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$480,000 per month?????????? That has to be a misprint.

 

Very definitely a misprint.  That kind of money can get you 50,000 sf in the very best midtown Manhattan buildings.

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I read a little while ago that the city designated an area of Midtown "The Art Quarter". I was just wondering if anyone has heard any new developments in line with this designation? Or is this only a name change on paper so far?

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I read a little while ago that the city designated an area of Midtown "The Art Quarter". I was just wondering if anyone has heard any new developments in line with this designation? Or is this only a name change on paper so far?

 

The district of design.  If you do a search you'll see a thread.

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Group gets a handle on art haunts

Renaming area underscores trend

Monday, April 16, 2007

Jesse Tinsley

Plain Dealer Reporter

 

A Cleveland neighborhood is gradually becoming an art district - one of those funky, vibrant enclaves of artists' studios, galleries, bistros and live-work spaces that are spreading all over the country....

 

 

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I don't know if this should really go here or not..

 

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Solon biotech firm headed to Midtown

 

By CHUCK SODER

 

4:30 am, August 20, 2007

 

Biotechnology company Analiza Inc. will move to Midtown Cleveland from Solon in October.

 

The company, which analyzes potential drugs for pharmaceutical companies, signed a lease to take 6,000 square feet in the Tyler Elevator Building, said Mark Stratton, vice president of marketing and business development. The extra 2,500 square feet will allow Analiza to add a few people to its staff of about 12, he said.

 

Its cancer diagnostics subsidiary, AnalizaDx LLC, will move with it. The unit analyzes the structure of proteins in bodily fluids to diagnose cancer.

 

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Not sure if this was posted elsewhere, but this sounds pretty cool:

 

Victory Building on Euclid Corridor to be converted to lofts, shops

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Alison Grant

Plain Dealer Reporter

 

The Euclid Corridor Project has spawned its first residential development in the Midtown neighborhood -- a loft conversion of a warehouse and office property at East 71st Street and Euclid Avenue...

 

 

agrant@plaind.com, 216-999-4758

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Cleveland Free Times

Volume 15, Issue 29

Published November 21st, 2007

Arts News

 

Cleveland is an old-school manufacturing town. What we know how to do is take raw materials and make something out of them, a fact that continually resurfaces as neighborhoods are reborn - not just in the old warehouse and factory space we find new ways to use, but even sometimes in the ways we find to use it.

 

The much collected artist Tom Balbo recently announced the establishment of the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Education Foundation, which will be known as the Morgan Conservatory, for short. A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College and Syracuse University, Balbo began his career as a potter and print-maker - media he continues to pursue - but over the last 25 years his interests have increasingly turned toward paper-making, casting and paper-based sculpture. He's worked mostly in Cleveland and maintains a gallery on Hough Avenue. He's in the process of equipping and moving into the space that will be the Morgan Conservatory, a former machine shop with 15,000 square feet of industrial space at 1754 E. 47th St., between Commerce and Payne.

 

When it's all up and running, the new organization will have three directions of programming: a kind of apprenticeship program that teaches and certifies people in the making of paper; an art lab, which Balbo says will bring artists of various disciplines to work in residency to make paper-based work, which could be anything from sculpture to cast paper to print-making; and a book arts program, which will bring master book-makers and printers to teach a range of skills and techniques involved in the hand-making of books, from binding structures to printing with letter press machines. The organization will also distribute fine, handmade papers. A small gallery will show the paper-making process, examples of papers and the work of artists.

 

In addition to parking, there's space on location where Balbo plans to grow kozo, a plant whose fiber is used to make one of the many Japanese styles known as "rice" paper.

 

The Morgan Conservatory plans to operate in conjunction with nearby printmaking cooperative Zygote Press, which should make the neighborhood even more noteworthy as a destination for printmakers and other artists. Details of the relationship are not yet worked out, but the two organizations plan to work together on visiting artist programs, as well as gallery shows and openings.

 

Balbo says the Morgan Conservatory established its 501 © (3) nonprofit status in August and is now raising funds. The space is under renovation, but he's planning a short workshop to take place in January, and hopes to have a residency program underway by summer 2008.

 

http://www.balbogalleries.com/

 

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They overlap. If I recall correctly, The QuARTer stretches from Payne to St. Clair between E. 17th and E. 40th. The design district, I believe runs from E. 9th (or maybe E. 12th) to E. 36th and from Euclid to the lake. I could be a little off on these boundaries, but I believe the main gap is that the District of Design doesn't cover the live-work stretch along E. 40th between Superior and Chester and possibly not all of Tyler Village.

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For one thing, neither the QuARTer effort nor the District of Design are based primarily in Midtown. The QuARTer isn't in Midtown at all ... it's inside the downtown Quadrangle district and the St. Clair Superior service area. The District of Design is largely in the downtown Theater, Financial, Civic and Quadrangle districts and the St. Clair Superior Service area, with a relatively small sliver (about E. 26th to E. 36th between Euclid and Payne) in Midtown.

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Why can't they just call it Midtown to make it easy on everyone?

 

I agree. In my opinion, everything between Downtown and University Circle should be Midtown and it should be governed by a single CDC.

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Technically, the Quadrangle is not a CDC but more of a Chamber of Commerce type organization for businesses in that area. Not entirely - but mostly.

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^To me, Fairfax is just the residential area south of the Clinic and doesn't cover anywhere west of 55th or north of Carnegie [yes, I know technically the Clinic is in Fairfax].

 

Yeah, the naming thing is out of control- I think we need to start over.

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nice article guv. cool news. the morgan conservatory is a type of niche arts organization that could really be a big part of making midtown's nut. i am thinking of the cma's painting restoration project too. these specialties will bring in creative people from all over the world.

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^So true.  And also the ICA (intermuseum conservation association) which serves little museums all over the midwest- that means two full time professional conservancy staffs within the city.

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VIA : http://techczar.blog.com/2538397/

 

One of the more amazing transformations of a building that I was privy to during my time as “Tech Czar,” was the Baker Electric Building (also known as the Carpenter Press Building) located on Euclid Avenue and E. 71st.  The building was designed by Frank B. Meade and built in 1910 for the Baker Electric Motor Car (quick note – Cleveland was a leader in electric car technology nearly a hundred years ago). Baker Electric was founded and operated by Walter C. Baker a tech pioneer and memorable entrepreneur. The building was used as car showroom. Over the years at has been the site of many companies most notably as the home of Carpenter Press.

 

A real estate partnership including Cumberland Development, New Era Builders and Ariel Ventures bought the building in June of 2006. The new owners understood that there was a shortage of incubator and post-incubator space for technology based companies. (Quick side note – I was trying to get the City of Cleveland to buy Carpenter Press Building at the same the new owners were reviewing the sight. I wanted to create a biotech incubator and R&D facility.) The new owners immediately began the renovation of the 52,000 square foot facility. It was totally gutted, a new parking lot was put in, back-up power and the original car showroom has been brought back to as original state as it can be. The goal was to create an environment to develop over a 100 new tech jobs in the Midtown corridor.

 

Current tenants now include:

 

·        Bunge BIPHOR – an innovator of pigments and coatings

·        Volcano Corporation – a company that develops intravascular ultrasound technology

·        Diagnostic Hybrids – an R&D company that specializes in molecular diagnostic kits

·        iNetworks – a Pittsburgh-based venture capital group

·        Cumberland Development – owner and real estate development company

 

There is only 20,000 square feet available in the building and it is estimated that it will be fully-occupied by the end of summer. The project cost almost $7.1 million and was supported New Markets Tax Credits and $1.0 million from the County’s Brownfield Redevelopment Fund. Unfortunately, no City participation. The building is now listed on the National Register for Historic Places and was redeveloped utilizing green and sustainable design practices and will receive a LEED Silver Certification.

 

This building’s proximity to University Circle (and especially the Cleveland Clinic) and Downtown will make this a very attractive building for new tech companies. Of course, having a venture capital group on site is always a provocative development. I have always been proud of this development, especially given its Midtown location.  Of course, more development is necessary in the Midtown area but my sources in the real estate area are detailing to me that there is significant real estate speculation in the Midtown area. This could be a fantastic corridor (now with the RTA Silver Line nearing completion) for tech and biotech. Stay tuned for new developments and congrats to all those involved in the Baker Electric Building.

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Does anyone know the story with the ratty old vacant supermarket building on Euclid Ave. in front of the Playhouse parking lot?  County Auditor site says its owned (and has been owned for a long time) by Si Harb.  That thing ain't pretty.  I believe it's the last conspicuous piece of blight between E79th and University Circle (putting aside the fast food places.  And the new suburban drug store at 79th.  And the Clinic.  And all the poorly sited non-profits across from the Clinic.)

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I forgot the name, but there was supposed to be a building near Euclid and E. 30th that was going to be re-habbed from office to apartment. It is on of the bigger buildings in that part of MidTown.. it was announced last year and then nothing was ever spoke of it again. Updates? Scrapped idea? It wasn't listed as a project in the PD's fabulous Euclid article on Sunday either.

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Developers buy Midtown Cleveland property

Posted by Michelle Jarboe June 20, 2008 15:03PM

Categories: Real estate

 

Developer Fred Geis has teamed up with the Coyne and Asher families to buy 6 acres in Midtown Cleveland for a project that could include shopping and offices or homes.

 

The deal, which closed in early May but was announced today, involved property at 6700 Euclid Ave., across from the Dunham Tavern Museum. The seller was Richard Cohen. Local Grubb & Ellis broker Terry Coyne represented his family and the other buyers in the transaction....

 

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http://blog.cleveland.com/cribnotes/2008/06/notes_on_midtown_cleveland.html

 

Notes on MidTown Cleveland

Posted by Michelle Jarboe June 27, 2008 08:00AM

 

The MidTown Cleveland economic development group had its annual meeting last week. I wasn't on the guest list, but the folks who do MidTown's PR were nice enough to pass along some video and other materials about the event...

 


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Agora complex to be revamped, expanded in deal expected Wednesday

by John Petkovic

Tuesday August 19, 2008, 7:26 PM

 

The club that helped turn Cleveland into the "Rock 'n' Roll Capital of the World" is close to getting an infusion of new blood and money...

 

http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2008/08/deal_expected_to_be_announced.html

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For anyone interested, there is a free MidTown Cleveland Security Fair going on at Applied Technologies (E. 36th & Euclid) going on right now until 1:00. Lunch is said to be provided.  I'm about to walk over there myself.

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I was just at the midtown bloc party in the courtyard behind 4500 Euclid today, they had a rather impressive array of food, some music, and a bunch of health related booths set up inside.  There seemed to be a fair amount of people attending.

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I am so pumped LaConti isnt selling out to live nation!  I hate those pigs... Ive partnered with some buddies to produce shows in Columbus at independent venues such as Veterans Memorial etc and loved it, came up here to Cleveland and was looking at a few venues all of which (aside from agora) are coroprate owned and dont like dealing with "small fries".  Stick it to em'!  Still trying to get Bloc Parties booking party to get off his live nation crack-like addiction and let me do a show with them...

p.s. just so you know how good this is for the CLEVELAND music scene.  Live nation likes to put on shows only that go to multiple venues (all belonging to them of course) and often times shut down independent producers trying to bring in different acts to town for just one performance in one city.  Ill put it this way, if your pop and the CEO has heard of you, green light.  Anything off the beatin' path... good luck.

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This could go into several different threads, hope I have the most appropriate one...

 

There has been a lot of talk about developing CC/UH-related health and tech all up and down Euclid, particularly in the Midtown area.  We've got a 24-hr transit line there and a setup that encourages pedestrians over cars.  Sounds ideal for mass residential, and for entertainment.  Also sounds underutilized if surrounded by secured 9-5 offices.  Meanwhile residential projects great and small are lining up for the 8 lane sub-freeway that is Chester.  I suggest a switcheroo.

 

The Agora theater could anchor a killer new neighborhood for young people.  It consistently draws people who are seeing the inner city for the first time and seem to like it.  With another venue or two (smaller ones) and some apartment construction, this could be a showpiece neighborhood.  Have a musicians' village all living together and sharing ideas.  It capitalizes on the city's musical heritage and replants it for another generation.  Chester and Carnegie are car-oriented and better suited for what amounts to modern light industry.  Euclid should be inviting and alive with people.  The core attraction is already there.

 

Any thoughts?

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http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1225791059125390.xml&coll=2

Developer Dick Pace restoring Baker electric car showroom into offices

Baker electric car site to become offices

Tuesday, November 04, 2008 / Michael O'Malley / Plain Dealer Reporter

 

At night, they would glimmer under the glow of hanging lamps -- the coupe, the brougham, the roadster -- all battery-powered cars displayed through big showroom windows for the eyes of high society...

 

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