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  1. the water tower is actually very well protected with fences (I believe active water towers also have special protections by way of U.S. Homeland security) so I doubt graffiti will be much of an issue
  2. For those who are within the bounds of the Franklin Clinton block club -- the Casto project at the corner of 28th & Franklin is being brought to a vote next Thursday, June 28th at 7:00pm (held at St. John's Parish Hall -- 2600 Church Ave.). I'm planning on being there in support of the project, and I hope some of you are able to join as well! The developers have made significant changes to the height, size, and design of the project throughout the community input and design review process, and I've attached a few images from the updated renderings that capture the highlights
  3. You could try emailing the Franklin Clinton Block Club email address (FranklinClintonBC@gmail.com) with a letter of support, which they should recognize and either add to the meeting materials and/or post electronically.
  4. as a follow-up to all of the discussion about the Church & State project, there's County Council meeting today at 3pm with an opportunity for public comment. The $2m loan resolution & discussion is on the agenda, so I'm going to make an effort to be there at the start of the meeting to voice my support as a resident who lives very close to the project. I know many on this thread have been supportive with their emails, so this would be another great opportunity to speak up. address & agenda: http://council.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/20180326edp.aspx
  5. I was wondering if Cleveland.com would include a photo of the iconic Escalade parked on the sidewalk in their slideshow... it barely snuck in there
  6. Based on this page about the Heyse Building (Mark Fremont Architects), it looks like the building is a little over 24,000 square feet total. I'm not sure if the posted plans on that site are still accurate (or if this architect is, in fact, working on the project), but it does outline 31 units. http://www.fremontassoc.com/the-heyse-building/mv3n5xp5uwre1w8o2j5zywte6ntzg1
  7. donking

    Gun Rights

    Not to mention much higher suicide rates... In the brief, extreme situations where someone wants to hurt themselves or others, a few extra seconds can be a life or death difference. And unfortunately (and obviously), guns are a very quick and effective means of causing that harm
  8. does anyone know the scope of work being done at Lutheran hospital right now? There's a bunch of guys / machinery pulling up the sidewalk at the 28th / Franklin intersection. Those sidewalks were not in particularly bad shape but it would be great if that entrance and goofy roundabout was somehow reconfigured to be more pedestrian friendly...
  9. I haven't heard anything about any development happening on that 25th & Church parking lot (at least not in the near future). It was recently re-paved within the last couple months and the existing / future developers in the area are pretty happy with the new(ish) David Shillinglaw mural on the south-facing side of the 1468 building
  10. Another thing I should have mentioned from the block club meeting is that they passed out material samples: dark slate and some kind of wood (can't recall type) for the exterior, as well as a very tough mesh to cover the 2nd & 3rd floor parking. The mesh would be used as the canvas for public art installations.
  11. I was at the block club meeting last night and Graham & his wife Marika presented some updated designs in response to community input and feedback. If I recall correctly, they have reduced the number of units from 184 to 161 (slightly reducing the height, but still keeping it 11 stories) and increased the number of parking spaces from ~160 to 214, in response to a lot of nearby residents concerned about a potential strain on their on-street parking. There is subterranean parking as well as parking on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the structure, and there will be additional parking signs / striping done along church and 28th. I live a block away and I'm thrilled to see some well thought out density -- I haven't been able to find any renderings publicly available online but it is open to both Detroit & Church, with street-level retail on both sides and a cool pedestrian walkway connecting those two streets between the two buildings.
  12. I'd love to see some light (1-2 story) development along that strip of W. 25th, if possible -- but still keeping the park largely open to the street and pedestrians. I think the community and 25th would stand to gain from the park, rather than resent the "blocked" development opportunity down the road. I'm picturing a counterpart to Merwin's Wharf or some other retail / recreation options that complement the public space. There's still other places to build big along 25th and in the Flats, so I don't see the point in sinking all the development dollars into trying to fix the unstable land.
  13. Steve Litt on Irishtown Bend progress... Would love to see this asset in the neighborhood. http://www.cleveland.com/architecture/index.ssf/2017/02/port_hires_design_team_to_envi.html#incart_river_home
  14. Is this a normal request? That parking lot is pretty small, surely finding room for a bike rack can't be that difficult...? It's great and long overdue to see some progress with the Heyse building!
  15. The article said a "national fast casual chain", and I would be surprised if they added another burger spot next to Heck's. My guess is Panera or Piada...
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