Friday, September 30, 2022

MetroHealth starts West 25th development work

Pre-development work is starting on two new mixed-use buildings that are
planned along the west side of West 25th Street, across from the MetroHealth
System’s main campus that is undergoing a $1 billion makeover of its facilities.
This is a conceptual rendering of the proposed development with a market-
rate apartment building in the foreground and the senior apartments over
the police station in the background (RDL).

MetroHealth System, developer NRP Group and RDL Architects Inc. have begun conversations with the City Planning Commission on the early stages of advancing the development of two large buildings on the west side of West 25th Street, across from the hospital’s main campus. The two buildings, to be located in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood, would provide market-rate apartments and affordable units for seniors, plus a new police station and ground-floor commercial uses along West 25th’s sidewalk.


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

It’s official: Cleveland-Dublin flights start May 19, 2023

Cleveland-Dublin flights will be offered by Aer Lingus, the flag carrier
of Ireland, starting Friday, May 19, 2023, according to the airline’s Web
site. The flights were added to its reservation system today and trips can
now be booked by prospective customers. Aer Lingus will be using a
variant of the Airbus A321 plane that seats approximately 200 passen-
gers in two classes — business and economy (Aer Lingus).

With backing from Cleveland’s civic and business community, Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus has made it official today — Cleveland-Dublin nonstop flights were added to the airline’s reservation system and direct trips to Europe can now be purchased. The nonstop flights, the first to Europe from Cleveland since before the pandemic, will start Friday, May 19, 2023, according to the airline.


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Half of ex-Westinghouse plant to be razed

Looking north from Cass Avenue and the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway,
the tower of the former Westinghouse plant stands out. It will be saved
and redeveloped to residents and guests unobstructed views of Lake
Erie, downtown and the north end of the Gordon Square neigh-

Planning documents submitted to the city yesterday reveal that slightly more than half of the former Westinghouse plant overlooking the West Shoreway and Lake Erie could be demolished in preparation for the redevelopment of the surviving structures. According to sources familiar with the project, the surviving portions at the plant at 1200 W. 58th St. in Cleveland are proposed to be redeveloped as a boutique hotel, apartments and leasable commercial spaces plus parking.


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.


Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Greater Cleveland TOD initiative on track

A Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Blue Line train coasts
into the Warrensville Station in Shaker Heights at the east end of the
line where the $100 million first phase of the Van Aken District was
under construction  in 2018. Phase two is now under way and will
deliver two high-rise apartments just one block away (AAO).

A new initiative has started that, if successful, could reverse decades of urban sprawl, a hollowing out of Greater Cleveland’s urban core and an erosion of its transit system. It would also address a wide variety of problems that hurt the region’s environment, economy and human health. The new initiative would accomplish that by encouraging more accessible, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use developments along high-frequency transit corridors in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.


Saturday, September 3, 2022

CWRU seeks $300M research center

A vision for the Case Quad as shown in Case Western Reserve University’s
2018 masterplan. The university’s proposed new research center, now
envisioned to be larger than what was proposed four years ago, is at
right. This view looks southeast across the Case Quad (Sasaki).

At an alumni event earlier this week, Case Western Reserve University President Eric Kaler announced that the university has begun philanthropic fundraising to construct a new $300 million Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building. The new research facility was part of the university’s campus masterplan that was completed in 2018 but various components of it, including the expanded South Campus Residential Village now under construction, were delayed by the pandemic.


Thursday, September 1, 2022

Death of Public Square's parking lot

The former Jacobs Lot, a surface parking lot on downtown Cleveland’s
Public Square, had endured for 30 years. That era came to an end this
week as construction crews ripped up the lot’s asphalt to make way for
the pavilion/welcome center for Sherwin-Williams’ new global head-
quarters. This lot was the last of three parcels to see HQ-related con-
struction start. Terminal Tower and the SHW HQ’s tower crane stand
 in the background (KJP). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM

Work crews this week began pulling up asphalt pavement from the parking lot on Public Square in downtown Cleveland, ending a three-decade use that some urbanists considered an embarrassment to the city. It is the last of three project component sites to see construction start for the new Sherwin-Williams (SHW) headquarters. Work is now occurring on each of the three sites simultaneously with a eye toward completion in late-2024.