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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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So what does this do to MOCA? I can't imagine that fundraising for the new museum is going well. Maybe this transaction will help them? I like that the play house will be downtown. It will benefit the existing businesses and help any expansion.--obviously the current location has not led to any spin-off development. It will also bring more students downtown.

 

 

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Parking lot, what else?? (EDIT: Dammit, MTS, you beat me to it!)

 

Huge news, though.


"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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Good question about MOCA.  I wonder if some of the purchase price would go to them to buy-out their lease and help fund the new project...

 

I also wonder if CSU and the Playhouse can really raise the $30M they need for the Allen, even with $2M + $15M the article mentions.  It's tough out there right now (just ask MOCA).

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I don't want to loose that building, it is so cool at night, and its Phillip Johnson's only building here.

 

I guess if I ever have to go to the clinic, I will park there

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One more component not brought up about this move would be bringing more Case students Downtown - many have to go see the MFA productions at Playhouse because of the classes they are in, and I'd rather have them take the Healthline all the way down.

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FYI, Stages at the Playhouse is operated by Gary Lucarelli, as is Star at Playhouse Square.

 

Not that this would preclude him from operating another restaurant at PS, he certainly is creative and been in business long enough to pull it off. 

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I moved the discussion about what the Cleveland Clinic might do with the existing Cleveland Playhouse building over to:

 

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,2977.0.html


"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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Playhouse Square has 5 theaters now, right? So if this thing with the Allen goes through, would that make our theater district even bigger with 7 theaters, or would it still be 5?

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I think Playhouse Square has EIGHT theaters right now:

 

State, Ohio, Palace, Hanna, Allen, 14th Street, Kennedy's, and Westfield Studio theater.

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