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10 minutes ago, CbusTransit said:

 

Agreed, I do not know of a legal mechanism for this. I’d be very curious, because that is a best practice communities nationwide would want to know about

I know that NYC requires developers to include affordable housing in new developments but I'm  not sure of the mechanism nor specifics of the program.

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From the New York Housing Preservation and Development website:

 

HPD works together with a variety of public and private partners to achieve the City's affordable housing goals of supporting New Yorkers with a range of incomes, from the very lowest to those in the middle class. HPD accomplishes these goals through a combination of loan programs, tax incentives, disposition of City-owned land, tax credits, and other development incentives.

Both for-profit and non-for-profit developers can explore a wide range of opportunities to build or preserve affordable rental and homeownership units on publicly-owned or private sites. Consult our RFEI/RFP/RFQ pages to learn more about public site opportunities.

During the planning, design, and construction phases of development, HPD works with developers to ensure that projects are designed and built in keeping with the agency's standards for quality construction, environmental sustainability, and cost containment. In the case of City-owned sites awarded to developers through HPD's RFP process, the agency also secures public land use approval for site development prior to disposition.

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^I'm very familiar with the legal mechanisms NYC and other jurisdictions use to require affordability, but without city financing or an inclusionary zoning ordinance, I'm not sure how Cleveland thinks it can impose this (if that's really the case).  It's possible there was a quiet change to the 15 year tax abatement program, I suppose, but I think we would have heard about that.   

 

EDIT: If a developer is proposing to develop city-owned land,  the city could ask for anything it wants as a condition to the sale, so maybe that's what's going on here.

 

I asked the developer of the Tappan in Tremont earlier this year about the affordability his project will provide and he made clear that his group was doing  on their own, not because of any requirement. 

 

On 2/10/2019 at 4:08 PM, misterjoshr said:

we are actually doing it on our own.  it isn't required by any of the financing.  that said, our lender is investing o-zone dollars at a reduced rate, which frees up the cash flow enough to lower the rents some on a good chunk of these units.   typical financing would not allow us to do this, especially with ground up construction.

hopefully more people can utilize ozone equity this way

 

and thank you.  I appreciate it.  this financing has allowed us to be more creative then I think traditional lending would have allowed and I am excited to see how it turns out

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This is a step in the right direction in the reutilization of the old Warner & Swasey plant on Carnegie at East 55th. Here is an article I wrote about it last April...

http://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2019/04/developers-discover-midtowns-other-axis.html

 

 

 
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with bending metal. That's how Cleveland grew so rapidly, so we know its doable.

 

I think the points you raise are legitimate, as are mine; multiple stakeholders, some with competing interests, setting those personal interests aside for the benefit of the city and region.

 

If you love Cleveland, you will do what it takes to ensure its success. Period. End of story.

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Another property acquisition/clearance to make way for a major effort to redevelop Midtown. This property, and two parcels SW of it, were acquired in February for $275,000 by Lassi Enterprises, which is Midtown CDC's property/development arm....

 

Case 19-052: Prospect Avenue Historic District
5000 Prospect Avenue
Demolition of former Warehouse and Baking Company
Ward 5: Cleveland
Project Representatives: Joyce Huang, MidTown Cleveland

 

 

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13 minutes ago, roman totale XVII said:

^ That whole area at the back of the Agora has such potential to be a cute neighborhood.

 

I'm sure it will be.

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1 hour ago, Clevecane said:

@KJP can you remind us again what the master plan is for this area? 😇

 

Lots of mixed use. Mid-rise housing. Some office/commercial. 

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8 minutes ago, KJP said:

 

Lots of mixed use. Mid-rise housing. Some office/commercial. 

I actually heard similar from workers at the Agora while attending a concert randomly.

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I heard a rumor from a friend in the music business last night that they’ve been hearing rumblings that AEG is looking to move some back-office operations here—and was looking around the Agora. 
 

At first, I wrote it off because I doubted an entertainment group would think large enough to buy up this much space—and use Midtown as an agent—but the more I read about them, the more plausible it seems. 
 

They developed LA Live and moved their headquarters there. Could they Be interested in something on a much smaller scale around the Agora? The real estate sure seems cheaper than LA Live. 

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Whatever it is, it's big -- like 1 million square feet big. That's multiple uses in that figure. But it apparently won't come all at once. Looks to be more organic. Cleveland Foundation is spearheading a lot of it. It's not limited to the foundation's proposed HQ. The number of property transactions in this area in the past year is pretty amazing -- all by entities operating in the gray area of public and private, like the foundation, CDC, port authority. Land assembly is one of the biggest barriers to development in the inner city. Having clean, fee-simple properties is another. These entities are picking off properties when they can get them and creating a pretty large canvas to draw on.

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If anyone is interested, the Dunham Tavern appeal is moving at a pretty good pace, faster than usual.  Appellants have already filed their brief so if there is not the usual run of leaves to file subsequent briefs oral arguments might be scheduled for late December or early 2020 and perhaps a ruling by early spring.

 

I am assuming the sale to the Cleveland Foundation did not go forward in September (despite no restraining order) due to the litigation.  If I recall correctly from a news article it was important that the sale take place by September 2019 (although I don't recall a reason given for such a deadline) but that date clearly does not seem as important it DT is still fighting the lawsuit.

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1 hour ago, Clevecane said:

I heard a rumor from a friend in the music business last night that they’ve been hearing rumblings that AEG is looking to move some back-office operations here—and was looking around the Agora. 
 

At first, I wrote it off because I doubted an entertainment group would think large enough to buy up this much space—and use Midtown as an agent—but the more I read about them, the more plausible it seems. 
 

They developed LA Live and moved their headquarters there. Could they Be interested in something on a much smaller scale around the Agora? The real estate sure seems cheaper than LA Live. 

At least we'd know what some of the stupid 'service fees' would be going towards lol

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7 hours ago, Clevecane said:

I heard a rumor from a friend in the music business last night that they’ve been hearing rumblings that AEG is looking to move some back-office operations here—and was looking around the Agora. 
 

At first, I wrote it off because I doubted an entertainment group would think large enough to buy up this much space—and use Midtown as an agent—but the more I read about them, the more plausible it seems. 
 

They developed LA Live and moved their headquarters there. Could they Be interested in something on a much smaller scale around the Agora? The real estate sure seems cheaper than LA Live. 

AEG now runs the Agora itself and put millions of dollars in the rehab so it actually makes sense

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More Midtown property transfers. This is for the "next phase" site across East 66th from the land that Cleveland Foundation wanted to develop first but triggered the lawsuit. The three city-owned parcels are about 1.8 acres...

 

Ordinance No. 1250-2019(Ward 7/Councilmember B. Jones): Authorizing the Director of Economic Development to enter into a Purchase Agreement and/or an Option to Purchase Agreement with Midtown Cleveland, Inc., or its designee, for the sale of City-owned properties located at East 66th Street and Euclid Avenue for future development as part of the Innovation District Project; and authorizing the Commissioner of Purchases and Supplies to convey the properties, which are no longer needed for the City's public use.  

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/drcagenda/2019/10182019/index.php

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In an article on the question of "What is an inclusive economy?" from Cleveland Connects there was an interesting tidbit from Ronn Richard, president of the Cleveland Foundation. Its not necessarily new information, but its an interesting parallel to make for Midtown. 

 

"Richard also envisions a technology and research hub in Cleveland’s Midtown areas similar to the Cortex Innovation District in St. Louis that grew up between Washington University and St. Louis University. The foundation, which plans to move its headquarters to the Mid-town area, has acquired other land in the area that Richard said will be used to lure employers to the neighborhood. 'We need to bring back to our core city more employment and more housing,' he said."

 

(Clevelanders try to define an ‘inclusive’ economy: Cleveland Connects - Link: https://www.cleveland.com/news/2019/10/clevelanders-try-to-define-an-inclusive-economy-cleveland-connects.html)

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I've argued these points extensively and exhaustively upthread. It must be done for the region, not just the City to prosper. In addition to the need for local collaboration across numerous disperate stakeholders, the State of Ohio must be part of the solution, and therein lies the big challenge.

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On 10/15/2019 at 11:24 AM, KJP said:

More Midtown property transfers. This is for the "next phase" site across East 66th from the land that Cleveland Foundation wanted to develop first but triggered the lawsuit. The three city-owned parcels are about 1.8 acres...

 

Ordinance No. 1250-2019(Ward 7/Councilmember B. Jones): Authorizing the Director of Economic Development to enter into a Purchase Agreement and/or an Option to Purchase Agreement with Midtown Cleveland, Inc., or its designee, for the sale of City-owned properties located at East 66th Street and Euclid Avenue for future development as part of the Innovation District Project; and authorizing the Commissioner of Purchases and Supplies to convey the properties, which are no longer needed for the City's public use.  

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/drcagenda/2019/10182019/index.php

 

Ken and anyone else in the know:

 

Can you give us any more details or the BIG PICTURE on the unannounced various development projects brewing in MIDTOWN area??

 

OR maybe KEN can do his thing and give us ANOTHER SCOOP on his NEOtrans Blog site??

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There's an emerging and concerted effort to draw employers and residents to Midtown. Councilman Hairston briefly mentioned it today at the lakefront trail announcement. But that's why all of these properties are being bought up and buildings taken down to offer ready-to-build sites.

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On 10/27/2019 at 8:30 PM, KJP said:

 

It's a waste lot from a demolished building.  The tavern already has plenty of its own green space, not to mention the adjacent Green Corp garden.

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1 hour ago, lockdog said:

drive by picture of the rear of the building at 3101 Euclid avenue...  wonder if they're doing  a new facade..??

 

 

Yes

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10 hours ago, sabotage619 said:

I thought City Architecture was planning on moving to the Saint Clair Library across the street.

I was going to say the same thing, I was talking to Mr. Fluker a while back (totally by chance) at Goldhorn and he seemed pretty excited about moving into that building. I guess the ongoing issues with that property proved to be the nail in the coffin, hopefully something can resurrect that space!

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2019

Cleveland Foundation acquires Midtown land for new HQ

 

Despite a cloud of legal action hanging over it, titles to two Midtown properties were transferred last week to the Cleveland Foundation for its proposed new headquarters.

A 50,500-square-foot HQ is proposed to be the first phase of a civic and mixed-use district along both sides of Euclid Avenue and on both sides of East 66th Street led by the foundation.

 

The Cleveland Foundation said it is leading multiple partners and investors in a direct real estate development approach to bolstering Midtown to enhance the vibrancy of Cleveland’s neighborhoods and public spaces.

 

MORE

https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2019/12/cleveland-foundation-acquires-midtown.html

 

EDIT: Updated with additional information and a quote.

 

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4 hours ago, KJP said:

ClevelandFoundationsite.JPG

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2019

Cleveland Foundation acquires Midtown land for new HQ

 

Despite a cloud of legal action hanging over it, titles to two Midtown properties were transferred last week to the Cleveland Foundation for its proposed new headquarters.

A 50,500-square-foot HQ is proposed to be the first phase of a civic and mixed-use district along both sides of Euclid Avenue and on both sides of East 66th Street led by the foundation.

 

The Cleveland Foundation said it is leading multiple partners and investors in a direct real estate development approach to bolstering Midtown to enhance the vibrancy of Cleveland’s neighborhoods and public spaces.

 

MORE

https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2019/12/cleveland-foundation-acquires-midtown.html

 

EDIT: Updated with additional information and a quote.

 


@KJP  How dare you post an informative article that’s not about Sherwin Williams!;)

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New design review case in midtown!

"7107 EUCLID AVE PARKING LOT REMOVAL"

The building at 7107 along with the empty parcels north of it along E 71st have, since September, all been owned by "EUCLID 71 LLC" which is associated with Berusch Development Partners.

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http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/brd/detailDR.php?ID=3381&CASE=EC 2019-061

Here's the link. Currently not much info on it.

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Sorry I feel like I might be posting too much lately but there's just so much stuff going on lately!

3800 Euclid Ave conversion to apartments was finalized today with a newly filed building permit and the units are now available for rent. The 2 story brick building with 12 apartment units and 2 retail spots is directly across the street from the Children's Museum.

https://www.apartments.com/3800-euclid-ave-cleveland-oh/lrpb09e/

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@tykaps As long as you keep posting informative stuff, the mods will welcome it. Apparently that's why they haven't shut me down yet after 15 years and 58,000 posts!

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what is apartments.com using as its transit metrics if 3800 euclid ave has a transit score of 46 (some transit)....??  🤨

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1 hour ago, KJP said:

Apparently that's why they haven't shut me down yet after 15 years and 58,000 posts!

 

That's almost 11 posts a day, every day for 15 years!  UO super-poster!

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54 minutes ago, jeremyck01 said:

 

That's almost 11 posts a day, every day for 15 years!  UO super-poster!

 

Holy crap...that's scary! In my defense, I was married for only the last three years... 😎

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3 hours ago, tykaps said:

New design review case in midtown!

"7107 EUCLID AVE PARKING LOT REMOVAL"

The building at 7107 along with the empty parcels north of it along E 71st have, since September, all been owned by "EUCLID 71 LLC" which is associated with Berusch Development Partners.

EDIT:

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/brd/detailDR.php?ID=3381&CASE=EC 2019-061

Here's the link. Currently not much info on it.

 

Is Berusch the group behind One Midtown, which is immediately east of 7107 Euclid?

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4 minutes ago, X said:

 

Is Berusch the group behind One Midtown, which is immediately east of 7107 Euclid?

Nope that's the Vazza Real Estate Group. Berusch helped with uptown and developed Euclid 116

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17 hours ago, KJP said:

ClevelandFoundationsite.JPG

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2019

Cleveland Foundation acquires Midtown land for new HQ

 

Despite a cloud of legal action hanging over it, titles to two Midtown properties were transferred last week to the Cleveland Foundation for its proposed new headquarters.

A 50,500-square-foot HQ is proposed to be the first phase of a civic and mixed-use district along both sides of Euclid Avenue and on both sides of East 66th Street led by the foundation.

 

The Cleveland Foundation said it is leading multiple partners and investors in a direct real estate development approach to bolstering Midtown to enhance the vibrancy of Cleveland’s neighborhoods and public spaces.

 

MORE

https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2019/12/cleveland-foundation-acquires-midtown.html

 

EDIT: Updated with additional information and a quote.

 

Glad to see this moving forward. Read the article again—Midtown Cleveland’s executive director has a very unfortunate name!!

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2 hours ago, Potamus said:

Any additional info on the planned Center for Innovation?

The city is currently negotiating with a yet unnamed anchor tenant.

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Restaurant to be opening at 3915 Carnegie Ave?

Gihad Zayed, owner of Speedy's Grub Shack (a Lakewood restaurant in a gas station with overwhelmingly positive reviews) has filed a building permit for use of the property.

Especially awesome news considering there aren't many options outside of big chain restaurants (mcdonalds, subway) in this part of midtown

https://ca.permitcleveland.org/public/Cap/CapDetail.aspx?Module=BuildingHousing&TabName=BuildingHousing&capID1=19BHO&capID2=00000&capID3=20215&agencyCode=COC&IsToShowInspection=

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this is so true...  I work in this area and struggle to find options other than fast food chain restaurants...  but I think that area could be a foodie destination in the near future...  the food hub should be coming online with more local food options soon, adding to angie's, cleveland bagel, and souper market...  FYI... dave's grocery is a great lunch time option, indoor and outdoor seating with multiple resturants...

 

https://www.clevelanddevelopmentadvisors.com/en/Projects/Cleveland-Food-Hub

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