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  1. 18 points
  2. 7 points
    There will be only one RTA rail station. I didn't suggest otherwise. The current station headhouse is approaching 30 years old and is showing it. RTA can't use ADA compliance as the reason for replacing this station access point as it has the other, 1955-68 era Red Line stations because the Ohio City station does meet ADA. It does qualify for Urban Formula State of Good Repair funds but those are harder to come by as many of the rail systems built in the 1970s-90s are also aging and competing with Cleveland. So the Carnegie TOD offers an opportunity to RTA to replace the Ohio City station headhouse with another, newer, pedestrian access point from street level which is above the tracks in this area. The new access point can be part of a TOD with the local/nonfederal share provided by the private sector, or at least by a TIF funded by taxes from a private sector development. Based on discussions with RTA staff and board, the new access point may be at the south of the EXISTING station platform, which would tie it in more closely with the Carnegie AND Harbor Bay developments, as well as provide a plaza above the tracks that would serve as a pedestrian-centric linkage and greenspace between Duck Island and Ohio City. Ultimately, the existing station headhouse could be demolished and the existing platform lengthened into the area where it was originally located before 1990 -- extending to the north side of Lorain where another, more basic (but still ADA compliant) station access point could be provided -- similar to the one built last year on the other side of East 105th. That would greatly improve pedestrian access to the West Side Market and potentially spur development at the Brickhaus property, much of which is now for sale. That also offers a private sector contribution/TIF funding opportunity to provide the local share for constructing this access point. At least that's some of the big-picture visioning that's going on with this station development area. I hope that clarifies things.
  3. 7 points
    I forget the name of this one Edit: Mayfield Station, but here's a shot from today. The area is starting to feel wonderfully dense towards UC (if I wasn't waiting for the bus, I would've captured it looking down Mayfield...but beautiful day with the snow nonetheless). I do have to say the sidewalk access is bs though coming from the redline. At least sidewalk closures downtown give you a crosswalk or you'd hope they would lead you, this is just eh, tough luck and good riddance here's a blind crossing, god speed. +
  4. 7 points
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 Sherwin-Williams, Stark, Realife & the fate of an historic Superblock survivor Downtown Cleveland's largest parking crater, the so-called "Superblock" where Sherwin-Williams (SHW) plans to build its new headquarters, has a sole survivor among its once vast building stock. That monolith is set off to one corner of the Superblock, named because its sea of parking is actually spread among two blocks, separated by the one-way alley Frankfort Ave. The surviving building is the former Stark Enterprises headquarters that now belongs to 1350 W6 LLC, an affiliate of Realife Real Estate Group. And the building may not be long for this world. There are two reasons why the building at 1350 W. 3rd St. is endangered. Ultimately, both reasons are apparently attributable to Realife which bought the building in the final days of 2018. One is that Realife appears to want to sell the building, possibly to be associated in some way with SHW's HQ. The other reason is that Realife allegedly hasn't been making mortgage payments and may be forced to sell the building at a foreclosure auction. MORE: https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2020/02/sherwin-williams-stark-realife-fate-of.html
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  7. 6 points
    I had an anti-tax reactionary confront my NEOtrans twitter posting about this news, saying that people are fleeing higher taxes in Cleveland and that jobs/economic activity is rising everywhere in the USA. So I responded with.... Income tax revenue can be a measure of economic activity. Roughly half of those increased revenues (from Cleveland's dominant tax revenue source) came after the tax rate increase. They came from more people living/working in Cleveland. In other words the tax hike didn't scare them off; it captured value from Cleveland's newfound economic growth. Economic growth has been limited to America's largest cities despite their higher taxes. This is especially true in Ohio where the 3 largest metros accounted for 88% of Ohio's job growth since Jan. 2015. And if it wasn't for the 6 largest metros, Ohio would have lost 18,000 jobs since Jan. 2015.
  8. 6 points
    That's not my understanding. I'm told the Carnegie site could potentially involve building a plaza and structures over the tracks and include a new RTA station as part of the development. Still very early on so things can and probably will change.
  9. 4 points
    Colonial Arcade (aka 5th Street Arcades) when it was a lonely mid-rise on Prospect Avenue, circa-1900s. BTW, the C&E depot at right was for an electric interurban that went out Mayfield Road and then split in Geauga County, with one route bound for Chardon and the other for Middlefield. It was planned to go all the way to Warren and Sharon, Pa.
  10. 4 points
    Saw some work being done framing? On the corner of the schofield this morning not quite sure what they were doing or if someone is moving in.
  11. 4 points
    Thought I'd throw a little bit of Gee Wiz info out there.
  12. 3 points
    175-Unit Apartment Complex Proposed for Italian Village A proposal to build a 175-unit apartment complex on a surface parking lot in Italian Village got a first look from the neighborhood’s review board earlier this week. The proposal calls for two separate buildings at the southeast corner of Second Avenue and Sixth Street – one five stories tall and the other four. A free-standing garage would be built behind the buildings to provide parking for residents and for the commercial tenants of 274 E. First Ave., the large warehouse-like building that holds the State Library of Ohio and a NAPA auto parts store. The new apartments would sit directly across Second Avenue from the Station 324 development. More below: https://www.columbusunderground.com/175-unit-apartment-complex-proposed-for-italian-village-bw1
  13. 3 points
    Even without the construction of the new building, there is no crosswalk connecting the RTA station to the bus stop on the west side of the road. RTA riders usually jaywalk through oncoming traffic to catch their bus. Someone missed they idea when designing this stop that public transit riders usually have at least one connection.
  14. 3 points
    Fwiw, have you called the city's division of streets about any specific problem areas? I just bought a house in Ohio City with a foundation that butts an old brick alley. The bricks had sunk into the soil causing a low spot against my foundation. When it rained there'd be a 6 foot wide and 3" deep puddle against my house and it was definitely causing some moisture issues on the basement wall. I called the division of streets about it, the next day they had a tech out to inspect. That night it was elevated to actionable status and within a week new concrete was being poured at the right grade. Now water flows out to the street and I don't have any issues! I'm still seriously impressed with the response time, I was expecting it to take months.
  15. 3 points
    I'll play lol - when I was in Columbus a couple years ago for a conference they were working on High St up and down (utilities if I had to guess), any place where the sidewalk was closed they had a jersey barriered pedestrian lane in the street. It's a shame that JHB is one of the few buildings where they've done this...and look how long that took.
  16. 3 points
    Yes. Due to the amount of projects, each one gets $1.
  17. 3 points
    I rejected an apartment in the Hanna building because it looked out across Prospect at those lots. The apartment was fine, but that view is soul-destroying. No way could I look at it everyday.
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  19. 3 points
    Do you have insight on the abyss of parking lots you took this picture from? Definitely my most hated set of lots now that Westin/Jacobs will be gone. But a great development opportunity indeed.
  20. 3 points
    Awesome pic. Slowly but surely, the automobile abyss will be a thing of the past in downtown Cleveland. Pictures from this angle will be as well, lol.
  21. 2 points
    Cleveland-Born Chef to Import Popular Chicago Restaurant to Little Italy February 2020 | Douglas Trattner Last summer, Victor Morenz and Emily Gilbert closed their popular Chicago restaurant Home Bistro, which was a Boystown neighborhood staple for nearly 15 years. But Chicago’s loss will be Cleveland’s gain as the owners attempt to recreate the charm and personality of that beloved spot back home. They recently got the keys to the old Gusto space in Little Italy and hope to open Home Bistro sometime this spring. https://www.lagazzettaitaliana.com/local-news/9341-cleveland-born-chef-to-import-popular-chicago-restaurant-to-little-italy
  22. 2 points
    Bump for OG Robert Pence
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  24. 2 points
    I don't think it would generate the full 20% local share of a roughly $2 million to $5 million project. But it should contribute significantly. Besides I would think that RTA would want some skin in the game for legal standing.
  25. 2 points
    If one of the only things we're complaining about is the name, I think we're in a good spot! Developers are obviously tuned into the resident critics at UO!
  26. 2 points
    I've been reading the comments here about INTRO. It does seem like using that name misses the chance to capitalize on a historic connection with that neighborhood -- with the market and with the park across the street by the brewery.
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  28. 2 points
    About a year ago someone posted that an at&t store was moving in. But I haven't heard anything since. The problem is with some of these spaces they over value them on purpose and probably take a loss if they remain empty. Last time I checked they wanted like $85 dollars a sq. ft. Which is crazy.
  29. 2 points
    WEWS this week on DCA & the push for more downtown condos... https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/originals/while-hundreds-of-apartments-go-up-in-cleveland-dca-pushes-for-more-for-sale-properties
  30. 2 points
  31. 1 point
    It's not all bad news that certain property owners in the way of the OC have to move. Some would probably hold the city back if they realized their business plans.
  32. 1 point
    It's interesting they bring up the massing. To me, the massing is appropriate given the content of the industrial buildings adjacent and generally on either side of the tracks. It's a nod to what was there. Even in these renderings they show existing buildings with similar massing. If it was somewhere else, i can see that argument but not here.
  33. 1 point
    That may be true, but all I can tell you is that every hearing I've sat through where this project has been discussed has been pretty clear. They intend to find a way to connect with the station by Lorain across from West Side Market. And already they vacated Gehring Avenue to allow access down to track level at that station. Given where the proposal for Duck Island is targeting, it would make sense to find a way to connect them. Can't imagine larding up the Red Line tracks with multiple stations just blocks apart. But twice in the last week or so I've heard the councilman for the neighborhood crowing about how great this project is toward making statements that rapid transit is important for Cleveland and that the station is just footsteps away.
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    Since the office component is delayed, if they were to attract them wouldn't that make a good case for the office building to be made taller due to other potential office tenants being interested?
  36. 1 point
    I wouldn't hold my breath either. Anything's possible, but Frangos so far hasn't demonstrated an ability to work with other real estate developers to advance anything on these parcels, according to developers who have attempted to work with them.
  37. 1 point
    I believe that is the Frango lot at 14th and Prospect. @KJP has suggested they are interested in developing it but given its Frango I would not hold my breath. It clearly will not happen without a development partner. Just my opinion, but of all the huge lots downtown that have potential that is probably really low on the totem pole which is unfortunate as it one of the gateways from the south into downtown.
  38. 1 point
    ^but I was told that raising taxes will lower tax receipts. /s
  39. 1 point
    This summer, while enjoying a cold one on the patio at Juke Box... I had a guy in his late 20s go on a rant about Saucy... And I pointed out that it neighborhood development has a lot of positives and he said, and I quote "I'd rather the neighborhood get razed than gentrified."
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  43. 1 point
    The "organized mess" component of a construction site will never stop fascinating me.
  44. 1 point
    Straw man. I never said this one development would solve the problem. These attitudes, however, are widespread, and they block or water down tons of projects across the city, which collectively does contribute directly to housing shortages and higher costs. Your claim that this was anything but irrational NIMBYism is silly. No one buys that. You live in the city. Either accept city development or move. This is exactly why I advocate for heavy zoning changes throughout the city, so things like outdated variance requirements can't be used to shut down projects like this.
  45. 1 point
    Clearly it was, considering the main complaints were regarding parking/traffic and height. Height is often required for the higher number of residential units, especially in a neighborhood like the Short North where there are few vacant lots. Residential unit concentration equates to density. Your objections specifically attack density and encourage lower housing availability and higher prices across the board. If people don't want to live next to taller buildings, they shouldn't buy homes in the city literally a few blocks from Downtown.
  46. 1 point
    Pennywise and pound foolish----is your cheap company making you travel on your own time? otherwise it doesn't make sense to spend an extra 6-9 hours roundtrip for Cleveland-Cinci to save, what, $120-$130? Either they don't respect its employees time (and quality of life) or they lack an understanding of the value of company time and productivity. Or maybe just an incompetent bean counter. UltimateAir - $428 roundtrip---50minutes roundtrip Driving: 500 miles on CLE-CINCI x 57.5 cents/mile IRS rate = $288. 7.5 hours on the road roundtrip. Connecting--maybe costs $300, door to door with connection assuming NO delays - approx 8-10 hours roundrip
  47. 1 point
    We'll see if Market Square can get a major office tenant like that, but that's for the Market Square thread.
  48. 1 point
    If Reebok can move from a Boston suburb to a Boston neighborhood, with the primary purpose to attract young talent, why can't a NEO company in the suburbs?
  49. 1 point
    Keep in mind, Oswald only has naming rights to the building and occupies three and a half floors - could have been one of the law firms or another group in the building. But that's a topic for another thread
  50. 1 point
    The work at Irishtown Bend work could be new bulkheads across from Hart Crane Park, that was supposed to be the first step of the Hillside Stabilization project.
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