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  1. Regarding payoffs: I don't know if he was just venting or serious.It was a one-off comment and I didn't pursue it. I just know he is frustrated with the delays.
  2. He said the permit problem is difficult with no sense of urgency. He has made multiple calls to various city departments and keeps getting confusing or even conflicting information or just when it seems he has met the requirements they have one more hoop to jump through. He said the departments are inefficient and sometimes they just answer his questions without being pro-active. Ex: He'll ask about a requirement, someone will say you have to do this step. He'll do it thinking he's done only to find out there is another step and when he says why didn't you tell me they'll say something to the effect "Well we're busy and you didn't ask." Again, Rocky River was pro- active, almost holding his hand through the process while Cleveland seems to be rather uninterested. He is not a neophyte either. He has years of management experience in the food service industry and his wife is a high level lawyer with a top firm downtown so he's no rube. Worse, he has made cryptic comments about payoffs as in someone in a city department will say "I know a guy who can expedite this for some extra cash." He hasn't taken them up on the offer. All in all the process has just reinforced his previously low opinion of big city Democrats.
  3. That gelato place has another location on Old Detroit in Rocky River. I frequent it as it is right outside of my Condo. I have been talking with the owner for years and remember when he first mentioned he was looking to open another store in Little Italy. The interesting thing from my perspective is he I and go round and round about politics. He's a pro Trump businessman who also is a fantastic old school proprietor who takes takes great pride in putting out a terrific product. I on the other hand I am an anti-Trump pro city liberal Democratic. The problem with the multiple delays of his second location (according to him) is the complete failure of the Cleveland bureaucracy which has placed one obstacle after another in his way which has led to the delay in opening. The city of Rocky River HELPED him open. The city of Cleveland seems completely uninterested. I am only hearing his side of the argument and I cannot refute it since I have never opened a business in Cleveland. But it does pain me to hear his lament and I must admit I have read multiple articles in business journals touting southern cities pro business positions while northern cities don't have a similar reputation. And as an old school Democrat I am at a loss for a solid counter argument.
  4. So while we were all fretting about possibly losing S-H they were doing their due diligence (evaluating possible locations) AND at the same time designing their new headquarters? Such that the design will dove-tail seamlessly with the chosen location? Walk and chew gum at the same time as they say. What's interesting to me about that approach is how can you design a complex without knowing where you're going to build or if you even control the site? If the above is credible and they ARE building on Jocobs/Westin then S-H already knew where they were going and they already had an agreement to purchase those properties. At any rate, like most (all?) of us here we thrilled that S-H is staying home and staying downtown. Now if only we could have kept Eaton and gotten Progressive to build downtown. Oh well. I guess we'll just have to be thankful for S-H and go from there.
  5. ^ It's not nonsense it's simple economics. It refers to the concept that when dollar x is invested in a development by a government agency then x additional dollars are pumped into the area by ancillary private developers. Ex: public dollars invested into the Gateway sports facilities followed by additional private investment in the surrounding neighborhood or public dollars invested in a convention center followed by private dollars invested to build hotels, apartments, restaurants etc. Now that's not to say that EVERY investment by government in economic development will generate additional public investment. It's simply that each project has to be viewed individually. Some produce way more in additional private development and some don't.
  6. Stearling Linder store. The one with the giant Christmas tree.
  7. The empty lots heading north or the empty lots heading east? Love to see all of them built on.
  8. Agreed. Stark is the classic developer who IS able to pull off development of a certain size and cost but he has bigger dreams. Sort of like the Wolstein's. They do give us something nice, just aren't able to develop on the scale they aspire to.
  9. That power plant is still operating? I thought it was closed years ago.
  10. Love the blue glass, hate the white stripes. The new Hilton is all glass and I haven't read any complaints about it. Feels like the review board thought the glass facade on this one was too monolithic so they slapped some stripes on it. Didn't know what else to do. Cheapens it in my opinion.
  11. I am a boomer who retired 2 years ago from the Clinic. Still live in RR with no plans to move.
  12. Damn! Just imagine if they were still standing. What an amazing street that would be. I see old buildings like these all over east cost cities and when I do I'm envious. They add incredible character and complexity to a neighborhood. Pisses me off that we had them too but were too shortsighted to keep them. City mentality really is different depending on where you go. "Old" is valued on the east coast. I'm making my annual trip to Boston this month to stay with a Cleveland ex-pat. He's been there 30 years now and one of the first differences he noticed is the almost reverential respect they have for their history. We don't have nearly enough of that here.
  13. I emailed Kerry McCormack and Tony Brancatelli. Losing Progressive because the city wouldn't build a parking platform was a terrible blunder. Losing Eaton because the mayor didn't put enough emphasis on helping them make the Flats site work was terribly short-sighted. Losing SW would be a real kick in the ass to all of the recent downtown renewal. What really concerns me is lack of political leadership here. This is a high stakes game. Cleveland cannot lose SW because its politicians were either asleep at the wheel or to incompetent to do what is necessary. I think our only real shot is if SW would actually prefer to remain downtown. They stay ONLY because it's what they prefer and not because the city figured out a way to keep them.
  14. As long as we're off topic here, any idea when/if that last smokestack is coming down? I remember there were 3 of them on that old plant. 2 have come down. Why stop there?
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