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Still on track for end of the year (but probably early next year) groundbreaking

 

I heard the same, which is great news. But just knowing what remains to be done, I honestly cannot see a groundbreaking any earlier than April. I feel like a 2017 groundbreaking would be a miracle.

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Commercial Building Permit

1600 EUCLID AVE

CLEVELAND OH 44115

 

Owner:

PLAYHOUSE SQUARE

1501 EUCLID AVE.

CLEVELAND Oh

 

GILBANE BUILDING COMPANY

950 MAIN AVE.

CLEVELAND, OH, 44113

Contact Phone

2167013928

sbindel@gilbaneco.com

 

Job Value($):

$2,680,000.00

 

COMMERCIAL

Nature of Job Description.: Site Development

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A small step forward -- BZA agenda items for the tower:

 

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/bza/agenda/2017/crr11-13-2017.pdf

 

 

No. 17-308: 1600 Euclid Avenue

 

 

Playhouse Square Foundation, owner, proposes to construct a new 318 unit residential apartment building and a 550 space parking lot in a G5 General Retail Business District. The owner appeals for relief from the strict application of the following sections of the Cleveland Codified Ordinances:

1. Section 357.08(b)(2) which states that a 193’ rear yard is required and 0’ proposed.

2. Section 357.09(b)(2)© which states that a 97’ interior side yard is required and no interior side yard is proposed.

3. Section 353.01 which states that 250’ height limit is permitted and a 385.5 foot tall building is proposed.

4. Section 355.04 which states that the maximum gross floor area of the proposed building cannot exceed 1 ½ lot area or in this case 65,500 square feet allowed and 597,321 square feet proposed. (Filed October 10, 2017)

 

 

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I heard over the weekend that this project is AHEAD of schedule. What an unusual thing for our city; great to hear nonetheless.

 

A result of their unique financing?

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I heard over the weekend that this project is AHEAD of schedule. What an unusual thing for our city; great to hear nonetheless.

 

A result of their unique financing?

 

Yeah, they still have some par-for-the-course zoning hurdles to overcome... but the financing is - or at least very much appears to be - well settled and ready to roll.

 

In sum, the money will not be an issue and this project will move as fast as city bureaucracy lets it. In this case, I actually like the City slowing it down a bit to ensure that the street-level space is used properly.

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In sum, the money will not be an issue and this project will move as fast as city bureaucracy lets it. In this case, I actually like the City slowing it down a bit to ensure that the street-level space is used properly.

 

Agreed. Get the street right, that's the most important thing.

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Is it a bit odd to anyone else that there's no official name for this tower yet? They're going to have to start marketing it at some point, and I would've thought they would have settled on a name at the same time as the design. Or maybe they're saving that for a future marketing push?

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^Haven't you ever seen a play? The big reveal comes at the climax - never during the buildup.

 

Potential names:

- Wicked Tower

-  Breakaleg East

- Thespian Villa

- Stage Left

- Drama Heights

- Residences at Globe Theater

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Just call it Ray Shepardson Tower. Time to memorialize this guy who saved Playhouse Square from becoming a large parking lot.


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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Just call it Ray Shepardson Tower. Time to memorialize this guy who saved Playhouse Square from becoming a large parking lot.

 

I was talking about that this weekend...

 

I went and saw Hamilton in Chicago and MY LORD does their theater district pale in comparison to ours. Not only the locations, but also the decor, seating, facilities, efficiency. It really made me realize I was taking PHS for granted. And compared with some of the major errors of judgment we've had as a city, holding onto Playhouse Square is something to memorialize. You're spot on KJP[/member]

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^ PS is so amazing as is, but what's really amazing is there's still room for much much more.

 

I've always wondered why PHS doesn't partner with CSU and have a world-class theater department, just blocks from each other.  CSU could even contribute to the district by building a real theater on campus. 

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I went to CSU.  Not sure about right now, but back then the theater department certainly wasn't world-class.  There were always collaborations, but PHS should have the power to drop some top-notch faculty and students from around the world.  I just think it's untapped potential.

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It seems like a good grant writing exercise in getting a handsomely endowed chair for the department.

That'd be good place to start

 

"Endowed Chairs, Professors and Scholars: These named endowments recognize the academic and research excellence of faculty while providing funding to enhance salaries and support research endeavors. They also allow the College to recruit and retain the best and brightest faculty. Endowed Chairs and Professors raise the regional, national and international visibility of CSU." 

- (csuohio . edu)

 

The department as it stands: https://www.csuohio.edu/class/theatre-dance/faculty-staff

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In keeping with the theme of the chandelier representing the area why not name the tower The Prism.

 

Sounds too much like Prison.

 

Like, when my mother moved to Cleveland in the 1950s, she lived briefly at the Alcazar Hotel in Cleveland Heights. It wasn't very nice back then, so its residents called it The Alcatraz.

 

It's best not to make it too easy to ridicule a name.


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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If it were up to me I wouldn't have named the new Parmatown 'The Shoppes at Parma'

we just call it the shoppes...

 

I call it Parmatown, lol. Also, congrats on your 69th post #nice

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Another small step forward:

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/drcagenda/2017/11172017/index.php

 

ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVALS

Ordinance No. 1304-17(Ward 3/Councilmember McCormack):

Authorizing the Director of Capital Projects to issue a permit to the Playhouse Square Foundation to encroach into the public rights-of-way of Euclid Avenue, East 17th Street, and Brownell Court by installing, using, and maintaining an entry canopy, apartment balconies, a building overhang at the northeast corner, and an earth retention system with tiebacks.

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Design Review:

 

*Final Design Development Approval

  1. Project:  DF2017-041: Playhouse Square Residential Tower

  Project Address:  Euclid Avenue & East 17th Street 

  Project Representative:  Devon Patterson, Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Brad Soderwall, Hines;

  Art Falco, Playhouse Square     

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/drcagenda/2017/12152017/DRC-2017_12_14.pdf

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^ I heard this morning that we might very well see a groundbreaking BEFORE May. I really hope this is true. Two cranes in the air Downtown would be refreshing to say the least.

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I'll believe it when I see it.

 

I hate that in the back of my mind this is EXACTLY the thought I have every time I hear good news about the time-frame. I guess it's just the Clevelander in me.

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^ I'd love to be proven wrong.  But from what I understand there is still a bit of a gap in the financing for this deal.  This is second hand info from semi-reliable source so take it with a grain of salt.

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Don’t anyone have any information on the stage development of this project? I thought they would have break ground on this project by now.

 

Why did you think that?


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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In this stagnant, low-rent market, I will be grateful for any new high-rise construction, regardless of when it happens. I'm just overjoyed they found a creative way to move past the development barriers, no matter when it starts.


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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For those of us interested in the street presence of this building....

 

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"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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