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« Reply #525 on: January 15, 2016, 01:30:14 PM »
Progress on the 50 brick Rockport Square townhouses in the 12000 block of Detroit Avenue in @LakewoodOhio. Looks like they're not removing all of the parking lot pavement from the old car dealership, probably to keep solid ground in place for construction vehicles to move until the ground hardens up in late spring. But they are working on both sides of Detroit, suggesting that this is going to be built pretty much all at once, rather than in a north-side of Detroit first, or south-side first phasing. Unless...they're installing the utilities for both sides as long as they've got the heavy equipment here.

South side of Detroit:


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Construction vehicles moving between the south and north sides of Detroit:


Dawn of a new day at the east end of Lakewood! ;)

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« Reply #526 on: February 05, 2016, 05:28:55 PM »
@lkwdcitizen Signage coming down at Lakewood Hospital.
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« Reply #527 on: February 05, 2016, 05:32:01 PM »
Lakewood designates Curtis Block, adjacent to Lakewood Hospital, as historic
By Bruce Geiselman, special to cleveland.com
on February 05, 2016 at 12:30 PM

LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- The Planning Commission voted Thursday to add the Curtis Block building to city's list of historic properties, protecting the building's future.

"The big thing is any modification to the exterior of the building will need to obtain a certificate of appropriateness from the Architectural Board of Review," city planner Bryce Sylvester said.

Changes to the exterior would need to be appropriate for a building originally constructed in 1913. Any future owner also would need to go to the architectural board before razing the building.

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« Reply #528 on: February 18, 2016, 12:51:49 AM »
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« Reply #529 on: March 09, 2016, 08:43:14 AM »
Lakewood Hospital issue placed on November ballot
March 08, 2016 UPDATED 10 HOURS AGO
By LYDIA COUTRÉ 

Lakewood voters will have the chance in November to cast their ballots on whether to repeal the city's decision to close Lakewood Hospital and shift health care to a new family health center and emergency department.

Lakewood City Council voted unanimously on Monday, March 7, to put the issue to the voters after Save Lakewood Hospital gathered enough signatures place a referendum on the ballot.

The organization delivered the certified signatures to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections a month ago and aimed to have the issue on the March ballot, but city council did not take action.

Colin McEwen, city of Lakewood spokesman, said the city will save voters $90,000 by placing the issue on the ballot in November instead of an earlier special election.

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« Reply #530 on: March 24, 2016, 07:47:05 PM »
Lakewood City Council authorizes $1 million for Hilliard Square Theater demolition
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« Reply #531 on: April 09, 2016, 11:10:52 AM »
Mixed news:  large office tenant leaves Lakewood for Cleveland.  Good news:  downtown Lakewood gets a "new" residential high-rise.

http://www.cleveland.com/lakewood/index.ssf/2016/04/lakewoods_tallest_office_build.html#incart_river_home

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« Reply #532 on: April 09, 2016, 11:40:51 AM »
Mixed news:  large office tenant leaves Lakewood for Cleveland.  Good news:  downtown Lakewood gets a "new" residential high-rise.

http://www.cleveland.com/lakewood/index.ssf/2016/04/lakewoods_tallest_office_build.html#incart_river_home

This could be a win-win for Lakewood and Cleveland. Hoping that building gets some upgrades. The 1970's were an era where people were unsure about the value of windows.

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« Reply #533 on: April 09, 2016, 01:42:43 PM »
I can see millenials jumping on these apartments in a hurry, especially those priced out of the swankier downtown dwellings.  The article states that rents "start" at $1,000/month.  Who knows where they "end," but at least some of those units are going to be reasonably priced in the heart of downtown Lakewood (which allegedly has the highest population density of any city between NYC and Chicago).  Not to mention its proximity to downtown Cleveland, Ohio City, and Tremont.

I don't want to get ahead of myself, but this kind of dense urban-style living at suburban prices may just be the future "business" model for inner-ring burbs like Lakewood, Cleveland Heights, and (one can hope) Euclid.  Granted, there's not a lot of existing buildings like Lakewood Center North that can be converted to residential units but hey, there's always the dream of new construction!

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« Reply #534 on: April 09, 2016, 02:08:18 PM »
Who knows where they "end," but at least some of those units are going to be reasonably priced in the heart of downtown Lakewood (which allegedly has the highest population density of any city between NYC and Chicago). 

Ya know this is often said about Lakewood. And I don't doubt it. But for a place as dense as Lakewood it is surprisingly auto reliant. Even at the Gold Coast you would expect there to be more walkable amenities, but those residents are somewhat sequestered.

Being that this building is located in arguably the most walkable section of town, it may be indeed a game changer.


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« Reply #535 on: April 09, 2016, 05:58:11 PM »
Downtown Lakewood is good living.  You have everything right there.  It's a long haul to Public Square on the 26, so you're still car dependent in that regard.  There are a couple of Rapid stations a short drive away though not walking distance.  Great freeway access too, if you're into that sort of thing, and 15 minutes from the airport.

We need as much of this as we can get.  The upper floors should demand big numbers.  I'd love to knock out that concrete and make it all glass. 

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« Reply #536 on: April 09, 2016, 07:24:56 PM »
Downtown Lakewood is good living.  You have everything right there.  It's a long haul to Public Square on the 26, so you're still car dependent in that regard.  There are a couple of Rapid stations a short drive away though not walking distance.  Great freeway access too, if you're into that sort of thing, and 15 minutes from the airport.

We need as much of this as we can get.  The upper floors should demand big numbers.  I'd love to knock out that concrete and make it all glass. 

Not to derail; but IME, it takes anywhere from 30-50 minutes from public square-ish to downtown Lakewood via the 26. It's usually quicker to walk the couple blocks to Clifton and take the 55.
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« Reply #537 on: April 11, 2016, 08:44:03 PM »
Office tower conversion to apartments proposed in downtown Lakewood
April 11, 2016
By STAN BULLARD

Lakewood is known for its Gold Coast of lakefront high-rise apartment buildings, but it may gain suites in the suburb’s downtown through a plan by owners of the 15-story Lakewood Center North office tower at 14600 Detroit Ave.

Taking advantage of an adverse development — the looming move of five-floor tenant New York Life to downtown Cleveland — owners of Lakewood Center North plan to convert 11 floors of the building to about 180 apartments.

Brad Kowit, managing member of Lakewood Center North LLC, which bought the building from a lender in a distressed sale in 2013, said the owners had a plan for retaining it as an office building if the insurer stayed and had the apartment option in mind if the long-term tenant departed.

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« Reply #538 on: April 26, 2016, 09:48:06 PM »
Cleveland Clinic presents early plans for Lakewood family health center
http://www.cleveland.com/lakewood/index.ssf/2016/04/cleveland_clinic_presents_earl.html
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« Reply #539 on: April 27, 2016, 11:42:53 AM »
Cleveland Clinic presents early plans for Lakewood family health center
http://www.cleveland.com/lakewood/index.ssf/2016/04/cleveland_clinic_presents_earl.html

Giving CC's past architecture I'm concerned about how this building is going to treat Detroit Ave.  This is a bad sign.....

Regarding the architectural firm's comment about why they had not designed a Detroit Avenue entrance -

"sometimes violence can follow patients into an emergency room" -
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« Reply #540 on: April 27, 2016, 01:27:39 PM »
Regarding the architectural firm's comment about why they had not designed a Detroit Avenue entrance -

"sometimes violence can follow patients into an emergency room"

I'm not sure how not putting an entrance on Detroit mitigates this.

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« Reply #541 on: April 27, 2016, 01:53:45 PM »
Regarding the architectural firm's comment about why they had not designed a Detroit Avenue entrance -

"sometimes violence can follow patients into an emergency room"

I'm not sure how not putting an entrance on Detroit mitigates this.

It's the clinic....they're probably looking to put in a moat along Detroit. Or a blank wall. Or shrubbery.

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Re: Lakewood: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #542 on: April 27, 2016, 05:49:50 PM »
^Why go thru all that trouble? I'm sure they'll just end up continueing their tradition of world class lawns.

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« Reply #543 on: April 27, 2016, 05:55:39 PM »
^Why go thru all that trouble? I'm sure they'll just end up continueing their tradition of world class lawns.

Classic!

Oh, and for anyone who thinks Lakewood wouldn't allow that, they did allow barbed wire fencing along Detroit Ave. 

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« Reply #544 on: May 01, 2016, 10:09:38 PM »
Lakewood seeks developer to rehabilitate historic Curtis Block building
By Bruce Geiselman, special to cleveland.com
on April 29, 2016 at 9:27 AM

LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- The city is looking to partner with a developer to rehabilitate the historic Curtis Block building at 14501 Detroit Ave., immediately east of the former Lakewood Hospital.

The building was constructed between 1913 and 1925, according to the Lakewood Historical Society. It was built on the location of the original Hall homestead, a family of early settlers, at the corner of Detroit and Marlowe.

The city obtained ownership of the building in February as part of the agreement that shut down inpatient services at the hospital. An emergency department and outpatient services remain open at the former hospital, and the facility has been renamed Cleveland Clinic Lakewood.

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« Reply #545 on: May 23, 2016, 05:34:42 PM »
Lakewood's economic strength lies in its housing stock, city planning director says
By Bruce Geiselman, special to cleveland.com
on May 20, 2016 at 6:20 PM

LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- The city's economic health is largely tied to the health of its housing stock, Lakewood Planning and Development Director Dru Siley told the Chamber of Commerce at a Friday meeting.

"We've had a remarkable run for the last several years in Lakewood's renaissance," Siley said. "We're continuing to improve. We're continuing to grow. We're continuing to reinvent ourselves."

One of the factors that makes the city attractive to retailers and restaurateurs is Lakewood's population density. The city, established in 1911 and covering about 6.7 square miles, has a population of more than 52,000.

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« Reply #546 on: May 23, 2016, 05:42:14 PM »
City Transitions Birdtown Nuisance Property Into State-of-the-Art Single Family Home
May 23, 2016

The city of Lakewood has taken a former four-unit apartment nuisance property in the Birdtown neighborhood, and transformed it into a single-family home complete with solar panels.

All this while retaining the charm of the historic neighborhood.

http://www.onelakewood.com/city-transitions-birdtown-nuisance-property-into-state-of-the-art-single-family-home/

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« Reply #547 on: June 12, 2016, 12:57:04 PM »
Sorry to hear. Dru has been very busy in recent years!

Lakewood Development Director Dru Siley resigning to accept private sector job
By Bruce Geiselman, special to cleveland.com
on May 27, 2016 at 4:15 PM, updated May 27, 2016 at 4:46 PM

LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- City Planning and Development Director Dru Siley will leave his post in mid-June to accept a job with Liberty Development Co., which is developing commercial and residential projects in Northeast Ohio.

Siley has been with Lakewood's planning and development department for eight years, but today he said it was time for a change.

"They're a great company; it's a great opportunity," Siley said. "I was at a point in my career where I was ready to make a move. It's been a privilege to serve Lakewood, my hometown, for the past eight years."

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« Reply #548 on: June 14, 2016, 08:57:56 AM »
City Transitions Birdtown Nuisance Property Into State-of-the-Art Single Family Home
May 23, 2016

The city of Lakewood has taken a former four-unit apartment nuisance property in the Birdtown neighborhood, and transformed it into a single-family home complete with solar panels.

All this while retaining the charm of the historic neighborhood.

http://www.onelakewood.com/city-transitions-birdtown-nuisance-property-into-state-of-the-art-single-family-home/
This is pretty awesome, happy to see Lakewood taking care of Birdtown. There's so much history there. I hope that brewery opens up in the old church - last I heard plans hadn't fallen through completely.

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« Reply #549 on: June 14, 2016, 09:14:49 AM »
City Transitions Birdtown Nuisance Property Into State-of-the-Art Single Family Home
May 23, 2016

The city of Lakewood has taken a former four-unit apartment nuisance property in the Birdtown neighborhood, and transformed it into a single-family home complete with solar panels.

All this while retaining the charm of the historic neighborhood.

http://www.onelakewood.com/city-transitions-birdtown-nuisance-property-into-state-of-the-art-single-family-home/
This is pretty awesome, happy to see Lakewood taking care of Birdtown. There's so much history there. I hope that brewery opens up in the old church - last I heard plans hadn't fallen through completely.

Do you have any news on what's been holding up the brewery? The owners (Barrio) seem to be doing great business as far as I can tell.

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« Reply #550 on: June 14, 2016, 03:02:33 PM »
Do you have any news on what's been holding up the brewery? The owners (Barrio) seem to be doing great business as far as I can tell.
Unfortunately I don't know anything - just that in the Birdtown History walk that was done recently, they mentioned that it was still in the works.

Woodstock BBQ construction is coming along nicely!
Here's how it looked previously - nice to see an abused storefront come back to life.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Trio's+Bar/@41.4770084,-81.7839873,3a,75y,343.72h,84.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sehTedjdkGiqNPi8Pk0BXMQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x8830f21caa528b43:0x601634efb6f26863!8m2!3d41.4772049!4d-81.7839985!6m1!1e1

And here's how it looked today during my walk.


 And here's a photo of the inside - couldn't change the angle without the reflections ruining the photo.
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« Reply #551 on: June 14, 2016, 03:21:32 PM »
Ugh.  I hate when they don't even attempt to match when repointing bricks.     
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« Reply #552 on: June 14, 2016, 05:15:15 PM »
You're talking about the past work above the glass right? Yeah, that was pretty crappily done. Here's a better photo of the glass face - https://www.facebook.com/woodstockbbq/photos/a.1682907371982517.1073741828.1681801542093100/1719016075038313/?type=3&theater.If you're talking about the bottom left, the individual bricks look pretty well matched to me. I don't know if it's possible to weather/darken the mortar lines but that would make a huge difference.

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« Reply #553 on: June 15, 2016, 09:29:59 AM »
Do you have any news on what's been holding up the brewery? The owners (Barrio) seem to be doing great business as far as I can tell.
Unfortunately I don't know anything - just that in the Birdtown History walk that was done recently, they mentioned that it was still in the works.

Thanks. I've been really excited about Birdtown Brewing and now I'm a bit worried. It would be a tremendous catalyst for the neighborhood.

p.s. Much prefer the name "Woodstock" over the originally proposed "Smoke."

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« Reply #554 on: June 28, 2016, 11:37:21 AM »
The makeover on Madison continues....I'm actually going to miss going past The Corner Pub at 8am and seeing the regulars there, already drunk.

Veronika Building (Lakewood, Cuyahoga County)
Total Project Cost: $502,760
Total Tax Credit: $82,402
Address:  12301 Madison Avenue, 44107

Lakewood's first Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit project, this small commercial building in the Birdtown National Register Historic District formerly housed a bar on the first floor with apartments above and behind. The 1970s storefront modifications will be removed and new wood storefronts modeled on the originals will be installed, reopening the commercial space to the street. The apartments will also be completely rehabilitated.

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« Reply #555 on: June 28, 2016, 04:42:59 PM »
The makeover on Madison continues....I'm actually going to miss going past The Corner Pub at 8am and seeing the regulars there, already drunk.

Veronika Building (Lakewood, Cuyahoga County)
Total Project Cost: $502,760
Total Tax Credit: $82,402
Address:  12301 Madison Avenue, 44107

Lakewood's first Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit project, this small commercial building in the Birdtown National Register Historic District formerly housed a bar on the first floor with apartments above and behind. The 1970s storefront modifications will be removed and new wood storefronts modeled on the originals will be installed, reopening the commercial space to the street. The apartments will also be completely rehabilitated.
Just came here to post that. Scalish does excellent work so there will be three beautiful storefronts in a row. Go Madison/Birdtown!

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« Reply #556 on: August 08, 2016, 07:53:29 AM »
Lakewood partners with developer on Birdtown home construction project
http://www.cleveland.com/lakewood/index.ssf/2016/08/lakewood_partners_with_develop.html
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« Reply #557 on: August 09, 2016, 10:44:19 AM »
Fantastic news and updates regarding the former Corner Pub building. I love Scalish, definitely one of the best in the area for small scale historic projects like this.

http://www.freshwatercleveland.com/devnews/Veronika080916.aspx

Lakewood's first historic tax credit to benefit classic 1915 building
KARIN CONNELLY RICE | TUESDAY, AUGUST 09, 2016

Frank Scalish, owner of Scalish Construction, is attempting to revive Northeast Ohio’s history brick by brick. His latest project is an historic 5,000-square-foot building at 12301 Madison Ave. in Lakewood’s Birdtown neighborhood.
 
Thanks to a $82,402 Ohio Historic Preservation tax credit, Scalish is renovating six apartments and the street-level store front of the 1915 structure constructed by Michael and Veronika Turza, who lived there until they died. Their children sold the building in the 1950s.

The former home of the Corner Pub, which was actually two storefronts combined into one 1,250-square-foot space, previously housed a hardware store and a candy store. Scalish is currently talking to two potential retail tenants including a coffee chain and restaurateur.

Scalish has already successfully uncovered the original wood storefront of the Veronika’s exterior. “What we’ve found intact we’ve refinished and restored to like the day it was built,” he boasts. “And most of the masonry is intact.” He is also restoring the building’s original glaze brick exterior while large glass doors are on order.
 
Inside, Scalish removed four ceiling layers to reveal portions of the original tin ceiling. “We should have enough to do at least one side,” he says, adding that one of the previous owners tore out the ceiling to make way for HVAC.
 
Scalish is refurbishing the original bar and the maple hardwood floors throughout the building. “It was a unique find hiding in plain sight,” he says. “We’re trying to preserve the original woodwork as much as possible.”

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« Reply #558 on: August 09, 2016, 11:33:26 AM »
^ This Scalish guy sounds like a class act.

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« Reply #559 on: August 11, 2016, 01:06:19 PM »
I looked at some other apartments Scalish owns a while back. He takes a lot of pride in his work you can tell. I hope he starts doing more projects in Cleveland.

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