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  1. We're not, simply because all of the other buildings (Broadway Shoppes [both the main development and the smaller strip center with the Fifth Third] and the new O'Reilly's being built) are all set back from Broadway. And, given that none of those are going away anytime in the next several decades (lacking a significant development that would result in the demolition of those auto-oriented uses), it didn't make sense to push this one small building closer to the street. We did try to get them to turn it perpendicular to the street (similar to how the other small-format Walgreens are oriented), but there was a discussion at East Design Review that this would result in an additional curb cut, which would actually harm the pedestrian and cycling environment on Broadway. What freefourur said. Several of the entities who own those buildings are waiting for the equivalent of winning the lottery: getting somebody to buy a building for $500,000 (that they bought for $10,000 or less through Sheriff's Sale. We do better than this. We have our own attorney on staff (and a team of four other staff members) engaged with Building and Housing, Law Department, and Housing Court, and we are actually more successful than any other CDC because of our team. But, we're not where we want to be, yet.
  2. No doubt. While the Cleveland Central Catholic H.S. Stadium (directly across Broadway from Third Federal) is already named for him, there may be other opportunities.
  3. It is a smaller concept Walgreens, similar to what they are doing across the country. Unsurprisingly, we continue to see retrenchment in the drug store industry after the over-saturation of markets (and we're seeing the same thing taking place with dollar stores). The small concept design is... unlovely. We're pushing for more windows facing Broadway as well as ped/bike connections from E. 65th north to the Morgana Run Trail. We're also working already with NRP on the second phase of Slavic Village Gateway (the mixed use development on the old St. Alexis site). This will likely not drop until after ground is broken for Phase 1 (Spring 2020). Also on the November 15th Planning Commission Agenda are replattings for the next four Trailside Slavic Village single family homes (to be built on Gerome Court on the vacant parcels in the foreground of this photo taken late last year. The six houses that were under construction all sold within three months of each other. Prices start at $159,900 for the next four. For reference, the last couple of homes in the first phase were selling in 2015 for just under $100K.
  4. Will do. I know that our two state lawmakers (Williams and Howse) are both supportive. Thanks!
  5. I apologize for being late to the thread-- It's been a while since I've been active. We are pushing to have the area within the access road slated for development. The "greenspace" inside is just a placeholder, because ODOT has been loath to approve development within that space (and they ostensibly control that spot). So, we're focusing on areas where we do have control, with an eye toward increasing density closer to the station.
  6. We have been getting good turnout at Saucisson. For Fleet Avenue, we have been following a strategy of focusing on businesses that mainly depend on a wholesale trade but that also have a retail presence. So, with Sauci, they are open to the public on Thursdays through Saturdays from 11a to 7p (including making sandwiches and soup for carry out or to eat in there, but operate throughout the week in order to supply the restaurants that use their products.
  7. Speaking of Broadway and E. 55th, SVD is seeking a developer for this historic corner: http://slavicvillage.org/b55rfq Fleet Avenue ROW is slated to be completed by the end of November. Work on the green infrastructure elements to take place Spring 2016.
  8. I'm on the tail end of a cold, but I should be there, perhaps even in costume.
  9. Then what part of "no" do you not understand? Projects that receive public subsidy do not depend entirely on said subsidy but require developers to put up equity (sweat and financial), lenders to lend money (do not underestimate the conservatism of banks), and end-users to actually live in and put shops in the development. Subsidies can nudge all of the above in a direction, but that direction cannot be counter to the momentum of the market. I am assuming that you are not a developer or a planner or an economist, otherwise you wouldn't assume that the City and planners can dictate by fiat what goes where. Honestly, do you know anybody who lives in Central, or are you making assumptions. The folks I know in Central have friends and family there and want to stay. Moving out to the suburbs where they know few folks (if any) and are that much further from their jobs and transportation options is not appealing. As a planner who lives in the City by choice (I do not work for Cleveland) and who have many planner friends who choose to live in the City, this statement is utterly insulting.
  10. In order to have pedestrian-oriented mixed-use development, you need to have retail development (obvs.), and it is fairly clear that retailers, particularly national chains, but even local stores, are reluctant to move into Central. The fact that Dave's is in Arbor Park Place is an enormous win, and it is actually within a 10-15 minute walk from most of Central. (I have been in Central on a weekly basis for the last fifteen years, and the folks I know who have cars and those who do not easily make it to Dave's and the other stores there.) Burten Bell Carr CDC is concentrating retail development at that space with future plans for E. 55th and Woodland (referenced in another thread that I haven't the time presently to look for). http://www.bbcdevelopment.org/development/master-planning/ward-5-master-plan/ Is it a recreation of the dense, flats-above-stores model that existed before? No. However, there is plenty of vacant land where such a model could be employed, should the market conditions exist that would make sense for a public investment in such a model. However, in addition to the difficulty in getting stores to move into Central, there is frankly a real reluctance by folks who live there presently to live in apartment-like settings. There, improving one's situation means getting a piece of land, even if it is postage stamp sized, and that general ethos is shared by many folks who live anywhere else in the US. And, truthfully, the public housing developments that are based on town home models (like in Arbor Park) tend to be better cared for by residents and see lower incidents of crime and other unsavory elements. Living above a store is not considered a step up, or even a lateral move, especially for people who have had to live next to others most of their lives. In summary, Central is walkable, maybe not in the way that many of us would like, but walkable in a functional manner. And, it will get better.
  11. First, welcome to Cleveland! We're glad that you are staying. The east side is quite lovely, and if you want to stay along that 271 corridor, and are specifically looking at schools, staying within the Orange School District (which encompasses Pepper Pike, Orange, Woodmere, and Moreland Hills) is a fine option. If you are looking for something more walkable, being in Chagrin Falls is also an option. It's a little hard for me to recommend the suburbs as a Tremonter, but since your work is in Solon, we need to be reasonable. As far as a birthday celebration is concerned, RnR's suggestions are excellent. Honestly, if you aren't able to get reservations in that particular order (Fahrenheit to Lolita to Dante), you can mix that combination around, but her suggested order is the best. The Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival is also taking place this weekend, so depending on when your sitter is available, if you can get to Tremont before the Festival closes for Saturday evening at 6, you can do some very pleasant strolling and shopping before dinner.
  12. I was riding Critical Mass this weekend, and I think some of the issues that you saw came from the sheer numbers we had (official count: 435) and the fact that folks had been riding for a good two hours or so by the time it hit the westside, meaning that the group was pretty spread out by then. We made a couple of stops for the tail to catch up to the head, but hadn't made a stop since University Circle. Anyway, you do make some good points, and I know that there has been discussion among the riders in the CCM Facebook group about how to make the ride safer, especially with the numbers we are dealing with, and how to specifically address crowd control and safe corking.
  13. Assembly of the tower crane is proceeding smartly. It's well above the elevation of the Main Avenue Bridge at this point.
  14. It was, as always, a joy to see you and yours. Great photos!
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