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Former Brooklyn YMCA, long empty, will be razed; housing project planned (photos, video)

By Michelle Jarboe, The Plain Dealer

on August 12, 2016 at 5:52 PM, updated August 13, 2016 at 8:10 AM

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A decade after the YMCA of Greater Cleveland shut the doors at the Brooklyn Y on the city's West Side, the four-story building is stripped, strewn with broken glass and set to be demolished.

 

On Thursday, the Cleveland Landmarks Commission gave its approval for the 1950s building to be razed later this year. The Y isn't a city landmark, but it sits in a local historic district that falls on the commission's watch. On Wednesday, a city design-review committee also lent its support to the demolition request.

 

Since the YMCA closed the facility in September 2006, the building has been a subject of debate, frustration and strife in the city's Brooklyn Centre neighborhood. Now a plan is afoot to replace the structure, and a vacant warehouse next door, with an apartment building that will house chronically homeless people.

 

MORE:

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/08/former_brooklyn_ymca_long_empt.html

 

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On next week's GCRTA board agenda is this interesting item:

 

http://www.riderta.com/sites/default/files/pdf/presentations/BoardAgenda_11-21-17.pdf

2017-99 - Authorizing the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to enter into a purchase and sale agreement with MCPC Holdings Inc., an Ohio Corporation, for the sale of the Brooklyn Garage located at 4371 Pearl Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44109, for $780,000.00

 

This 5.44-acre property has been for sale by GCRTA for at least a decade since it consolidated its bus garages into fewer, larger facilities. I don't know much about MCPC Holdings Inc. except that it's an information technology firm that was incorporated only last year and that its Secretary is attorney David Hildebrant, who is also treasurer of the Cleveland Youth Rowing Association and involved in The Foundry development along Columbus Road in the Flats. MCPC has a charity arm that is apparently running The Foundry project. MCPC's treasurer/CFO is Robert A. Young. Perhaps mjarboe[/member] has more information about what is planned at the Brooklyn Garage?

 

Here is MCPC's website: https://www.mcpc.com/

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MCPc is the company that moved into part of the Plain Dealer building at 18th and Superior about four years ago - they came in from Strongsville. And at least part of that company is moving on to MidTown.

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Former Brooklyn YMCA, long empty, will be razed; housing project planned (photos, video)

By Michelle Jarboe, The Plain Dealer

on August 12, 2016 at 5:52 PM, updated August 13, 2016 at 8:10 AM

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A decade after the YMCA of Greater Cleveland shut the doors at the Brooklyn Y on the city's West Side, the four-story building is stripped, strewn with broken glass and set to be demolished.

 

On Thursday, the Cleveland Landmarks Commission gave its approval for the 1950s building to be razed later this year. The Y isn't a city landmark, but it sits in a local historic district that falls on the commission's watch. On Wednesday, a city design-review committee also lent its support to the demolition request.

 

Since the YMCA closed the facility in September 2006, the building has been a subject of debate, frustration and strife in the city's Brooklyn Centre neighborhood. Now a plan is afoot to replace the structure, and a vacant warehouse next door, with an apartment building that will house chronically homeless people.

 

MORE:

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/08/former_brooklyn_ymca_long_empt.html

 

 

Cleveland Landmarks Commission

Agenda for April 26, 2018

 

CERTIFICATES OF APPROPRIATENESS

Project Representative

 

1. Case 18-029

Brooklyn Centre Historic District

Emerald Alliance XI 3873 Pearl Road

New Construction of Permanent Supportive Housing

 

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More graphics at:

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/landmark/agenda/2018/04262018/index.php

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Here is the Facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/CLEChainReaction/

 

Old Brooklyn set to succeed Slavic Village as the next Cleveland Chain Reaction neighborhood

KARIN CONNELLY RICE | FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018

 

Businesses like Old Brooklyn Cheese, City Diner, The Noun, and Vino Veritas Winery are just a few that have popped up in Old Brooklyn in the last 16 months—with several more including Lilly Handmade Chocolates, Atmoscapture, and Metropolitan Coffee set to join their ranks soon. Now, thanks to Cleveland Chain Reaction, five more businesses will set up shop this year.

 

This morning, on Fox 8’s “Kickin’ It with Kenny” morning segments, officials announced that Old Brooklyn will be the location of this year’s business competition. Old Brooklyn beat out Midtown, Shaker Square/Larchmere, and Collinwood to be the investment neighborhood.

 

“We’re excited about it because it builds off the already-existing momentum of forward progress we’ve made over the last few years,” says Jeff Verespej, executive director of Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation (OBCDC). He cites Drink Bar and Grill and Cake Royale as companies that spurred the more-recent arrivals like Sabor Miami and Coffee, Coffee, Coffee.

 

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So is Old Brooklyn Cleveland’s “hot” new neighborhood?

 

While Verespej is reticent to use that exact phrasing, he feels confident and excited about the direction Old Brooklyn is heading. “Our growth is undeniable and should be recognized,” says Verespej. "Our housing prices have increased significantly, and the neighborhood has seen more small business growth in the last couple years than it has in generations.”

 

http://www.freshwatercleveland.com/breaking-ground/ChainReactionTwo051118.aspx

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This is called a former auto repair shop. I thought this was the Bakery Thrift Shop....

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/drcagenda/2018/06152018/index.php

 

NEAR WEST DESIGN REVIEW

 

NW2018-012 – Adaptive Re-Use of former Auto Repair Facility for Leah's Creative Learning Center: Seeking Final Approval

Project Address: 2330 Broadview Road

Project Representatives: James Malik, Zarzycki Malik Architects

Robert Waag, Property Owner

 

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This was formerly (perhaps originally) a service center and garage for Ohio Bell repair trucks.

 

Cool! I've always known it as a bakery. First time I drove past it in the 1990s when I was getting to know the West Side, the wonderful smell of that bakery was strong to smell from inside a sealed car on a winter day.

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This was formerly (perhaps originally) a service center and garage for Ohio Bell repair trucks.

 

Cool! I've always known it as a bakery. First time I drove past it in the 1990s when I was getting to know the West Side, the wonderful smell of that bakery was strong to smell from inside a sealed car on a winter day.

 

It wasn’t actually a bakery, just an outlet for nearly expired Hough products and...... I just realized I’m very old.

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This was formerly (perhaps originally) a service center and garage for Ohio Bell repair trucks.

 

Cool! I've always known it as a bakery. First time I drove past it in the 1990s when I was getting to know the West Side, the wonderful smell of that bakery was strong to smell from inside a sealed car on a winter day.

 

It wasn’t actually a bakery, just an outlet for nearly expired Hough products and...... I just realized I’m very old.

 

They also sold Orlando Baking "Oops" products.

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Then was there a Wonder Bread bakery around there? I distinctly remember a Wonder Bread sign.

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My comment about Orlando was circa 2006ish.  So as far as I know it is very possible actual bread was made there in 1990s.

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Then was there a Wonder Bread bakery around there? I distinctly remember a Wonder Bread sign.

 

Yes that’s right. I might be putting too much confidence in my adolescent memories but I think it was Hough first.

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Then was there a Wonder Bread bakery around there? I distinctly remember a Wonder Bread sign.

 

 

As far as good smell memories in that stretch of Broadview, Michael’s was (is?) maybe a half mile down the street and smelled great!

 

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The building went up in the late 1940s. After Ohio Bell closed up shop around 1974-75, it was vacant for a while and then became a Wonder/Hostess thrift shop.

 

When I was a kid we used to sneak behind all the tan & beige Ohio Bell Dodge vans parked in the lot, and rifle through the dumpster to find old telephone parts and wires for elementary school science projects. I wish I could find a snapshot of the place as a Bell Phone facility, but all I could come up with was an old toy version of those vans.  Fun memory!

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I remember those vans well! They were literally everywhere.

 

I believe you mean figuratively  8)

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Glad to see this moving forward. It will be a nice economic shot in the arm for that neighborhood-scale CBD....

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/brd/detailDR.php?ID=2921&CASE=NW%202018-024

 

MCPC STAD

 

Back Return to Case List | Start Over | Print Report (PDF format)

 

Project Information

 

Near West Case #  NW 2018-024

 

Address: 4371 Pearl Road

Company: Legends

Architect:

Description:

Renovation of former RTA bus garage into warehouse/office space

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