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Amazon et al aren't messing around. They're already starting to prep the site....

 

From MJ's twitter account...

Swung by the former Randall Park Mall/future @amazon fulfillment center site yesterday. Buildings down. Site prep/foundation work under way. https://t.co/O1Kyk3Npp1

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Demolishing a 10-story building (vacant for about 20 years) for a bunch of fast-food joints. How North Randall has fallen....

 

October 09, 2017 2:28 pm      UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

North Randall hotel sold for Amazon-linked redevelopment

By STAN BULLARD

 

A 10-story hotel built by mall developer DeBartolo Corp. in North Randall in 1973 on a site next to the former Randall Park Mall has been acquired by an affiliate of Industrial Commerce Properties Corp. of Solon and Industrial Realty Group of California as part of the massive Amazon warehouse project.

 

Through S.L. North Randall Site One LLC, developers Chris Semarjian and Stuart Lichter, respectively, closed on the purchase of the property at 4600 Northfield Road from the Village of North Randall on Friday, Oct. 6, according to Cuyahoga County land records available online Monday morning, Oct. 9.

 

Semarjian said in a phone interview the pair plan to raze the hotel and sell sites on the five-acre parcel to food-related and other retailers that might be attracted by the $177 million fulfillment center that the Seattle-based e-commerce firm is having built next door.

 

The center is expected to employ 2,000 people when it opens, perhaps as early as the second half of next year.

 

MORE:

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20171009/NEWS/171009893/north-randall-hotel-sold-for-amazon-linked-redevelopment

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E-commerce giant @amazon expects to start accepting applications for jobs at its North Randall fulfillment center Monday. Here's what the massive buildings - robots and all - look like. https://t.co/cWJ0YnBcVY

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I can see why the mayor of North Randall is so excited.  Adding 2,000 jobs to a village with 1,027 residents (per the 2010 census) is one of the few times the dreaded "gamechanger" cliche is actually appropriate.  (That said, when Randall Park Mall died, I was hoping North Randall would give up the ghost, merge with Warrensville Heights, and set off a chain reaction of suburb consolidations that Cuyahoga County so desperately needs.  Now, they have a raison d'etre (or at least a tax base) once more.  Still, this part of the county can really use the jobs and development Amazon brings, so I guess I can't complain too much).

 

It will be very interesting to see what kind of spillover development arises nearby in the coming years.  The Sheetz and Chipotle mentioned in the cle.com article are nice, but the re-use of the Sears building by four manufacturing companies is more exciting.  Randall Park Mall and Amazon picked this location for its already-existing transportation attributes, so you'd think other companies would be drawn to the area for that plus the synergy of being so near the behemoth that is an Amazon distribution hub. 

 

Hopefully, similar developments will happen at Amazon's other facility at the old Euclid Square Mall site.  It opens next year and could really rejuvenate Euclid's most downtrodden neighborhood.

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I can see why the mayor of North Randall is so excited.  Adding 2,000 jobs to a village with 1,027 residents (per the 2010 census) is one of the few times the dreaded "gamechanger" cliche is actually appropriate.  (That said, when Randall Park Mall died, I was hoping North Randall would give up the ghost, merge with Warrensville Heights, and set off a chain reaction of suburb consolidations that Cuyahoga County so desperately needs.  Now, they have a raison d'etre (or at least a tax base) once more.  Still, this part of the county can really use the jobs and development Amazon brings, so I guess I can't complain too much).

 

It will be very interesting to see what kind of spillover development arises nearby in the coming years.  The Sheetz and Chipotle mentioned in the cle.com article are nice, but the re-use of the Sears building by four manufacturing companies is more exciting.  Randall Park Mall and Amazon picked this location for its already-existing transportation attributes, so you'd think other companies would be drawn to the area for that plus the synergy of being so near the behemoth that is an Amazon distribution hub. 

 

Hopefully, similar developments will happen at Amazon's other facility at the old Euclid Square Mall site.  It opens next year and could really rejuvenate Euclid's most downtrodden neighborhood.

 

Yea, the jobs that both these facilities will provide for the people in these areas is what's going to cause the biggest change in this area, for the Randall site a large portion of the surrounding municipalities of North Randall, Warrensville Hts and Maple Hts. and into South east Cleveland proper. These jobs will be low skilled, but decent paying and equally important, accessible to those who don't have a car and can't reach other concentrations of low skilled jobs. It is a big step in the right direction to eliminate the disconnect we have in this region that keeps people that need jobs away from the employers that need workers.

 

Build facilities like this on former brown fields in areas with excellent connectivity on all modes of transportation.

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I really hope this (and the spin off development we are starting to see) works at stabilizing this area of the metro. The surrounding cities saw some of the largest declines in housing prices and quality in the crisis, and have only now started to recover. Add the jobs, and there's more demand for the housing -> less abandonment -> prices rise -> more taxes collected -> more services provided -> repeat the cycle. Also, more job opportunities correlates to less crime. While not located in Lee-Miles, this is probably the best opportunity that's come along in a long time for that neighborhood.

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I can see why the mayor of North Randall is so excited.  Adding 2,000 jobs to a village with 1,027 residents (per the 2010 census) is one of the few times the dreaded "gamechanger" cliche is actually appropriate.  (That said, when Randall Park Mall died, I was hoping North Randall would give up the ghost, merge with Warrensville Heights, and set off a chain reaction of suburb consolidations that Cuyahoga County so desperately needs.  Now, they have a raison d'etre (or at least a tax base) once more.  Still, this part of the county can really use the jobs and development Amazon brings, so I guess I can't complain too much).

 

It will be very interesting to see what kind of spillover development arises nearby in the coming years.  The Sheetz and Chipotle mentioned in the cle.com article are nice, but the re-use of the Sears building by four manufacturing companies is more exciting.  Randall Park Mall and Amazon picked this location for its already-existing transportation attributes, so you'd think other companies would be drawn to the area for that plus the synergy of being so near the behemoth that is an Amazon distribution hub. 

 

Hopefully, similar developments will happen at Amazon's other facility at the old Euclid Square Mall site.  It opens next year and could really rejuvenate Euclid's most downtrodden neighborhood.

 

Yea, the jobs that both these facilities will provide for the people in these areas is what's going to cause the biggest change in this area, for the Randall site a large portion of the surrounding municipalities of North Randall, Warrensville Hts and Maple Hts. and into South east Cleveland proper. These jobs will be low skilled, but decent paying and equally important, accessible to those who don't have a car and can't reach other concentrations of low skilled jobs. It is a big step in the right direction to eliminate the disconnect we have in this region that keeps people that need jobs away from the employers that need workers.

 

Build facilities like this on former brown fields in areas with excellent connectivity on all modes of transportation.

 

Low skilled but very high effort.  We'll see what happens.  From what I've heard it takes a strong work ethic to make it there.  We'll see what happens.

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