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.