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The new mill is expected to be online in the second half of 2018, said John W. Mellowes, CEO of parent company Charter Manufacturing Co. The project will create about 25 jobs and represents the largest investment in the family-owned company's 81-year history.

 

25 jobs - now THAT'S automation. Still, it's worth another 100 or so construction jobs for almost two years.


There's nothing wrong with optimism, as long as you don't get your hopes up.

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Wow commenters on Fresh Water Cleveland's sight are so much more optimistic that Cleveland.com. Someone did bring up a good point, I would have listed the Warehouse District project over either the 925 building or Centric. That project would be a legitimate game changer for that neighborhood.

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Wow commenters on Fresh Water Cleveland's sight are so much more optimistic that Cleveland.com. Someone did bring up a good point, I would have listed the Warehouse District project over either the 925 building or Centric. That project would be a legitimate game changer for that neighborhood.

 

The Fresh Water article gives insight into seven projects that will change the face of Cleveland, but not only should the Warehouse Super Block project have been mentioned, but also 515 Euclid/The Beacon.

 

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The last comment (at the moment), says: "Top of the Hill in cleveland hts about to be the largest investment in cleveland hts since severance at around 100 million"

 

What's Top of the Hill?

 

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^triangle of land at Cedar and Euclid Hts. Blvd (right next to Night town).  Cleveland Hts. issued RFP a while back and I think 3-4 developers responded with different plans for condos/apartment, townhomes, a hotel parking and retail.  I don't believe a developer has been chosen but I could be wrong.

 

This, given its location, is another no brainer site and should have been developed years ago.  Word is neighbors are of course leery.

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Cleveland gets favorable mention in a Detroit-centered article that hints at an apartment glut in "some cities".  Looking at the pace of construction, I'm not sure it's a glut in NEO yet; but a quick sellout of some project like the Beacon would put that worry to temporary rest.

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-urban-condo-boom-has-reached-its-final-frontier-detroit-1488382101

 


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With the nearby Rapid station, I'd love to see this area at West 140th and Lorain Avenue be more than just an old, suburban-style strip shopping center area. But right now it seems like this effort is simply to make it appear more visually attractive....

 

Cleveland Planning Commission

Agenda for March 17, 2017

 

ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS

Ordinance No. 236-17(Ward 16/Councilmember Kazy): Establishing an Urban Form Overlay District and designating an Urban Frontage Line along Lorain Avenue between West 136th Street and West 143rd Street.

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Some background....

 

http://bpdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Fall-newsletter-2015-rev-10-07-15-lo-rez.pdf

 

Fall 2015

Lorain Gaining Two Tools Besides Streetscape

by Melissa Miller

 

With the new streetscape enhancements being installed on Lorain Avenue as part of the ongoing construction, two further steps have been taken to continue to improve the look of Lorain Avenue.

 

The community identified the importance of upgrading the appearance of Lorain Avenue during the Lorain Avenue Pedestrian-Friendly Plan process in order to make walking, cycling or driving down Lorain a more pleasurable experience. Addressing the current design standards and zoning on Lorain Avenue are two tools the aesthetics of the street can be improved, and this past summer Councilman Kazy introduced legislation to Council regarding both.

 

At the August Council meeting, legislation was passed to extend the current Lorain Avenue Design Review District that goes from the Cleveland border to W. 140th Street, to continue down Lorain where it meets with the Variety Village District around the old Variety Theater. Design review establishes standards in the design of buildings and properties: to enhance the appearance of commercial districts, encourage further economic development, and preserve architecturally important buildings and building features. People applying for any permits through the Department of Building and Housing in such a district must have their plans reviewed and approved by the local design review committee for the far west side prior to

obtaining a permit. The committee is made up of local architects, landscape designers, and business owners.

 

In September, legislation in a complimentary fashion will be heard on adding an Urban Form Overlay (UFO) to the area on Lorain between West 123rd Street and West 136th Street. This area was identified as the most walkable and local stretch of Lorain by our Pedestrian-Friendly Plan, however, there are many uses on Lorain that limit that walkability. The UFO creates a more walkable community - without limiting as many uses as a zoning change would. For example: a funeral home is not permitted in a local retail district, but is permitted under the new overlay. Open sales lots and car washes are not permitted under the new district, but gas stations will be permitted as long as they are designed appropriately. The UFO has already passed the Planning Commission.

 

Merchants on Lorain Avenue had the opportunity to learn about these changes at two different Lorain Avenue Merchants meetings this summer. The merchants are beginning to ban together to improve Lorain for everyone so please continue to support your local businesses during the construction.


"Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you Buddy? It's the free market. And you're a part of it." -- Gordon Gekko.

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Rockport Villa Convenient Store/Gas Station New Construction: Seeking Final Approval

Project Address: 4686 West 130th Street

 

Is this a weird city of Cleveland agenda writer quirk or do people in Cleveland really say "Convenient store?"  In case my question seems odd, the rest of the country says "convenience store."  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convenience_store

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Rockport Villa Convenient Store/Gas Station New Construction: Seeking Final Approval

Project Address: 4686 West 130th Street

 

Is this a weird city of Cleveland agenda writer quirk or do people in Cleveland really say "Convenient store?"  In case my question seems odd, the rest of the country says "convenience store."  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convenience_store

I think most people would say "convenience", but there's a large chain/franchise of stores called "Convenient".

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In all seriousness, a Sunoco that incorporates an old mixed use storefront is quite a sight. Sort of a good news/bad news thing. I guess nothing but good news if you accept gas stations as an inevitability in a car-dominated city like Cleveland.

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I mean, let's be honest, there are few good gas stations on that side of the city until you get into the first-ring suburbs. Most are either unbranded or carry third-rate gasoline that strips fuel economy. And they are notoriously crime ridden. The ones at Woodland/E 55, and the pair along Buckeye are among the worst in the city.

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I think the "Convenient" instead of "Convenience" is totally based on the "Convenient Store." I say convenient, as in "I'm going up to Convenient," because the convenience store I went to was actually called Convenient. Guess the agenda writer had the same experience. Nice Cleveland quirk.

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Speaking of Buckeye, what is going up at the corner of East 130th and Buckeye? It looks like another dollar store, or drugstore like Walgreens, but maybe it's something else.

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I missed this a few days ago. I met Nathan Zaremba a few times on the Sun News beat. He was a real down-to-earth guy....

 

Nathan Zaremba, well-known Cleveland builder and developer, dies (photos)

By Teresa Dixon Murray, The Plain Dealer

on April 03, 2017 at 1:34 PM, updated April 03, 2017 at 4:00 PM

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Nathan Zaremba, a well-known homebuilder and developer of projects in downtown Cleveland, has died. He was 70.

 

He died Friday while out of town, according to the company. Private funeral services were held out of town today. Arrangements for a local memorial service will be announced later.

 

Zaremba's better known projects include MillCreek on Cleveland's southern border and is the single largest new home community built since the 1940s, and The Avenue District in downtown Cleveland.

 

MORE:

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2017/04/nathan_zaremba_well-known_clev.html


"Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you Buddy? It's the free market. And you're a part of it." -- Gordon Gekko.

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Speaking of Buckeye, what is going up at the corner of East 130th and Buckeye? It looks like another dollar store, or drugstore like Walgreens, but maybe it's something else.

 

I was wondering that myself. It was being prepped for the building for months.

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From St. Joseph Academy (On Rocky River Drive in the Westpark/Kamm's Corner Neighborhood):

 

"Dear Friends: We are happy to share with you exciting news about our plans for our sisters and Saint Joseph Academy!

 

Our plans secure our history and presence on Rocky River Drive and set a course for the future as we announce the building of a new motherhouse for our sisters in Cleveland and River’s Edge, our spirituality center, as well as a partnership between the Sisters of St. Joseph and Saint Joseph Academy that will enable the Academy to renovate the existing motherhouse for adaptive re-use for its students, faculty, and staff.

 

For almost 120 years, our sisters and the Academy have anchored the West Park neighborhood. We are proud to have been among the first settlers of this area. Our roots here are deep and healthy. With the building of a new motherhouse we renew and enhance our commitment to the community. We are very excited for our sisters in Cleveland to live in a building that will support their needs and offer the area residents and others a place for reflection and growth at River’s Edge.

 

Our beautiful new building is scheduled to be completed in 2019 and will be a lovely addition to our campus. The relationship between the Academy and the sisters is intertwined and impossible to separate. For many years, our sisters lived with students and together shared their lives in the current motherhouse building. Saint Joseph Academy was truly an extension of the sisters’ home and ministry. When the present Academy building was opened in 1928, an architectural reflection of the motherhouse which it faces, the sisters assumed great financial burden and responsibility yet remained determined to answer the educational needs of the times. In 1928, Bishop Joseph Schrembs of Cleveland compared the motherhouse to a power station: “The sisters give back to the world far more than the world gives to them. The motherhouse is a storehouse of power and preparation for a life devoted to Christian charity, Christian education and Christian welfare work.” This latest chapter with adaptive re-use of the motherhouse honors the values that the sisters maintain to this day which are not to be limited by buildings but are committed to many different kinds of ministries to unify the world and address its hungers.

 

Sister Nancy Conway, on behalf of the Congregational Leadership Team, said, “Partnering with the Academy to adapt the motherhouse for their use will enable students to learn and thrive in a building that holds our history, but not our future. We support the Academy’s efforts to look forward as we ourselves start a new chapter on this same property with the hopes that all of us – sisters, Academy students, faculty and staff, employees of the congregation, and staff and affiliates of River’s Edge - will continue to carry forward the values of the Gospel and our mission of unifying love.” Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ‘71, President of Saint Joseph Academy, concurs, “This is an exciting time for all of us on this campus and we are eager to bring the energy of our students to this special building. We are grateful to the Sisters of St. Joseph for their generosity and support.”

 

Plans for the renovation of the motherhouse are set to begin in 2019, after the sisters and River’s Edge have moved to the new building which will be constructed on the northwest portion of the property. Much prayer and discernment have gone into making these decisions about the new building for the sisters and the existing motherhouse. We ask for your continued support as we roll up our sleeves again and embark on another bold and courageous new chapter for our sisters and the Academy."

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Would make a great post for the Kamms Corners thread.


"Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you Buddy? It's the free market. And you're a part of it." -- Gordon Gekko.

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I checked - it is under the "City Life" heading... not development

 

And since there are several threads I created that have been assimilated into others (Google) or outright deleted (Hingetown.... twice). I'll just leave it to the powers that be to do with what they will. (spoken in the most UN-passive-aggressive tone possible) :D

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Western Reserve's future may include Fred Geis

 

In the latest sighting of real estate developer Fred Geis, he may play a part in helping even higher-profile developer John Ferchill resolve a foreclosure proceeding over the Western Reserve Building.

 

Sources familiar with the situation have seen Geis and associates inspecting the eight-story downtown Cleveland landmark at 1462-1480 West Ninth Street dating from 1897. The property includes a contemporary office building the Ferchill-led Reserve Building Associates ownership group constructed in 1989 that connects to the landmark.

 

Attorney Jon Pinney, who represents Ferchill, confirmed in a phone interview that Ferchill's Reserve Building Associates is negotiating a potential settlement with its lender that involves Geis.

 

 

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170424/NEWS/170429915/western-reserves-future-may-include-fred-geis?platform=hootsuite

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MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

The Cleveland skyscraper building-binge starts

 

Construction workers will begin building in May the new Beacon apartment tower at Euclid Avenue and East 6th Street in downtown Cleveland. But that's just the start. Those of us who like to see construction cranes over downtown will probably enjoy the skyline view for the next half-dozen years or so.

 

The reason is that the 28-story Beacon apartments by Stark Enterprises is likely to be the first of many new large buildings to rise downtown. How many is "many"? It could be as few as three or four and as numerous as 10.

 

Why is this happening now? The Cleveland skyscraper binge is due to the following factors:

 

MORE:

http://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-cleveland-skyscraper-building-binge.html


"Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you Buddy? It's the free market. And you're a part of it." -- Gordon Gekko.

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Construction%2Bcrane.jpg

 

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

The Cleveland skyscraper building-binge starts

 

Construction workers will begin building in May the new Beacon apartment tower at Euclid Avenue and East 6th Street in downtown Cleveland. But that's just the start. Those of us who like to see construction cranes over downtown will probably enjoy the skyline view for the next half-dozen years or so.

 

The reason is that the 28-story Beacon apartments by Stark Enterprises is likely to be the first of many new large buildings to rise downtown. How many is "many"? It could be as few as three or four and as numerous as 10.

 

Why is this happening now? The Cleveland skyscraper binge is due to the following factors:

 

MORE:

http://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-cleveland-skyscraper-building-binge.html

 

Dude, I think this article has gone viral.  It's popping up all over my various social media venues.  Way to go, Ken!

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Construction%2Bcrane.jpg

 

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

The Cleveland skyscraper building-binge starts

 

Construction workers will begin building in May the new Beacon apartment tower at Euclid Avenue and East 6th Street in downtown Cleveland. But that's just the start. Those of us who like to see construction cranes over downtown will probably enjoy the skyline view for the next half-dozen years or so.

 

The reason is that the 28-story Beacon apartments by Stark Enterprises is likely to be the first of many new large buildings to rise downtown. How many is "many"? It could be as few as three or four and as numerous as 10.

 

Why is this happening now? The Cleveland skyscraper binge is due to the following factors:

 

MORE:

http://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-cleveland-skyscraper-building-binge.html

 

Dude, I think this article has gone viral.  It's popping up all over my various social media venues.  Way to go, Ken!

Agreed. A realtor friend of mine sent it. I was like really? Already seen it. Good job Ken!

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BTW, that article got 20,000 hits! After seeing that, I'm tempted to create a blog that accepts advertisements. I have another article ready to go that could also generate a significant number of hits.


"Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you Buddy? It's the free market. And you're a part of it." -- Gordon Gekko.

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BTW, that article got 20,000 hits! After seeing that, I'm tempted to create a blog that accepts advertisements. I have another article ready to go that could also generate a significant number of hits.

 

You should!  Make some money while you can--because we'll all probably be on our own for health care by 2020.

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Design Review:

*Final Design Development Approval

1. Project: DF2017-022: GrooveRyde

Project Address: 1116 Chester Avenue

Project Representative: Jeff Smith & Mitch Hoyt, Studio CRM

 

Who/what is GrooveRyde? See here.... http://www.grooveryde.com/


"Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you Buddy? It's the free market. And you're a part of it." -- Gordon Gekko.

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Anybody know something about this? It's the vacant land bounded by 77 and Independence pkwy that the city has been expanding with fill dirt the last couple years. I don't think it's the Charter Steel expansion, since I thought that was adjacent to their existing site. A simple search for ETC Commercial Property doesn't bring up anything except for the LLC registration. Hopefully somebody else is savvy enough to use the CPA/laywer who registered the LLC to discover something useful.

 

 

Calendar No. 17-111: 4800 Ruffini Court

ETC Commercial Property LLC, owner, proposes to construct a new 2 story building and parking lot in

an A3 General Industry District. The owner appeals for relief from the strict application of the

following sections of the Cleveland Codified Ordinances:

1. Section 349.07(a) which states that accessory off-street parking spaces, driveways and

maneuvering areas shall be properly graded for drainage so that all water is drained within the

lot providing such parking spaces, surface with concrete, asphaltic concrete, asphalt or other

surfacing materials.

2. Section 352.10(3)(b) which states that outdoor storage of equipment requires a screen barrier

of 75% or more opacity to conceal use and no barrier is proposed.

3. Sections 352.10-352.12 which states that a six foot wide landscaped strip screening parking

from the street is required and no screening is proposed. (Filed April 13, 2017)

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/bza/agenda/2017/crr05-08-2017.pdf (page 4)

 

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/bza/agenda/2017/images/bza05-08-2017.pdf (page 27-28)

 

edit: Added picture of parcel to post.

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I remember an article from maybe a month ago from Michelle where she mentioned that site in passing as having a multiple people interested in building there.

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It wouldn't surprise me if there was interest from multiple users. It's a good location for industrial use. But I hope it doesn't up a huge warehouse with just 15 employees.

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Looks like a good site for a amazon fulfilment center.

 

 

Wrong side of town

 

 

 

Bye, Euclid Square Mall; hello Amazon?

Ken Prendergast

May 3, 2017

 

After 40 years, Euclid Square Mall is destined to be physically replaced by the latest thing in retailing -- E-commerce. The mall, having closed Sept. 19, 2016 after years of limping along with two dozen churches as its remaining tenants, is vacated and officially condemned by the city for safety violations. Euclid Square Mall had succumbed to the changing retail market and population shifts long ago.

 

Circumstantial evidence suggests the replacement for the 687,000-square-foot shopping mall will be a massive distribution facility for the online retail giant Amazon. Called a Fulfillment Center, the facility would measure at least 650,000 square feet and possibly be as large as 1 million square feet. Based on similar projects elsewhere in Ohio, it would represent a capital investment in facilities and equipment of more than $100 million and result in the hiring of more than 600 permanent jobs.

 

MORE:

http://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2017/05/bye-euclid-square-mall-hello-amazon.html

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It wouldn't surprise me if there was interest from multiple users. It's a good location for industrial use. But I hope it doesn't up a huge warehouse with just 15 employees.

 

Some of these facilities have hundreds of employees. Just because it's a box doesn't mean that it's just solely for warehouse use.

 

This Amazon center in Charlestown, Indiana is massive and on the scale that's proposed for Euclid: http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=38.37946,-85.68628&z=18&t=H

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