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OMG, at Sun Newspapers a decade ago we were covering the possibility of the renovation of the long-closed Aragon Ballroom on West 25th Street near Clark Avenue. So it's great to finally see the project move forward.....

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/landmark/agenda/2014/03132014/index.php

 

Cleveland Landmarks Commission

AGENDA - March 13, 2014

 

CONCEPT PLAN

 

Aragon Ballroom

3170 West 25th Street

Renovation

 

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And another project nearby? Usually you don't see Landmark status for an old warehouse unless you plan on renovating it -- and need the historic tax credits to help finance it. So......

 

CLEVELAND LANDMARK NOMINATION

AGENDA - March 13, 2014

 

Lion Knitting Mills (Kredo Industrial Supply)

3256 West 25th Street

 

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Maybe this was posted sometime in the recent past, i dunno, but planning is afoot for a TLC on the 'Clark Corridor'

 

Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative

Clark Avenue Corridor Plan

The Northeast Ohio Area Coordinating Agency awarded Tremont West $75,000

 

http://www.tremontwest.org/index/cms-filesystem-action?file=newsletters/february2014.pdf

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And another project nearby? Usually you don't see Landmark status for an old warehouse unless you plan on renovating it -- and need the historic tax credits to help finance it. So......

 

CLEVELAND LANDMARK NOMINATION

AGENDA - March 13, 2014

 

Lion Knitting Mills (Kredo Industrial Supply)

3256 West 25th Street

 

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Some historical info. for gits and shiggles.

 

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^Thanks!  From Cummins blog:

 

"Plans for the Aragon are to restore the building and utilize it as an additional Conference and Banquet Center and possibly for performance arts. "

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Glad to see the renovations into Elk & Elk offices (even if I don't care for ambulance chasers) and especially the Masonic Temple rehab. Marous was due to rehab that building shortly before the recession, but the recession killed it.

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I'm going to post this in here. The developer lists it as Tremont, but it's a few roads past the quite liberal southern neighborhood boundaries. I thought I remembered reading about the Metro Lofts, 3307 Scranton Rd, (Great Crash casualty?) but there are four units for sale out of 21 possible currently and reasonably priced. I just happened to run across them while searching for possible homes.

 

http://www.metroloft.com/index.html

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I'm going to post this in here. The developer lists it as Tremont, but it's a few roads past the quite liberal southern neighborhood boundaries. I thought I remembered reading about the Metro Lofts, 3307 Scranton Rd, (Great Crash casualty?) but there are four units for sale out of 21 possible currently and reasonably priced. I just happened to run across them while searching for possible homes.

 

http://www.metroloft.com/index.html

 

Yep, Metro Lofts are in Tremont CDC's planning area.

 

So are we following Lebron from Miami-Ft Lauderdale back to Cleveland? If so, cool. If you need any help, feel free to post in the Cleveland Relocation thread. Thanks!

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=14228.0

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So tying this into other threads, they must have gotten financing that required them to stay rentals for a certain number of years before they could convert to sales? They seem really cute.

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Y'all slippin'. This is already TWO days old. Damn near neolithic....

 

MetroHealth's ambitious campus makeover may be push West 25th Street needs

By JAY MILLER

Originally Published: August 03, 2014 4:30 AM  Modified: August 04, 2014 4:24 PM

 

The decision to make over MetroHealth Medical Center on Cleveland's West Side may just be the spur that gets the neighborhood surrounding the public hospital to take off.

 

The neighborhood, with West 25th Street as its spine, has been treading water for years. Although it has a sturdy housing stock comprised of homes built in the decades before the recession, the miseries that have beset so many parts of Cleveland — a decline in the public schools, the lure of newer suburban housing and, early on, freeways that chopped up neighborhoods — cost the neighborhood its vitality and led to a fleeing middle class.

 

Now, though, nearby city neighborhoods have rebounded, and city leaders and planners think this area has a chance to be the next Ohio City or Tremont. And, unlike in the past, MetroHealth is turning outward to embrace the neighborhood as it remakes its campus, instead of turning its back, as it had done in the past.

 

READ MORE AT:

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20140803/SUB1/308039964/metrohealths-ambitious-campus-makeover-may-be-push-west-25th-street

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This is for the Aragon Ballroom....

 

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Board of Zoning Appeals

APRIL 20, 2015

 

9:30

Calendar No. 15-023: 3179 West 25 Street Ward 14

Brian Cummins

18 Notices

 

Woodland Inc. (aka Ali Farai) proposes to establish use of 16,698 square foot building as a

banquet/assembly hall in a C2 Local Retail Business District and a Pedestrian Retail Overlay District

(PRO). The owner appeals for relief from the following sections of the Cleveland Codified

Ordinances:

1. Section 343.01(b) which states that a banquet hall is not permitted in a Local Retail Business

District.

2. Section 343.11(b)(2)(L) which state that a banquet hall is first permitted in a General Retail

Business District only if 500 feet away from a residential district per Section 347.12 (a)(1).

Proposed use abuts a residential District.

3. Section 349.04(e) which states that an accessory off-street parking area equal to three times

the gross floor area is required and none are provided.

4. Section 357.02 which states that a nonconforming use of a building or premises which has

been discontinued shall not thereafter be returned to such nonconforming use. A

nonconforming use shall be considered discontinued: (1) When the intent of the owner to

discontinue the use is express; or (2) When the use is voluntarily discontinued for six (6)

months or more. The intent to voluntarily discontinue a use may be implied from acts or the

failure to act, including, but not limited to, the removal of and failure to replace the

characteristic equipment and furnishings; or (3) The cessation of business operations for

two (2) years or more unless the cessation of business operations was caused by factors out

of the control of the business such as the disability or illness of the proprietor or

governmental action unrelated to the behavior of the business.

5. Section 352.08 through 352.12 which states that a ten foot wide landscaped transition strip

providing 75% year round opacity is required at the rear of the property where it abuts a

residential district.

6. Section 343.23(h) which states that in a Pedestrian Retail Overlay District for any

nonresidential building or storefront facing a Pedestrian Retail Street Frontage, not less than

sixty percent (60%) of the front façade between two and one-half (2 ½) and seven and onehalf

(7-1/2) feet in height shall be composed of transparent windows or doors. (Filed February

4, 2015)

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/bza/agenda/2015/crr04-20-2015.pdf

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^Safe to say that first photo is from Google Street View, right?

I last drove by there less than a month ago and there has already been some significant exterior work done.

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^Safe to say that first photo is from Google Street View, right?

I last drove by there less than a month ago and there has already been some significant exterior work done.

 

Probably. But it's hosted at the CPC.

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Why? What's the problem? I don't know anything about this project except that Councilman Cummins supports it, and he's usually had pretty good judgement. Why don't you like the project MayDay[/member]?

 

EDIT1: Or does anyone have any info about the downsides of this project? Is it the proposed use? The owner? The architect? Something else??

 

EDIT2: Apparently the concerns are limited to the availability of parking and that the establishment would have a liquor license. Whether you support or oppose the project, or better still have ideas on how to improve it, I hope you'll show up at the public meeting (see my prior message).

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The downsides are the occupancy limits (1,200 people), hours of operation, the liquor license (if it's truly a conference/event center, it wouldn't need one as long as events aren't open to the general public), the closest homes are 12 feet from the building, and the planned valet parking sounds great - if it weren't for the fact Lincoln-West and West 25th will be construction zones pretty soon.

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I hope you can attend a public meeting. You always have good ideas on how to improve site plans. The alternative of letting this building (vacant for 20 years) continue to rot is equally not viable.

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so glad to see the aragon is coming back to life. the render looks great. yeah, as a neighbor i would be wary of the booze permit too. other than that, it wont be holding any more people than it did in its prime, the area just enjoyed a way too long reprieve with their parking.

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This is for the Aragon Ballroom....

Board of Zoning Appeals

APRIL 20, 2015

 

9:30

Calendar No. 15-023: 3179 West 25 Street Ward 14

Brian Cummins

18 Notices

 

Woodland Inc. (aka Ali Farai) proposes to establish use of 16,698 square foot building as a

banquet/assembly hall in a C2 Local Retail Business District and a Pedestrian Retail Overlay District

(PRO). The owner appeals for relief from the following sections of the Cleveland Codified

Ordinances:

1. Section 343.01(b) which states that a banquet hall is not permitted in a Local Retail Business

District.

2. Section 343.11(b)(2)(L) which state that a banquet hall is first permitted in a General Retail

Business District only if 500 feet away from a residential district per Section 347.12 (a)(1).

Proposed use abuts a residential District.

3. Section 349.04(e) which states that an accessory off-street parking area equal to three times

the gross floor area is required and none are provided.

4. Section 357.02 which states that a nonconforming use of a building or premises which has

been discontinued shall not thereafter be returned to such nonconforming use. A

nonconforming use shall be considered discontinued: (1) When the intent of the owner to

discontinue the use is express; or (2) When the use is voluntarily discontinued for six (6)

months or more. The intent to voluntarily discontinue a use may be implied from acts or the

failure to act, including, but not limited to, the removal of and failure to replace the

characteristic equipment and furnishings; or (3) The cessation of business operations for

two (2) years or more unless the cessation of business operations was caused by factors out

of the control of the business such as the disability or illness of the proprietor or

governmental action unrelated to the behavior of the business.

5. Section 352.08 through 352.12 which states that a ten foot wide landscaped transition strip

providing 75% year round opacity is required at the rear of the property where it abuts a

residential district.

6. Section 343.23(h) which states that in a Pedestrian Retail Overlay District for any

nonresidential building or storefront facing a Pedestrian Retail Street Frontage, not less than

sixty percent (60%) of the front façade between two and one-half (2 ½) and seven and onehalf

(7-1/2) feet in height shall be composed of transparent windows or doors. (Filed February

4, 2015)

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/bza/agenda/2015/crr04-20-2015.pdf

 

POSTPONED FROM APRIL 20, 2015

9:30

Calendar No. 15-023: 3179 West 25 Street Ward 14

Brian Cummins

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/bza/agenda/2015/crr05-11-2015.pdf

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This building is just over the tracks from Ohio City in Clark-Fulton. A landmark nomination suggests they owner is seeking tax credits to renovate the building for whatever purpose....

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/landmark/agenda/2015/05282015/index.php

 

Cleveland Landmarks Commission

AGENDA - May 28, 2015

 

CLEVELAND LANDMARK NOMINATION

1. Leisy Brewery Bottling Works Building

3506 Vega Avenue

 

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This has been covered someplace on UO already.  It's the owners of Platform Brewery, they are making a large contract brewing facility where they can brew large batches for expanding microbreweries.

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"Near future redevelopment"? I don't remember seeing that kind of language used in an agenda listing before....

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/drcagenda/2015/pdf/NW_Meeting_Agenda5-27-15.pdf

 

Near West Design Review District

Agenda

(8:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 27th, 2015)

Dollar Bank, 3115 West 25th Street

 

8:30 a.m. 1. NW 2015-012: 3217 W. 25th Street & 2411 Holmden Ave. Demolitions

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3217 W. 25th Street & 2411 Holmden Avenue

Project Representatives – Nagi Abdelkarim, Property Owner; Adam Stalder,

Stockyard-Clark-Fulton-Brooklyn Centre Community Development

Organization

Proposed demolition of a 2-story, mixed use building and adjacent single-family

residential structure, per City of Cleveland specifications. Remaining land will be

cleared, graded and seeded for near future redevelopment.

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"Near future redevelopment"? I don't remember seeing that kind of language used in an agenda listing before....

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/drcagenda/2015/pdf/NW_Meeting_Agenda5-27-15.pdf

 

Near West Design Review District

Agenda

(8:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 27th, 2015)

Dollar Bank, 3115 West 25th Street

 

8:30 a.m. 1. NW 2015-012: 3217 W. 25th Street & 2411 Holmden Ave. Demolitions

©

3217 W. 25th Street & 2411 Holmden Avenue

Project Representatives – Nagi Abdelkarim, Property Owner; Adam Stalder,

Stockyard-Clark-Fulton-Brooklyn Centre Community Development

Organization

Proposed demolition of a 2-story, mixed use building and adjacent single-family

residential structure, per City of Cleveland specifications. Remaining land will be

cleared, graded and seeded for near future redevelopment.

 

Thanks for the heads up. I'm curious about this He has owned the adjacent parcels for at least 10 years. Wonder what he's interested in. One of the adjacent parcels that he owns had a small convenient store in it which closed shortly after the owner was (fatally?) shot in a robbery in 2001/2003.

 

3217 was also the location of 'Sam's showbar' which I was a strip club.

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Looks like a graphics communications union based in Cincinnati owns the building next door, at 3227 West 25th. Parcels south of that are owned by Nagi Abdelkarim.

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