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Cleveland: Little Italy: Development and News

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A lot to be excited about here, but is the scale (5 stories, 40 units) just a little bit disappointing given the few parcels that are left to develop along Mayfield Road in Little Italy?  Many years ago, the plan was for a 10-story condo tower (Mayfield Lofts,iirc?) and that was before the RTA station came to fruition.  You only get one chance to develop the parcel directly adjacent to the rapid station and this seems a little lacking in ambition.

 

On a somewhat related note, does anyone here have any idea what the situation is with the old Mayfield theater on the other side of the street right next to the La Collina project?  It's been abandoned my entire lifetime and it will probably never be feasible to operate as a theater but it is an otherwise empty parcel sitting on valuable Mayfield Road frontage.  Perhaps the exterior could be preserved and the interior put to some new use?  Like retail or restaurants?

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Yay! Progress, finally!! Guess that small clearing was for the groundbreaking after all.

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A few development photos from the Feast...

 

Mayfield Lofts is just starting construction, just east of the RTA station

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Quattro Condos nearing completion on the other side of Tony Brush Park playground from the RTA station. Condos are selling for $700,000+

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View from Guarino's at the new La Collina apartments, "La Collina" = "The Hill"

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Proposed by WXZ Development Incorp. are three new townhouses, ranging in size from 2,309 sf to 2,975 sf and each 45 feet tall on a vacant lot spread across these three addresses....

Calendar No. 18-184: 1977 East 126 St. Ward 6

Calendar No. 18-186: 1979 East 126 St. Ward 6

Calendar No. 18-185: 1981 East 126 St. Ward 6

 

They are on BZA's Sept. 4 docket:

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/bza/agenda/2018/crr09-04-2018.pdf

 

The vacant lot:

 

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^A couple of weeks ago I was driving down Mayfield and saw a sign on the side of the Primo Vino building read Via 126 with an arrow pointing down the street and was confused.  This development, (the three very large single family houses) is apparently what the sign was referencing.

 

The reason I am confused is I believe XYZ is suppose to build condos on the site of the now closed Primo Vino and I thought that this was the Via126 project.  I wonder what the status of the Primo Vino condos is?

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Although this is on the UC/Uptown side of the tracks, this new signage points the way to the new Little Italy station. World-class signage? You decide....

 

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It's next to the Centric, now open for residential and retail occupancy....

 

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OK. I know I'm getting "off track"....

 

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So here's a nice little hole in the ground for the Mayfield Lofts, formerly known as the Mayfield Station apartments....

 

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Although this is on the UC/Uptown side of the tracks, this new signage points the way to the new Little Italy station. World-class signage? You decide....

 

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It's next to the Centric, now open for residential and retail occupancy....

 

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OK. I know I'm getting "off track"....

 

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So here's a nice little hole in the ground for the Mayfield Lofts, formerly known as the Mayfield Station apartments....

 

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I like the signage. I also really liked the name Mayfield Station more than Mayfield Lofts. Mayfield Lofts is so boring. Hopefully the momentum builds up and the giant parking lot next to the train line can be developed as well.

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Perhaps a start to the South Residential Village development? A pretty bleh start. Reminds of an architectural era, the 1950s and 60s, that should be forgotten or at best learned from as to what not to do....

 

Case 18-060: Little Italy Historic District
Case Western Reserve University
Fribley Commons [2323] Murray Hill Road
Renovation, Addition, and Landscaping
Ward 6: Griffin
Project Representatives: Christopher Panichi, Case Western Reserve University

 

EXISTING:

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They're starting with an existing building.  They're adding an addition adds an entrance and windows to the front of the building along the sidewalk, where there were currently loading docks and blank walls.  They are moving the outdoor patio area from behind a wall along the side of the building to the corner fronting the public sidewalk.  Honestly, considering this is a renovation and not a totally new building what more could you want?

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I thought it was a demolition and new building. What more could I want? A new building.

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It is fun to spend other people's money, no doubt about that.

 

No but seriously, this is a big improvement over the existing building in terms of eyes on the street (and honestly aesthetics as well) and a good first step in Case's Campus Master Plan to redevelop the parking lots/buildings north and west of it with dorms.

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I was definitely thinking about the long-range plans for the South Residential Neighborhood when I first saw this on the CPC docket. I'm very encouraged to see this project and hopeful it means that more is coming.

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Mayfield Lofts update. Visually, there's not a big difference from my Sept. 18 photo above unless you look closer. There's a lot of progress with a concrete block foundation.

 

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