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Great news all around. I walked through their campus from E. 105th to E. 108th yesterday and it was like night and day. On the west side, boarded up buildings and mounds of trash. On the east side, the beautiful old homes on Magnolia and the "cold shoulder" corner building of the Western Reserve Historical Society. This article brings to light the plans for the west side of E. 105, though. It looks like the old buildings are sitting vacant because the VA plans to tear them down and build there. Sad as that may be, this is much better than the current state of things.I'll have pics later!
I look forward to the pics...my recollection is that some these old apartment buildings are pretty nice structures (albeit in frightening disrepair). I'll be bummed to see more old brick buildings replaced by what I expect to be bland/ugly institutional mass in what should be our premiere 'hood. I wish that scary long winding concrete bunker of an apartment building north of Wade Park would be knocked down instead...
How many apartment buildings are being demo'd? If I recall correctly, there are only a couple left south of Wade Park. (The one closest to WP, by the way, is being used as artist live-work space.) The best-preserved row is located north of Wade Park on East Boulevard, facing the park. If there were plans to so much as lay a finger on those, my knickers would be in a serious twist.
So, the story is that the VA will be occupying most of this block? Are the buildings you're talking about (Wimwar) the ones on the eastern side (E. 105th) of the block or on both sides? I really had no idea that the were expanding in this direction!
Yeah, I hear ya, I don't mean to make too much noise about this set- it's nothing like the group north of Wade Park-but it probably was (albeit smaller) 50 years ago. ... The thing about this location is that unlike some nice old brick commercial building deep in Hough or on Broadway, this nabe could actually attract some private dollars sometime soon to reinvigorate buildings like this...it's not just knee-jerk preservation.