Saturday, June 29, 2024

Watterson-Lake development awarded financing

Public financing was awarded by the state for the Watterson-Lake development, a
five-story apartment building over a large ground-floor community-service space
plus a dozen townhomes between West 74th and 75th streets, south of Detroit
Avenue at the Lake Avenue intersection. This evolving design shows the
building expanded up to the corner of Detroit and West 74th (Stantec).

Key pieces of financing were awarded this week to a significant development planned on the south side of the intersection of Detroit and Lake avenues in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. There, a 136-unit affordable housing project could see construction start by early next year on the site of the former Watterson-Lake Elementary School, 7407 Detroit Ave.


Friday, June 28, 2024

Haslam’s mini-downtown – at Brook Park or Burke?

City and county officials reportedly are near to announcing a plan to close Burke Lake-
front Airport next to the Downtown Cleveland. The question is, what replaces it? There
are rumors that the owners of the Cleveland Browns are considering it as a site for a
new domed stadium and more than $1 billion worth of supportive development (KJP).

The Haslam Sports Group plans more than a billion dollars worth of new development surrounding their proposed new domed stadium. But is that necessarily going to be in the Cleveland suburb of Brook Park? With an emerging effort by city officials to close and redevelop Burke Lakefront Airport, look for that site to be offered up as a location for the stadium and supportive development. Rumors are circulating that both could happen.


Thursday, June 27, 2024

Severance Center remake in the works

Entrance to Severance Town Center on Mayfield Road. Just beyond is the vacant
Front Stage Multiplex Theater and several large, vacant retail spaces. Following
the signing of a master development agreement, it’s possible that some or all of
Severance Town Center may be demolished and turned into a mixed-use, pede-
strian-friendly neighborhood of housing, retail and restaurants (Google).

Severance Town Center is considered by Cleveland Heights Mayor Kahlil Seren as his community’s greatest development opportunity and challenge. That challenge has been taken on by MPACT Collective of Long Island, NY by signing a master developer agreement with Namdar Realty Group which owns much of the underutilized property.


Ohio Capital Budget’s Cuyahoga County projects

Cuyahoga County’s biggest winner dollar-wise in the Ohio capital budget was
the North Coast Connector land bridge. It got a $20 million boost for the $230
million project that could improve linkages between Downtown Cleveland, its
Lake Erie waterfront, a future multimodal transportation hub and possibly a
renovated stadium (FO). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he is eager to sign the largest capital budget in the state’s history. This $4.2 billion goody bag of Senators’ and Representatives’ gifts to their constituents was passed yesterday, resulting from a strong economy and robust tax revenues that fed a record budget surplus. In that goody bag are things ranging in size from $2,250 for the Solon Innovation Center to $20 million for Downtown Cleveland’s North Coast Connector land bridge.


Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Cleveland, NE Ohio projects win historic tax credits

K&D Group’s renovation of The Electric Building, 700 Prospect Ave. in Downtown
Cleveland, was among 43 winners statewide today in nailing down millions in
Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits. This building will be renovated
with apartments (LoopNet). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM.

From Downtown Cleveland to the suburbs to outlying cities in Northeast Ohio, nearly a dozen planned redevelopments of aging buildings were blessed with historic tax credits from the state. They were among 35 awards totaling more than $68 million to preserve dozens of historic buildings in 12 communities across Ohio.


Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Cleveland Metroparks wins $19.5M for East Side trails

Adding more safe pedestrian and bike routes in Cleveland will result from the largest-
ever federal grant awarded to the Cleveland Metroparks. Construction will likely
begin in 2026 on these projects that will add 4 miles of all-purpose trails (KJP).

Cleveland Metroparks announced it has been awarded a $19.5 million federal grant, the largest ever to be received by organization to construct 4 miles of all-purpose trails on the city’s southeast side into Downtown Cleveland. Construction work on the trail segments is planned to begin in 2026.


Downtown’s Rose Building to be hotel, apartments

The Rose Building was the headquarters of Medical Mutual insurance company since
the 1940s until it left for suburban Brooklyn. Like many other historic office build-
ings downtown, it will be renovated and repurposed for residential and hotel
uses (file photo). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM.

In a strategic collaboration that allows Cleveland’s urban gems to shine in a new light, Spark GHC and Cleveland Construction today announce a groundbreaking joint venture. Project Scarlet represents a significant commitment of $100+ million to transform a 400,000-square-foot office space, formerly Medical Mutual’s headquarters, into a dynamic mixed-use development.


Monday, June 24, 2024

Cleveland-Akron-Canton train route a puzzle

Passenger rail development in the USA is picking up speed. One of the newest rail
services is Florida’s Brightline, linking Miami and Orlando by utilizing existing
rail and highway rights of way and attracting 4,600 riders per day. Here, a
Brightline train pulls up to a new station in Aventura, FL (Google).

Last week, a bipartisan group of Ohio Congresspersons wrote to Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jack Marchbanks asking his department to include an Akron-Canton-area station stop in its upcoming passenger rail development plans. Those plans for Northeast Ohio include potential new Amtrak services from Cleveland to Toledo and Detroit, as well as from Cleveland to Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati (3C&D).


Thursday, June 20, 2024

Big developer moving HQ to Chester in Midtown

CHN Housing Partners will move its growing headquarters and more than 185
jobs into this building on Chester Avenue in Cleveland’s Midtown neighbor-
hood. The building, to be renovated, will allow the company to continue to
grow and give it more visibility on a busier street (Google).

For more than 20 years, or roughly half of its organizational life, CHN Housing Partners’ headquarters has been in the same location at Cleveland’s Asia Plaza. But with a growing staff and a desire for more growth to increase the supply of affordable housing, it’s taking steps to move to larger, more visible quarters at 3711 Chester Ave. in Cleveland’s Midtown neighborhood.


Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Ownership stake in The Bell to be auctioned off

The former Ohio Bell headquarters, now The Bell mixed-use redevelopment, has
an ownership interest up for grabs at an auction scheduled with Maltz Auctions

With a certificate of occupancy in hand and leasing to start in two weeks, The Bell, 45 E. 9th St. in Downtown Cleveland, will be the subject of an online auction scheduled for next month. The auction is intended to make available a portion of the interest in a general partnership that owns the office-turned-residential building.


Friday, June 14, 2024

Ferry Cap & Set Screw razed for new development

Demolition equipment sits atop large piles of debris left from the former Ferry
Cap & Set Screw Company on Scranton Road in Cleveland’s Tremont neigh-
borhood. WXZ Development leveled the building to create a 5-acre mixed-
use development site (KJP). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM.

Another big, old vacant factory in Cleveland has been knocked down. But this five-story factory, the former Ferry Cap & Set Screw Co., 2151 Scranton Rd. in Tremont, was recently the subject of a redevelopment plan. Its demolition by the owner/developer and the lack of a submitted plan for the site’s reuse is an intriguing turn of events.


Thursday, June 13, 2024

Port finances Cleveland, Mayfield apartments & more

The Gates Mills Villa Apartments in the Eastgate area of Mayfield Heights
will be renovated for $48 million thanks to financing arranged and approved
 today by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (Google).

Two major, multi-family residential projects, one in Cleveland and the other in Mayfield Heights, got their financing packages approved today by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. About $47 million in revenue bonds were approved for the two projects which represent a combined investment of $65 million.


Mortgage spat puts downtown building on market

The four-story office building 1020 Bolivar next to Downtown Cleveland’s Erie
Street Cemetery and the under-construction Ten60 Bolivar apartments has hit the
market after a receiver was approved by a court to oversee the property’s sale to
help resolve a foreclosure (Newmark). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM.

In a weak office market, another office property has been listed for sale. But this time, a Downtown Cleveland property is hitting the market because Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams ordered it to, so as to resolve a foreclosure complaint.


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Medical warehouse wins pitch competition

Cleveland-based BridgePort Group, a supply chain consultant, plans a 250,000-
square-foot, temperature-controlled warehouse for the medical and pharmaceutical
industries along Cleveland’s Opportunity Corridor
 at East 93rd Street. Its vision
won it first prize in the inaugural Cleveland Equitable Development Initiative
competition (BridgePort). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM.

An ambitious and innovative plan to construct a high-tech cold storage facility for medical and pharmaceutical uses along the Opportunity Corridor Boulevard has secured the top prize in the first Cleveland Equitable Development Initiative (CLE-EDI) real estate developer pitch competition. The competition was spearheaded by Cleveland Development Advisors and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Northern Ohio Blanket Mills ready for next role

In this northward-looking view, the Northern Ohio Blanket Mills is fully
redeveloped. However, some last-minute refinements are being provided
to the site and new commercial tenants are being accommodated. The
brick street across the image is St. Rocco’s Court with Fulton Road and
the Lin Omni Square on the left. West 33rd Street is to the extreme

For more than 15 years, the landmark Northern Ohio Blanket Mills, 3160 W. 33rd St., sat empty and decaying. But this summer, following a $30 million renovation, residential and commercial tenants are moving into the 19th-century factory in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood that was once the country’s largest manufacturer of woolen horse blankets and carriage robes.


Saturday, June 8, 2024

Miceli Dairy plans $128M expansion, 250 new jobs

Miceli Dairy Products Co. facilities are due to expand in a three-phase development.
This view looks south on East 90th Street at the company’s offices and plant in Cleve-
land’s Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood. The first phase of expansion will be just
beyond these buildings and include new warehousing and transportation
facilities (Google). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM.

Cleveland’s booming food industry on the city’s East Side continues to boom. The next explosive expansion could more than double the size of Miceli Dairy Products Co., 2721 E. 90th St., in Cleveland’s Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood. The company, which turned 100 years old last year, is planning an investment of about $128 million divided among three phases of expansion that promises up to 250 new jobs.


Friday, June 7, 2024

Sherwin-Williams outlines new HQ parking plan

With its West 3rd Street fa├žade looking nearly finished today, the parking garage at
Sherwin-Williams’ new headquarters had been a subject of debate inside and out of
the company. This week, company officials outlined its headquarters parking plan
which will have an effect on Downtown Cleveland’s parking situation and
future developments (KJP). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM.

This week, Sherwin-Williams released a parking plan for workers at its new Downtown Cleveland headquarters that is due to open sometime in mid-2025. The parking plan was provided to the nearly 3,500 headquarters employees to answer their commuting questions, although the impacts of the plan will effect other workers, residents and visitors in the western part of downtown.


Thursday, June 6, 2024

St. Theodosius Cathedral begins its long recovery

To stabilize St. Theodosius Cathedral following its May 28 fire, the landmark
onion-shaped dome was removed from the top of the structure (Phil Bowman).

Plans for shoring up the structure of St. Theodosius Cathedral, 733 Starkweather Ave., in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, to prevent its collapse following last week’s devastating fire were submitted to the city. The plans included close-up photographs of the extensive damage caused by the accidental May 28 fire. The photos were filed with the city today and published here by NEOtrans.


Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Cleveland seeks one big grant for lakefront connector, Shoreway Blvd, multimodal station

 Looking east from West 3rd Street, there are multiple barriers between Downtown
Cleveland’s central business district, at right, and the Lake Erie waterfront, to the
left. They include the Shoreway highway, visible above the trees, and the access
ramps to it are in the foreground. Most of these features are due to go away if
the city is able to secure federal funds to afford it (Google).

In one of the largest single federal grant requests ever by the city of Cleveland, Mayor Justin Bibb’s administration is seeking $268 million from the federal government to tackle four main lakefront improvement projects simultaneously. The projects, which include reconfiguring the Shoreway highway into a boulevard with intersections, have the backing of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Cuyahoga County and others.


Tuesday, June 4, 2024

State lawmakers support some stadium funding

Due to its higher cost and smaller host city, constructing a new multi-purpose
stadium in the Cleveland suburb of Brook Park may depend more so on state
funding than a rebuild of Cleveland Browns Stadium on downtown’s lakefront.
And it appears that at least some state funding is forthcoming, source said

A new multi-purpose stadium sought by the owners of the Cleveland Browns in suburban Brook Park appears to be growing legs thanks to a willingness by state lawmakers to fund a significant portion of the stadium’s construction costs. The biggest questions at this time are how much state funding may be forthcoming and will it make a big enough dent in the public sector side of the financial equation.


Monday, June 3, 2024

Hough’s Rainey Institute to be civic incubator

The Eleanor Rainey Institute on East 55th Street in Cleveland is proposed to
become a co-working space and business/civic incubator run by the Cliquepoint
Data Foundation. The building at the corner of East 55th  and Dibble Avenue is
due to be renovated and expanded with a large addition put on the back of the

For 120 years, a settlement house at 1523 E. 55th St. has served the philanthropic needs of Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood. Following a planned $2 million structural renovation and expansion by the Cliquepoint Data Foundation, it will continue to serve the community albeit in a different capacity.