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Cleveland Heights council updates Top of the Hill agreements, including TIF bonds

 

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- City Council on Monday (Dec. 2) approved several “housekeeping” measures for the Top of the Hill project in order to adjust the proposed groundbreaking date to February 2020.

 

But there is one house that will not be kept at all -- the one at 2354 Euclid Heights Blvd. just off of Edwards Road. What is known simply as “the green house” property has officially been added to the 4-acre site of city-owned land for the proposed $84 million development at the western gateway to the city.

 

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https://www.cleveland.com/community/2019/12/cleveland-heights-council-updates-top-of-the-hill-agreements-including-tif-bonds.html

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Let's get this show on the road! Thankfully this is past the point of Tudor-style squabbling, height issues, and parking concerns. If groundbreaking occurs in February, that will really get things moving.

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I haven't seen this posted. Student apartments proposed by Integrity (Overlook Partners LLC) for 2345 Euclid Heights Blvd. Right across from TOH. Technically listed as boarding houses  because each bedroom will be rented independently. The property sold in April for $2.25 million. Apparently the variances are on the planning committee agenda for 2/20/2020

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33 minutes ago, tspete said:

I haven't seen this posted. Student apartments proposed by Integrity (Overlook Partners LLC) for 2345 Euclid Heights Blvd. Right across from TOH. Technically listed as boarding houses  because each bedroom will be rented independently. The property sold in April for $2.25 million. Apparently the variances are on the planning committee agenda for 2/20/2020

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Since this is in Cleveland Heights I am sure it will get talked to death.  But looking over the plans maybe it should.

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^I suppose I'd rather see the extra density packed into University Circle proper to add some much needed vitality there, but this doesn't seem like a bad way to fill up unused space in Cedar Fairmount. 

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Yikes.  Here's hoping this gets closely reviewed (which I'm sure it will).  Looks like a step up from public housing.  Actually, some public housing I've seen looks better than this.  From everything I hear, Dimit just churns out a lot of junk.  

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14 hours ago, htsfan said:

Yikes.  Here's hoping this gets closely reviewed (which I'm sure it will).  Looks like a step up from public housing.  Actually, some public housing I've seen looks better than this.  From everything I hear, Dimit just churns out a lot of junk.  


Looks like public housing from the 80's.  Alternatively, that carriage house rendering looks like a pair of Parma or Fairview Park bungalows on stilts.

 

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020

University Circle-area housing finds new Heights

 

Last week, this blog reported on a $72 million dormitory project by Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to add 600 beds to the South Residential Village at Murray Hill and Adelbert roads. This week, a private developer joined the party with a 58-unit boarding house project just up the hill.

Integrity Realty Group LLC's plans for property it owns in Cleveland Heights, at 2345-2361 Euclid Heights Boulevard, were revealed when the 12-year-old Beachwood-based firm applied for a conditional use permit from the city. The permit is requested because the site plan proposes 93 parking space whereas 111 are required by building code.

The developer is also seeking five variances to allow several new buildings to be built in closer proximity to each other than the building code allows. Integrity Realty is scheduled to appear before Cleveland Heights' Board of Zoning Appeals at its next meeting on Feb. 18.

 

MORE:

https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2020/02/university-circle-area-housing-finds.html

 

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Drove by that site earlier this week -- didn't realize that there was room for development there.  Hooray for density!

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Received this email yesterday from the owner of Nighttown regarding the Top of the Hill project.  HE GETS IT!!

"Dear Friend of Nighttown,

Brendan Ring here.  Owner of Nighttown.  I write to ask your help. 

The building that Nighttown resides in was built in 1920.  At the same time, there was an 11-story hospital and a 5-story apartment building, both directly to the west of Nighttown.  Both were torn down in 1969 and the land has been a parking lot ever since.  Over the decades, a wide variety of projects have been proposed for this 4-acre parcel, but only now has there finally been a viable development presented to the city. 

This proposed project, called Top of the Hill, in my opinion, is wonderful.  It will bring a mini-park to this end of the Cedar-Fairmount shopping district, hundreds of apartments, some more retail – and a 10-story building right at the intersection of Cedar Hill and Euclid Heights Boulevard, offering a stunning gateway to the Heights. 

This project will restore what was lost.  At the same time, it will also bring hundreds of new people to the neighborhood, providing much-needed tax dollars to the city – and new customers to Nighttown.

We need your help.  Please, today, right now, won’t you send an email to the Cleveland Heights City Council and ask them to vote YES on Top of the Hill this coming Tuesday night?  All you need to do is to send one email to ClevelandHeightsCouncil@clvhts.com and all 7 members of council will receive your email. 

I thank you for your past support of Nighttown and I thank you in advance for taking a few moments right now to help support the Nighttown I know you love.

Sincerely,

Brendan Ring, Owner
NighttownCleveland@gmail.com"

 

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Here is the City Council agenda for tonight's meeting....

 

https://www.clevelandheights.com/DocumentCenter/View/6316/cc_agenda_02182020?bidId=

 

Representatives of Flaherty & Collins, this project's longtime, national developer, say that they never encountered such anti-development sentiments until it attempted this project. Cleveland Heights should be embarrassed. It used to be a progressive community. Now it is getting stale and rusty. Without investment, more businesses and residents will leave the city for parts of Greater Cleveland or other metro areas that welcome investment and progress.

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26 minutes ago, KJP said:

Here is the City Council agenda for tonight's meeting....

 

https://www.clevelandheights.com/DocumentCenter/View/6316/cc_agenda_02182020?bidId=

 

Representatives of Flaherty & Collins, this project's longtime, national developer, say that they never encountered such anti-development sentiments until it attempted this project. Cleveland Heights should be embarrassed. It used to be a progressive community. Now it is getting stale and rusty. Without investment, more businesses and residents will leave the city for parts of Greater Cleveland or other metro areas that welcome investment and progress.

Where did they say this?  I have been watching City Council meetings on line and have attended a number of community meetings and design reviews and, while it is clear they are frustrated by this whole lengthy process, their reps are usually gracious and make kind comments about the citizens of Cleveland Heights and how involved they are in their community.  I am sure in their conference rooms back in Indy they are very vocal about the NIMBYS and the extra lengths the powers that be in the city go to address criticism and make this whole process "fair and open" (in my mind it has been somewhat of joke), but I have never heard FandC saying anything viciously negative in public.

 

 

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No, they haven't said anything negative in public.


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2 minutes ago, kevincle said:

Not sure of the official outcome from last night but Badger Daylighting soil excavation crew was on scene this morning so it seems to be a go

 

I haven't seen any news on any social media, let alone traditional media. I've reached out to CH friends but they're not aware of what happened last night either.

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20 minutes ago, KJP said:

 

I haven't seen any news on any social media, let alone traditional media. I've reached out to CH friends but they're not aware of what happened last night either.

The meeting should be posted on you tube shortly.  The committee of the whole which happen just before the council meeting and vote is already posted.  As always it will be fun to listen to the NIMBYS (you know, fun like a root canal) during the public comment portion of the meeting which usually happens up front.

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Around 10pm last night, Cleveland Heights City Council voted unanimously (7-0) to approve the financing package (TIF and city contribution, to be funded with non-tax revenue bonds).  After four years of planning and meetings and design changes -- Top of the Hill is finally underway.

 

I don't go to many city council meetings but I was impressed with the attendance (the fire marshal had to issue some warnings to the overflow crowd in the hall).  Speakers were probably 2-1 against approval of the project, almost exclusively because of the design -- not good enough for the gateway to Cleveland Heights, too tall, blocks the view from the Buckingham building, the developer wasn't good enough, etc.  There was a lot of strong emotions and anger in that group.  There were also proponents, few of whom were really excited about the design but many expressed concerns that after the developer bent over backwards for four years further delay might kill this deal and utterly discourage any other developers from doing business in Cleveland Heights for the foreseeable future. 

 

I thought the council's comments after the public comment period were well thought out.  New councilperson Melody Joy Hart in particular did a good job of explaining that the planning commission, the architectural review board, and City Council had already approved the design last year and the city couldn't now void those agreements without paying a substantial penalty, and that the only issue before council was whether to approve the financing.  The financing was well explained by the City Manager, Tanisha Briley, and Councilperson Hart subsequently explained the due diligence that went into it and why she thought the financing was sound and why she was voting in favor despite having been elected to bring "change" to the city government.

 

I was surprised at the unanimous vote though. Several members of council have not been enthusiastic supporters, to say the least, and the new council members were under a lot of pressure to try to change course.  Councilperson Hart also said that they would be doing a review of the process to improve it before the next development project.

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15 minutes ago, Foraker said:

Around 10pm last night, Cleveland Heights City Council voted unanimously (7-0) to approve the financing package (TIF and city contribution, to be funded with non-tax revenue bonds).  After four years of planning and meetings and design changes -- Top of the Hill is finally underway.

 

I don't go to many city council meetings but I was impressed with the attendance (the fire marshal had to issue some warnings to the overflow crowd in the hall).  Speakers were probably 2-1 against approval of the project, almost exclusively because of the design -- not good enough for the gateway to Cleveland Heights, too tall, blocks the view from the Buckingham building, the developer wasn't good enough, etc.  There was a lot of strong emotions and anger in that group.  There were also proponents, few of whom were really excited about the design but many expressed concerns that after the developer bent over backwards for four years further delay might kill this deal and utterly discourage any other developers from doing business in Cleveland Heights for the foreseeable future. 

 

I thought the council's comments after the public comment period were well thought out.  New councilperson Melody Joy Hart in particular did a good job of explaining that the planning commission, the architectural review board, and City Council had already approved the design last year and the city couldn't now void those agreements without paying a substantial penalty, and that the only issue before council was whether to approve the financing.  The financing was well explained by the City Manager, Tanisha Briley, and Councilperson Hart subsequently explained the due diligence that went into it and why she thought the financing was sound and why she was voting in favor despite having been elected to bring "change" to the city government.

 

I was surprised at the unanimous vote though. Several members of council have not been enthusiastic supporters, to say the least, and the new council members were under a lot of pressure to try to change course.  Councilperson Hart also said that they would be doing a review of the process to improve it before the next development project.

Thanks for the very detailed report.  Great result.  Surprised it was 7-0.  I thought it would be 6-1 as Councilman Seren voted no in connection with some preliminary matters last year. 

 

Good to hear they will review the process.  I hope that means implementing measures to speed things up, but I am afraid what they really mean is the scheduling of more NIMBY whining sessions.

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There you go....April groundbreaking. 

 

 

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Looks like the school district and the city are going to try again to repurpose the old Millikin school site

https://www.cleveland.com/community/2020/03/cleveland-heights-school-district-team-up-on-development-of-old-millikin-campus.html

 

Does anyone have any pictures of the old Rockefeller/Severance Stables that are reportedly at the back of this site?

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1 hour ago, Foraker said:

Looks like the school district and the city are going to try again to repurpose the old Millikin school site

https://www.cleveland.com/community/2020/03/cleveland-heights-school-district-team-up-on-development-of-old-millikin-campus.html

 

Does anyone have any pictures of the old Rockefeller/Severance Stables that are reportedly at the back of this site?

I saw some pictures today but i don't have access to them currently. The barns are in really good condition from  what was reported and could be adapted for reuse. They were designed by Charles Schweinfurth in 1910 IIRC. If you want to see them up close there is an access path off Crest road.

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On 2/7/2020 at 1:12 PM, KJP said:

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020

University Circle-area housing finds new Heights

 

Last week, this blog reported on a $72 million dormitory project by Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to add 600 beds to the South Residential Village at Murray Hill and Adelbert roads. This week, a private developer joined the party with a 58-unit boarding house project just up the hill.

Integrity Realty Group LLC's plans for property it owns in Cleveland Heights, at 2345-2361 Euclid Heights Boulevard, were revealed when the 12-year-old Beachwood-based firm applied for a conditional use permit from the city. The permit is requested because the site plan proposes 93 parking space whereas 111 are required by building code.

The developer is also seeking five variances to allow several new buildings to be built in closer proximity to each other than the building code allows. Integrity Realty is scheduled to appear before Cleveland Heights' Board of Zoning Appeals at its next meeting on Feb. 18.

 

MORE:

https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2020/02/university-circle-area-housing-finds.html

 

And the PD catches up....

https://www.cleveland.com/community/2020/03/from-carriage-house-estate-to-boardinghouse-dorms-across-from-top-of-the-hill.html

 

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