Thursday, September 22, 2022

Bridgeworks wins Landmarks OK, awaits financing

A departure from past renditions, Bridgeworks’ glassy exterior and use of
colors intends to brighten up the west end of the Detroit-Superior Bridge.
Downtown Cleveland is visible in the background of this mixed residen-
tial, hotel and retail development. An 11th-floor restaurant with an
outdoor patio view of Lake Erie  is planned (Mass/LDA).

Final design of a 15-story mixed-use tower that’s proposed to be built at the west end of the Detroit-Superior Bridge was narrowly approved today by Cleveland’s Landmarks Commission. But whether the project actually gets built reportedly will depend on whether the project, called Bridgeworks, will win a “megaprojects” tax credit from the state in a few weeks.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Is UC becoming Greater Cleveland’s top jobs hub?

The increased density of University Circle is evident in this view above
Uptown along Euclid Avenue at East 115th Street. At left is University
Hospitals, the region’s second largest employer. Just beyond is Case
Western Reserve University which is Greater Cleveland’s largest
employer among institutions of higher learning. And in the back-
ground is Northeast Ohio’s largest employer, the Cleveland
Clinic. Downtown Cleveland is out of view to the right in
this southwest-looking view, (Lance Aerial Media/UCI).

For the first time in 200 years, Downtown Cleveland is at risk of losing its position as the region’s top employment hub. And in so doing, it would also no longer be Ohio’s top job hub, too. Downtown Cleveland has held the region’s top ranking since the days before the Ohio Canal opened for business in 1832, making downtown Cleveland the state’s reigning economic powerhouse.


Sunday, September 18, 2022

The future of the Cleveland Play House site

Interior demolition of the former Cleveland Play House has begun,
including the removal of materials such as decorative ornaments deemed
to be architecturally significant and/or historic. The complex will be demo-
lished in the coming months to temporarily serve as a construction staging
site for the new Neurological Institute. After that, it could become a mixed-
use neighborhood (Google). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

Planning and development activities by several large players are pointing toward the need for constructing thousands of housing units in and near the Cleveland Clinic and the nearby booming University Circle area. And while the large number of housing units already under construction in and near University Circle is evident, it’s likely that they will start rising west of the Clinic’s main campus soon.


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

GE may demolish historic factory, incubator in Cleveland

This substantial building at the corner of East 45th Street and Commerce
Avenue, plus all of the structures in the background, are proposed to be
demolished. They comprise the former General Electric Euclid Lamp
Plant whose origins go back to 1880 when its first buildings were
constructed for  the Brush Electric Company (Google).

A sprawling factory complex on Cleveland’s near-East Side that incubated many lighting, industrial and transportation innovations is proposed to be demolished by its owner of the last 130 years, General Electric (GE). The Design Review Committee of Cleveland’s City Planning Commission will hear a presentation this week by GE’s engineering consultant Stantec on why it should approve demolition of the factory, called the Euclid Lamp Plant, 1814 E. 45th St. But not everyone agrees the factory has to be razed before the property can be sold by GE.


Sunday, September 11, 2022

GCP’s new web tool gives development insights

A screenshot from the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s new Web-based inter-
active tool that debuted today to aid in an investor’s site selection process. It
is intended to clear up confusion due to the many recent, under way and
planned development projects in an near downtown Cleveland (GCP).

A new Web-based development tool went live today to give prospective real estate investors more information on where and what is going on around sites in which they may be interested in buying and developing. The tool, developed by the Greater Cleveland Partnership and City Architecture of Cleveland, is available to the public free of charge and without any registration required.


Saturday, September 10, 2022

Solove to start one Lakewood project, abandon another

Solove’s The View On Detroit East development in Lakewood is on track
to start demolition and site preparation by the end of the year. The $20
million mixed-use project will add to Detroit Avenue 120 apartments plus
plus a ground-floor commercial space at this southwest corner of and
Wyandotte avenues (Solove). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

It’s a case of good news/bad news regarding a Columbus-based real estate developer’s plans for two developments in Lakewood. Both were slated to redevelop former car dealerships plus some adjoining properties with mostly residential uses. The investments by Solove Real Estate were sought in response to strong demand for housing in this walkable inner-ring suburb.


Friday, September 9, 2022

Money turning Circle East plan to reality

Looking southerly along Woodlawn Avenue from Euclid Avenue in
East Cleveland shows a proposed mix of new and renovated old
structures — both commercial and residential — that are just one-
eighth of a mile from University Circle. The proximity to one of
Northeast Ohio’s fastest-growing job hubs is what is providing a
boost to a longtime redevelopment vision that finally appears to be

There have been lots of plans over the decades for stopping the decline of East Cleveland. But most were unfunded or lacked the necessary local political stability to be implemented over the long haul. A new plan has come to the fore over the past few years to rebuild the west end of the city, closest to University Circle. And now the money is finally coming, too.