Thursday, March 31, 2022

As the University Circle garage turns

This 1968-built parking garage on Ford Road in University Circle is to
be demolished soon after officials figure out where residential permit
holders and other users of its 300-plus spaces can park their cars. The
garage is due to be replaced by a new structure that could be de-
signed to support an overhead development (KJP).
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A proposed demolition of a parking garage at 1980 Ford Rd. in Cleveland’s University Circle area is already causing negative impacts in the area — and the garage hasn’t been razed yet. But officials at University Circle Inc. (UCI) which owns the 54-year-old garage are hoping that a new parking deck to be built in its place will help boost the neighborhood.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Lakewood, CASTO reveal hospital site plans

 The southeast corner of Detroit and Belle avenues in downtown Lakewood
could see construction start by the end of this year on a new development
plan for the former Lakewood Hospital site. The ground floor will offer
restaurant/retail spaces with offices above for Roundstone Insurance.
In the background is a concept for retaining only the fa├žade of the
historic Curtis Block while adding a five-story apartment build-
ing behind it (Dimit). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

Details of a $90 million proposed development of the city-owned Lakewood Hospital site were announced today by Lakewood Mayor Meghan George. The plan and the terms of the city’s draft agreement with a development team led by Columbus-based CASTO Communities now go to City Council for its review and possible approval. If approved “soon,” city officials said construction could start by the end of this year.

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Demolitions to start for Clinic’s largest building

A conceptual rendering of the proposed new Neurological Institute to rise
on the north side of Carnegie Avenue between East 89th and 90th streets
at the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus in the Fairfax neighborhood. Note
the scale of the building by the cars on Carnegie Avenue at the bottom.
This image was extracted from January’s State of the Clinic presen-
 tation (CCF). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

Cleveland Clinic is requesting a demolition permit from the city to make way for the largest building ever to be constructed by the global health care system. The permit requested from the Cleveland Building and Housing Department would allow the Clinic to raze its Surgery Center and adjacent parking garage, at 2083 E. 89th St. at Carnegie Avenue.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Bedrock to buy Sherwin-Williams’ old R&D site

Looking generally east in September 2021 from the Carter Road lift
bridge over the Cuyahoga River offers a wide view of Sherwin-Williams'
9-acre Breen Technology Center property downtown. The research center
buildings are at the center-bottom of the image, just beyond the parking
lot (Google). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

Detroit-based Bedrock reportedly has a purchase agreement with Sherwin-Williams (SHW) to acquire its soon-to-be-vacated research and development complex along the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland.

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Stokes West: 2-to-1 apartment-parking ratio

Looking west across Stokes Boulevard in University Circle, the aptly
named Stokes West mixed-use development would add new density
south of the main east-west thoroughfares through Cleveland’s eds-
 and-meds district (LDA). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

If you have a car collection and want to live next to it, then the proposed Stokes West development isn’t for you. But if you’re new in town and will be working or studying at one of University Circle’s many growing employers and institutions, then real estate developer Brent Zimmerman says he has something in mind for you.

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Friday, March 25, 2022

Luxury car biz may park at Great Northern Mall

Closed since the summer of 2020, Ohio’s last full-service Sears store
was purchased recently by Rafih Auto Group for redevelopment as a
luxury car dealership, service center and Ohio headquarters (Google).
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A Canadian luxury auto dealer hopes to consolidate its local dealerships, service center, Ohio offices and hundreds of jobs at a new $60 million development at Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted. While there’s still a few steps to go through before the project is a reality, the dealer has already acquired the property in this western Cleveland suburb necessary to carry it out, according to public records and sources familiar with the project.

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Amazon back in the mix in Slavic Village

For now this west-side facility on Madison Avenue in the Cudell neigh-
borhood is the only Amazon delivery station located in the city of Cleve-
land. That could change in the next year or two as the e-commerce giant
is reportedly rekindling plans for a distribution center in Slavic Village
(DiGeronimo). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

Amazon is reportedly pivoting to a new site for a distribution center on the southeast side of the city yet would remain in Slavic Village, according to two sources familiar with the project. The e-commerce giant will apparently be the anchor for a new warehouse development reported exclusively by NEOtrans on a 40-acre site that could grow further if additional properties around the fringes are added to it.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

CWRU brings back South Campus project

View of the planned new dorms, phases one and two of Case Western
Reserve University’s South Residential Campus, as seen from the
intersection of Murray Hill and Adelbert roads (WRA).
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A plan for adding 600 dormitory beds to the housing-constrained Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) campus is back after getting quarantined for two years by the pandemic. Two new dormitory buildings would be built on CWRU’s parking Lot 5, located at the intersection of Murray Hill and Adelbert roads in the South Residential Campus.

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IMG Center hits the market

The IMG Building sits at the southwest corner of East 9th Street and
St. Clair Avenue in downtown Cleveland’s Historic Erieview District.
The property is now for sale to satisfy a foreclosure proceeding
(LoopNet). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

An aging but mostly full office building in downtown Cleveland has hit the market at the request of its court-appointed receiver. The 57-year-old IMG Building, 1360 E. 9th St., may be approaching the end of its nearly three-year-long foreclosure case in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

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Monday, March 21, 2022

Next Ohio City high-rise in the works

Add five or six more stories onto this early rendering of phase two of
Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors’ Market Square development, sources
said. That’s what the Chicagoland-based developer is reportedly consi-
dering for its next project in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. The
nine-story phase one called INTRO is at left (HBREA).
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Successful leasing of apartments at the INTRO mixed-use project is reportedly encouraging its developer to pursue a 15- to 16-story high-rise as its next phase of the Market Square development, across the street from the West Side Market. INTRO and its high-rise follow-on phase are part of the Market Square development led by Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors LLC, based in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook.

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

ODOT Inner Belt plan gets city pushback

This map shows major roadway improvements for what’s
called the “Cleveland Contract Group 3” portion of the
Inner Belt highway’s reconstruction in downtown Cleve-
land. This includes the Central Interchange of Interstates
90 and 77 as well as the downtown approaches for I-77,
highway ramps and intersecting streets. The top of the
map is north as well as the downtown approaches for I-77,
highway ramps and intersecting streets. The top of the map
is north (MBI). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

Yesterday, Cleveland’s City Planning Commission unanimously tabled a request by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for consent to construct improvements to the Central Interchange, where Interstate 77 ends and connects with Interstate 90 in downtown Cleveland. The reason given was to have a “deeper conversation” with City Council which ultimately must vote on the consent request about how the project can right the wrongs of the past including using highways to divide minority neighborhoods from downtown.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Studio West 117 campus plan grows

The largest development being contemplated so far in the Studio West 117
campus is a two-tower, mixed-use property with a health care facility and
LGBTQ+ senior housing at the current site of the closed NTB car repair
shop at Detroit and Coutant avenues in Lakewood. Although this basic
massing shows 190 parking spaces, the developer plans to increase it
to 212 spaces (Larsen). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

What started out with two significant real estate purchases on either side of West 117th Street in Cleveland and Lakewood by a development partnership has since expanded to seven properties. And what was originally a $75 million vision for renovating the old Phantasy Theater complex called Studio West 117 has grown even further, developing into a multi-faceted LGBTQ+ supportive neighborhood.

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Monday, March 14, 2022

Library Lofts construction starts

In the foreground, construction has started on the 11-story Library
Lofts — the second building to be built in the Circle Square deve-
lopment in Cleveland’s University Circle. This view is looking
north from 10555 Euclid Ave. In the background is the first
building in Circle Square to see construction — the 24-
story Artisan apartments, 10600 Chester Ave. (KJP).
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Two months before its official groundbreaking is scheduled to be held, construction work has started on the next new building in Cleveland that’s big enough to put another tower crane in the sky over booming University Circle.

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Saturday, March 12, 2022

Bridgeworks revised, spring start sought

A revised plan for Bridgeworks at the west end of the Detroit-Superior
Bridge at West 25th Street was submitted to the city for approval. A
slightly shorter and wider building along with additional demo-
litions of the former Cuyahoga County Engineer structures
could close the project’s financing gap (Mass/LDA).
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Developers hope to start construction in spring of a high-rise in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood despite missing out on a so-called megaprojects tax credit from the state earlier this month. The optimism is the result of a redesign of plans for Bridgeworks that would reduce the cost of the project by reducing the height of the building by 24 feet, virtually eliminating renovation costs while reshaping a proposed parking garage.

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Friday, March 11, 2022

Ex-Lakewood Hospital site plan due in April

A mixed-use development planned by CASTO is proposed to be built
on the former Lakewood Hospital site with an announcement due
in a few weeks. That development will reportedly be anchored by
the offices for a growing, Lakewood-based health insurance firm.
This is a northward-looking view of a previous plan by CASTO
for the hospital site in the center-left portion of the image (Dimit).
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Lakewood Mayor Meghan George’s office revealed today that an agreement for the redevelopment of the city’s ex-hospital site is being finalized and could be announced in April. There has been significant progress in negotiations with the ex-hospital site developer — so much so that a conceptual plan and development agreement between the city and a developer, CASTO, could be submitted to the public and City Council for review in less than a month.

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Cleveland Vibrator site attracts new buyer

The former Cleveland Vibrator manufacturing plant in the Hingetown
section of Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood is on a path to transfer
to a new ownership group with deep pockets and a desire to develop
the site, probably with multi-family housing and ground-floor retail
(Google). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

Ownership of the former Cleveland Vibrator site, one of the few under-developed yet large properties in the booming Hingetown section of Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, is set to transfer to a new ownership group as early as next month. The group is comprised of multiple heavy hitters in Greater Cleveland’s business community.

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Saturday, March 5, 2022

Tremont’s Fairfield facelift

From vacant lot to active corner, J-Roc Development plans this mixed-use
development called Driftwood at the southwest corner of Fairfield Avenue
and West 11th Street in Tremont. Just out of view to the left is the South
Side Restaurant which is expanding and will add more activity to this
neighborhood (EAO). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

More details are emerging about a proposed new apartment building at 1209 Fairfield Ave. in Tremont, to be called Driftwood. In addition to its inclusion of a ground-floor retail space and a larger lot, the development may be joined nearby by an expansion of the South Side Restaurant.

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

Sherwin-Williams HQ mocked-up in Flats

In a corner of Scranton Peninsula in the Flats, workers are building the
new Sherwin-Williams headquarters one piece at a time, testing it and
then dismantling it to learn what construction materials and techniques
they want to use in the new 616-foot-tall tower just west of Public
Square (KJP). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you could drive right past the new $300+ million Sherwin-Williams (SHW) headquarters tower and not even know it. I mean, who would expect Cleveland’s fourth-tallest skyscraper to suddenly appear out of nowhere at the dank and dusty corner of Scranton and Carter roads on Scranton Peninsula in the Flats?

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The Pine to grow on Flats’ Columbus Rd Peninsula

This collection of three buildings on Columbus Road in the Flats, not
including the one at far-right, is proposed to be redeveloped as The
Pine apartments. Realife Group intends to add three stories to the
brick building at left, replace the grey building in the middle with
a four-story building and add a fourth story to the brick building
with the green awnings. Towering above it is the Red Line rail
bridge (Cresco). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

Surrounded by the waters of the crooked Cuyahoga River, The Pine may grow on the Cleveland Flats’ Columbus Road Peninsula. The Pine, in this case, is a 45-unit mixed-use development that is nurtured by its proximity to not only the river, but by new parks and boardwalks intended to increase public access to water.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Local megaprojects win, miss TMUD awards

Dollar-wise, the largest application for a Transformational Mixed
Use Development tax credit was the Centennial at Euclid Avenue
and East 9th Street in downtown Cleveland. It sought and won
the maximum credit — $40 million (Millennia).

Today, the five-member Ohio Tax Credit Authority board awarded $100 million in tax credits to Transformational Mixed Use Developments (TMUD) to 13 applicant projects throughout Ohio. Of the 42 projects statewide and nine from Greater Cleveland that were submitted for credits, four received a total of $53 million in funding.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Flats apartment project wins BZA nod

Run-down and neglected for years, the former Left Bank Apartments on
the West Bank of the Flats will be renovated into the Apollo Apartments
by a Cleveland-based developer after it received a parking variance
from the city (CPC). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

A proposed renovation of two historic, decayed buildings in the Flats cleared another hurdle yesterday when Cleveland’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) unanimously approved a variance from having to strictly adhere to parking requirements in the city’s building code.

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