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  1. 17 points
    I don't believe anyone has posted the artwork proposal yet that would wrap around the parking garage floors. Really pulls together the building and is an awesome contemporary method for ornamentation and beautifying a parking garage. The intent is to change out the artwork every 3-5 years.
  2. 16 points
    MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2020 CSU starts process for skyline-altering master plan A lot can change in just six years. That's especially true when it comes to a university that's continuing to make the transition from a regional commuter school to more of a nationally prominent residential institution. And when that university is also trying to reconfigure its athlethic facilities, privatize its parking and capitalize on Cleveland's international standing as a medical center, then it's time to take a fresh look at its campus. So Cleveland State University (CSU) has issued a request for qualifications from urban planning and design firms to create an updated master plan for what is currently an 85-acre campus. According to the Dodge Reports, CSU is requesting qualifications for planning services to be submitted by 2 p.m. July 24 to Jeremiah Swetel, CSU's executive director of facility services. MORE: https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2020/06/csu-starts-process-for-skyline-altering.html
  3. 6 points
    This is like the third HIngetown mural from an American Greetings alum. Dinara Mirtalipova is a self taught illustrator/designer. Born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, she eventually landed in snowy Ohio. Dinara studied Computer Science at the Tashkent State University of Economics, however her true passion was always patterns and illustration. Raised in Soviet Uzbek culture, Dinara inhabited Uzbek/Russian folklore that still influences her work. https://www.mirdinara.com/
  4. 6 points
    Colfax Family Homes LP., an affiliate of Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., seeks to build 36 single-family homes thanks to a recent tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. Of those proposed homes, 23 had to be submitted individually to BZA due to various setback requirements. The homes are 2916-2929 Minnie Rd and 6911-7809 Colfax Rd. http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/sites/default/files/forms_publications/crr07-06-2020.pdf Colfax Family Homes LP., owner, proposes to erect a single family residence and garage in a B1 TwoFamily Residential District. The owner appeals for relief from the strict application from the following sections of the Cleveland Codified Ordinances: 1. Section 337.23(a) which states that detached garages shall be setback 18 feet from side street property line and the appellant is proposing 5 feet. 2. Section 357.06(a) which states that the average setback of existing buildings within 100 feet on both sides of any lot shall determine the location of the required front yard line for that lot, 3 | Page except that such front yard line shall not be required to be more than 40 feet back of the street line. (Filed June 23, 2020)
  5. 5 points
    Proud Viking alum here! So excited to see my alma mater growing like this.
  6. 5 points
  7. 4 points
    I’m excited about the possibilities that a new CSU master plan might recommend. A vibrant CSU is a win-win for Cleveland as it moves towards being a national and even international draw. I would hate to ever lose the Rhodes Tower, though - the second tallest educational tower in the U.S. has become very familiar on the eastern edge of the downtown skyline. I get how it’s removal would be skyline-altering (negatively) but how would it’s renovation achieve the same? Here’s to a new tower of 40O feet coming in that master plan and supplementing Rhodes!
  8. 4 points
    Well that would bring us to 16 buildings over 100 meters(this along with the New Hilton Tower). 2 coming, one planned and one under construction-and we have not had one in what?-nearly 30 years. And I am all for it. Just hope Market Tower gets going soon. Plus I like seeing taller buildings scattered along 315 when I am driving up north. *This might be 100 feet taller than the existing one and should really stand out.
  9. 4 points
    - OSU files a final site compliance plan today with the city for the new Hospital tower. https://portal.columbus.gov/permits/ Record 20345-389 WMC Inpatient Hospital Tower Construction of a 27 Story medical center and associated underground utilities to serve the new facility. I imagine we should be seeing renders soon if they are moving into the early permitting stages. - The owners of 1778 North High Street (Building containing Bibibop) has submitted a site compliance plan for a 7 story apartment redevelopment on the site with a parking podium.
  10. 4 points
    ^My wish list: - Cap I-90 from Prospect to Chester - Replace Wolstein Center w smaller b-ball only arena w better street presence along Prospect and E18 OR E21, with remaining space dedicated to housing - New 300-400 foot tower. This IS UrbanOhio, after all - Accommodation for future Streetcar / Light Rail along Euclid and/or Prospect and E22
  11. 4 points
    Church was only 50 percent leased a couple of weeks when I last heard from Graham Veysey. Now....
  12. 3 points
    Plans for this have gradually been altered with advice from different meetings. I apologise for the livestream quality. And what a massive improvement. Beautiful. Here's from the Landmarks meeting Thursday where it was approved:
  13. 3 points
    The extension of Battery Park Boulevard from West 73rd to West 70th is going out bid with replies due to the city by 11:59 AM on July 15. The bid info says a start date of Aug. 1 but that's an awfully fast contractor mobilization time.
  14. 3 points
    Ugh, they better NOT touch that building. As far as the new hospital tower, if it's 27 stories, that thing will be at least 380 feet.
  15. 3 points
    I hope the plan includes capping a few sections of the Innerbelt, preferably Prospect to Chester - how nice would that be? The focus on medical programs is spot on - build from the regions strengths. CSU has so much potential - it’s the only state school in Ohio that is in a proper, big city downtown. (Sorry UA, downtown Akron just isn’t in the same tier, even though it has made steps in the right direction more recently.) Appealing to Ohio students who want to be downtown, not just within city limits, is a great target demographic. The other great opportunity for CSU is in the arts, for many of the same reasons. How many theatre schools have joint facilities with two resident regional theatre companies and the number one touring Broadway location in the country (Playhouse Square)?
  16. 3 points
    This is very exciting! I walk through that campus almost everyday and I see SO much potential. If Euclid Ave in this stretch gets some attention, I will be thrilled.
  17. 3 points
    This pic by Ian Meadows today at Edgewater Park is a winner!!
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  20. 2 points
    Very nice to see that area filling in some more. The houses at the end of Minnie (built 2006) are still looking to be in decent shape, at least from what I can see from the train.
  21. 2 points
    Missed this call out, apologies. Short story, kind of. Best I could get was that the timeline Rockwell announced does not include the site excavation because that will be handled separately by a company with a background in such things. Sounds like it is maybe both, we will see movement before next summer on the project but we will probably not see foundations and big earth movement until mid 2021.
  22. 2 points
    Good point about the arts program. CSU needs to up their game there. They've got the facilities, not the program yet. They need a George Szell or Forrest Faison-type leader to give it prominence and focus.
  23. 2 points
    “The new medical school and research facilities could feature thousands of students and research jobs and be a magnet for many millions of dollars of state and federal funding for education and research. CSU's strengthened effort in the healthcare field is intended to provide a steady and voluminous supply of students and interns for Greater Cleveland's large medical institutions.” That alone could change EVERYTHING
  24. 2 points
    To add to the observational, anecdotal license plate data, the near east suburbs (CLE Hts, S Euclid, Univ Hts, etc) have been just crawling with out-of-state plates for the last couple weeks in a way they never have been in my memory (which admittedly only goes back a few years). Lots of New York and Illinois, but you could play the license plate game because they’re from all over. I’ve seen ones you don’t expect to see like Idaho, Arkansas, and New Hampshire. Not sure that any of this is meaningful; just consider it my contribution to the quasi-data garbage heap.
  25. 2 points
    The debugging may require using the Bredas (the existing Shaker fleet) and/or a transition to bus service for days or weeks at a time. Thankfully, debugging doesn't involve major safety issues and taking the entire new fleet out of service to fix things. Instead, smaller groups of cars can be removed from service as needed.
  26. 2 points
    At this very moment, downtowns in most major American cities are deserted. Until people in this country stop their childish, selfish, "muh freedom" antics, accept the fact that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, and begin to follow public health official recommendations of social distancing/public mask wearing, our economy and that of our CBDs will never fully recover. Even the EU recognizes the risks that US citizens pose on their continent.
  27. 2 points
    Farewell to two large ugly houses on Cornell as site prep continues for the Panzica project.
  28. 2 points
    We've become spoiled in Cleveland and in other cities. Until the 2010s, big new apartment buildings were considered a success if they leased out in two years. Now, after the 2010s, we expect them to lease out in the first year. If the Beacon or (as it relates to this thread) the Lumen don't lease out after two years, then I'll be worried. And if a project already has its financing (such as City Club and a couple of others), I suspect that most of those projects will still go forward. Most of the jobs losses that have occurred so far aren't structural (they're pandemic related) and most of the job additions we've seen in recent months are structural.
  29. 2 points
    ^ This got me thinking.....seeing this place all lit up at night is going to have a tremendous visual benefit to what has been for so long a very forlorn looking stretch of Detroit.
  30. 2 points
    Facebook posting by: Brandon Parsons Downtown Cleveland from State Road in Parma on last night's "night shoot" with Glenn Petranek. This was an incredibly difficult shot to even attempt, and it turned out decent considering. What you DON'T see are the two cars coming up the hill, and the two lanes of oncoming traffic behind us. We were constantly attempting to grab this shot then sprinting back to the curb. Not too bad, overall; wouldn't mind trying it again at 2 AM sometime.
  31. 2 points
    Artistic Apartment Building Opens in Franklinton A new apartment building at the corner of State and Mill streets in Franklinton is now complete and ready for its first occupants. It will add 12 one-bedroom apartments to the neighborhood, along with a new piece of art – a mural by local artist Andrew Lundberg that covers a large portion the building’s facade. Units in the new building, which was first proposed in March of 2018, will rent for between $1,175 and $1,325 per month. “We’re receiving great interest in the apartments, particularly with the re-opening of the nearby draws like BrewDog and Land Grant’s beer garden,” said Shawn Kichline, of Oxide Real Estate Development. He added that the building’s 1,500-square-foot retail space, complete with rolling garage doors and room for outdoor dining, is available for lease. More below: https://www.columbusunderground.com/artistic-apartment-building-opens-in-franklinton-bw1
  32. 2 points
  33. 2 points
    Downtown Canton's Centennial Plaza project appears to be on schedule for completion.
  34. 1 point
  35. 1 point
    Yes, a bicycle-only bridge is going to be built next year parallel to the Beechmont Ave. bridge over the Little Miami. The whole issue is that there is an active railroad yard immediately west of the point at which the trail used to terminate in Newtown: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Newtown,+OH+45244/@39.1402898,-84.3821299,427m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8841a948ee2f9edf:0xbc33a3892e643551!8m2!3d39.1245047!4d-84.361606 The railroad did not permit construction of a continuation of the trail on the west side of the Little Miami. This necessitated the circuitous approach to Cincinnati which adds 2+ miles to the trip and two crossings of the Little Miami.
  36. 1 point
    Two are coming-and of those two, one is planned(Hospital tower)and the other is under construction(Hilton). I should have used a dash instead of a comma after the word "coming" in the post. *I don't think Market will top 100 meters, and I think Millennial is dead.
  37. 1 point
    If you're going downtown I would not recommend following the trail extension that was built about 5 years ago. In order to cross over to Lunken Airport you will need to ride your bike onto Ohio 32, which has fast traffic, and then follow an expressway-type ramp onto the Beechmont Levee, which is a very busy pseudo-expressway. You then need to bike onto this obscure gravel path in order to connect with the Lunken Airport paved trail: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1103103,-84.4025123,3a,46y,247.49h,91.09t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1syurWkgj_sT4Sz84ImoFz4Q!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo1.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DyurWkgj_sT4Sz84ImoFz4Q%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D141.7998%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192
  38. 1 point
    Thanks for the heads up @jmecklenborg, I streetviewed that section and while it isn't ideal it doesn't seem too terrible in the scheme of things- would you suggest the new part of the trail? One of my first times down there I had an Airbnb on Delta Ave so I'm kind of familiar with Riverside into downtown (and with Eli's BBQ lol). Heading out on Friday, so hopefully will be down there around this time next week (it looks like Xenia for this time next week, Cinci Tuesday). Maybe the timeline's wishful thinking (I'm in full on covid weight gain mode lol), but I look forward to seeing the trail and parts of Ohio I've previously never experienced via bike! Also shoutout to @ColDayMan for the offer of a UO-esque tour of Dayton and/or Cinci. Next time, next time.
  39. 1 point
    This route will work fine. It is the "old" route, before the trail was extended south from Newtown, eastward across the Little Miami River (the unbuilt bridge will bring riders back over onto the Cincinnati side of the river). So you will leave the paved bike path at 50 West Brewing & bike shop and then have to pedal up a hill in a fairly busy area into Meriemont's English-sty,e town square, then leave that main road onto Wooster next to the Keebler Elves factory. The mile from that spot down to Lunken Airport is light industrial. It is somewhat busy but not too dangerous. The ride from Lunken Airport toward downtown is very flat and easy. So you're only looking at 2-3 miles off a paved trail and one mild uphill climb. It's not a big deal - it's just a shame that you have to snap out of the bike trail "trance" right at the end of the ride. Also, Lunken Airport has a bathroom and drinking fountain right in the lobby but it might be closed due to Covid restrictions. I haven't been on the bike trail in a few weeks but most of the drinking fountains near Cincinnati are turned off. The restroom and drinking fountain across from the Monkey Bar have been open the whole time (search that map location so you can plan ahead to refill your water bottles). The bathroom/drinking fountain situation has been crazy all year. The handful that are open across the city seem to be very randomly chosen. I have had to go out with a camel back on relatively short rides since the drinking fountains are turned off in most city/county parks.
  40. 1 point
    This weather in June has been amazing!
  41. 1 point
    RTD-Denver to open N commuter-rail line in September https://www.progressiverailroading.com/passenger_rail/news/RTD-Denver-to-open-N-commuter-rail-line-in-September--60831 The Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) yesterday announced it will open the N commuter-rail line Sept. 21. The new 18.5-mile, six-station line will serve downtown Denver, Commerce City, Northglenn and Thornton, and include a stop at the National Western Complex in Denver. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, ridership on the N Line had been forecast at 6,400 to 9,100 passenger boardings per average weekday during the first year, climbing to between 13,400 and 19,100 boardings in 2035. A new ridership forecast has not been released. ... The line will be the first electrified commuter-rail line that RTD will operate. Denver Transit Partners operates RTD’s University of Colorado A, B, G lines. The article also notes that the N line will be the first US transit authority to build in PTC from the ground up on new rail service.
  42. 1 point
    Sanity check here - it's a REALLY bad look that LTK missed this when the did the evaluation last year, right? I mean, the whole point of that Evaluation Project Review was to identify the critical factors in rail replacement. I think "new HRV won't fit our fancy maintenance facility" is pretty critical. Wow that's a bad miss by LTK. (RTA should have hired @KJP for this evaluation in the first place!) At least RTA is figuring this out now before any actual orders get placed. @KJP's article this week was awesome and educational, as always. I went back over some of our conversations last March about the potential for merging to a single LRV system. There's one thing I'm still unclear on - if the Red Line is retrofit for LRV, that means the old cars can't run on it (because the platforms would be wider and the wider HRV wouldn't have clearance). So how would RTA handle the de-bugging period? My understanding is that sometimes you end up occasionally using the old cars for as much as a year while the bugs on the new cars are worked out. Would RTA have to occasionally run the Bredas on the Red Line? Are there even enough Bredas to make that work? How to convert to a single rail car type: - Convert existing HRV (Red Line) to LRV - Widen platforms at Red Line stations to minimize gap w narrower LRV vehicles (for ADA compliance) - Raise track at stations (easy 1-2 week project at most stations, but more difficult at a few where tracks are embedded in concrete or near bridges) - Accommodate for de-bugging of new LRV vehicles - process unknown (at least to me) Benefits: - New LRV can use existing E55 maintenance facility. (New HRV cannot use this without massive, expensive rebuild that would take it out of service for months - can the Bredas even be maintained if that thing is out of service?) - Long term maintenance savings of having a single fleet - New service options on existing track, e.g. Shaker Square to Ohio City, Brookpark Rd, and the Airport; or Shaker Square to UC to Windemere via E55 - might be indirect, but single seat service boosts ridership) - Easier to justify rail expansion Key posts from the previous discussion:
  43. 1 point
    Awesome news, thanks for breaking it! I'm totally ok with the elimination of the two other originally planned warehouses if it means (as evidence seams to indicate) this first one is going to have many more jobs than was the originally imagined. As much as I am still not a fan of Amazon for many reasons, their recent raising of their minimum wage to $15 an hour means these are at least semi-decent jobs, and they are being added right in the middle of a neighborhood which can use them.
  44. 1 point
    Sorry for the delay. Kept finding new info....... Thanks again to @tykaps for helping! FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2020 Permit confirms new West Side warehouse to be for Amazon A permit was filed June 10 with the City of Cleveland's Building & Housing Department for the retrofit of an existing warehouse, to be used as an Amazon distribution and delivery station at Madison Industrial Park on Cleveland's West Side. And based additional information posted with the permit today, the facility will accommodate hundreds of new jobs. The permit listing doesn't immediately give away information that the fit-out of the 168,750-square-foot building at 10801 Madison Ave. is for the E-commerce giant Amazon. But architectural drawings for the entire 21.6-acre site, added today as an attachment to the public record, certainly do give away the reason for the building permit. MORE: https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2020/06/permit-confirms-new-west-side-warehouse.html This from earlier today along West 110th.... So is this, but from West 106th.... And here's an interior build-out and truck/van parking plan I didn't include with the article. The office portion is at upper left, truck docks at lower left, van station to lower-center/right, public areas to the top, and conveyor systems in the rest of the building.....
  45. 1 point
    The Surface Lot-Vinyl Siding Lobbyist Organization kept it held up for awhile too.
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  47. 1 point
    No idea but I'm curious about them not having any other placeholder sponsor names in the artist rendering... but Honda is clearly visible on the wall/screen by the stage. HONDA PLAZA at ACURA ARENA YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST! Just kidding. But seriously, wouldnt be the most surprising thing if they decided to upgrade from shirt sponsors to stadium naming rights.
  48. 1 point
    Very true. I did notice this silhouette last night on the Church and State facade. Hard to see (And poor picture quality) but it says “Black Lives Matter.” Definitely not aligned with the Georges there...
  49. 1 point
    I don't know if Veysey would let politics get in the way of business, but Veysey and the George family couldn't be more different politically/ethically!
  50. 1 point
    ^ Yes, while the population remains stagnant that doesn't take into account the fact that the numbers are churning and the churn is replacing a poorer group with a wealthier group. Say what you will about economic displacement/gentrification but in one of the poorer cities in the US those changes benefit the city in a number of ways i.e. more tax dollars to the city, more $ spent locally, probably greater citizen participation in the neighborhood. And as a card carrying liberal I will say the new residents add to diversity because the old CLE had a greater percentage of minorities as well as poorer people. Diversity is good. Economic diversity is good. So is Ethnographic diversity. We need it all. New energy, new ideas, new life and yes, new money too.
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