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  1. I honestly love the arched windows of those older buildings. Let's see more of them in new builds!
  2. Hats off to the developers for putting the cart before the horse. This strikes me as atypical, but not being one that works in commercial RE development, this could be normal for all I know. Curious to hear from folks working in the space - was this just a supremely stupid way for the developer to go about things? Or par for the course?
  3. Those pictures are enough to make me want to move back to Cleveland.
  4. Updated photos of the Bowery Development in Downtown Akron - its more than 50% complete, and must be live-in ready by end of November to retain eligibility for Historic Preservation Tax Credits. Progress is coming along nicely. https://www.ohio.com/news/20190803/akrons-downtown-bowery-restoration-taking-shape-with-new-apartments-retail-space
  5. Updated photos of the Bowery Development in Downtown Akron - its more than 50% complete, and must be live-in ready by end of November to retain eligibility for Historic Preservation Tax Credits. Progress is coming along nicely. https://www.ohio.com/news/20190803/akrons-downtown-bowery-restoration-taking-shape-with-new-apartments-retail-space
  6. Sounds like someone trying to phish your credit card number. Be careful out there everyone!
  7. Clevecane: just curious, but in what ways are they looking to "jump ahead?" Are they evaluating equipment-specific pilots on the distribution side? DER's + storage? Both? Would be curious to know, as well as the general geographic reach if that's something you're able to discuss. More broadly, I understand that Pitt Ohio is completing a microgrid for a trucking terminal in Parma this summer. Unique to see in Ohio, given the astronomical per watt cost and lack of state renewable incentives. Apparently companies are assigning increasing value to reliability and other grid firming services. https://microgridknowledge.com/renewable-energy-microgrid-trucking/
  8. Thinking about your question more though, the GLBC development on Scranton Peninsula could provide a great northern anchor opportunity for a separate microgrid west of the river, spanning between Scranton on the north to MetroHealth to the south along West 25th. Its a comparable distance as is being studied between East 55th and the river, with plenty of businesses in between. Also, MetroHealth is envisioning their campus expansion as an EcoDistrict, which is a great planning framework for microgrid development. https://ecodistricts.org/registered-districts/metrohealth-community-district/ They're both forward-thinking, sustainability minded companies with a big sway in town. Its fun to imagine what it would be like if the two entities ever found a way to work together.
  9. No worries - there's a lot to digest. Based on my understanding, microgrids are planned at the onset primarily around anchor load (i.e. think data centers, hospitals, companies with little tolerance for downtime) and then radiate out to encompass smaller customers usually involving high-priority community facilities or emergency shelters. The other constraint is legacy infrastructure / existing conditions (e.g. district heating or cooling systems, substations, existing distribution circuits and transmission lines) and their related real estate rights (i.e. primarily along public rights-of-way) and the relative ease with which one can build out a more streamlined, integrated set utilities (e.g. from gas lines and electrical conduits to water or broadband, or any combination thereof). My understanding is that legacy infrastructure from Cleveland Thermal aligns well with the study area, and that the river poses a natural boundary given that much of the infrastructure needs embedding underground. The CSU study took a stab at categorizing potential anchor tenants in this part of the city, as well as the existing infrastructure, and I'm sure the analysis leaves room to build on.
  10. Hey all, Starting this thread as a repository for the downtown microgrid proposal that's been percolating for a few years, and has now gained traction with the City and County with the advent of an imminent RFP slated for release once the County Sustainability Committee approves the remaining funding for the RFP issuance (~$115K). More broadly, a microgrid is "an energy island able to disconnect from the main electrical grid at any time, and generate and distribute independently by combining generation sources, such as generators, solar or wind energy and intelligent control systems." (Cleveland State). It would offer "redundant power in the event of a failure of a traditional power grid." (Crains). According to the below article from Crains, issuance of an RFP this year could result in the selection of a developer as soon as Q1-2020. As far as power mix, its proposed to be driven largely by natural gas with increasing supplements of distributed generation, including solar and offshore wind off Lake Erie (what up LEEDCo!). Here are a few good background resources: http://levin.urban.csuohio.edu/microgrid-cleveland/index.html https://www.cleveland.com/business/2018/10/downtown_cleveland_microgrid_p.html http://sustainability.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/Microgrid.aspx https://www.crainscleveland.com/energy-and-environment/county-microgrid-would-keep-power I know there are probably plenty in the Cleveland development community interested in the topic, seeing as Cleveland State is more or less the one that got the ball rolling. Personally, some questions at the top of my mind include: (1) When the County is poised to approve the RFP funding and any political implications surrounding the decision, or alternatives if its denied (2) Most likely / most viable anchor tenants within the study area (3) Biggest economic development opportunities and/or targets (e.g. blockchain-based transactive energy trading... I see you Blockland) (4) Creative financing mechanisms (5) Most important public infrastructure investments and planning processes to supplement the private planning and investment process Looking forward to keeping up with this project as it progresses, as well as any further discussion from the community.
  11. *SMH* Also, do you need glasses? Surface lots exist all over this City. That's something to be embarrassed about. But the Harry Buffalo? For real? Now you just sound ridiculous. If you want to live in a sterile place without varied building stock or historic character, feel free to move elsewhere. Plenty of places will have you.
  12. Couldn't disagree more - what a shortsighted, ill-informed perspective. Approaching this from a strictly architectural viewpoint falls short of exactly why historic preservation matters. The building abuts the original Rendevous Records, literally the entire reason Cleveland landed the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. This stretch of historically significant buildings played an important part in Cleveland's history and beyond, and is exactly why we need more developers who will embrace this as an ASSET to be elevated in their work. E.g., it would be an awesome redevelopment opportunity to do in conjunction with the Rock Hall (e.g. an extension exhibit). Do your research and it would be less embarrassing: https://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/2017/07/record_rendezvous_cleveland_cr.html
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