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    Do you think about things before you post them? Do a basic google search? If it was as simple as buying a gallon of paint from Uncle Bill's and painting the GD window, I doubt we would have this crisis where thousands of children have been poisoned. https://zotapro.com/blog/painting-over-lead-paint/ When It’s Safe To Paint Over Lead-Containing Paint One of the most significant factors when deciding whether it is safe to simply cover lead paint by painting over it is the condition of the existing paint and wall. If they are both in good condition, then painting over them will form a barrier against the toxins in the lead paint. Not any normal paint will safely cover lead-containing paint. To make sure that the paint, dust, and fumes are carefully controlled, a special type of paint known as an encapsulant must be used. It’s applied over the lead-based paint as a sealant to prevent paint chips or dust from being breathed in or escaping. Though DIY-ers can technically apply an encapsulant on their own, the safest and most recommended way of properly performing an on-site encapsulation is to hire a professionally certified vendor that specializes in lead-based paint removal. When It’s Not Safe To Paint Over Lead-Containing Paint If the wall or paint is in any way chipped or damaged, bubbling or peeling, then painting over it will not re-seal the lead paint. The toxins contained underneath all the layers will still be exposed through the topcoat, and therefore, always considered dangerous. If you find yourself within a building that built prior to 1978 and the walls are in poor condition, then hiring a certified lead-paint removal team is important not only for the sake of the building’s integrity but also for the safety of everyone in the building
  3. 3 points
    you know what? even if this is a bunch of baloney (kosher beef baloney, that is, ha!), its still something that is out there promoting major development in downtown cleveland, so that's a good thing.
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    Construction activity at 15th and High - 15th is just beyond the green fence. The west side of High is being rebuilt between 16th and 13th. When that is complete traffic will flip to the west side of the street. I imagine the east sidewalk will be closed and the remaining buildings will be demolished. The crane is at 14th and Pearl - could the WOSU project begin soon?
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    I was gonna write this huge response to the above, but to write a quick response: Educated millennial I know either live in the city or the inner ring with few exceptions. Millenials I know with high school degrees or less all seem to live in the outer burbs, most of them have multiple kids too. The educated ones I do know that have kids don't seem to be planning to move further out. Many of the others don't even plan on having kids. A lot of them are now about to be in their mid thirties, so that window is closing quickly.
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    You are remarkably patient in explaining things that you have explained in this forum many times before. I genuinely appreciate that - I’m sure there are casual viewers or random new members who have never heard these things before. As always, thank you!
  7. 2 points
    a couple night shots. why not?
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    Cushman & Wakefield closes 145,000-square-foot manufacturing lease in Ohio https://www.rejournals.com/cushman-wakefield-closes-145,000-square-foot-manufacturing-lease-in-ohio-20190730
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    Paint encapsulation isn't the only (or best solution) though. Often times to correctly abate a lead hazard you might have to replace/encapsulate wood door frames, thresholds, windowsills, window casings, and siding with a vinyl/aluminum. This is not a cheap or easy fix and if not done by a licensed lead contractor and following government guidelines your property wouldn't be considered lead safe, to do so the following would need to be met: Use a licensed lead abatement contractor and risk assessor Contractor would need to follow protocol for abating lead risk Containing construction zone (including exterior work, an added expense for properties w/ little to no setback) when conducting prep work (like scraping paint, removing hazardous materials, etc.) and abatement Conducting the third party approved lead abatement work (concealment, encapsulation, etc.) Post-construction cleaning that follows lead guidelines (means, methods, disposal) Third party assessor to test/sign-off/approve of work performed These requirements make the job more expensive, not mention these aren't in and of themselves easy jobs to do, even if you are going the DIY route. And I can't believe you would actually suggest that a tenant perform this work themselves, especially tenants who are not wealthy. As a real world example, I had to lead abate a property and the interior work alone was $4,500 (wet scrape, seal, paint for stabilization 16 window casings/windowsills, 2 walls, and 3 door frames. The post construction lead safe cleaning alone was $800 and the contractor charged a $500 "lead safe guidelines" fee. I know to you that might not seem like a lot of money, but for many people it is. And I should also mention that this was on a house that had been relatively well maintained, so the amount of items that had to be abated was not that extensive (many of the windows had actually been replaced with vinyl, just had wood casings/frames). Many houses that aren't lead safe need much more extensive work, including costly exterior work.
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    I've got some exciting non-Downtown area development news! The YNDC recently announced that they will be building three market rate new homes in the South Side's Handels neighborhood. This is great news because this infill housing will help improve the street its on (Helena Avenue) and will remove most of the vacant lots on it. The location is here on Helena Avenue. Hopefully these houses will bring some people from the suburbs into the neighborhood and will help keep the neighborhoods south of Midlothian healthy and stable areas. The houses are 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bedrooms. One house will be $100,000, another $105,000, and the last $110,000. Renderings:
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    Always good to check your sources ...
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    I agree on the ridiculousness of the whole tailgating issue. We are going to move heaven and earth so that people from Brown County can drink Bud Lights out of an Igloo cooler in a parking lot 8 days per year instead of spending money at an actual business near the stadium that generates tax revenue for the city and county.
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    This is exactly why people are cynical...the entire website looks like a Russian hackers phishing scam.
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    what's up with east side access (esa)? Project Overview East Side Access is one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States. East Side Access provides new, direct LIRR service into a new concourse below Grand Central Terminal on Manhattan’s East Side, reducing commutes into Manhattan by up to 40 minutes. The project encompasses work in multiple locations throughout Manhattan and Queens, and includes more than eight miles of tunneling. East Side Access is an integral component of the broader LIRR system expansion initiative to help reduce passenger crowding, train congestion and automobile traffic, and to provide connections with additional regional transportation options such as Metro North Railroad and New York City Transit subways; East Side Access will also alleviate train and passenger congestion at New York Penn Station and its neighboring subway stations. Passengers traveling from Midtown East will enjoy easier access to JFK International Airport via the AirTrain at LIRR’s Jamaica Station. When completed, East Side Access will serve approximately 162,000 customers a day, providing them with a faster and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan in a new eight-track terminal and concourse below Grand Central Terminal. here are some recent east side access construction pics MANHATTAN WORK 1. Installation of ceiling frames on the lower level platform in the future LIRR Terminal beneath Grand Central. 2. Installation of stone tiles over an archway in the future LIRR Concourse. 3. Installing supports for stainless steel plates between the escalator and the wall at escalator Wellway Two QUEENS WORK 1. Installation of bracing struts for an approach structure located in Harold Interlocking. 2. Pouring concrete for an underpinning pit under the 39th Street Bridge for the final track approach structure. 3. Building a turnout for the Mid-day storage yard west of Honeywell Ave. 4. Installing the inner… more: http://www.amodernli.com/category/project/expansion/east-side-access/
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    Press 1 to hear why we can't do that. Press 2 to hear how much it might cost if we could. Press 3 to hear how long it would take to plan/design/build if federal funds are used. Press 4 to hear all the ways other countries are running circles around us, transportation-wise. Press 5 to hear about all of the transportation options we used to have in Ohio and the USA.
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    216-67723522....one too many numbers!
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    Except there's no railroad tracks into Cleveland Union Terminal Tower. The cost of restoring them for four Amtrak trains per day would be in the $100 million to $150 million range and add nearly 30 minutes to each train's schedule due to slower-speed operations, primarily due to tighter curves but also due to having to reenter Norfolk Southern's flow of traffic. Then there's the cost of building a new station (or ripping out the parking facilities from the old station) which could be in the $50 million to $75 million range.
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    We're literally at Year 4 since construction began. I can't think of anything that has taken that long to build around here since the Kenwood Collection fiasco. Union Terminal and Music Hall were each significantly faster.
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    Each of the last two weeks I've ended up using the Milwaukee Intermodal Station to catch the direct bus to Chicago O'Hare to return home to Cleveland Thursday evening. (Because the Southwest direct flight is in the early afternoon. Anyway...) This is the Amtrak station for both the Hiawatha Express with 7 daily trips to Chicago Union Station and the Empire Builder (Chicago to Seattle). It is also the home to Greyhound, Megabus, and a bunch of regional bus lines. The new streetcar has a station just across the street. This Intermodal Center is a good example of what @KJP has been advocating for to replace the existing Cleveland Amtrak station, East 9th Waterfront line RTA station, and a relocated Greyhound station, hopefully in combination with a land bridge from the Mall across the railroad tracks and Shoreway. With that in mind, I though the Urban Ohio crew might enjoy a little photo tour. The Milwaukee Intermodal Station is in downtown Milwaukee and was fully rebuilt in 2007 on the site of the previous train station. It has a large, pleasant, light filled waiting area - three walls are glass. It has both a small restaurant and a convenience store, along with restrooms. This photo tour is a combination of pictures I found online and a few that I took. And yes, I spent my entire journey home thinking about how if we had proper high speed rail in this country I could have made the trip in 3.5 hours (downtown Milwaukee to downtown Cleveland). Especially when United changed my gate in O'Hare 5 times in less than 2 hours and I didn't get home until 3am, roughly 3 hours late. The buses use the spaces to the right in this picture. The trains pass through behind. In this view from the rear, you can see that the train shed has two island platforms plus a single sided platform closest to the station's waiting area. Each platform is connected via escalators and elevators to an overhead passenger walkway: The bus area: Waiting area. The wall to the left is entirely glass, as seen in the first image above. Trainspotting - the Hiawatha, about to leave for Chicago.
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    I think that a lot of people who have been through situations like this hesitate to share the details. I was laid off in May of 2009, at the bottom of the recession, and it took me almost 2 years to get a full-time job. In the interim I worked all sorts of odd-jobs (and was laid off two more times by different places). There were many low points. For example, I got a job delivering pizzas (at age 30) and soon after delivered a pizza to my old boss - the one who had just laid me off. But I didn't really care about that, there were actually some nuttier moments, like the time when I fell asleep at 7:30am~ while operating a table saw in a door factory because I was so sleep-deprived from working two jobs. There were many more of those sorts of things. The worst part of these situations isn't what you personally go through, it's the commentary you get from all of the people out there who have never had to go through this sort of crap. You come to realize how much your bad situation and their good situation is just luck. Phrases you hear from them that aren't meant to be put-downs drive you crazy because you can tell they just don't know what they're talking about. Thinking back to some of the college professors I had who liked to act like tough guys and tell you what the "real world" was going to be like - well you can tell they didn't know what they were talking about. They were just lucky.
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    Taken from The Statler FB page. They nailed it with the exterior improvements. The new signage, the added flag poles, the lighting. A+ all around.
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    Just a couple progress pics I got while walking past today!
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    I would agree -- the technical problems and construction expense has to be ridiculous. But I do fear that all this hype and investment will lead to someone actually trying and blowing a few billion on the project. That money would be far, far better spent on building some high speed rail like 20+ other countries have already done. What if we get Musk to dig Cleveland a nice "hyperloop" tunnel that we can turn into an actual subway system?
  25. 1 point
    I love the cantilevered bump outs.
  26. 1 point
    Signage brand signage is the best signage that signage can sign.
  27. 1 point
    Looks like two new places coming to West 9th: http://www.lulocleveland.com/ https://mobile.twitter.com/LULOCle & http://exodusoh.com/
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    Come see a pod for a service that doesn't yet exist and probably never will? Sounds enticing!
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    Completion date set for Banks music venue despite indecision on Hilltop move The developer of the proposed music venue at the Banks said Tuesday that it could be completed by October 2020, making the timeline competitive with a rival Newport project, but there is no agreement yet to move a concrete plant that is a key piece of the complex deal. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/07/30/completion-date-set-for-banks-music-venue-despite.html
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    Looks like they salvaged it from the Deaconess Hospital demolition.
  32. 1 point
    the black glass is seemingly such a small thing, but it really does make it look awful
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    This does literally look like an expansion project from the 1980's. Absolutely heartbreaking.
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    With this eSports stuff you just want to make sure you can turn it into something else quickly and easily so it doesn't turn out like the IMAX at NOTL. The #1 thing to remember with the video game industry is that people quit the games all the time. They just walk away. They quit playing individual games. They quit playing them in a certain form. They quit playing a certain system. They quit genres. They quit companies. They quit. Most of these "hardcore" or "endemic" people are only doing it because they literally aren't able to do anything else. They don't have money. It is not a demographic to throw yourself on a sword for.
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    Yes, Hilltop will continue to allow tailgaters to use there property on Sunday of course for a fee. They will remain in place until new site is selected and agreed upon for relocation. The Bengals are allowing the existing parking lot to move forward and become the music venue. Finally starting to see the Bengals organization, willing to work with the county and city. I am always leery though, you never know what backdoor deal is happening when the Bengals/Brown Family is being nice.
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    ^ ha -- yes and my spouse's company handled the on-line world aspects of that. they are sort of a backbone of the internet.
  37. 1 point
    Hopefully with the new addition of a permanent sky star and the amount of people it will bring to the banks, they are more encouraged to move forward with the new set of apartments on that empty lot across from GE.
  38. 1 point
    My favorite: “we will defiantly invest again when we have another opportunity!”
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    What it did. It's closed now. Was a carpet/flooring supplier since 1965. BTW, I just saw this from last week -- another project right next door appears to be moving forward.... http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/drcagenda/2019/PDF/NW-Agenda-7_24_19.pdf Near West Design Review District Agenda (8:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 24th, 2019) 9:30 a.m. 3. NW 2019-22, 23, 24, 25 - 2537 & 2538 Blatt Ct; 2701 & 2705 Buckeye Ct. (C) Project Representative - Anya Kulcsar Demolition of 4 residential structures related to the development of CentroVilla 25. _______________ So what is Centro Villa 25? a $14 million, 52,000 square-foot project that will serve as the loud-colored epicenter of La Villa, complete with a 21-kiosk micro retail center, CDC hub space, and area for a “trendy, upscale Latin restaurant.” https://www.freshwatercleveland.com/features/portraitlvh051619.aspx
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    I don't see why those working in Legal, IT, Sales, etc. can't be moved to a downtown location. Many manufacturing companies the size of Eaton don't house those departments inside or even near their manufacturing sites.
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    Site work for the new St. Ed’s main entrance has started. Will give a nice street presence right up to Detroit. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cleveland.com/lakewood/2019/01/st_edward_high_school_announce.html%3foutputType=amp
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    I'd be more excited about this project if it was coming from anyone else. I mentioned in another thread that I've had Mr. Kandelker in our housing court for two of his properties with long lists of code violations (including many health and safety concerns). While the properties were fixed up satisfactorily in the end, it still took over a year of going through court before they were. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say maybe its all down to bad local property management, and perhaps he has a better track record with new construction in other cities/countries. If this is a serious plan and moves forward, I can only hope so.
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    Couple of articles hi-lighting development projects in Reynoldsburg. The three biggest projects are the following: new 100,000 square foot Kroger store (project cost undisclosed) new $25 million, 70,000 square foot YMCA/community center new $3.9 million Truro Township Fire Station https://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20190527/construction-update-major-projects-reshaping-reynoldsburg https://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20190401/new-kroger-rising-other-reynoldsburg-projects-in-works
  45. 1 point
    I love this project and its street presence, but cannot stand all the visible mechanicals on its roof when viewed from the north.
  46. 1 point
    It's is Mayor Jackson's implementation of jersey barriers as a safety measure for pedestrian safety. It has worked so well for Public Square. Just kidding
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    From late afternoon Wednesday ...
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    Just thought I would update this thread and let everyone know that half of the old Cleveland Clinic building has been demoed. I know this project is shovel ready and I think a late September early October groundbreaking is realistic.
  49. 1 point
    ^Thanks for this! Outstanding high-level view. I currently consider myself a passive fan. I haven’t been truly fanatical since I was a kid on travel teams, and Kai Haaskivi, Gino DiFlorio and the Force were running around the Coliseum in the old MISL. But I love the game, and am following this thread closely.
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    @cadmen While it's true that CVSR owns some of the railcars and locomotives and not the tracks, it is not correct that the cities are responsible for track maintenance. The owner of the tracks south of a location almost directly behind the old Days Inn (5555 Brecksville Rd) is the National Park Service. It contracts with CVSR to provide the historical and environmental educational and transportation of passengers on the rail corridor. But the owner of the tracks north of that location is CSX Transportation Corp., a common carrier engaged in freight transportation. CSX is responsible for the maintenance, operation, financing, security, dispatching, and access to that private right of way. Although a common carrier, CSX's predecessors agreed in 1971 to cede the legal obligation of carrying passengers to Amtrak. CSX itself doesn't carry passengers and, unless you are Amtrak, is under no legal obligation to accept your passenger train. Unless -- if you are willing to pay CSX so much money that it becomes an offer CSX couldn't refuse. Neither CVSR nor the National Park Service are blessed with that much money. Unless -- a public sector entity like the National Park Service buys the tracks, which it did in about 1985 from a location 1,000 feet south of the southernmost switch of a wye track called "Willow" (that's the location right behind the old Days Inn) south to near Howard Street in Akron. South of Howard Street, the Akron Metro RTA owns the tracks to Canton. Akron Metro RTA lacks the funds to adequately maintain the tracks. I wish they would sell them and all other rail rights of way it owns. But I digress. The NPS was close to acquiring the CSX-owned tracks north from Willow in the late 1990s to give CVSR access to downtown Cleveland. But then Conrail, a major eastern railroad, was jointly acquired by CSX and Norfolk Southern and its assets divided roughly equally among them. After the Conrail split, CSX no longer was interested in divesting of its Cleveland-area rail assets. That has changed recently. CSX is in the midst of a fire sale. Almost everything except its principal mainlines are available to the highest bidders. And CSX isn't interested in doing the dirty work of assembling and disassembling freight trains for a myriad of customers scattered all over a city or region. If someone else assembles and disassembles a freight train, CSX will happily run it for you to the next handoff 1,000 miles away or more. CSX isn't the only major railroad that is increasingly operating in this manner. In fact, all of the big boys are. So the rail line in the valley, north of Willow to downtown, doesn't fit into CSX's new modus operandi. Even CSX's large Clark Avenue Yard that serves the steel mills and other industrial customers doesn't fit CSX's new M.O. So I think you can see where this is going. Someone else is going to take over all of this complicated railroad infrastructure and operations in the valley. They're going to have to or the freight rail service is going to go away, and it's going to take a lot of industrial jobs with it. So when the ownership of the infrastructure and operations changes, and it will, that will open the door to CVSR coming north of its Rockside Road station.
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