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Has anyone else noticed the new Playhouse Square sign on Chester and E. 16th-ish?  It's bright red, but you can barely read that it says Playhouse Square.  Most of the sign is taken up by "PARKING".  Stupid........

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The letter from Art J Falco (Playhouse Square CEO) to Broadway Series subscribers states, "Playhouse Square is at a pivotal period in its history.  On the heels of the Idea Center opening and the announcement of a robust 2008-2009 performance schedule, Playhouse Square will also experience the renovation of the Hanna Theater, Euclid Avenue's redevelopment, and the East 14th St redesign.  Combining those with exciting soon-to-be-announced projects further cements this as the time for the spotlight to be shown on Playhouse Square and its comprehensive vision."  The italics above are mine.  I love exciting soon-to-be announced projects.  I do not know if they are development projects or theatrical projects.  Anyone here have an inkling?

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The letter from Art J Falco (Playhouse Square CEO) to Broadway Series subscribers states, "Playhouse Square is at a pivotal period in its history.  On the heels of the Idea Center opening and the announcement of a robust 2008-2009 performance schedule, Playhouse Square will also experience the renovation of the Hanna Theater, Euclid Avenue's redevelopment, and the East 14th St redesign.  Combining those with exciting soon-to-be-announced projects furhter cements this as the time for the spotlight to be shown on Playhouse Square and its comprehensive vision.

 

Hmmmm... Haven't heard anything about that...

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2 ideas:

 

  *  it could be in reference to plans to develop the surface lot East 17th & Euclid

 

  *  it could be in reference to add condo units to the roof of the Hanna Building annex

 

 

 

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I think it's DoD and Residential above the old office resource center and traveler's shoppe... I know they are real into adding a residential component to PHS.  I wouldn't be surprised to see some sort of announcement of the project WELL in advance of it actually being done.

 

I'd still like to know more about the 14th street redesign.

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I'd like them to redevelop E. 13th between Chester and Euclid.  It's kinda creepy walking down that street, but that's the fastest way for me to walk to Playhouse Square.

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Doc -- you can also cut through the Playhouse Square garage to the Bulkley Building. 

 

Although perhaps that takes you uncomfortably close to the Greyhound station?

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Walking by the Greyhound station doesn't bother me. Is the cut-through always open, or just on around show times? And you don't have to have a ticket at all to get through there?

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I walk past the greyhound station when i get out of class on my way to the bus stop in front of the galleria, granted im pretty much in full sprint so i dont miss the bus, but it dosnt bother me at all. I can remember about 2 years ago some dude approached me when walking past the station and asked me if i wanted to buy some weed off him, and to show me it was legit he pulled something out of his pocket looking like a 3 year old used green brillo pad, the only thing i could do is laugh at the guy and walk away

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the corner of chester and east 13th by the allerton building always has the smell of weed and many dudes just hanging there looking to sell...i'm not sure why the CPD doesn't do some sort of sting operation there

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the corner of chester and east 13th by the allerton building always has the smell of weed and many dudes just hanging there looking to sell...i'm not sure why the CPD doesn't do some sort of sting operation there

 

Maybe because residents/pedestrians/business owners don't call and complain.

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Walking by the Greyhound station doesn't bother me. Is the cut-through always open, or just on around show times? And you don't have to have a ticket at all to get through there?

 

The cut-through is almost always open.  When the garage is closed (typically after 9pm even when there's no show), you can still get in coming north from Euclid but you have to exit at the garage end in the alley between the garage and the back of the Allen theater.  Late at night when the garage is closed I don't think you can get into the garage unless you have a keycard for the garage.

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I noticed on Euclid today that the building between United Way and the Travelers Shop no longer has a for lease sign. There is a small banner which says "financing made available by Great Lakes Financial." Is this where the Kent UDC is moving?

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I noticed on Euclid today that the building between United Way and the Travelers Shop no longer has a for lease sign. There is a small banner which says "financing made available by Great Lakes Financial." Is this where the Kent UDC is moving?

 

I thought that they were moving to the corner location.

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as did I...

 

but I too noticed the for sale sign come off of that building.  I know that building was one of the places to recently be awarded tax credits... perhaps they've got something DoD related going on.

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They continue to do "stuff" at the old goodyear service center at 14th and Prospect. They dug something up from the parking lot area yesterday and they continue to gut the interior.

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They continue to do "stuff" at the old goodyear service center at 14th and Prospect. They dug something up from the parking lot area yesterday and they continue to gut the interior.

 

Does anyone know what's going on here?

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I don't but awhile back I heard a "rumor" of a very small developer looking at it on behalf of someone... Of course I've also heard before that the building structurally has some really serious issues and would need to be torn down.  So basically... I guess it could be anything.  :)

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Despite the scaffolding, not much actual work seems to be going on.  A chunk of stone fell off the building a few years ago, leading to some repairs and maintenance.  But the scaffolding has stayed.  Liability insurance? 

 

Can anyone shed any light on this?

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The answer is that everyone with the City and Theater District Devel Corp have been ignoring this issue.  The scaffolding has been just sitting there for YEARS!!  Work is not getting done and has not been getting done.  The scaffolding is ugly!!  The building owners should be given 30 days to finish the job and get that eyesore out of the sidewalk. 

 

Earth to Tom Einhouse or Art Falco or anyone in the building department or council:  please get that scaffolding removed !

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Hello everyone. I don't usually post but I found this cool video about the history and current developments going on at Playhouse Square on wkyc's website. It was really well done and is definitely worth checking out. It's nice to see a major local media outlet highlighting something positive going on in the city. Here's the link:

http://www.wkyc.com/life/life_article.aspx?storyid=107500&catid=2

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It was a great story .. I was especially impressed by the things that Playhouse Square has done in addition to just the theatres. I doubt many people know what an incubator they are for new companies. Very cool! Thanks for the post, Boffo.

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The answer is that everyone with the City and Theater District Devel Corp have been ignoring this issue. The scaffolding has been just sitting there for YEARS!! Work is not getting done and has not been getting done. The scaffolding is ugly!! The building owners should be given 30 days to finish the job and get that eyesore out of the sidewalk.

 

Earth to Tom Einhouse or Art Falco or anyone in the building department or council: please get that scaffolding removed !

 

I believe there is actually work being done, albeit at the pace of a snail.  They did replace all the storefront of the accapella restaurant front, and the first one heading north on 17th.  This would be the slowest window restoration effort in the city however, if it weren't for the Halle building, which apparently decides to just fix up one floor of windows per year. :)

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Does anyone know if there are any plans to clean the surface of the building. This has been like this for years. It looks like they ran out of money half way through the cleaning process. I have emailed the building owners in the past but have never gotten a response. Does anyone else notice this? It looks horrible. Finish the job.

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I've not heard any plans, but not only does it need cleaned, the cornice is in need of restoration.  A few years back they just netted it off to keep anything from falling on people.  I'd have to imagine this is in some sort of long range plans.

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It looks horrible, especially since the Idea Center building got cleaned and is now sparkling white by comparison.

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About 3 years ago, I heard from a very strong source that Playhouse Square planned to clean the exterior of the Bulkley Building as soon as the Euclid Corridor Project was complete.  That was so they could clean the exterior without worrying about new construction dust/debris getting it dirty again.

 

We are so used to seeing it in a filthy state, that we have gotten used to it.

 

Maybe someone can contact PlayhouseSquare District Development to ask for their plans.

 

 

 

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About 3 years ago, I heard from a very strong source that Playhouse Square planned to clean the exterior of the Bulkley Building as soon as the Euclid Corridor Project was complete.  That was so they could clean the exterior without worrying about new construction dust/debris getting it dirty again.

 

We are so used to seeing it in a filthy state, that we have gotten used to it.

 

Maybe someone can contact Playhouse Square District Development to ask for their plans.

Great idea!  Let us know what you find out!

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Liggett Stashower moving from Halle Building

 

Advertising and public relations firm Liggett Stashower has a new lease and naming rights at a building on PlayhouseSquare.

 

The company plans to move its headquarters in July to the first three floors of a five-story building at 1240 Huron Road.

 

More at http://blog.cleveland.com/business/2009/03/liggett_stashower_moving_from.html

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Some work is happening in 1224 Huron. It's the smaller building on Star plaza next to the "Center for Health Affairs." Does anyone know what going on there?

 

Also, it looks like construction stopped on the new Kent CUDC on Euclid/East 13th. The Turner construction sign is down and I haven't seen any activity there in a while.

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Some work is happening in 1224 Huron. It's the smaller building on Star plaza next to the "Center for Health Affairs." Does anyone know what going on there?

 

Look at the post immediately above your post.

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The Cleveland Play House to move downtown; Cleveland Clinic may get in on the act

by Tony Brown

Tuesday April 07, 2009, 5:17 PM

 

In a potential blockbuster deal for the arts, the Cleveland Play House will sell its longtime home in midtown and move downtown to PlayhouseSquare's Allen Theatre, along with Cleveland State University's drama program. The complex, multi-million dollar proposal -- which will be announced today but would not be complete until 2011 at the earliest -- will also affect a fourth major institution, the Museum of Contemporary Art, a long-term tenant at the Play House's 8500 Euclid Ave. facility.

 

More at http://www.cleveland.com/onstage/index.ssf/2009/04/_in_a_potential_blockbuster.html

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Hopefully not wreck it.  That building has too much grandeur, though, for them to do that (I hope?).  There would be too much of a backlash.

 

I just love how it will concentrate the theater-goers even more.  I always hated that location (E.84) because, at least imo, it did nothing to create any sort of foot traffic.

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This is really super awesome.  First, I've never liked the fact that the Cleveland Playhouse was so apart from the other theaters.  A true theater district should have all major theaters, and this will just cement the district.  Second, it's about damn time the Cleveland Clinic got more involved downtown .

 

All and all, I'd say this news is as exciting as anything else I've read about recently:)

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