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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

 


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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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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And here's mjarboe[/member]'s article on it...

 

Tech firm MCPc to buy @GCRTA's Brooklyn Garage in #CLE's Old Brooklyn for end-of-life electronics facility. https://t.co/pQcSSVxngp #CRE


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Another bitter architect... :)


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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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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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Then it became Fred's Breads about 10-15 years ago.


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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.


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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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More evidence that Old Brooklyn has a new pulse. It's a commercial building that looks residential....

 

Board of Zoning Appeals

FEBRUARY 4, 2019

9:30 Calendar No. 19-006: 4835 Broadview Rd. Ward 13 Kevin J. Kelley 22 Notices The L. Old Brooklyn, LLC. Proposes to establish use as a 12 unit apartment building in a C1 MultiFamily District. The owner appeals for relief from the strict application of Section 349.04 which states that one accessory off-street parking space is required for each dwelling unit; 12 spaces are required and 9 spaces are provided.

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On 1/29/2019 at 1:45 PM, KJP said:

More evidence that Old Brooklyn has a new pulse. It's a commercial building that looks residential....

 

Board of Zoning Appeals

FEBRUARY 4, 2019

9:30 Calendar No. 19-006: 4835 Broadview Rd. Ward 13 Kevin J. Kelley 22 Notices The L. Old Brooklyn, LLC. Proposes to establish use as a 12 unit apartment building in a C1 MultiFamily District. The owner appeals for relief from the strict application of Section 349.04 which states that one accessory off-street parking space is required for each dwelling unit; 12 spaces are required and 9 spaces are provided.

 

 

Shouldn't be relatively that difficult of a conversion; it (and perhaps the parcel immediately to the south as well) previously was nursing home/assisted living until it became vacant 5-10 years ago.

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It seems like the CDC is really starting to focus on the Pearl/Broadview section and surrounding streets/spokes (Broadview/State/Pearl) instead of spreading thin throughout the neighborhood. For instance Pedal for Prizes is moving from the Estabrook Rec. Center and the farmers market is moving from Loew Park, both to the Pearl Road Methodist Church, and it seems like they're overall focusing more on the 'downtown' area. I mapped property values around the neighborhood a couple years ago, and again just recently and it's shocking how much they've gone up in just a few years, yet are still relatively low (and despite saying that, as an OB renter please let me buy a house before y'all development minded folks price me out :P!).

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Apparently the Family Dollar store at Pearl and Broadview is going to be a Jamaican restaurant. Family Dollar sold this store in 2012 for nearly $2.3 million. It continued to operate as a Family Dollar store until now. So this is going to be a $2.3 million Jamaican restaurant?? OK, mon....

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/brd/detailDR.php?ID=3246&CASE=NW 2019-015

 

IRIE JAMACIAN KITCHEN

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Project Information

Near West Case #  NW 2019-015

Address:4172 Pearl Road

Company:Easy Sign Group

Architect:

Description:

new sign insert for a restaurant

Notes: 

Committee Actions/Submissions

Date:May 21, 2019

Committee:Staff

Action Type:Initial Plan Submission

Conditions/Notes: 

 

Date:June 12, 2019

Committee:Local Design Review Committee

Action Type:Approved with Conditions

Conditions: 

Approve as presented with the condition that the remaining exterior alterations/paint schemes be presented and approved by the committee.


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2 minutes ago, KJP said:

Apparently the Family Dollar store at Pearl and Broadview is going to be a Jamaican restaurant. Family Dollar sold this store in 2012 for nearly $2.3 million. It continued to operate as a Family Dollar store until now. So this is going to be a $2.3 million Jamaican restaurant?? OK, mon....

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/brd/detailDR.php?ID=3246&CASE=NW 2019-015

 

IRIE JAMACIAN KITCHEN

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

Project Information

Near West Case #  NW 2019-015

Address:4172 Pearl Road

Company:Easy Sign Group

Architect:

Description:

new sign insert for a restaurant

Notes: 

Committee Actions/Submissions

Date:May 21, 2019

Committee:Staff

Action Type:Initial Plan Submission

Conditions/Notes: 

 

Date:June 12, 2019

Committee:Local Design Review Committee

Action Type:Approved with Conditions

Conditions: 

Approve as presented with the condition that the remaining exterior alterations/paint schemes be presented and approved by the committee.

hmmm, when I was talking with Michael from OB Cheese a while back, I was under the impression it was going to go into the former chinese restaurant next door (4162 Pearl), but he had also mentioned a transformative restaurant coming in- this must be it!

 

Sidenote, if you haven't been already Old Brooklyn Cheese is great and Michael, Angie and crew are some of the friendliest people out there!

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9:30 Calendar No. 19-140: 4103 Memphis Ave. Ward 13 Kevin Kelley 58 Notices City of Cleveland, owner, and Anthony Insana, lessee, propose to establish use as commercial winery and assembly use and add pole barn addition to existing agricultural use in a C1 Residence Office District. . The owner appeals for relief from the strict application of the following sections of the Cleveland Codified Ordinances: 1. Section 337.25 (d)(3) which states that no agricultural related products may be sold from the property of an agricultural use without approval of the Board of Zoning Appeals. 2. Section 337.10 which states that assembly use for the events, restaurant/food sales is not a permitted use in a Residence Office District, first permitted in a General Retail Business District, and only in that district when it is 500 feet from a residential district. Proposed use is in a abutting a residential district. 3 | P a g e 3. Section 349.04(e) which states that a total parking area equal to three times the gross floor area is required, gravel parking area equal to approximately 2 times the gross floor area is provided. 4. Section 337.18(b) which states that accessory off-street parking areas must be surfaced with concrete or asphalt. (Filed June 13, 2019)

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/bza/agenda/2019/crr07-15-2019.pdf

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Dateline Old Brooklyn:   From town dump to town park --- 🌳

 

"Four years after the Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC) acquired the former Henninger Landfill on Pearl Road in Old Brooklyn, plans are moving ahead to convert the land into a 25-acre connector park that will link to Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and Brookside Reservation.

Construction on the Lower Creek Big Connector Trail, as it's currently dubbed, is scheduled to begin this fall with completion in spring 2020. It's been a long road to get there, but project officials say it will be worth the wait.""

 

https://www.freshwatercleveland.com/breaking-ground/LandfillPark072119.aspx

 

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While I'm no fan of Dollar General stores, this could be an addition by subtraction.......

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/brd/detailDR.php?ID=3292&CASE=NW 2019-027

 

Near West Design Review Case Report

DOLLAR GENERAL PEARL ROAD

Project Information

Near West Case #  NW 2019-027

Address:4323 Pearl Road

Company:Zaremba

Architect:

Description:

New Construction of a Dollar General store on Pearl Road.

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/brd/detailDR.php?ID=3293&CASE=NW 2019-028

 

Near West Design Review Case Report

DEMOLITION - 4323 PEARL

Project Information

Near West Case #  NW 2019-028

Address:4323 Pearl Road

Company:Zaremba

Architect:

Description:

Demolition of existing auto-oriented business building that fronts both Pearl and State.

 

 

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Across Selzer Avenue from this....

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/brd/detailDR.php?ID=3304&CASE=NW 2019-029

SELZER BUILDING DEMOLITION

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Project Information

Near West Case #  NW 2019-029

Address:3857 West 25th Street

Company: Ariel Ventures (LINK: https://www.arielventures.com/ariel/aboutUs.html)

Architect:

Description:

Proposed demolition of historic structure in a local landmarks district to facilitate a new housing development.

Notes: 

Committee Actions/Submissions

Date:September 6, 2019

Committee:Staff

Action Type:Initial Plan Submission

Conditions/Notes: 

 

 

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1 hour ago, originaljbw said:

This would be a seperate development from the 'halfway' house being built across the street, correct?

 

That's a transitional housing facility by CHN as lead developer/co-owner and EDEN as manager/co-owner.

 

This project on the north side of Selzer Avenue is being pursued by Ariel Ventures. 

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