail maintenance.
In the final round of funding from the Clean Ohio Brownfield Revitalization Fund, the Ohio Department of Development awarded more than $19 million in grants to 11 projects. The City of Cleveland received $1.3 million for demolition and remediation (PDF) at the former Van Dorn property on East 79th Street. The Orlando Baking Company plans to expand onto the property. Food service supplier S.S. Kemp in Cuyahoga Heights was not awarded a grant.
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27 April 2012
The Ohio Department of Development approved $10 million in grants for nine projects through the Ohio Job Ready Sites Program. The City of Cleveland will receive a $1 million grant to support infrastructure and building improvements to the Victory Building on Euclid Avenue.
19 April 2012
RTA ridership figures continue to rise, increasing by 5.3% between March 2011 and March 2012, and the agency is working to attract discretionary transit users. In Cleveland Heights and University Circle, consultants are developing plans for improving non-automobile transportation options and are conducting a survey. Marc Lefkowitz said that they face challenges and opportunities.
17 April 2012
At a recent Cleveland Museum of Art panel discussion, leaders from East Cleveland and Fairfax talked about ways that growth in University Circle is improving their communities.
10 April 2012
The Plain Dealer's Steven Litt says that the buildings in the first phase of University Circle's Uptown development "are crisp, lean and decidedly contemporary, yet they also contributing powerfully to the larger urban environment" and that the project "is one of the most exciting and sophisticated architectural ensembles in the history of Cleveland."
22 March 2012
PNC unveiled plans for a new community resource center in Cleveland's Fairfax neighborhood. The 6,400-square-foot PNC Fairfax Connection is intended to offer a variety of community resources at the corner of Carnegie Avenue and East 83rd Street.
Update: the Plain Dealer has more details.
19 March 2012
WXZ Development plans to complete its Circle 118 townhouse project in University Circle by building an additional 30 units. The earlier buildings were built as condominiums, but the final phase will be apartments.
14 March 2012
University Circle Incorporated selected the Coral Co. and Panzica Construction as developers for a project on the site of Lot 45. The $100 million mixed-use Intesa project would replace the 2.2-acre parking lot with office, technology, and residential space. The developers have one year to secure tenants and funding for the project at Euclid Avenue and East 117th Street, near RTA's planned rapid transit station.
Update: the Coral Co. posted a video about the development.
01 March 2012
Members of the Shaker Square Area Development Corporation voted to reject a proposed merger with the Buckeye Area Development Corporation. SHAD will lay off its staff and cease operations. The area will be without a community development corporation.
14 February 2012
The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, formerly known as Dike 14, officially opened last week (PDF). The 88-acre man-made peninsula provides urban wildlife habitat and features a 1.3-mile walking trail. The site was created from dredge material deposited in the confined disposal facility from 1979 to 1999.
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02 February 2012
The Clean Ohio Assistance Fund awarded a $298,480 grant to the City of Cleveland to conduct a Phase II environmental assessment of a portion of the former General Environmental Management property on Rockefeller Avenue in the Flats. Meanwhile, the Ohio EPA declared that brownfield remediation was completed (PDF) for the 14-acre former National Acme site on East 131st Street in Cleveland.
31 January 2012
Cleveland officials said that the long-planned renovation of League Park will begin in late spring or early summer. The $5 million project will include restoring the ticket house and bleacher wall, and recreating the stadium's baseball diamond.
24 January 2012
The Plain Dealer's Steven Litt analyzed the Cleveland Clinic's master plan for its main campus in Fairfax. The plan, prepared by Foster + Partners of London, calls for the creation of a green corridor through the center of the campus. The plan suggests redeveloping the former Cleveland Play House complex as an education center, but does not address the edges of the campus or the possible demolition of two historic churches.
Superior Technology Partners of Columbus hopes to build a data center on a 2.25-acre portion of a 14-acre City-owned property on Chester Avenue. The Midtown site was previously slated for a state psychiatric hospital.
17 January 2012
CMHA received a $300,000 federal planning grant to develop a plan for revitalizing the Cedar Extension public housing development in Cleveland's Central neighborhood. It was one of 13 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants awarded by HUD across the United States. Choice Neighborhoods is a signature program of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.
After several years of debate, ODOT and MidTown Cleveland, Inc. agreed to reevaluate the potential economic impacts of eliminating I-90 interchanges at Carnegie and Prospect avenues in Cleveland. D.B. Hartt, Inc. will conduct a year-long study.
12 January 2012
Collinwood's Northeast Shores Development Corp and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture are rolling out the Artists in Residence program. Its first project is the Cleveland Arsenal (PDF), a civic advocacy effort.
Update: the organizations published guidelines for the Artists in Residence program (PDF).
07 January 2012
The LoConti family, longtime owners of the Cleveland Agora, recently donated the office and entertainment complex to MidTown Cleveland. MidTown and Hemingway Development plan to redevelop its 54,000-square-foot office portion and restore the Agora Theatre.
Demolition of the Cleveland School of the Arts building in University Circle is scheduled to begin soon. The Cleveland Metropolitan School District plans to build a new school on the site.
29 December 2011
The Ohio Department of Development awarded $14.9 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits for 13 rehabilitation projects. Eight of the projects are in Northeast Ohio, and four are in Cleveland. The Victory Building at Euclid Avenue and East 71st Street received a $4.38 million credit, the Park and Southworth Buildings on Public Square received a $1.98 million credit, the Rialto Theater on West 25th Street received a $484,108 credit, and the Gifford House on Prospect Avenue received a $108,914 credit. An Akron Beacon Journal editorial supports the tax credit program.
28 December 2011
Changing Gears looked at how the loss of a bank branch can impact a neighborhood, using Cleveland's Larchmere neighborhood and its closed Ohio Savings branch as an example.
19 December 2011
In the third round of its TIGER program, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $511 million to 46 projects across the country. RTA received $12.5 million for its planned new rapid transit station at Mayfield Road and East 119th Street in Little Italy. Construction of the $17.5 million project could start in early 2013. RTA received a TIGER grant last year for the reconstruction of its University Circle rapid transit station.
An Ohio Citizen Action report urges FirstEnergy to permanently close its Lake Shore Power Plant in Cleveland. The plant is currently idle.
Last week, workers began construction of the 153-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel in University Circle. The $27 million development should be completed in late 2012.
Backers of the proposed Turkish Cultural Garden in Cleveland's Rockefeller Park shared a preliminary design for the garden.
16 December 2011
Cleveland officials recently unveiled designs for the planned African American Cultural Garden in Rockefeller Park. Supporters hope to raise $2 million for the project and complete construction in 2013. A Plain Dealer editorial says it "wouldn't have happened without the tenacity and vision of the late Booker T. Tall."
07 December 2011
The TLCI-funded East 22nd Street Corridor/Campus District Transportation and Redevelopment Plan (PDF) makes recommendations intended to strengthen the connections between the Campus District's three anchor institutions. It "illustrates how community-involved planning can tap into large transportation projects to make meaningful corridor enhancements."
30 November 2011
Using Growing Power's aquaponics model, Rid-All Green Partnership is growing produce, raising fish, and creating compost in Kinsman's Forgotten Triangle. The farm in the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone is one of Growing Power's 15 regional urban farming training centers. Rid-All's mission is to "transform communities by providing them with accessible nutritionally rich food items to improve their over all health."
Cleveland City Council approved a lease with an option to buy for the former site of St. Michael Hospital in Slavic Village. Fast Track Cycling plans to open a bicycle track on the property next year and eventually create a $7.5 million velodrome complex.
Update: Fast Track Cycling launched a new website.
The New York Times looked at some of the construction projects underway in University Circle, focusing on the Uptown development, which it said "amounts to a new downtown for the University Circle neighborhood".
23 November 2011
State officials awarded more than $27.5 million in Clean Ohio Fund grants for 15 brownfield cleanup initiatives, including two local projects. Cuyahoga County received $2 million for demolition and remediation of Cleveland State University's Viking Hall and Wolfe's Music Store building. The university now plans to build a health and life sciences building on the site. The City of Cleveland received $2.99 million for infrastructure, demolition, and remediation in the Miceli Dairy expansion. The project broke ground in October.
Update: Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson wants to save the Wolfe's Music Store building.
18 November 2011
University Circle Incorporated is shifting its focus to integrate the area into its surrounding neighborhoods by becoming a developer, a neighborhood advocate, and a service provider. They launched a redesigned website today.
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial called it "the path to a stronger city."
15 November 2011
Cleveland residents celebrated the opening of the Collinwood Recreation Center on Saturday. Located in a former Big Lots store on Lake Shore Boulevard, it is the City's first new recreation center in 14 years. The Plain Dealer's Joe Frolik looked at the history of the project.
11 November 2011
Trailside at Morgana Run is a proposed residential development at East 71st Street and Aetna Road in Slavic Village. Located on a former brownfield site, it will include more than 100 single-family houses.
26 October 2011
The SmartHome Cleveland passive house was moved from the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to its permanent site on Wade Park Avenue. The museum is seeking certification from the Passive House Institute U.S. The house is for sale, with an asking price of $329,000.
Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. received a $759,374 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its MC2 Food Access Initiative. It's intended to address the food desert in Kinsman by establishing a fresh food center with a market, cafe, and community kitchen.
Cleveland Area History's Christopher Busta-Peck photographed the demolition of the Alhambra Apartments on Wade Park Avenue in Hough.
19 October 2011
The Plain Dealer's Steven Litt contrasted the designs of two new hospital buildings in Cleveland, the Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospitals and the CARES Tower at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Both structures were designed by George Nikolajevich of Cannon Design in St. Louis.
14 October 2011
Case Western Reserve University revealed the designs for its planned 82,000-square-foot Tinkham Veale University Center. The University intends to break ground next spring and complete construction by fall 2014.
Plans for the next phase in the redevelopment of the Tyler Village complex in Cleveland call for a $9 million renovation of a 150,000-square-foot building.
The retail portion in the first phase of the Uptown development is 95% leased. It will include a grocer, a bookstore, and restaurants when construction is completed in the spring. The $44.5 million phase one will add 102 apartments and over 56,000 square feet of retail in University Circle.
10 October 2011
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Green City Growers greenhouse in Cleveland will take place on October 17. The facility in Central will be the third business in the Evergreen Cooperatives network.
Update: the Plain Dealer has more details.
RTA will celebrate the official grand opening of its new East 55th Street Rapid Station on Tuesday. The $9.4 million station serves the Blue, Green, and Red lines.
The Cleveland Restoration Society's October newsletter provides updates the Cleveland Clinic's efforts to demolish the Euclid Avenue Church of God and the nearby Church of the Transfiguration, the recently-demolished St. Catherine Roman Catholic Church on East 93rd Street, and the sale of the Brooklyn Memorial United Methodist Church on Archwood Avenue in Brooklyn Centre.
04 October 2011
On Monday, the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court opened for business in the new Juvenile Justice Center at East 93rd Street and Quincy Avenue in Cleveland. The $189 million complex's first full day of business will be October 11.
In East Cleveland, the new Cleveland Clinic Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center also opened on Monday. The three-floor, 50,000-square-foot facility is on Euclid Avenue adjacent to the former Huron Hospital. The hospital permanently closed on Friday.
RTA and the City of Cleveland Heights unveiled the first of two solar-powered bus shelters. The project was funded by a $100,000 Federal Transit Administration grant. The shelters are on Mayfield Road, at Coventry and Warrensville Center roads.
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The steering committee for the Opportunity Corridor project selected a preferred alternative for the planned boulevard in Cleveland.
22 September 2011
The Cleveland Play House opened its first show in the renovated Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square in Cleveland. The former 2,500-seat theater is being converted to three smaller theaters that will be used by the Play House and Cleveland State University. The 514-seat theater has reopened, the 314-seat Second Stage will open in January, and the 150-seat Lab Theatre will open in February. Fundraising for the project continues.
Chinese-American investors are working to revive Cleveland's old Chinatown along Rockwell Avenue. Their efforts include renovations of On Leong Tong Ceremonial Hall and plans to open five restaurants.
08 September 2011
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $13.3 million in grants to six cities through its Brownfields Economic Development Initiative. The City of Cleveland received a $3 million grant and a $10 million loan for cleanup and redevelopment of the Warner & Swasey site on Carnegie Avenue.
02 September 2011
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Shoreway Commerce Park, developer Mitchell Schneider said that the Cleveland industrial park may soon see an expansion. The redevelopment of the former White Motors plant received a variety of public financial incentives.
29 August 2011
Greenbridge Commons (PDF) is a new $12.5 million permanent supporting housing development at East 75th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. The 70-unit facility will provide homes for chronically homeless individuals. It was developed by the Cleveland Housing Network and will by operated by Eden, Inc.
22 August 2011
17 August 2011
With the backing of Councilmen Johnson and Conwell, Cleveland City Council approved the creation of the Magnolia-Wade Park Historic District at its meeting today. Mt. Zion Congregational Church and members of a CWRU fraternity opposed the designation.
04 August 2011
22 July 2011
Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson has proposed designating the Magnolia-Wade Park Historic District as a local historic district. The area is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mt. Zion Congregational Church, which wants to tear down two houses for an addition, opposes the proposal.
The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture selected North Collinwood for its Artists in Residence initiative. The $500,000 pilot program will provide grants and loans over the next two years, focusing on the relationship between artists and the Waterloo neighborhood.
Update: the Plain Dealer has more information.
18 July 2011
Planning for the Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland continues. Funding sources have not been confirmed for the $213.4 million project. The Ohio Department of Transportation will hold public meetings on July 26, 27, and 28 (PDF).
11 July 2011
A report from NAACP includes environmental justice scores for the 431 coal-fired power plants in the U.S. and named the Lake Shore Power Plant in Glenville as the nation's sixth-most harmful plant for low-income communities and communities of color. Leaders of the local NAACP branch say that the plant should remain open.
06 July 2011
Update: the PBS Newshour has a follow-up story.
Update 3: the Cincinnati Enquirer also looked at the Cuyahoga County Land Bank.
The Ohio Department of Development awarded $27 million in Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grants for 17 brownfield cleanup projects. Cleveland received two awards, $3 million for asbestos remediation of the John Hartness Brown Building on Euclid Avenue and $1 million for remediation and demolition for a mixed-use project on East 66th Street.
Update: WKSU has more details.
23 June 2011
18 June 2011
Architect Miguel Rosales is continuing to refine designs for three pedestrian bridges in Cleveland. The City of Cleveland plans to begin construction of a bridge at North Coast Harbor next summer, Cuyahoga County officials started evaluating three options for a bridge to Whiskey Island, and Case Western Reserve University made public a proposal for a bridge that would link the Cleveland Museum of Art to the Temple Tifereth Israel.
16 June 2011
10 June 2011
The SmartHome, the first passive house in Northeast Ohio, opened to the public on Monday. It will be on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History until September, when it will be moved to a permanent lot on Wade Park Avenue. The 2,500-square-foot house is designed to have a monthly heating or cooling cost of $20. Participants on Thursday's Sound of Ideas program discussed the house, and it will be the subject of a June 15 panel discussion at the City Club.
Update 2: McClatchy Newspapers also reported on the SmartHome.
06 June 2011
At its annual meeting on Thursday, MidTown Cleveland revealed plans for the second phase of the Midtown Tech Park. The plans include renovating a vacant 40,000-square-foot building located across Euclid Avenue from phase one.
03 June 2011
The new Syrian Cultural Garden in Cleveland was dedicated on Sunday. It features a series of arches and a set of engraved granite pedestals.
24 May 2011
RTA received an additional $2 million in federal funding for the reconstruction of the University Circle rapid transit station. Construction bidding for the project is scheduled to begin this fall. RTA has not been as successful in securing funds for the planned new East 120th Street rapid transit station in Little Italy.
The Ohio Department of Development awarded a $290,345 Clean Ohio Assistance Fund grant to the City of Cleveland to conduct an environmental assessment at Water Tower Park on Coit Road. The 24.6-acre former Fisher Body property is one of the largest contiguous brownfield sites (PDF) in Cleveland.
19 May 2011
At its meeting on Wednesday (PDF), the board of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority voted to open Dike 14 to the public as the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. The board also approved issuing $2.5 million in bonds for a planned hotel in University Circle and an additional $5 million in bonds for the Flats east bank project. It did not approve an extension of a parking agreement with the Cleveland Browns.
06 May 2011
04 May 2011
A Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority committee voted to open Dike 14 to the public. The full board is expected to approve the decision at its meeting on May 18. To start, the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve would be open one or two days per week.
Update: the Plain Dealer published more details.
Update 2: the spring 2011 open house (PDF) will be held on May 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Update 3: a Plain Dealer editorial says that the decision "exemplifies a sea change in attitude."
03 May 2011
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday for the redevelopment of the former St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland. The project's $15.1 million first phase will rehabilitate the central wing as 72 units of senior housing that will be called St. Luke's Manor. The Ohio EPA recently declared that brownfield remediation is complete (PDF) for the 5.19-acre site.
Case Western Reserve University selected the firm of Perkins+Will to design the Tinkham Veale University Center. The architecture firm was one of four finalists for the proposed $50 million student center. Preliminary designs should be ready by the end of July.
22 April 2011
16 April 2011
The new University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland is scheduled to open in June and will host an open house on Sunday. The $260 million tower has 120 beds, and the 375,000-square-foot facility will triple UH's space devoted to cancer services. A Plain Dealer editorial says it "adds a logistical jewel to Cleveland's medical crown."
13 April 2011
The Ohio Department of Development awarded a $206,675 Clean Ohio grant to the City of Cleveland for a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment of the former Warner & Swasey property on Carnegie Avenue.
31 March 2011
Leaders of the Buckeye Area Development Corporation and the Shaker Square Area Development Corporation are exploring ways that the two organizations can work cooperatively, with options ranging from sharing resources to the possibility of a merger.
30 March 2011
Community leaders in Cleveland's AsiaTown neighborhood intend to make the area a dining and entertainment destination. It will host the second annual Cleveland Asian Festival on May 21-22.
29 March 2011
Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson resolved his concerns about the proposed Hazel at the Circle apartments in University Circle, and now supports rezoning the 1.4-acre site from single-family residential to multi-family residential.
A Plain Dealer editorial supports Cuyahoga County's exploration of utilizing local hospitals for mental health care, in light of the state's decision to abandon plans for a regional psychiatric hospital in Cleveland. Tracy Plouck, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, says that the decision "was based on the rationale that the state will be able to offer the same amount of inpatient hospital capacity to the region at $4 million less per year."
21 March 2011
The Plain Dealer explored the results of abandonment and demolitions on east side neighborhoods of the City of Cleveland and considered short-term and longer-term strategies for reusing vacant land.
18 March 2011
At a press conference today, local and state officials urged Ohio leaders to reverse the decision to cancel the planned regional psychiatric hospital in Cleveland.
17 March 2011
The Ohio Housing Finance Agency board approved $350,000 in funding for St. John's Village West Family Homes, a 40-house development that is part of the Villages of Central in Cleveland.
11 March 2011
09 March 2011
At GreenCityBlueLake, Marc Lefkowitz describes how two local entrepreneurs plan to create a six-acre farm in Kinsman's Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone.
08 March 2011
25 February 2011
Cleveland Area History reports that the congregation of the Euclid Avenue Church of God in Cleveland "has been offered an unspecified sum by the Cleveland Clinic in return for demolishing the structure, a Cleveland Landmark, and providing the Clinic with a vacant lot."
24 February 2011
Through its Neighbors Invest in Broadway program, Slavic Village Development acquires distressed houses from banks and makes them available for purchase and rehabilitation.
Fresh Water described the renovation of the Tudor Arms building, scheduled to reopen in April as a Doubletree Hotel. The University Circle landmark will feature new and restored art by Nicolette Capuano and a new Mediterranean-themed restaurant.
23 February 2011
The AsiaTown Transportation & Streetscape Plan (PDF, 29.0 MB), completed in December, recommends mutimodal enhancements for Superior Avenue and East 36th Street in Cleveland. The TLCI-funded plan is "intended to serve as a first step in the process of realizing a vision for a main street district within AsiaTown."
(via Cool Cleveland)
18 February 2011
The Ohio Department of Mental Health announced that it is dropping its plans to build a new psychiatric hospital on Euclid Avenue and that it will close its facility adjacent to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. The department says that it will save $30 million by instead expanding its Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare campus in Sagamore Hills Township. The City of Cleveland has spent more than $4.1 million on land assembly and environmental cleanup for the planned hospital in Midtown.
Update: the Akron Beacon Journal provided more details.
17 February 2011
Following its $45 million investment in the Flats east bank project, the Cleveland International Fund is looking at financing the expansion of University Hospitals in University Circle.
12 February 2011
Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson has concerns about the proposed Hazel at the Circle apartments in University Circle, and delayed a rezoning request for the property. Developers had planned to begin construction of the 59-unit complex on Hazel Drive by this June.
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial says that Councilman Johnson should allow the project to proceed.
09 February 2011
The renovation of the former St. Luke's Medical Center will begin this week. The project's first phase will convert the central wing to 72 units of senior housing, and should be completed in 2012. The three-phase project could be completed by 2013.
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial called it "a perfect fit for this family-centered neighborhood."
Cleveland City Council authorized spending $387,000 on plans for the renovation of League Park. City officials have committed $5 million to the project, and hope to raise another $3.5 million in private donations.
On Tuesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new building in University Circle. The museum at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road is scheduled to open in fall 2012.
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial extols the construction in University Circle.
07 February 2011
This spring, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will begin construction of the Euclid Creek Tunnel, a 18,000-foot-long, 24-foot-diameter sewer tunnel that will be up to 220 feet under Lake Erie. The work is part of the district's Project Clean Lake program.
31 January 2011
- A bill introduced in the Ohio House would provide a tax incentive for the cleanup of contaminated properties.
- The Ohio EPA posted presentations from the 2011 Ohio Brownfield Conference.
- Ohio's Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund awarded $600,000 in stimulus funding, including $200,000 to Midtown Cleveland for asbestos remediation at the Agora Theater.
26 January 2011
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will build a passive house on its grounds as part of the Climate Change exhibit coming to the museum this summer. The energy-efficient SmartHome Cleveland will be built without a furnace, and will be moved to a permanent site on Wade Park Avenue in September.
20 January 2011
06 January 2011
Miceli Dairy Products received a $5.49 million loan through the Small Business Administration's 504 program. The loan will permit the company to proceed with the planned expansion of its Buckeye Road plant in Cleveland.
18 December 2010
Hospice of Western Reserve is completing the deconstruction of the former St. Joseph Christian Life Center in Cleveland. They hope to finish by the end of the month.
03 December 2010
University Circle Incorporated is raising funds to create Circle Walk, a series of self-guided walking tours. The one to two-mile long path could draw attention to as many as 85 sites.
Local wind turbine initiatives have been highlighted in the media:
- Fresh Water described the current state of wind power generation in Northeast Ohio, while Next American City looked at offshore wind turbine projects in Chicago in Cleveland.
- A new interactive map from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources highlights opportunities for offshore wind turbines.
- The Lake County Commissioners voted to support the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation.
- Case Western Reserve University recently installed a 156-foot tall wind turbine on campus near Veale Athletic Center, and plans to install three more elsewhere in Cuyahoga County. In addition to generating electricity, they will be used to conduct research.
02 December 2010
The Ohio Department of Development awarded a $1.95 million Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grant to the City of Cleveland. The funds will be used to demolish three buildings at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. The hospital plans to begin building a surgery center on the site in 2013.
24 November 2010
Smart Growth America looked at Ohio's brownfield redevelopment initiatives and their potential to spur economic development. The Ohio EPA declared (PDF) that the City of Cleveland has finished cleanup of a 0.75-acre brownfield site at Euclid Avenue and East 55th Street.
19 November 2010
Cleveland's Euclid Corridor Design Review Committee approved conceptual designs for public spaces at the Uptown development in University Circle, including a plaza outside of MOCA's planned building at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road.
18 November 2010
The new Syrian Cultural Garden, under construction in Cleveland's Rockefeller Park, is scheduled to be dedicated in May. The garden was first proposed in 1929, and will be the first Arab-American garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.
05 November 2010
Cleveland's Euclid Corridor Design Review Committee approved the design for the planned Courtyard by Marriott hotel in University Circle, but members said that design needs more work.
03 November 2010
On Tuesday, the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland unanimously voted to proceed with construction of its new building at Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road in University Circle. MOCA plans to break ground in December. The $26.7 million project is fully funded.
27 October 2010
Living Cities announced that it will provide at least $80 million to five cities, including Cleveland, through its new Integration Initiative. Over the next three years, Living Cities will invest $14.75 million in Cleveland, with much of it supporting new worker-owned cooperatives and initiatives in the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor. Cleveland was named a finalist in April.
Update: guests on The Takeaway talked about the awards.
Update 2: a Plain Dealer editorial praised the initiative.
Local, state, and federal officials unveiled plans to establish an urban agriculture demonstration project in Kinsman. The three-year, $1.1 million Cleveland Urban Agriculture Incubator Pilot Project will start by creating a six-acre farm at East 83rd Street and Gill Avenue. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $740,096 in funding, and the City of Cleveland intends to eventually expand the project to cover 20 acres in the Forgotten Triangle.
Update: the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition supplied more details.
18 October 2010
Congressional offices have revealed some recipients of TIGER II grants, and the U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to officially announce the awards later this week. Sherrod Brown announced that RTA received a $10.5 million grant for the planned reconstruction of the University Circle rapid transit station.
15 October 2010
The U.S. EPA awarded $4 million in grants for communities to develop area-wide approaches to brownfield redevelopment. The City of Cleveland was among the 23 recipients, and will use its $175,000 award to facilitate community involvement (PDF) in prioritizing brownfield remediation along the route of the planned Opportunity Corridor in Kinsman and Buckeye.
Snavely Development of Chagrin Falls and Concord Hospitality Enterprises of North Carolina plan to built an eight-story, 150-room hotel in University Circle. The $27 million Courtyard by Marriott project is on Cornell Road, near Euclid Avenue and adjacent to the University Hospitals campus. They intend to start construction early next year and open the hotel by fall 2012.
13 October 2010
The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club are appealing a permit recently issued by the Ohio EPA for the Lake Shore Power Plant in Cleveland. The permit authorizes the FirstEnergy facility to continue discharging mercury into Lake Erie.
Members of a local group report that they have reached an agreement with the Cleveland Catholic Diocese to purchase the former St. George's Lithuanian Church in Cleveland "to create a local-food centric business development district centered around an 18,000 sq.ft. greenhouse." The effort is modeled on Will Allen's Growing Power project in Milwaukee.
07 October 2010
Ohio Department of Transportation officials presented plans for the Opportunity Corridor (PDF) at six public meetings in Cleveland this week. Residents in Central and Kinsman were skeptical about the project's benefits, while Slavic Village residents expressed mixed opinions.
Update: Lakewood residents who were unable to attend the workshop can still provide input.
20 September 2010
The planned Opportunity Corridor will affect residents and business in Cleveland's Buckeye, Fairfax, Kinsman, and Slavic Village neighborhoods, and area leaders intend to ensure that the proposed boulevard benefits their neighborhoods. The Ohio Department of Transportation will hold six public meetings between October 5 and October 7.
16 September 2010
14 September 2010
As University Hospitals nears the completion of its Vision 2010 plan, the Plain Dealer examined the $1.2 billion expansion project. Its two largest components, the $298 million Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood and the $250 million cancer hospital in University Circle will open next year.
Developer John Ferchill wants to build an "innovation center campus" on the site of the current Cleveland Third District police station at Chester Avenue and East 107th Street. The $98.6 million office and research project succeeds his unrealized plans for the MidTown Technology Center on Euclid Avenue.
Update: MedCity News provides some analysis.
The Ohio Department of Development awarded a $299,924 grant to the City of Cleveland to conduct a brownfields assessment for the planned expansion of the Miceli Dairy Products Co. facility (PDF) on Buckeye Road. The U.S. EPA gave a $25,000 grant to the Earth Day Coalition to support its work on revitalizing vacant properties.
13 September 2010
Architect Miguel Rosales may design two pedestrian bridges in Cleveland, in addition to the planned bridge at North Coast Harbor. Cuyahoga County is negotiating with Rosales to design a bridge to Whiskey Island, and he is working with Case Western Reserve University to study possibilities for a bridge to its future West Campus.
07 September 2010
A study conducted for University Circle Incorporated and developer the Fitch Group forecasts that institutions in University Circle will add 2,900 jobs within five years and that the area will offer opportunities for residential development.
20 August 2010
13 August 2010
Citing reduced demand and proposed federal regulations, FirstEnergy announced plans to reduce operations at four of its smaller coal-fired power plants in Ohio. The changes include plans (PDF) to temporarily idle the Lake Shore Plant in Cleveland and to operate the Eastlake Plant only during the summer and winter.
11 August 2010
The nonprofit utility that provides power to institutions in University Circle is seeking a permit renewal for its coal-fired power plant. Members of the Sierra Club and other environmental groups oppose the permit, and stated their opinions at a public meeting (PDF) yesterday. The company intends to complete a plan by the end of 2011 for how it will become a coal-free operation. The Ohio EPA posted the draft permit (PDF).
Update: a final decision could take several months.
04 August 2010
31 July 2010
Developer MRN Ltd. has arranged financing for the $44.5 million first phase of the Uptown project in University Circle, and plans to break ground on Monday. Phase one, which includes two buildings with 102 apartments and 56,000 square feet of retail, is scheduled to open in fall 2011.
The State of Ohio awarded a $3.5 million grant to the MidTown Tech Park, a 128,500-square-foot office, laboratory, and research project in the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor. Developers intend to break ground in November for the $22 million development, formerly known as the Euclid Tech Center. The project was one of 14 sites that received grants from the state's Job Ready Sites program.
The Cleveland Clinic broke ground for its 135,000 square-foot medical testing laboratory at Carnegie Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland. Construction of the $75 million building should be completed by the end of 2011.
28 July 2010
Organizers of the Evergreen Cooperatives are preparing to launch their third employee-owned business. The Green City Growers Cooperative will operate a 5½-acre hydroponic greenhouse in Cleveland's Central neighborhood.
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial concludes that the "commitment to go from grit to green offers a healthier future not just for neighborhoods but for the local economy."
23 July 2010
The Ohio Department of Development awarded $600,000 in federal stimulus funds for brownfield redevelopment. The Famicos Foundation received $100,000 of the funds to help with asbestos remediation at a building on East Boulevard in Cleveland.
Maingate Business Development Corporation hopes to develop an east side market at East 55th Street and Woodland Avenue in Cleveland. Maingate Market Place is a $30 million proposal that would include a farmers market, restaurants, retail, offices, and warehouse space. Maingate intends to partner with a private developer on the 10-acre project.
21 July 2010
Last Thursday, MOCA unveiled Farshid Moussavi's designs for the museum's planned University Circle building, and on Friday, the Cleveland City Planning Commission approved them. The abstract building's six facets will be clad in black stainless steel and glass. MOCA hopes to break ground by late fall on the $26 million project at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road.
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial says that "the new building will allow MOCA to burst out of its shell."
14 July 2010
The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland unanimously voted to proceed with construction of a new building in University Circle. A December groundbreaking is planned, and architect Farshid Moussavi's designs for the museum will be unveiled on Thursday. The Gund Foundation recently contributed $2.5 million in grants and loans to the project.
12 July 2010
The landmark former St. Joseph Christian Life Center in Collinwood is being deconstructed. Hospice of the Western Reserve, which purchased the property last year, plans to use the site as greenspace.
08 July 2010
Landscape architect James Corner of Field Operations, who also developed the Public Square redesign concepts, will design the public spaces of the Uptown development in University Circle. At nearby Hazel Road, WXZ Development announced plans to build 60 upscale apartments near the Western Reserve Historical Society and Cleveland Institute of Music.
30 June 2010
Euclid Beach Park Now and the Euclid Beach Park Carousel Society announced plans to partner with the Western Reserve Historical Society to rebuild the Euclid Beach Park Carousel on the grounds of the Historical Society. They launched a $6 million fundraising campaign and hope to have the restored carousel running in University Circle by 2013.
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial supports the effort.
11 June 2010
WCPN looked at two creative reuses of underutilized space in Cleveland, Ray's MTB Indoor Park in Midtown and the Gardens Under Glass at the Galleria.
Slavic Village residents recently celebrated National Trails Day with a variety of activities.
08 June 2010
Case Western Reserve University will build a field house adjacent to its Village at 115 complex. The 24,000-square-foot Wyant Field House will feature weight training and cardiovascular areas, a lounge, and multipurpose space.
07 June 2010
Governor Strickland designated the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor as an Ohio Hub of Innovation and Opportunity, the second in the state. The status is accompanied by a $250,000 grant and priority status for millions of dollars in grants and loans. Philips Healthcare will open a $33.4 million research center in the corridor at University Hospitals.
02 June 2010
27 May 2010
Hemingway Development wants to redevelop the former Warner & Swasey complex at Carnegie Avenue and East 55th Street in Cleveland as offices, labs, and warehousing or manufacturing space. The buildings have been vacant since 1985 and are currently owned by the City of Cleveland. City officials hope to obtain state funding for brownfield remediation at the site.
More than 150 sites were selected to participate in a two-year pilot program for the Sustainable Sites Initiative. The interdisciplinary initiative is an effort to establish a national rating system for sustainable landscape design. The projects in Ohio are at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland, the West Creek Reservation in Parma, and the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland.
Update: the Plain Dealer published more details about the Botanical Garden's participation.
Update 2: the Parma Sun Post described the project at the West Creek Reservation.
20 May 2010
04 May 2010
The Cleveland Clinic hired Foster + Partners of London to conduct a 20-year master plan for the Clinic's main campus in Cleveland. The Clinic is also developing plans for two new buildings at its Cleveland campus.
The Veale Foundation donated $20 million to Case Western Reserve University for a new student center. The Tinkham Veale University Center will be built at the corner of East Boulevard and Bellflower Road.
28 April 2010
The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's new headquarters building is under construction at East 80th Street and Kinsman Avenue in Cleveland's Forgotten Triangle. The offices are scheduled to open in summer 2011.
20 April 2010
The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland will ask Westlake Reed Leskosky to produce final construction drawings for its planned University Circle building. The board will vote again on June 15, and may then reveal Farshid Moussavi's concept for the museum. A November groundbreaking is possible.
The new Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor is an effort to redevelop Euclid Avenue in Cleveland by leveraging the area's strengths in the biomedical, health care, and high-tech industries.
14 April 2010
The Ohio EPA announced that two local brownfield sites have completed the state's Voluntary Action Program and are ready for redevelopment. The properties are a 2.78-acre site on Cedar Avenue in Cleveland (PDF) and a 16-acre site on Northfield Road in Warrensville Heights (PDF).
08 April 2010
Developer MRN Ltd. has secured financing for the $44 million first phase of the mixed-use Uptown development in University Circle, and hopes to break ground this summer. Architect Stanley Saitowitz created conceptual designs for apartments over retail along both sides of Euclid Avenue, and presented them to the Euclid Corridor Design Review Committee. The committee unanimously approved the plans, but criticized the presentation for lacking detail.
Update: the Cleveland City Planning Commission also unanimously approved the designs.
01 April 2010
24 March 2010
The landmark Euclid Avenue Congregational Church in Cleveland was destroyed by an early Tuesday morning fire. The cause is not known, but a lightning strike is suspected. The blaze left the sandstone walls standing, but fire inspectors deemed them too unstable and the remains are being demolished.
Update 2: Lightning was confirmed as the cause of the fire.
19 March 2010
The Temple–Tifereth Israel and Case Western Reserve University announced that the congregation's historic University Circle synagogue will be renovated as the Milton and Tamar Maltz Center for Performing Arts. It will be the home of the University's performing arts programs, while continuing to serve as a place of worship on holidays and other occasions. The Maltz Family Foundation donated $12 million for the $25.6 million project.
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial calls it "a win-win -- and then some."
Steven Litt says that the Circle 118 townhouses at Euclid Avenue and East 118th Street have "brightened a once dreary corner" in University Circle. When completed, the development will have 17 units.
13 March 2010
In January, the Cleveland Clinic demolished the former Hathaway Brown School building on Chester Avenue without a public hearing. Because the Clinic's campus lies in a gap between design review districts, less public oversight is required. Historic preservationists would like to expand the districts to include the Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Play House properties, among other sites. Bill Barrow believes that the local approach to preservation "is too unplanned, piecemeal and last-minute to be effective."
08 March 2010
03 March 2010
The City of Cleveland hired Panzica Construction to build the new Collinwood Community Recreation Center. The conversion of the former Big Lots store near Euclid Beach State Park is scheduled to begin this spring.
Cindy Barber wants artists to relocate to North Collinwood. She proposes making houses owned by the Cuyahoga County Land Bank available to artists at reduced prices.
24 February 2010
Architect and real estate investor Richard Bowen wants to redevelop the former Key Gas Components facility as a $35 million mixed-use project. The development near Chester Avenue and East 66th Street in Cleveland's Midtown neighborhood would include a 70,000-square-foot medical office building, 150 senior housing units, 14,000 square feet of retail space, and two restaurants. The City of Cleveland is applying for a $191,947 Clean Ohio Assistance Fund grant that would help fund a Phase II environmental site assessment (PDF) and an asbestos survey.
17 February 2010
10 February 2010
An article in this week's Scene is critical of the plans for the Opportunity Corridor. Residents in Cleveland's Forgotten Triangle do not think it will help their neighborhood.
On Friday and Saturday, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland held MOCAmentum, an invitation-only Appreciative Inquiry summit. The museum has raised most of the funds needed for its planned new University Circle building, and may unveil Farshid Moussavi's architectural plans in late March.
27 January 2010
Fast Track Cycling announced today that it has entered into a purchase agreement with the City of Cleveland for the nine-acre St. Michael Hospital site in Slavic Village. The nonprofit plans to build a $6.5 million velodrome complex on the property at Broadway and McBride Avenues, and will spend the next six to 12 months raising funds for the project.
Update: Channel 5 has more details.
20 January 2010
The Ohio Housing Finance Agency used federal stimulus funds to approve more than $53 million in tax credits. Three projects in Cuyahoga County were among the recipients: Emerald Alliance V on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Independence Place at the Prospect Avenue YWCA in Cleveland, and the Library Court senior housing development on Chagrin Boulevard in Shaker Heights.
Steven Litt critiqued the design of the new Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center building (PDF) on Euclid Avenue in University Circle. He said that the "four-story building is a strong urban presence" and that "Bostwick designed the building as a contributor to an evolving neighborhood, not a stand-alone star."
05 January 2010
A Plain Dealer editorial about Cleveland's Campus District concludes that "it's an ambitious to-do list for a group that still has to sell a vision to its own stakeholders, then to City Hall, potential funders and the broader community. But given the opportunities that exist in the area and the need for bold thinking in Cleveland, it's also a refreshing agenda for a new year."
29 December 2009
RTA plans to demolish the closed Rockefeller Avenue bridge in Cleveland. They do not intend to replace it.
16 December 2009
The trustees of the Cleveland Museum of Art voted unanimously to proceed with Step C of the museum's building campaign, the second major phase of its $350 million expansion and renovation. The phase will include the construction of the west wing and central atrium.
15 December 2009
The Dike 14 Nature Preserve Committee, League of Women Voters of the Cleveland Area, and the Northeast Ohio Sierra Group formed the Cleveland Lakefront Alliance to oppose the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's planned relocation to a site north of East 55th Street.
14 December 2009
Jacob Van Sickle of Slavic Village Development described how the Morgana Run Trail has been "an important asset in selling houses and revitalizing the neighborhood."
09 December 2009
The community development corporation for the area directly east of downtown Cleveland is rebranding the district. Formerly known as the Quadrangle, the area's new name is the Campus District. Its new connection plan establishes goals for the repositioning, redevelopment, and reorganization of the district centered around the campuses of Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, and St. Vincent Charity Hospital.
03 December 2009
This week's edition of Cool Cleveland includes an overview of the new University Circle signage and wayfinding program executed by Studio Graphique and University Circle Incorporated.
23 November 2009
Details about the upheaval at the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority continue to trickle in:
- Christopher Evans of the Plain Dealer described the events leading to Adam Wasserman's departure.
- Port Authority board chairman Steven Williams wrote about the steps the board is "taking to correct its course and execute a long-term vision to help drive the economic revitalization of this region."
- The Plain Dealer opined about the conflict-of-interest allegations against board member John Carney.
- Kevin Niedermier of WKSU spoke with several decision-makers.
- Cleveland Magazine's Erick Trickey summarized the issues facing the Port Authority.
- The Port Authority's transition committee will hold a special meeting on Wednesday (PDF).
In Sunday's Plain Dealer, Harvey Webster advocated for establishing the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve at Dike 14 in Cleveland.
20 November 2009
Members of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority board revealed today that they are reconsidering plans to relocate to new facilities north of East 55th Street and efforts to attract container shipping. They also indicated that the Port Authority faces a budget shortfall this year and reflected on recent events. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the Port Authority that failure to establish a new confined disposal facility by 2015 could halt dredging of the Cuyahoga River and the Port of Cleveland.
The owners of the Quay 55 apartments asserted that board member John Carney has conflicts of interest and called for his removal. Longtime port staffer Rose Ann DeLeon resigned on Wednesday, becoming the third official to leave in the last six weeks.
The Euclid Tech Center is a proposed 98,000-square-foot office/research & development building at Euclid Avenue and East 69th Street in Cleveland. Its developers are seeking financial assistance from the City and State to build the $20 million project.
18 November 2009
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority again declined to share the reasons for CEO Adam Wasserman's recent exit, and the Plain Dealer repeated its call for better communication and transparency from the Port Authority. An article in this week's Scene tells the story of Wasserman's two-year tenure.
Meanwhile, the Port Authority board today delayed the port's planned move to a new dike near East 55th Street. The Port Authority also admitted that it cannot meet the deadline to supply the $158 million local match for the construction of the dike.
14 November 2009
04 November 2009
The historic Tudor Arms in University Circle is under renovation and is scheduled to reopen as a 154-room Doubletree Hotel in spring 2011. It will also house a restaurant and 25,000 square feet of office space.
28 October 2009
Brent Larkin thinks that the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority needs to provide better leadership and accelerate the timetable of its planned move. Cleveland leaders expressed mixed reactions.
21 October 2009
The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine today announced the establishment of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control, the new center will "address common health issues faced in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods in and around Greater Cleveland."
20 October 2009
Steven Litt of the Plain Dealer praised City Architecture's design for the planned new Collinwood Community Recreation Center. The $10.8 million conversion of a former Big Lots store will strive for a LEED Gold rating.
16 October 2009
The Cleveland Clinic completed the purchase of the Cleveland Play House property on Euclid Avenue, buying the 11.29-acre site for $13 million. The Clinic will lease the complex back to the Play House for free until at least the end of 2011. The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland will leave the facilities when the Play House completes its move to Playhouse Square.
Update: the Plain Dealer published more details.
13 October 2009
Sunday's Plain Dealer included several opinion pieces on the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's proposed relocation. Former Cleveland Planning Director Hunter Morrison said that the planning efforts "should look beyond the corporate limits of Cleveland and include all of the region's industrial port assets—including the ports of Lorain, Grand River, Ashtabula and Conneaut". Adam Wasserman and Steven Williams of the Port Authority said that the facts support the planned move, and released a draft of the Port's five-year maritime business plan (PDF). Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and mayoral candidate Bill Patmon also weighed in.
07 October 2009
06 October 2009
A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge dissolved a restraining order, freeing the City of Cleveland to resume the demolition of the former Howard Johnson's hotel near the East Shoreway and East 55th Street. Cleveland City Council members are pleased. Demolition of the condemned building is expected to resume in the next few weeks.
Update: the demolition is underway.
05 October 2009
Today's Plain Dealer presents additional details about the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's unwillingness to support a grant proposal for a trail at Dike 14 in Cleveland.
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial says that "port officials need to be far more forthcoming" about their decision. Port Authority President Adam Wasserman said that there are ownership questions about the site that must be resolved.
30 September 2009
As anticipated, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommended building a new 157-acre confined disposal facility north of East 55th Street in Cleveland. The $277 million project would provide capacity for 20 years of dredge material from the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland Harbor.
25 September 2009
Residents and business owners along the path of the proposed Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland are skeptical that its construction would benefit them. Marc Lefkowitz noted that "the city will walk a tightrope between satisfying the traffic concerns of west siders commuting to The Clinic and University Circle and its promises to make this a boulevard with land-uses consistent with a healthy urban fabric."
23 September 2009
16 September 2009
11 September 2009
The Ohio Department of Transportation will hold two public meetings about the proposed Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland on September 22.
08 September 2009
Hospice of the Western Reserve recently purchased the 12-acre St. Joseph Christian Life Center property from the Cleveland Catholic Diocese. The hospice intends to eventually demolish the site's landmark four-story retreat house.
06 September 2009
The first phase of the Cleveland Institute of Art's Campus Unification Project, the renovation of its McCullough Center, began earlier this year and will continue through fall 2010. The planned expansion is scheduled to begin in January 2011.
01 September 2009
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority withdrew its support from a proposal to build a trail at Dike 14 in Cleveland, because it wants more time to consider how Dike 14 relates to the planned port relocation. On September 26, the Dike 14 Education Collaborative will hold Migration Mania (PDF), an open house with self-guided walking tours (PDF).
28 August 2009
The Ohio Department of Transportation's Transportation Review Advisory Council authorized an additional $10 million in funding for preliminary planning of the proposed Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland.
26 August 2009
24 August 2009
On Thursday, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority CEO Adam Wasserman and architect Stanton Eckstut described the downtown Cleveland port redevelopment plan at the City Club (MP3, 55.8 MB). On Friday, they presented the plan to the Cleveland City Planning Commission, where members had many questions about the concept. Adam Wasserman and the Port's Luke Frazier outlined the plan on Channel 3. Also on Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave its tentative approval to the Port's relocation plan, issuing a 241-page draft of its Cleveland Harbor Dredged Material Management Plan & Environmental Impact Statement (PDF, 8.4 MB). A Plain Dealer editorial says that the relocation and redevelopment plans need "a good deal more attention to detail". The Port Authority is preparing My Cleveland Waterfront, a website about the plans.
Update: Port Authority Chairman Steven Williams disputed several items in a Plain Dealer story.
03 August 2009
Chris Warren, Cleveland's Chief of Regional Development, responded to Tom Bier's op-ed from a week earlier. Warren said that "the city of Cleveland has not walked away from its long-standing efforts to promote economic development in Cleveland's Midtown neighborhood."
29 July 2009
Cleveland State's Tom Bier disapproves of the plans to build a psychiatric hospital and subsidized housing along Euclid Avenue in Cleveland's Midtown neighborhood. Dr. Bier, Bill Denihan, and Chris Warren were guests on yesterday's Sound of Ideas program on WCPN, where they discussed the issues.
28 July 2009
The owners of the former Howard Johnson's hotel near the East Shoreway and East 55th Street now have until August 20 to demonstrate progress in their plans to redevelop the tower. A Cuyahoga County judge extended the deadline for a second time on Friday. Two members of Cleveland City Council want the temporary restraining order lifted.
23 July 2009
The Cleveland Clinic will purchase the 295,000-square foot Cleveland Play House and its 12-acre property at Euclid Avenue and at East 85th Street. The price was not disclosed, but the Plain Dealer reports it will be in the $13–15 million range. The agreement includes a two-year leaseback clause (PDF) that will allow the Play House time to arrange its planned move to the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square.
With two other local Hungarian Catholic churches scheduled to close by next summer, parishioners at St. Elizabeth of Hungary hope that the area's Hungarian American community will show a renewed interest in Cleveland's Buckeye neighborhood.
22 July 2009
As the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority continues planning for its relocation to a site north of East 55th Street and for the redevelopment of its current downtown facilities, the Plain Dealer's Joe Frolik considered ways to enliven nearby Voinovich Park.
16 July 2009
A group of history teachers recently toured the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, and CSU's Center for Public and Digital Humanities documented the visit with stories, audio, and photographs. The local Albanian community intends to place a larger-than-life statue of Mother Teresa in the new Albanian Cultural Garden.
13 July 2009
Construction of an office building and parking garage to accompany the new Veterans Affairs Medical Center in University Circle may begin later this month, if the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority issues bonds to help fund the project.
Update: the Port Authority approved up to $115 million in bonds for the project.
10 July 2009
Different groups have different visions for the best place to rebuild the 1909 Euclid Beach carousel. Northeast Shores Development Corporation and Euclid Beach Park Now want to install it near its original location and a planned recreation center and pier. They say it could be ready in two years. Another group, the Cleveland Carousel, is raising money to rebuild it elsewhere in Cleveland.
Panelists at an Urban Land Institute event last week spoke about collaboration in University Circle. At the Heights Observer, Cleveland Heights City Council candidate Mary Dunbar wrote about the the opportunities for Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights created by the rejuvenation of University Circle.
09 July 2009
The Ohio Department of Mental Health selected a site along Euclid Avenue between East 55th and East 63rd streets for the new $84 million regional psychiatric hospital. It will replace aging facilities at the MetroHealth campus on Cleveland's west side and in Sagamore Hills Township. The 14-acre site was previously targeted for redevelopment as the Midtown Technology Center. Meanwhile, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency awarded affordable housing tax credits to six projects in Cuyahoga County, including two controversial planned developments in Midtown. Emerald Alliance V, a permanent supportive housing development, received $1 million. A neighboring planned senior housing development received $915,122.
01 July 2009
Yesterday, RTA's board of trustees approved several resolutions, including contracts for the design of the new Brookpark rapid station, for a study of the Warrensville Center Road-Van Aken Boulevard intersection in Shaker Heights, and for the construction of the new East 55th Street rapid station. The board also authorized spending to complete the overhaul of its light rail fleet and to purchase 6.7 acres for the expansion of the Westlake Park-N-Ride facility.
18 June 2009
16 June 2009
Valdis Krebs used network mapping to illustrate the connections between individuals and organizations involved in illegal house flipping in Slavic Village.
In a Plain Dealer op-ed, Tom Bier expresses his concern that the planning for the proposed Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland "is infected by the City Hall virus that stunts economic development and repels employers." Roldo Bartimole has a different perspective.
12 June 2009
10 June 2009
Local stakeholders differ in their visions for the future of the Euclid Avenue corridor in Cleveland's Midtown neighborhood. MidTown Cleveland Inc.'s master plan calls for redeveloping the area as a technology and health district, yet current development proposals are more heavily institutional and residential. The City of Cleveland is promoting the proposed Midtown Technology Center site as a location for a new state psychiatric hospital. MidTown Cleveland is not opposing the hospital concept, but objects to the Cleveland Housing Networks plans to build permanent supportive housing and Pirhl's proposed senior housing project. Carole Cohen considers the flexibility of master plans.
27 May 2009
Steven Litt identified the challenges facing the new Opportunity Corridor Steering Committee as it begins its efforts to guide the planning of the proposed boulevard.
21 May 2009
A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge gave the owners of the old Howard Johnson's hotel in Cleveland a three-week deadline to demonstrate progress in their plans to redevelop the tower. Contractors for the City of Cleveland began razing the building in April, but were halted last week.
Officials with the Cleveland Play House and the Cleveland Clinic confirmed that they are negotiating a sale of the Play House property at East 85th Street. The Plain Dealer reported that the price will be around $13 million to $15 million.
Update: Tony Brown and Steven Litt of the Plain Dealer discussed the anticipated sale.
19 May 2009
The 19-member Opportunity Corridor Steering Committee held its first meeting on Friday. The panel includes political, civic, business, and neighborhood representatives.
15 May 2009
The board of the the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority officially notified the Army Corps of Engineers that they are interested in moving to new facilities north of East 55th Street.
13 May 2009
When it begins work, the new Cuyahoga County land bank will first focus on Cleveland's Slavic Village and Glenville neighborhoods. The Plain Dealer looked at the efforts to reinvigorate Slavic Village with an op-ed by Marie Kittredge of the Slavic Village Development Corporation and a column by Joe Frolik.
11 May 2009
A topping out ceremony was held on Thursday for the new University Hospitals Cancer Hospital under construction in University Circle.
04 May 2009
Goodrich Corporation donated roughly three acres of land in Slavic Village to the city of Cleveland. The property is adjacent to the company's landing gear facility on Marble Avenue and will be used to improve the area around South High School.
28 April 2009
The former Howard Johnson's near the East Shoreway and East 55th Street will soon be demolished. The 12-story hotel closed in 1992, and several developers have unsuccessfully attempted to rehabilitate the long-vacant tower. The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's planned new facilities are not far from the property.
The Ohio Development Financing Advisory Council recommended awarding a $9.7 million loan to Mitchell Schneider's 79th Street Properties LLC for the development of Shoreway Industrial Park on the site of the former White Motors complex at East 79th Street in Cleveland. The loan will be forgiven if the project is completed within two years and it generates 105 new jobs within three years.
24 April 2009
The Greater Cleveland Partnership named Terri Hamilton Brown as project director for the Opportunity Corridor project. She will serve as a liaison to ODOT and will coordinate planning for the proposed 2¾-mile boulevard. The Partnership also announced the creation of an Opportunity Corridor Steering Committee, which will be chaired by Terry Egger and Jamie Ireland.
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority held three open houses this week about the Port's planned relocation. Cleveland residents raised concerns about a loss of public access to the lakefront.
21 April 2009
The $500 million expansion and renovation of the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center in University Circle is continuing. Construction is scheduled to finish in 2014.
17 April 2009
The Wall Street Journal looked at the role of artists as urban pioneers during the foreclosure crisis, focusing on examples in Cleveland's Collinwood and Detroit-Shoreway neighborhoods.
16 April 2009
Recent reports by Francisca Richter and Lisa Nelson of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland compared the way the foreclosure crisis has played out in Cleveland's North Collinwood neighborhood and the Pittsburgh borough of Braddock. Although the two areas look similar on paper, the foreclosure rate has been much higher in Collinwood. The difference may be attributable to the different regulatory environments of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
With the Greater Circle Seniors Design Charette starting today, WCPN spoke with Rob Hilton, President of the McGregor Foundation and Margaret Calkins of IDEAS, Inc., one of the judges.
08 April 2009
The Cleveland Play House has entered into talks to join Cleveland State University's drama program in a move to the Allen Theater (PDF) at Playhouse Square. Reconfiguring and expanding the Allen Theater would cost an estimated $30 million, and the Play House's longtime home in Midtown is for sale. The Cleveland Clinic is believed to be interested in the 12-acre site, which abuts its main campus. Steven Litt notes that the future of the existing Play House complex is now uncertain. The complex includes two historic 1926 theaters and a notable 1983 postmodern addition designed by Philip Johnson, and is not protected by any landmark ordinances.
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial enthusiastically supports the concept.
07 April 2009
The Cleveland Clinic will soon raze the Art Deco Carnegie Medical Building at Carnegie Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland. The Clinic has no immediate plans to build on the site, which will be used as a surface parking lot.
01 April 2009
University Circle Incorporated shared a conceptual design for the development of Lot 45, a 200-space parking lot near the Uptown development. Early plans call for building a residence hall for Cleveland Institute of Art students, a 1,000-space parking garage, and 100,000 square feet of office and retail space.
25 March 2009
Construction of several residential developments in Cleveland will soon be underway. Work on the Circle 118 townhouses in University Circle began last week, and a ceremonial groundbreaking for the nearby 27 Coltman condominiums in Little Italy will be held on Friday. Construction of the University Lofts condominiums near Cleveland State has also started.
20 March 2009
A conceptual plan (PDF) by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority calls for relocating the East 55th Street Marina to nearby Gordon Park. The existing marina would be displaced by the planned relocation of the port. The proposal has been met with mixed reactions.
Update: the Cleveland City Planning Commission was mostly positive about the proposal. The Port Authority will hold public meetings to gather additional input.
19 March 2009
The Cleveland Institute of Art will break ground in May on the expansion of its McCullough Center on Euclid Avenue. It will be the first project underway in the Uptown development in University Circle. When construction is completed in 2010, the Institute will consolidate its campus and sell or lease its East Boulevard location.
11 March 2009
MOCA was scheduled to unveil the designs for its new University Circle building this month and enter the public phase of its fundraising campaign, but delayed the announcement because of the recession. The museum has raised about half of its target.
10 March 2009
On April 16-19, participants in the McGregor Foundation's Greater Circle Seniors Design Charette will generate ideas for affordable senior housing at four sites in Cleveland's Glenville, Fairfax, and Buckeye-Shaker neighborhoods.
The New York Times Magazine focused national attention on Cleveland with a feature about how the foreclosure crisis has disrupted life in Slavic Village. National and international media outlets have used the neighborhood to highlight the weight of the problem, and many expect that the repercussions experienced in Cleveland will soon be felt in cities across the country. The Plain Dealer, meanwhile, posted maps and databases of the more than 45,000 foreclosures in Cuyahoga County since January 2006, and published a story about the implications of low housing prices. While Cleveland neighborhoods no longer have the nation's highest foreclosure rate, Cuyahoga County remains in the top 35. Rust Wire has a photo essay of the impacts on Cleveland's St. Clair-Superior neighborhood.
Update: Charles Buki says that the New York Times article illustrates the need to rethink community development processes and reimagine cities.
26 February 2009
The Cleveland Clinic plans to build a national reference laboratory on an unidentified site at its main campus in Cleveland. Construction on the 100,000-square-foot, $25 million lab is expected to begin by midyear.
24 February 2009
11 February 2009
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that building a disposal dike north of East 55th Street would cost between $250 million and $300 million. The site has been proposed as the new home for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority
05 February 2009
02 February 2009
WCPN's Eric Wellman spoke with Karen Farkas of the Plain Dealer about the plans for the Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland.
30 January 2009
In a Plain Dealer op-ed, Dominic LoGalbo questions the need for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority to move to proposed new facilities and the process used to reach the proposal. Meanwhile, a Plain Dealer editorial encourages the Port Authority to be less secretive.
13 January 2009
09 January 2009
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority has begun planning for the 1,000-acre international trade district it envisions near its proposed new facilities in Cleveland, and intends to complete the plans this year.
05 January 2009
Deconstruction crews are learning how to dismantle old buildings more efficiently. Urban Lumberjacks of Cleveland crews were able to deconstruct two abandoned Glenville houses more quickly and inexpensively than in an earlier pilot project in Slavic Village.
02 January 2009
29 December 2008
"The Enduring Challenge of Concentrated Poverty in America" is a new report from the Federal Reserve System and the Brookings Institution. It features case studies of 16 diverse communities from across the United States, including Cleveland's Central neighborhood (PDF). Alan Berube of the Brookings Institution offers suggestions for federal policies to address concentrated poverty.
26 December 2008
In a Plain Dealer op-ed, outgoing Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Chairman Michael Wager says that "the relocation of the port and creation of new port land is an opportunity to change not only the size and scope of the port's operations and to create the new trade district, but also an opportunity to remake the city's downtown lakefront and replace its aging infrastructure."
23 December 2008
19 December 2008
Steven Litt feels that the Innerbelt Bridge and Opportunity Corridor projects should be "viewed as part of a comprehensive system that could boost the city's economy for decades to come." He says that the planning of the two projects has been slowed by mediocre work by ODOT and a lack of advocacy from local leaders. He also encourages ODOT to reconsider the proposed southern alignment for a new Innerbelt Bridge.
18 December 2008
12 December 2008
The jury of the Fairfax intergenerational housing architecture competition awarded first place to a design by Fernando Bonilla of Maryland. The Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation will pursue funding to further develop the plans and build the project.
The University Circle Design Review Committee approved the Cleveland Institute of Art's revised plans for an expansion of its McCullough Center. The previous design included banners covering the entire west facade, while the updated renderings show an unobscured northwest corner of the building.
09 December 2008
05 December 2008
The Hope VI redevelopment of CMHA's Garden Valley Estates in Kinsman is underway, and so far, 19 of the 23 buildings have been demolished. Burten, Bell, Carr has photographs of the progress.
03 December 2008
Steven Litt urges Cleveland Institute of Art leaders to drop plans for covering the majority of its planned expansion with large banners, calling it a "strangely comical" idea.
01 December 2008
University Circle Incorporated President Chris Ronayne appeared on WKYC's Between the Lines yesterday to discuss the future of the district.
Editorials in the Plain Dealer express optimism about the movement in the Medical Mart talks and about the continued reinvestment in University Circle. Another editorial follows up on the newspaper's recent feature on Pittsburgh, and says that Cleveland's leaders can learn much from Pittsburgh. However, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Colin McNickle feels that "the Plain Dealer story might go down in history as the most uninformed look at Pittsburgh ever written."
(via Callahan's Cleveland Diary and Blog 5)
26 November 2008
Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Chairman Michael Wager told a City Club audience yesterday that state and local leaders should support the Port's planned move to new facilities.
24 November 2008
21 November 2008
The University Circle Design Review Committee tabled the plans for an expansion of the Cleveland Institute of Art, saying that the ideas needed refinement. Winy Maas of MVRDV is collaborating with the Pittsburgh office of Burt Hill on the design.
18 November 2008
Planning efforts continue for University Circle developments, including two hotels, the Uptown project, and several townhome developments. University Circle Incorporated is taking a more active role in planning and promoting proposed projects.
Update: Carol Coletta was the keynote speaker at UCI's annual meeting, and discussed reasons to be optimistic about the future of cities. UCI's 2008 annual report is available online.
17 November 2008
Plans to convert the former Howard Johnson's near the East Shoreway and East 55th Street to condominiums remain on the drawing board.
06 November 2008
04 November 2008
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is continuing to develop plans for a renovation and expansion. Architect Curt Fentress recently shared his latest ideas and floor plans. The museum hopes to obtain a LEED Platinum rating and remain open during construction.
The renovation of the Baker Electric Building on Euclid Avenue in Midtown has revealed many historic elements that had been obscured. The $7.1 million project already has attracted a half-dozen tenants.
31 October 2008
The Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation is sponsoring a national architecture competition for an intergenerational housing development. Its objective is to "provide an innovative, affordable, sustainable and supportive environment for families in which grandparents are the primary caregivers of their grandchildren." Kent State's Urban Design Collaborative is coordinating the competition.
21 October 2008
15 October 2008
While black churches are facing pressure to follow their congregants to the suburbs, many of them remain committed to their Cleveland neighborhoods. The Plain Dealer used a multimedia presentation to illustrate the role of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Fairfax.
06 October 2008
29 September 2008
Steven Litt is not impressed by the exterior architecture of the Cleveland Clinic's new Miller Family Pavilion and Glickman Tower, but is more pleased with their interiors and the work of landscape architect Peter Walker. He also writes about the work of Justin Glanville at Building Cleveland by Design.
17 September 2008
University Hospitals held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for three new buildings at its University Circle campus. Steven Litt feels that the "major buildings in the expansion are shaping up as a missed opportunity to create a powerful, lively and welcoming new face for the hospital along Euclid Avenue".
15 September 2008
Cleveland's neighborhoods may soon start to realize the impacts of community reinvestments. Several community development efforts are underway in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood, including a plan to redevelop the shuttered St. Luke's Hospital. In Central, the Weed & Seed initiative is combating blight, and public improvements are being made across the city. In addition, the three neighborhoods participating in the pilot LEED for Neighborhood Development program could have their plans certified in December.
Update: the Plain Dealer published additional information about the neighborhood improvements.
Planning continues for a trail network that would link Lake Erie and the City of Cleveland to the Heights area.
11 September 2008
The nonprofit Siegel and Shuster Society is raising funds to restore the former Glenville home of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. The first of four auctions raised $34,459 of the $50,000 goal. Owners Hattie and Jefferson Gray agreed to give the Society first rights to buy the house if they decide to sell.
10 September 2008
As the Cleveland Clinic prepares to open the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Pavilion and the Glickman Tower at its Cleveland campus, the Plain Dealer published a set of articles that explore the impacts of the new buildings. They represent the Clinic's largest expansion ever, an addition of more than 1.25 million square feet.
09 September 2008
While the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's relocation plans include moving the East 55th Street Marina, the Dike 14 Nature Preserve Committee is concerned it will lead to a loss of open space at Gordon Park.
08 September 2008
Shaker Heights City Council passed a resolution in support of the proposed Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland, with one councilman dissenting.
02 September 2008
The old Commodore Theater at Lake Shore Boulevard and East 152nd Street in Collinwood may be demolished this year.
29 August 2008
Developers of the Uptown project in University Circle shared information about the planned mixed-use development at a meeting on Tuesday night. They launched a redesigned website today.
22 August 2008
Walk+Roll Cleveland's signature event will be held on Sunday in Cleveland's Rockefeller Park, and provides an opportunity to reflect on the renewed interest in the park's Cultural Gardens. Steven Litt is encouraged by the recent activity, but feels that the park and gardens "need to be re-envisioned". ParkWorks and University Circle Incorporated are engaged in a strategic planning process to improve the park.
18 August 2008
11 August 2008
The Plain Dealer continues its "Elegant Cleveland" series with a piece on the history of the Moreland Courts towers near Shaker Square.
06 August 2008
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority unveiled a conceptual draft of its proposed new facilities north of East 55th Street in Cleveland. Port Authority officials intend to reach an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers by next August on building a new dike, with work on the dike to start in 2012 and construction of the port to begin in 2020.
05 August 2008
04 August 2008
University Circle Incorporated President Chris Ronayne advocates for the construction of the Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland, and suggests that work should start at East 105th Street in University Circle.
31 July 2008
University Circle Inc. and University Hospitals jointly issued an RFP for the construction of a hotel on the site of a parking lot at Euclid Avenue and Cornell Road, directly across the street from UH's planned cancer hospital.
The Politician: A Toy sculpture at Chester Avenue and East 66th Street in Cleveland will move to a new home at Chester Avenue and East 18th Street on the campus of Cleveland State University. The relocation should be completed by the end October.
28 July 2008
At the second "Cleveland Plus: Turning the Corner" panel discussion, Wes Finch, Ari Maron, Chris Ronayne, and Randy Stickler spoke about University Circle developments at the City Club (MP3, 28.1 MB). The next talk, on September 10, will focus on infrastructure and transportation.
Plain Dealer architecture critic Steven Litt finds the renderings of new residential and retail buildings for the Uptown development in University Circle to be "highly encouraging", but cautions that "it's far too soon to declare the project a success."
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial says that the construction "will lead to a well-rounded University Circle".
Preservationist Steve McQuillin shares his thoughts about the restoration and renovation of the Cleveland Museum of Art's 1916 building, and encourages the museum to continue a public dialogue about the remainder of the expansion plans.
24 July 2008
23 July 2008
22 July 2008
14 July 2008
Although the development has been delayed, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority still plans to build a new headquarters in Cleveland's Forgotten Triangle.
09 July 2008
Architect Winy Mass will continue to work on designs for an expansion of the Cleveland Institute of Art. His first proposal for the expansion was dropped because construction costs would have been too high.
08 July 2008
02 July 2008
01 July 2008
At a public meeting last evening, users of the East 55th Street Marina in Cleveland expressed their skepticism about the port relocation plans. The Port Authority's plans call for removing and replacing the marina.
27 June 2008
Governor Strickland directed $4 million in state funds to the planning of the Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland. Financing sources for the $250 to $500 million project remain unclear.
20 June 2008
A group of local developers purchased six acres in Midtown for a project that could include retail and offices or homes. The site is across the street from the Dunham Tavern on Euclid.
17 June 2008
The Cleveland Museum of Art's board of trustees yesterday voted unanimously to proceed with the second and final phase of the Museum's expansion project. The completion date for the $350 million expansion was pushed back one year to 2012.
13 June 2008
Chris Ronayne of University Circle Inc. is interested in creating an "uptown community alliance" that would market Shaker Heights "as housing stock in University Circle."
12 June 2008
10 June 2008
In addition to the other projects mentioned earlier, the Ohio capital budget bill includes $500,000 for lakefront development in Euclid.
Update: the bill also includes $150,000 for the renovation of League Park, $100,000 for the redesign of the Euclid Beach Pier, and $15,000 for the completion of a walking trail in Parma Heights.
30 May 2008
23 May 2008
20 May 2008
Citing concerns that construction costs may be too high for the new convention center and Medical Mart at the two leading sites (the Mall and Tower City), Commissioner Hagan asked the Greater Cleveland Partnership's site selection committee to consider a fifth potential location at East 55th Street and Chester Avenue in Midtown.
16 May 2008
An estimate projects that the design for the Cleveland Institute of Art expansion will cost well over the $55 million budgeted for the project. The school's next steps are unclear, but leaders hope to continue working with architect Winy Maas of MVRDV.
15 May 2008
This week's Scene asks questions about the benefits of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's planned move from downtown to a new site north of East 55th Street.
13 May 2008
12 May 2008
Participants at a meeting last month viewed a conceptual design for rebuilding the Euclid Beach Pier at Euclid Beach State Park. URS Corporation is conducting a feasibility study funded by a grant from ODNR's Office of Coastal Management.
An editorial in the Plain Dealer looks to the Phalen Corridor Initiative in St. Paul as a model for the proposed Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland.
09 May 2008
On Thursday, OneCommunity announced the official launch of a wireless Internet cloud covering most of University Circle and parts of Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. They also rolled out Linked Communities, a new web portal for the University Circle area.
30 April 2008
Cleveland's Board of Zoning Appeals approved variances for the planned Mayfield Lofts condominiums in Little Italy, and did not request additional changes in its design.
29 April 2008
28 April 2008
25 April 2008
Steven Litt feels that the developers of the proposed Mayfield Lofts condominiums in Little Italy should be granted the zoning variances that they are seeking. Some residents feels that the six story, 24,000 square foot building at Mayfield Road and East 119th Street would be too tall.
23 April 2008
Case Western Reserve University is pursuing plans to build the Case Innovation Center for Energy and Medicine at its West Quad. The $105 million project includes a 100,000 square foot building that would house three of the University's cutting-edge programs.
The Cleveland Clinic will partner with the North Union Farmers Market, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the OSU Extension to establish a new farmers market and two new farms on Clinic-owned land in Cleveland.
The University Circle Design Review Committee unanimously approved colorful designs for the Circle 118 Townhomes, a proposed 17 unit townhouse development at Euclid Avenue and East 118th Street.
GreenCityBlueLake examined the green renovation of the historic Baker Electric Building on Euclid Avenue in Midtown.
22 April 2008
In an editorial, the Plain Dealer described the proposed Opportunity Corridor as "a broad-spectrum development" that is "entitled to more, rather than less, Statehouse help."
21 April 2008
A vacant gas station at Chester Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland has become an eyesore, and serves as an example of how a determined landowner can create difficulties for redevelopment efforts.
08 April 2008
Olivet Institutional Baptist Church dropped its plans to move from Cleveland's Fairfax neighborhood to Twinsburg. The church will instead refurbish its Quincy Avenue campus.
Update: the Twinsburg Sun offers additional details.
31 March 2008
The Plain Dealer's Brent Larkin says that the planned Opportunity Corridor through Cleveland is the most important highway project in Greater Cleveland, and that the project's champions need to make it clear to state officials that further delays are not acceptable.
The Plain Dealer took a brief look at the history of the Sidaway Bridge in Cleveland.
Budget shortfalls have delayed the planned renovation of League Park by one year. Ken Silliman, Mayor Jackson's chief of staff, said that "It's every bit of a project as it was last summer. It's just set back a little in time."
The Cleveland Museum of Art is almost halfway through its construction project, and the first renovated portions will reopen to the public on June 29. The reopened galleries are on the second floor of the museum's 1916 building. The first floor is scheduled to reopen a year later.
The Tudor Arms in University Circle and Strongsville's Old Town Hall were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.
25 March 2008
Steven Litt says that the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's planned move "is the kind of big, farsighted planning initiative that could dramatically change the city's future for the better." The Port Authority has begun planning for an international trade district surrounding the new port facilites, and the move also creates the opportunity for redeveloping the Port's existing facilities. He warns, however, that "an Oklahoma-style land rush on the lakefront could bleed the core business district of vital energy". The Port Authority launched a new website with information about the plans.
21 March 2008
Yesterday, the Cuyahoga County Commissioners awarded $40 million in contracts for the construction of the new juvenile justice center at East 93rd Street and Quincy Avenue in Cleveland. More contracts will be awarded this spring.
20 March 2008
07 March 2008
Today the Cleveland City Planning Commission approved the demolition of the remaining buildings on the site of the planned Flats east bank development, and also approved the relocation of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority to a new site north of East 55th Street. Steven Litt suggests that the Port's move "could create immediate pressure on the city and the port to allow downtown corporations to abandon the business core for sites on the waterfront."
Update: Bradley Fink of the Design Rag has similar concerns.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History shared an early conceptual model of its planned expansion. It includes a new glass lobby and a new parking garage. The project will aim for a LEED Platinum rating.
The Cleveland Clinic is free to demolish the Art Deco Carnegie Medical Building at Carnegie Avenue and East 105th Street, now that it has obtained permission from the University Circle Design Review Committee. The Cleveland Planning Commission approved the demolition last month. By 2009, the eight story building will be replaced by a 206 space parking lot.
Steven Litt critiqued City Architecture's preliminary plans for the Upper Chester development near University Circle and found much to like, although he feels that the firm "needs to settle down with a simpler, stronger and cleaner approach" for the project's first apartment building.
28 February 2008
The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals purchased the naming rights for RTA's Euclid Corridor BRT line, which will be known as the HealthLine. It was previously called the Silver Line.
25 February 2008
A Plain Dealer editorial about the Port Authority's proposed move concludes that "people who care about Cleveland's future must insist on a plan that allows the city to make the most of its priceless proximity to Lake Erie."
20 February 2008
At a public meeting yesterday, prominent Cleveland municipal and business leaders backed the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's proposed move to new facilities.
19 February 2008
A Plain Dealer feature on University Circle looks at the efforts to turn the institutional archipelago into a more cohesive neighborhood. A companion piece calls the area a "critical engine of growth" in Greater Cleveland.
Reminder: at a public meeting this evening, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority will present plans to relocate the port from downtown Cleveland to a man-made site north of East 55th Street. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Community Center.
15 February 2008
CMHA is planning a five-year, $100 million reconstruction of the 30 acre Garden Valley Family Estates in Kinsman. The plans call for demolishing and replacing the townhomes, and adding a new elementary school and a YMCA branch.
12 February 2008
RPM International of Medina is considering building a warehouse and distribution center of up to 200,000 square feet at the former White Motors site in Cleveland. The 33 acre site, owned by First Interstate Properties, is north of St. Clair Avenue between East 72nd and East 79th Streets, near the Port Authority's proposed new facilities.
11 February 2008
An estimated $4.3 billion in new construction has been or will be built along Euclid Avenue between Public Square and University Circle. RTA's $200 million Euclid Corridor project is serving as a catalyst for investments by developers and nonprofit organizations, and may lead to a rebirth of Cleveland's main street.
08 February 2008
On February 19, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority will hold a public meeting about the Port's proposed move to a new facility north of East 55th Street.
01 February 2008
The Cleveland Catholic Diocese has the former St. Joseph Christian Life Center on Lake Shore Boulevard listed for sale at $2.75 million. The Cleveland Landmarks Commission has proposed designating the 1927 building and its 11½ acre lakefront site as a historic landmark.
The Cleveland Clinic would like to demolish the Art Deco Carnegie Medical Building (the former home of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine) at Carnegie Avenue and East 105th Street and use the site as a parking lot and for possible future development. The University Circle Design Review Committee (PDF) tabled the request, citing incomplete information about the Clinic's proposal.
25 January 2008
Plain Dealer architecture critic Steven Litt remains unimpressed with the designs for a new cancer center at the University Hospitals campus in University Circle, saying it "shows only marginal improvement since the hospital unveiled its disappointing initial concept in the spring."
08 January 2008
Steven Litt revisited his critique of the new Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations building at Case Western Reserve University, and had a change of heart. He now feels that the "Mandel building shows how you can have solid, contemporary architecture and a strong, neighborhood-sensitive design that fits well in its setting."
04 January 2008
The Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center plans to build a new home at Euclid Avenue and East 117th Street in University Circle. Steven Litt feels that the Bostwick Design Partnership's preliminary designs for the four-story building are good, but could be better.
Officials with the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority say that their proposed facility north of East 55th Street in Cleveland will allow the Port to accommodate containerized shipping.
02 January 2008
MaryBeth Matthews asks if the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has plans for the landmark former Willson Middle School on East 55th Street.
27 December 2007
A press release from the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority says that the Port's planned move to an East 55th Street site should result in "expanded maritime capacity, a dynamic and accessible waterfront, and the potential redevelopment of more than 500 acres of underutilized inner-city land".
21 December 2007
This morning, the board of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority unanimously designated a site in Lake Erie north of East 55th Street as the port's future home. Creation of the proposed 200 acre peninsula cannot proceed without approval from the City of Cleveland. Neighbors of the proposed site were not pleased by the announcement.
19 December 2007
Fairhill Center and Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation announced that they have raised enough money to begin work on building a 29-unit Kinship Village in six buildings at Fairhill Center's campus. It's expected to open in 2010.
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial says that the program makes sense.
17 December 2007
A Plain Dealer editorial praises the Greater University Circle Initiative's homebuyer assistance program, concluding, "When local employers help workers put down roots and revitalize neighborhoods, that helps all of Greater Cleveland."
14 December 2007
The LaSalle Theater on East 185th Street in Cleveland was recently acquired by its lender in a foreclosure sale. The Northeast Shores Development Corporation is seeking ideas from the public for the best use of the building's former theater space.
12 December 2007
Yesterday, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's maritime committee unanimously recommended moving the Port's facilities to a new 200 acre site north of East 55th Street in Cleveland. The Port's Board of Directors is scheduled to discuss the proposal on December 21.
11 December 2007
Major University Circle employers cooperating (MP3) through the Greater University Circle Initiative will offer $5 million in grants and forgivable loans over the next five years to employees who purchase, rent, or renovate homes in University Circle and its surrounding neighborhoods. The program is an expansion of Case's Employer Assisted Housing Program.
The Gund Foundation awarded $6.5 million in grants, including $1.2 million to the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization for the Gordon Square Arts District and $1 million to University Circle Incorporated for the Bring Back Euclid Avenue campaign. The Foundation also gave $300,000 to Shorebank Enterprise Group Cleveland and $70,000 to Entrepreneurs for Sustainability.
The Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board recommended the Tudor Arms on Carnegie Avenue in University Circle for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The 11-story Cleveland Landmark was purchased by MRN Ltd. in March.
05 December 2007
The Plain Dealer reports that the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority narrowed its list of potential relocation sites to two: a man-made island north of Whiskey Island and a man-made site north of East 55th Street, and they appear to favor the East 55th Street site.
The Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold public meetings today and tomorrow to discuss the results of recently completed environmental assessments of Dike 14 in Cleveland.
30 November 2007
RTA General Manager Joe Calabrese appeared on Sunday's Behind the Lines on WKYC to discuss the Euclid Corridor Project and other transit issues.
21 November 2007
20 November 2007
The Saint Luke's Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to ParkWorks to create walking trails, an outdoor reading garden, public-art displays, and performance areas in Cleveland's Buckeye neighborhood. The former hospital building will be at the heart of a five-acre learning campus.
14 November 2007
At a public forum in Midtown yesterday, Euclid Avenue business owners and patrons expressed their concerns and frustrations about Euclid Corridor Project construction. The segment from East 17th Street to East 55th Street is slated to open on November 26.
09 November 2007
06 November 2007
A Plain Dealer editorial says that the Cleveland Institute of Art's planned expansion of the McCullough Center will be "a boon for the college and for the Triangle development nearby."
30 October 2007
A Plain Dealer editorial says that the new convention center and the Medical Mart belongs in downtown Cleveland, and not near University Circle.
26 October 2007
The Cleveland Institute of Art unveiled the designs for an expansion of the McCullough Center on upper Euclid Avenue in University Circle. Designed by architect Winy Maas of MVRDV, the 80,000 square foot structure is scheduled to open in 2009.
As in 2005, local leaders are focusing their plans for a new convention center on two downtown Cleveland locations, a site near Tower City Center and the existing Convention Center. Officials with Merchandise Mart Properties are interested in exploring University Circle as a site for the convention center and Medical Mart.
Cleveland Councilman Michael Polensek met with Bishop Lennon to discuss the future of the St. Joseph Christian Life Center property.
15 October 2007
A Plain Dealer editorial says that ODOT is signaling that it would like to divert funding away from the proposed Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland, and that local leaders need to "tell the Strickland administration that this idea has too much potential to brush aside."
12 October 2007
This week's Free Times includes a look at the evolution of Cleveland's AsiaTown neighborhood and the plans of entrepreneurs and nonprofits to "put Cleveland's Chinatown on the nation's map."
10 October 2007
Saitowitz Natoma Architects of San Francisco and Office dA of Boston were selected to design multistory apartment and retail buildings for the Arts and Retail District in University Circle.
03 October 2007
Developers hope to break ground in November on a building to support the expansion of the Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center at University Circle. It will include 150,000 square feet of office space, a 122 bed residence for homeless veterans, and a 2,080 space parking garage.
01 October 2007
24 September 2007
With the Euclid Corridor project scheduled for completion next year, reinvestment in Euclid Avenue buildings is underway. The Victory Building at East 71st Street will be converted to loft apartments with ground floor retail, and Cuyahoga County provided an $800,000 construction loan for University Lofts, 30 apartments on the upper floors of two buildings at 2010 and 2020 Euclid.
Developers revealed a shortlist of six architecture firms as candidates to design the Arts and Retail District in University Circle. It includes several highly respected national firms, and the developers may select more than one. They expect to make a decision in a week to ten days.
21 September 2007
The Cleveland Cultural Garden Committee approved the creation of an Albanian garden in the Cultural Gardens at Cleveland's Rockefeller Park. The area's Albanian-American community has begun raising funds for its design.
11 September 2007
Four new developments in the Greater Cleveland area will become pilot projects for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Neighborhood Development program to build sustainable neighborhoods. These projects are:
- The Flats East Bank Project, which recently received a $1 million brownfield cleanup loan from Cuyahoga County,
- Upper Chester near the Cleveland Clinic,
- Saint Luke's Pointe, and
- The East College Street project in Oberlin.
10 September 2007
University Circle and Little Italy can be transformed by RTA's new E. 120th Street rapid station, according to Steven Litt of the Plain Dealer.
05 September 2007
RTA revealed its plans for a new rapid station at East 120th Street in Little Italy. In addition to a new station, the plans prepared by Studio Techne feature transit-oriented development elements including a parking garage, a transit transfer station, retail space, and apartments. The plans also offer a first glimpse of massings for the Arts and Retail District in University Circle, including tentative footprints of new buildings for MOCA and and the Cleveland Institute of Art.
24 August 2007
Cleveland's Azerbaijani and Serbian communities plan to soon break ground on their Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park, and they may be joined by Armenian, Native American, and Albanian gardens.
23 August 2007
Steven Litt praises the design of the new Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music, calling it "one of the most beautiful new music venues in the region." It's scheduled to open in November.
Scott Muscatello provides images of the planned expansion of the Veterans Administration facility in University Circle.
15 August 2007
14 August 2007
10 August 2007
The colorful The Politician: A Toy sculpture on Chester Avenue in Cleveland may be moved to a more pedestrian-friendly location.
(Update: MidTown Cleveland notes that funds are being raised to relocate the sculpture to East 55th Street and Euclid Avenue.)
09 August 2007
08 August 2007
The contentious Doan Brook restoration project has been scaled back because of higher than expected costs. The most recent proposal calls for restoring two sections covering one mile of the brook through Cleveland.
In this week's Free Times, William Bostwick reviews the OPEN: New Designs for Public Space exhibit at MOCA. "Though it highlights dozens of new buildings that re-imagine things like plazas, parks and performance spaces, it leaves the viewer with more questions than answers. But don't worry: That's a good thing."
01 August 2007
Foreign Office Architects devised a design for the new MOCA building at Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road in University Circle, but MOCA will not unveil the design until they complete a fundraising feasibility study. MOCA Director Jill Snyder said that the four story museum will qualify for a LEED rating.
26 July 2007
Brownfields remediation was completed at the 24.6 acre site of the planned new CMHA headquarters in Cleveland's Forgotten Triangle, and the Ohio EPA issued a covenant not to sue. Meanwhile, the Clean Ohio Council awarded $2,046,713 to the City of Cleveland for the cleanup of the 5.1 acre Morgana East site in Slavic Village.
23 July 2007
If local officials can agree on a site for a detention center for nonviolent felons and establish advisory boards by January, the State of Ohio will contribute $10.6 million to build the 200 bed facility. Cuyahoga County officials are considering a four acre property at East 34th Street and Croton Avenue in Cleveland. Cuyahoga County is the only metropolitan county in Ohio without a center.
The Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board will vote on Wednesday on whether to proceed with plans to build a new headquarters on Euclid Avenue at East 69th Street.
20 July 2007
A group of residents of Cleveland's Union-Miles neighborhood protested yesterday about the condition of abandoned houses in the neighborhood. They want the City to tear down the houses or board them up more effectively.
The Cultural Gardens Federation is working with the National Park Service to have the 50 acre Cleveland Cultural Gardens designated as a national monument. The designation would require Congressional approval.
19 July 2007
The Gund Foundation awarded $5.9 million in grants, including $250,000 to the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation for the redevelopment of the former Langston Hughes Library at East 79th Street to house Senior Outreach Services. The Foundation also gave a $500,000 loan to Neighborhood Progress Inc. for the redevelopment of the former St. Luke's Hospital site.
Case Western Reserve University's Village at 115 complex received the 2007 Honor Award for Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component from the Society for College and University Planning.
13 July 2007
Mixed-use and residential development is increasing along Chester Avenue near University Circle. In addition to the nearly complete Park Lane Villa restoration and the planned University Circle Arts and Retail District, Vintage Development Group will soon break ground on the 34 unit Chester 82 condominiums on the site of the former Madonna Hall, and the Finch Group is considering plans to build a mixed-use development somewhere between East 89th Street and East 101st Street.
12 July 2007
11 July 2007
The Euclid Avenue traffic circles at East 89th and East 100th Streets proposed by the Cleveland Clinic will not be built because of their projected negative impacts on traffic flow.
The Plain Dealer recently explored the 17 year saga of the former Fisher Body complex at Coit Road and East 140th Street in Collinwood. The State of Ohio spent $47 million to purchase, clear, and clean the 49 acre site, and eventually sold it Forest City Enterprises for $630,000. Forest City sold roughly half the site to the U.S. Department of Labor for $2.5 million, and it is being redeveloped as the new Cleveland Job Corps campus, scheduled to open in August. The other half remains undeveloped. A Plain Dealer editorial says that public officials "must oversee development with much more vigilance and diligence."
09 July 2007
The Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board is still trying to identify a site for the planned new State Mental Health Hospital. Councilperson Phyllis Cleveland objects to the proposed site on Quincy Road in Cleveland, so the Board is considering alternative sites in Warrensville Heights and East Cleveland.
27 June 2007
The Free Times continues its series on the foreclosure crisis with a look at what Bring Back the 70s and others are doing to improve neighborhood conditions.
20 June 2007
In the first article in a series, the Free Times looks at the nationwide foreclosure crisis and its detrimental impacts on Slavic Village, which is "perhaps the epicenter of a nationwide foreclosure epidemic."
15 June 2007
13 June 2007
Steven Litt reviews the exhibit Open: New Designs for Public Space, an exhibit on the work of Foreign Office Architects, and the Uptown Launch Pad, all on display at MOCA. "The shows suggest that Cleveland -- a poor, shrinking city suffering from low self-esteem -- could become more lively and cosmopolitan if it emulates or surpasses the examples on view." He also notes that MOCA has started a new weblog.
12 June 2007
The Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board plans to build a $10-16 million headquarters building on Euclid Avenue in Midtown. The agency intends to move from their rented space on West 25th Street to the new 45,000 square foot building by fall 2008.
11 June 2007
The City of Cleveland is planning renovations to historic League Park in Hough that include restoring the ballfield, building a replica of the outfield wall, and renovating the ticket house, a tunnel, and the original brick wall. The project is expected to cost $8.5 million, of which the City will supply $5 million. Officials hope to raise the rest of the money through private donations.
30 May 2007
National City Bank sold its branch near Euclid Avenue and Stokes Boulevard to University Circle Incorporated for $418,000. The bank will build a new branch south of its current location on land it will lease from UCI, which wants to redevelop the site of the existing building as part of a mixed-use multi-story gateway.
24 May 2007
The most recent Regionally Speaking podcasts are interviews with Anne Helmreich (Part 1, Part 2) and Latisha James (Part 1, Part 2). Anne Helmreich, Associate Professor of Art History at CWRU and Associate Director of the Baker-Nord Center for Humanities, spoke about the Center's role and the 2007 Baker-Nord Seminar, titled Cityscapes. Latisha James of the Center for Community Partnerships talked about the ways the University influences the quality of life in University Circle and other nearby neighborhoods.
23 May 2007
The Ohio Department of Natural resources awarded $250,000 in Coastal Management Assistance Grants. The awards included $19,950 to the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization to conduct the Big Creek Watershed Management Plan, and $11,000 to Northeast Shores Development Corporation for the Euclid Beach Fishing Pier Feasibility Study.
MOCA will host OPEN: new designs for public space from June 1 through August 19. The exhibit presents innovative public space projects from around the world. Architect Farshid Moussavi of Foreign Office Architects, the firm designing MOCA's new building, will speak at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on May 31 at 6:00 p.m.
18 May 2007
The $28 million renovation of University Circle's Park Lane Villa is nearing completion (PDF), and its owners will begin leasing the first of the building's 96 luxury apartments this summer.
17 May 2007
16 May 2007
Blue Pike Farm is a new one-acre farm on East 72nd Street between I-90 and St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland. Carl Skalak named the farm after the extinct Great Lakes fish, and grows organic vegetables and herbs. Crops will be sold at the farm and at other Cleveland locations.
09 May 2007
02 May 2007
In this week's Free Times, Charu Gupta recounts the collapse of the Amistad Development Corporation.
27 April 2007
26 April 2007
Yesterday, Charter One Bank announced that it was adding new programs to its UPtown Initiative. The effort was launched last spring, and is aimed at investing $150 million in University Circle and its surrounding neighborhoods over a three year period.
24 April 2007
On Friday, the Cleveland City Planning Commission approved conceptual designs for the new Cuyahoga County juvenile justice center planned for East 93rd Street and Quincy Avenue in Fairfax. The 581,000 square foot facility is now scheduled to open in 2009.
20 April 2007
GreenCityBlueLake recaps one of the community workshops led by the Project for Public Spaces earlier this week on plans for the redesigned and relocated East 120th rapid station in Little Italy.
16 April 2007
An area that covers parts of four neighborhoods on Cleveland's near east side has been named the Cleveland Art Quarter, or The Quarter for short, because the live-work district is home to many artists and their studios.
Plain Dealer architecture critic Steven Litt is not impressed by the designs of three new buildings planned by University Hospitals for their University Circle campus. Conceptual plans for the three buildings were recently approved by the Cleveland City Planning Commission. The new buildings are part of UH's Vision 2010 plan.
27 March 2007
Great Lakes Resources was the only company to submit a bid to CMHA to develop a shopping center adjacent to the planned CMHA headquarters at East 80th Street and Kinsman Road in Cleveland's Forgotten Triangle. Great Lakes offered to purchase five acres for $825,000 to build a 52,000 square foot center, or to lease 3.25 acres to build a 21,000 square foot center.
21 March 2007
Case Western Reserve University is in the planning stages for a new $40 million, 75,000 square foot campus center near Thwing Center and Kelvin Smith Library. A fall 2008 groundbreaking is planned, with completion expected by spring 2011.
16 March 2007
Trustees of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History selected Fentress Bradburn Architects of Denver to design the museum's expansion and renovation. The firm will develop a preliminary design by September.
University Circle Incorporated will hold a public meeting on March 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Judson Manor to discuss implementing the recommendations of the MLK Corridor Urban Design Study (PDF) and reconfiguring the traffic circle at MLK Drive and East 105th Street.
13 March 2007
MidTown Cleveland Inc. received $100,000 from the state capital appropriations budget for a $1.1 million outdoor mountain bike park near East 55th Street and Euclid Avenue.
07 March 2007
A Plain Dealer editorial says that Frank Jackson's plan to delay construction of the planned Collinwood Recreation Center and consider new locations looks like old-school politics.
05 March 2007
Cleveland Councilwoman Nina Turner asked the FBI to investigate the defunct Amistad Development Corporation in order to account for $200,000 that had been given to the organization.
01 March 2007
26 February 2007
23 February 2007
University Circle Incorporated is planning Bring Back Euclid Avenue, an initiative intended to compliment Euclid Corridor improvements by adding new signs, a visitors center, decorative lighting, and other streetscape improvements. They have already raised half of $7 million needed for the project.
20 February 2007
The Cleveland Clinic re-introduced plans for modifications to Euclid Avenue. Instead of closing the street to automotive traffic as they initially proposed, their compromise proposal calls for adding traffic circles at East 89th and East 100th Streets and reducing traffic to one lane in each direction, with the Silver Line BRT in the median.
The Cleveland Institute of Art selected MVRDV to design their new building on upper Euclid Avenue in the University Circle Arts and Retail District. The cutting-edge Dutch architecture firm is known for "designing apartment slabs and towers with colorful and eccentric window patterns, giant rectangular holes cut into their middles, and highly pronounced staircases that zigzag across their facades."
14 February 2007
12 February 2007
The Cuyahoga County Commissioners bought several properties on Folsom Avenue in Cleveland to use as surface parking for the planned new juvenile detention center and courthouse. They are also in negotiations to purchase a two story parking garage on Prospect Avenue in downtown Cleveland near the Breuer tower.
05 February 2007
As part of Black History Month, Channel 3 looked at the restoration efforts for the landmark Cozad-Bates House in University Circle. Activists hope it will become an Underground Railroad education center.
26 January 2007
Plans for the Collinwood Recreation Center suffered a setback when funding for the project did not appear in Mayor Jackson's new capital improvement plan until 2010. The former Big Lots store purchased by the City may or may not be redeveloped as the recreation center, which will be "in either Ward 10 or Ward 11."
19 January 2007
The leader of Euclid Beach Park Now says that the organization intends to repair the damaged Euclid Beach Park Gateway Arch.
11 January 2007
The landmark Euclid Beach Park Gateway Arch in Cleveland was seriously damaged early this morning by a hit-and-run driver.
05 January 2007
Municipal and nonprofit officials in Cleveland are pleased by the creation of the University Circle Design District. It should create increased transparency in the design process and allow greater public oversight.
02 January 2007
Cleveland City Council established the proposed University Circle Design District. City Council also enacted an emergency ordinance that alters the procedure for designating city landmarks and landmark districts. Both changes became effective on December 15.