Monday, May 30, 2022

Downtown project gains partner, start date

A seven-story mixed-use development featuring 184 market-rate
apartments over retail and structured parking on Bolivar Road in
downtown Cleveland reportedly has a first-quarter 2023 ground-
breaking date thanks to the union of SomeraRoad and Leopardo
Companies, Inc. (Desmone). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

Developers from New York City and Chicago are reportedly uniting to deliver a significant mixed-use development in downtown Cleveland’s Gateway neighborhood. The project, called The Apartments At Bolivar, to be located just north of the Erie Street Cemetery, won City Planning Commission approval last winter but has so far languished due to a lack of equity financing.

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Sherwin-Williams HQ to rise in August

The original lighting plan for Sherwin-Williams’ new headquarters tower
is seen at far left, with two examples of how the tower could be routinely
lit, middle, and during a special event such as Veterans Day. The biggest
change is the vertical lighting feature at the top of the 616-foot-tall tower
that will put its crown illumination on par with its skyscraping, Public
Square neighbors (SHW). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

Although the new Sherwin-Williams (SHW) headquarters has been under construction since Nov. 29, 2021, the only evidence of it that passersby could see are several mobile cranes making their way around the site. That’s going to continue to be the case for another two months, according to SHW officials.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Seeds & Sprouts XXIV — Masonic reno, Data center grows, E. 89th apts, Uptown fitness

Cross section of the Cleveland Masonic Auditorium at the Chester Avenue
end of the building. Owner Beaty Capital Group continues to make improve-
ments to the property to support its continued offering of TempleLive
Cleveland concerts, shows and events (Bialosky).
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In this article:

  • Masonic Hall renovations enter next phase
  • Downtown’s H5 Data Center to expand
  • East 89th housing units offer classic design
  • Planet Fitness to exercise lease at Uptown

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Guardians suitor, real estate may not happen

Looking west along Sumner Court toward East 9th Street and Progressive
Field where the Cleveland Guardians play. The parking lot at left is one
of the potential sites that could eventually become a spin-off develop-
ment site following the ballpark’s renovations (Google).
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According to sources, there is a reason why NEOtrans first started hearing a lot about Bedrock-HBSE joint development near the Gateway sports complex, and then heard nothing. That void was filled by new activity surrounding Bedrock Real Estate’s interest in the riverfront below Tower City Center instead.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Bedrock to make Tower City renovations

Bedrock Real Estate is about to make renovations to The Avenue
at Tower City Center to attract new
 tenants to the long-struggling
downtown shopping mall. The renovations will be to tenant
spaces like this one, concourses and common areas (Bedrock).
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Bedrock Real Estate is making small improvements to Tower City Center in effort to attract more retail and other commercial tenants, but a much larger, promised makeover to the downtown Cleveland railroad station-turned-shopping mall has yet to be announced.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Sherwin-Williams HQ to refine appearance

A drone’s view of the Sherwin-Williams headquarters construction site at
the end of March in downtown Cleveland. Crews were drilling 26 reinforced
concrete caissons to bedrock 200 feet below to support the weight of the
massive skyscraper. Several of the caisson cans are visible on site as are
blue tanks for removing groundwater. West Superior Avenue is at the bottom
of the image, West 3rd Street at the right, West 6th at the left, and vacated
Frankfort Avenue across the top (Adam Greene).
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At the end of last week’s Cleveland Landmarks Commission meeting, the commission’s Secretary Donald Petit advised members to keep their schedules clear on June 3 for a special meeting with Sherwin-Williams (SHW) regarding its 616-foot-tall headquarters project in downtown Cleveland. That caught the attention of at least a few attendees.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Treo, Edison for sale for different reasons

At the end of this past winter, the Treo apartments on West 25th Street in
Tremont was still a half-year away from completing construction. Despite
work still progressing, the property went on the market to maximize the terms
of its financing (V1drone). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

Two near-West Side Cleveland multi-family properties hit the market this week but for two very different reasons. In the Lincoln Park section of Tremont, the still-under construction Treo was offered for sale today. Tomorrow, it will be The Edison’s turn to test the waters. The Edison at Gordon Square was built five years ago near Edgewater Park in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.

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Miceli sees need to store more cheese, please

Across Buckeye Road from St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church are
two buildings owned by the city of Cleveland that Miceli Dairy Products
Co. would like to acquire and renovate for expansion. Miceli’s offices and
production facility are located behind the century-old church at 2721
E. 90th St. (Google). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

When Miceli Dairy Products Co. turns 100 years old next year, it hopes to open its latest cheese-making expansion in Cleveland’s Lower Buckeye neighborhood, near where Buckeye Road intersects with the new Opportunity Corridor Boulevard.

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Sokolowski’s to be razed for apartments over retail

 This view is looking southeast from the Inner Belt highway bridge across the
Cuyahoga Valley with a terrace built  above University Road and Sokolowski
 Way, formerly West 13th Street, to see downtown Cleveland over the highway.
The stairways drop from the terrace to the Towpath Trail that links the lakefront
to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Akron and beyond (GLSD).
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Two local businessmen are seeking to redevelop the former Sokolowski’s University Inn restaurant property, 1201 University Rd., into a six-story luxury apartment and retail building, if the project is approved by the city of Cleveland as designed. The first step in the city’s design-review process began yesterday as a Tremont neighborhood block club saw and gave input to the project’s plans for the first time.

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Ohio City RTA station site ideas arrive

An eastbound Red Line train arrives the West 25th-Ohio City station from
the airport. The land to the left, right and above the Red Line tracks and
parallel greenway trail is the subject of a joint station-area development
agreement between the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and
 MRN Ltd. To the right is the soon-to-open Intro development. This
view is looking generally south from Abbey Avenue (KJP).
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Representatives of a real estate development partnership have been making the rounds of near-west-side neighborhood block clubs to present conceptual ideas and get feedback for developing land next to the West 25th-Ohio City Red Line Station. But those same representatives caution they are still early in the design process so there is no formal plan yet.

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Guardians buy land, but no ballpark village yet

This tree-covered, otherwise unused half-acre piece of land on East 9th
Street was sold recently by the Gateway Economic Development Corp.
to an affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians for future development. At
left is Eagle Avenue which runs between Progressive Field’s scoreboard,
at far left, and the Gateway East Garage which could also sell to the
Guardians by the end of 2023. In the center is the AT&T Building
 (Google). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

An affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians baseball team has exercised one of two property acquisition options that were offered when the team extended its lease on Jan. 1 to play at Progressive Field for at least another 15 years. The property acquired is a half-acre parcel next to the ballpark and located at the southwest corner of East 9th Street and Bolivar Road.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

NOACA seeks Cleveland Amtrak hub

A multi-modal transportation center including Amtrak trains and Regional
Transit Authority light-rail is part of
 downtown Cleveland lakefront develop-
ment planned by the city, Cleveland Browns owners the Haslam Sports Group,
and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. The latter said it
intends to ask the federal government to help fund making Cleveland an
 Amtrak mini-hub (AoDK). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

The director of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), a metropolitan planning organization, today said she intends to submit to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) multiple proposed passenger rail routes through Cleveland for inclusion in the Biden Administration’s multi-billion-dollar rail development program. There was a new FRA program announced today to which NOACA pledged to submit Cleveland-based routes for consideration.

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Cleveland Clinic formally announces expansion

Cleveland Clinic Foundation released this clean version of a rendering
of its new, 1-million-square-foot-plus Neurological Institute planned for
Carnegie Avenue, between East 89th and East 90th streets. NEOtrans has
 been sharing this rendering but as a screenshot from a video of the State
of the Clinic presentation from earlier this year (CCF).
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Citing tremendous growth in the number of patients seeking health care, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) today formally announced plans for $1.3 billion worth of facilities expansion worldwide. But most of the new construction is planned for its main campus near University Circle in Cleveland.

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Megaprojects program gears up for next round

Two high-rise towers at the Circle Square development are under con-
struction in this recent view from Euclid Avenue near East 105th Street
in Cleveland’s University Circle. The 24-story Artisan is well underway
while the 11-story Library Lofts is just getting started in the foreground.
More buildings could soon be added at Circle Square if developer Mid-
west Development Partners applies for a megaprojects tax credit (KJP).
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This week, the Ohio Department of Development announced that it is opening round two of its new and popular Transformational Mixed Use Development (TMUD) tax credits program on May 18. Authorized for four years with up to $100 million in tax credits available each year, the deadline for submitting TMUD applications for Fiscal Year 2023 is 4 p.m. July 8.

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

New Bridgeworks design wins support

This new ground-floor fa├žade of the planned Bridgeworks tower at the
west end of the Detroit-Superior Bridge incorporates designs and ma-
terials from the Art Deco-styled Cuyahoga County Engineers garage
that the developers propose to raze for the 15-story tower (Mass/LDA).
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Plans for building an apartment-hotel tower called Bridgeworks at the west end of the Detroit-Superior Bridge appear to be back on track after the development team made some design changes. Those changes allowed the project to win unanimous support yesterday from the Ohio City Design-Review Committee. The same committee last month sent the project back to the drawing board.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Cleveland Heights, Lakewood projects win OKs

Flaherty & Collins’ Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook mixed-use development
for Cleveland Heights survived a proposed citizens’ ballot referendum
that would have required the city-owned site to be developed with a park
(F&C/City of Cleveland Hts). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

Two major development projects in Cleveland’s inner-ring suburbs won thumbs up last night but in two different ways. In Lakewood, City Council gave its unanimous approval to the framework for an agreement with a Columbus-based real estate firm for a proposed $90 million development at the former downtown hospital site.

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Eden offers a rooftop garden respite

A rendering of the new Eden rooftop lounge and sky-club at The
Metropolitan at The 9 in downtown Cleveland (Geis Hospitality).
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Geis Companies announced this week that it plans to open a new sky-club and lounge called Eden May 20 at The Metropolitan at The 9 hotel in downtown Cleveland. Located on the roof of the 1010 Euclid Building, the address is actually accessed through the 12th floor of The 9 complex’s 29-story tower, 2017 E. 9th St., that contains the Autograph Collection-flag hotel and the Residences at The 9 apartments.

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