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I'm excited by this news. I think the Port Authority plays such a key role in the economic development of Cleveland. It's exciting that they are agressively pursuing projects that will grow Cleveland into the future. That's my hope, anyway.

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""I think it's the right approach, to plug Cleveland into the global economy through our port," said Paul Oyaski, head of Cuyahoga County Department of Development."

 

Yeah, no duh to that quote. Of course, there's no mention of the increased push to decrease ocean vessels in the Great Lakes due to invasive species and the lakes' health. It drives me nuts when a story comes out that has this big idea but doesn't mention the things going on in the background that could affect it.

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... Of course, there's no mention of the increased push to decrease ocean vessels in the Great Lakes due to invasive species and the lakes' health. It drives me nuts when a story comes out that has this big idea but doesn't mention the things going on in the background that could affect it.

Thousands of containers pouring in daily from Europe and Asia are taxing big ports on both coasts. The Great Lakes ports can be a relief valve, industry observers have said.

I hardly think that products from east Asia are going to come into a Cleveland container port.  This could just be another ploy for someone to make millions of dollars on market studies and engineering proposals.  Paper boats.

 

There should be a container port on the US side of the Niagara River in New York instead.  We could close off the upper Great Lakes to foreign carriers, and perhaps all ocean going ships, to protect our water quality.  Invasive species or a spill could really destroy the quality of the water we depend on for drinking water.

 

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West Side sun:

 

Strategic plan proposes port to spur economy

Thursday, August 23, 2007

By Ken Prendergast

West Side Sun News

 

In its first-ever strategic plan, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority issued a blueprint to create 50,000 new jobs and generate $2 billion worth of private investment over the next 25 years.

 

http://blog.cleveland.com/westsidesunnews/2007/08/strategic_plan_proposes_port_t.html

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I thought Burke Lakefront wasn't a good spot for the port because it's essentially river dredgings, isn't it? Doesn't that make the land unstable?

 

 

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I don't think that anyone has done the geotechnical studies on Burke yet to determine what it can hold.  If it can hold it, I love the idea of using Burke for the port, though.

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Report sees port role in container shipping

By JAY MILLER

2:29 pm, October 10, 2007

 

A consultant is giving the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority reason to believe it can draw container freight into Cleveland harbor.

 

At a committee briefing Wednesday morning, a representative of consulting firm Martin Associates of Lancaster, Pa., told Port Authority board members that the ever-growing importation of goods from Asia and elsewhere is taxing existing container ports.

 

More at:

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20071010/FREE/71010020

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The port and city sent out a joint press release today announcing that the list of sites for port relocation were narrowed to three:

 

1. west of the west breakwall, north of Whiskey Island

2. northeast corner of Burke Lakefront Airport

3. east of Burke

 

All three locations will require the creation of new land from river/lake dredgings. Additional public hearings will be held to decide the final location. The relocation is sought to make way for downtown lakefront redevelopment, for port expansion including the handling of shipping containers, and the creation of port hinterland zone for spin-off economic development.

 

Unfortunately, I don't have the press release in digital format. It was faxed to me at the office. However, I will have an article in the West Side Sun News about this development.

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Uh, OK, forgot to look on the port's website for the PR. Here it is....

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http://www.portofcleveland.com/news/newsdetail.asp?NewsID=146

 

News Releases

Contact: Khaled M. Salehi

Assistant V.P. – Strategic Development

 

(Click for Print Version)

 

Port Authority and City to Continue Review of Port Relocation

Posted: 10/16/2007

 

Preliminary site analysis identifies three sites as having most economic potential

 

CLEVELAND– October 16, 2007 – In the coming months, the potential sites for the relocation of Cleveland’s international shipping operations will undergo a final analysis and public review, according to the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (“Port Authority”) and City of Cleveland. 

 

Based upon an initial site review, three sites best meet the criteria for the proposed relocation that would yield the highest opportunity for economic gain and allow for the redevelopment of downtown waterfront property for public use.

 

The three preferred sites include land off of the west breakwall, the northeast end of Burke Lakefront Airport, and a site east of Burke Lakefront Airport.  Dredged materials would be used to create the additional land. 

 

“We have much more work to do,” said Adam Wasserman, president & CEO of the Port Authority, “but these three sites appear to present the most catalytic potential for both more robust shipping operations and transformational economic impact.

 

“Each of these sites has a significant advantage presented by the many acres of land around them that would enable this community to create a ‘port trade district’ that would attract complementary businesses and jobs, optimizing our commercial potential as a waterfront city.”

 

The initial site review was based on location, ability to meet size requirements, infrastructure connections and availability of adjacent port “hinterland” for economic development purposes. 

 

Further analysis will continue as additional information is collected and public hearings are held. Cost estimates have yet to be concluded.

 

Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s goal is to redevelop the lakefront in a way that provides better access for the citizens of Cleveland as well as economic development opportunities. 

 

“We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the relocation to stimulate investment and open up the waterfront for our residents,” Mayor Jackson said. “The City and Port agree that we must continue to deliberate thoughtfully about how our economy will benefit most and consider all opportunity costs.”

 

The Port Authority, City and County commissioned a study last year to examine potential sites for state-of-the-art port facilities last year. 

 

That study was temporarily delayed to incorporate a review, commissioned this year by Wasserman, of the port’s long-term potential to attract the additional maritime business line of containerized cargo and also integrate the Port Authority’s vision of developing underused nearby industrial land to attract manufacturing and distribution centers near port facilities to create a substantial quantity of new jobs.

 

While no sites have been eliminated from consideration, the initial analysis suggests the other sites are not as feasible for a variety of reasons because of limitations such as ship access, size and transportation connections.

 

Wasserman said that the goal was to have a full and complete assessment of the sites to present to the Port Board in three to four months, and upon approval, present the final recommendations of preferred sites, in collaboration with our partners at the City and County, to the public to gather comment.

 

Board Chairman John J. Carney added:  “This is a multi-million dollar proposition that will have long-term economic consequences for northeast Ohio, and we are taking the time to do it right.  We want to educate the public about the options using very objective criteria before making any final decisions.”

 

Following the public meetings and acceptance of a site by the Port Authority Board, the relocation plan will be submitted to the City of Cleveland Planning Commission for approval.

 

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority helps the regional economy grow and keeps local industries connected to the world by supporting thousands of jobs and providing area businesses a competitive advantage through maritime and development finance partnerships.

 

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Here's the PD's take on it, including some Pro's and Con's of each site:

 

 

Cleveland-Cuyahoga port authority down to 3 possible sites

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tom Breckenridge

Plain Dealer Reporter

Port officials are looking at one site west of the Cuyahoga River and two to the east for a new, larger home. Officials with the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority and the city of Cleveland announced Tuesday that an $850,000 relocation study has whittled eight sites down to three.

 

more at:

http://www.cleveland.com/printer/printer.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1192610009273970.xml&coll=2

 

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The Burke option seems by far the best to me.  The other two are are part of or too close to areas that we had wanted to open up to public use.  Since Burke is staying, it comes down to a question of using that excess land on the far side of the airport for expanding the airport, or for a lake port.

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Have to agree, of the 3 choices Burke is the best.

 

I would hate to see the marinas being affected though. If they had to relocate, I hope that something could be worked out to their benefit.

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Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority appears to favor site near East 55th Street

 

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Tom Breckenridge

Plain Dealer Reporter

 

Top port officials appear to favor building a man-made island north of East 55th Street as the port's new home.

 

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

 

tbreckenridge@plaind.com, 216-999-4695

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fine, but wow would that take a long time before the port property downtown is freed up for residential, etc. development.

 

It would, but given the length of time necessary for FEB, Pesht, etc. to finish planning, building, and fill up, that length of time might be desirable in order to avoid depressed rents and a surplus of vacant space downtown.

 

I guess I see it as the middle step in downtown's longterm redevelopment:

 

Near term (5-10 years):  FEB, Pesht built

Mid term (20 years):  Downtown expansion north to the lakefront

Longterm (30+ years):  Full realization of lakefront plan

 

Obviously, that's over-simplified and ignores a lot of projects, but it's just my idea of an overall framework for development in that particular area.  Especially because our economy is still fragile, I don't think that taking things a little bit slowly is necessarily bad.  We shouldn't wait so long that opportunities pass us by, but we should take as much time as we need to adequately plan and execute development.

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fine, but wow would that take a long time before the port property downtown is freed up for residential, etc. development.

 

Certainly would be a long time. I believe there was talk some time ago about filling in the new island with some other sort of infill material. Using it would decrease the time it took to move the port. Anyone remember that?

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when i think of something comparable i think of battery park city on the westside of downtown manhattan. that was made out of landfill from the wtc next door. it is only now being completely filled out. that took over 25 years.

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Certainly would be a long time. I believe there was talk some time ago about filling in the new island with some other sort of infill material. Using it would decrease the time it took to move the port. Anyone remember that?

 

I do!  ;)

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I guess I see it as the middle step in downtown's longterm redevelopment:

 

Near term (5-10 years):  FEB, Pesht built

Mid term (20 years):  Downtown expansion north to the lakefront

Longterm (30+ years):  Full realization of lakefront plan

 

 

At the time, the Waterfront Plan was promoted as a 50 year plan.

 

 

when i think of something comparable i think of battery park city on the westside of downtown manhattan. that was made out of landfill from the wtc next door. it is only now being completely filled out. that took over 25 years.

 

Depending on what happens in regards to the West Shoreway and the Innerbelt reconstruction, it should not take that long. Part of the planning process concluded the new island would use the construction debris from the two freeways as fill. Additionally, all of the fill as a result from the Regional Sewer District work would be used, too.

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At East 55th Street, officials might have to close a popular, state-operated marina to make way for a new port.

 

This would be a horrible loss, hopefully one that could be avoided even if they chose to relocate there. Personally, I think there's a lot of opportunity for asset-based development around the Marina, not unlike what's occurring in Battery Park based on tandem with access to Edgewater ... particularly given the relative success of high-end Quay 55.

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cleveland.com:

 

Port recommends move from downtown to north of E. 55th

Posted by Tom Breckenridge December 11, 2007 19:06PM

Categories: Breaking News, FYI

 

Top port officials recommend that the port relocate to a man-made peninsula north of the East 55th Street lakefront.

 

...

 

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2007/12/port_recommends_move_from_down.html

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The Sound of Ideas® Archive: January 2008

 

Ship Shape: The Changing Role of the Port of Cleveland

Aired Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Since taking over the helm at the Port Authority, Adam Wasserman has made a few noteworthy changes, but proposing to move the port uptown to East 55th Street is not actually the biggest change. Wasserman has said he wants the Port to take an active role in the region's economic development. Instead of financing anyone who asks, he says, they'll finance only the projects that will improve the region's economic health.

 

(This is an interesting audio file .. Adam talks about his desire for building relationships with the business community, especially the Cleveland Clinic and UH .. moving the port and how this can affect the waterfront. It's almost an hour long, but it's definitely worth a listen. Stream it while you work.)

 

http://www.wcpn.org/index.php/WCPN/soi/9552/

 

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http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/pdf/press/20080207453.pdf

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 7, 2008

COMMUNITY MEETING SCHEDULED TO PRESENT

CLEVELAND PORT RELOCATION PLAN

 

Plan for public comment envisions relocation of commercial shipping docks

from downtown to a new land area on the lakefront near East 55th Street

 

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Buffalo District and the City of Cleveland invite the public to view and comment on the potential development

of a new, 200-acre land area on Cleveland’s lakefront near East 55th Street. This site is being considered by

the Army Corps for a new facility to hold material dredged to maintain Cleveland Harbor that would become

the future site of commercial maritime docks developed by the Port Authority.

 

The community meeting is free and open to the public:

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

St. Philip Neri Community Center

799 East 82nd Street

 

Since 2004, the USACE has been developing a twenty-year plan to manage disposal of materials dredged

each year to maintain federal shipping channels along the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland’s lakefront. In

December 2007, the Port Authority asked the Army Corps to consider a site near East 55th Street that would

accommodate relocation of existing downtown maritime facilities and expansion into new areas of

commercial shipping that could reduce transportation costs for industries located throughout northeast

Ohio.

 

At the February 19th community meeting, the USACE will present a preliminary plan for the East 55th

Street facility. The Port Authority will present a conceptual layout for maritime docks and identify

modifications that may be needed to accommodate interstate highway and rail access. The Port Authority

and the City of Cleveland will begin the community dialogue to identify ways to maintain and enhance

recreational boating and shoreline fishing opportunities that may be impacted by relocation and expansion

of commercial shipping activities in the East 55th Street area.

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In my opinion, this is exactly the kind of spin-off development envisioned by those seeking the port's relocation, and in exactly the location they envisioned it -- in and near East 55th, north of St. Clair to the lake. I'm not surprised by this development and look forward to more of it in neighboring locations.

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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

 

CLEVELAND PORT RELOCATION PLAN

 

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Buffalo District and the City of Cleveland invite the public to review and comment on the potential development of a new, 200-acre land area on Cleveland’s lakefront near East 55th Street.

 

The meeting is open to the public.

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

St. Philip Neri Community Center

799 East 82nd Street (off of St. Clair Ave.)

Cleveland, O. 44103

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Cleveland port's planned move sounds good to civic leaders

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tom Breckenridge

Plain Dealer Reporter

 

Prominent city and business leaders signaled their support Tuesday night for a proposal to move Cleveland's port near Cleveland Browns Stadium to a man-made peninsula at East 55th Street.

 

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority made its first community pitch for the relocation plan to about 150 people at St. Philip Neri Community Center on East 82nd Street.

 

...

 

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

 

tbreckenridge@plaind.com, 216-999-4695

 

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/120350002940130.xml&coll=2

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Several speakers said the port must guarantee that public access and green space will be part of any development on the port's current site.

 

Not to mention minimizing the impacts to existing parkland and waterfront access from Dike 14 and Gordon Park, west to the new port facilities.  The bike path goes through there and the existing parks can't be overlooked. 

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boy, I hope Whiskey Island/Wendy Park area and environs is off the table. That would break my heart. If it looks like they will consider this again, I will dust off my boxing gloves.  The dirty dogs didnt destroy me last round.

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I don't think you have anything to worry about. Because of its isolated setting, Whiskey Island/Wendy Park just doesn't have the potential for spin-off development that the East 55th site has. And this relocation is ultimately about spin-off development.

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What about residential development at E. 55th, like Quay 55 which is already there.  Won't the port negatively impact this?   It does seem like it will harm the nearby Lakefront Park.  I thought the longterm Lakeshore plan called for Chicago-type high-rise development around E. 55 complementing Quay 55.

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I think it was more mid to low rise, but yeah the Lakefront Plan called for more residential.  I'm a little worried that the Eastside is getting burned here.  They're going to get the port and some unattractive spin-off warehouses for their Lakefront development, while Downtown and the Westside get open space and mixed-use development.

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I think Burke is the best spot still.  Don't forget about Musky's AirPort Concept here.

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,14198.0.html

(Looking over that link a little better I guess it doesn't have a built out plan for the port and only seems to come from KJP at the bottom.  Hmm)

 

We never found out why Burke was tabled.  I thought it was down to 3 locations then all of a sudden they said... and we don't want to consider Burke anymore because we can't have buildings next to the airport...  What kind of crap is that?!  Its not like the port would be putting in skyscrapers or office parks.  There are always various sized buildings by airports I go to.

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