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Author Topic: Cleveland: Downtown: Playhouse Square Development and News  (Read 3301 times)

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Offline McCleveland

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #60 on: July 23, 2008, 08:03:35 PM »
It's the "office resource center" / "traveler's shoppe" building.  It's the same building, but someone (I'm assuming traveler's shoppe) long ago decided to to cover half the facade in gravel... great idea.  The plan was to restore the building to it's original condition, ground floor retail (I'm 99% sure this is part of the DoD), offices above, and then a 12 story residential tower added.  I don't know if they are planning on doing the add on soon.  Though I know all the tests have been done and the building will indeed support it.  This redevelopment is the reason they would not renew the traveler's shoppe's lease.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #61 on: July 23, 2008, 08:21:28 PM »
Impressive that a foundation built to support two stories can support 10 more.   Way to go!
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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #62 on: July 24, 2008, 08:28:11 PM »
I really think they would surround the travellers shop with caissons to suuprot the new building and then incorporate them and the suurounding into the current travellers shop.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #63 on: July 25, 2008, 08:53:11 AM »
Very exciting!!  Are there any conceptual sketches of this 12 story addition?  Has anyone from Playhouse Square commented on this or released anything about this?

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #64 on: July 25, 2008, 09:29:22 AM »
I'm certain there are no sketches out there (or none that I know of).  I am 99% sure that I actually read about this somewhere initially, so I'm sure somewhere it's posted on the site.  Maybe in the DoD thread, or perhaps in the filling in Euclid Ave. thread.  At any rate, I confirmed it one day when on one of my daily Euclid Corridor walks.  They had errected some machine on the side of the building so I stopped to check out what they were doing.  One of the ECP workers came over and started talking to me about it.  He had apparently been talking to the guy working on the building, he was doing some sort of foundation tests for the 12 story addition (which I already knew about), and apparently the guy told the ECP worker that they didn't anticipate any problems (gotribe, I'm not sure how they plan on doing it, but that certainly seems reasonable, I guess my point was that they don't forsee problems with however it is they want to do it).  I haven't heard much about it since.  But I do sometimes see architect types walking around the builing with groups of people showing prints and pointing at stuff... again, I have no idea what the timeline is for this.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #65 on: July 27, 2008, 11:27:13 AM »
That would be fantastic if this happens, although this sounds like third-hand info. Question: would this be 12 stories on top of the two that's there already, or 10 added to the two?
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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #66 on: July 27, 2008, 02:41:11 PM »
I wouldn't exactly call it third hand... I know it's what they WANT to do.  But like most things it's very preliminary and early, and the redevelopment of the rest of the building is not hinging on the residential portion being done.  As i understood it, it was to add 12 stories.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #67 on: July 27, 2008, 03:01:26 PM »
So 14 total. Interesting. Please keep us posted.
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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #68 on: July 27, 2008, 03:09:37 PM »
I wouldn't exactly call it third hand... I know it's what they WANT to do.  But like most things it's very preliminary and early, and the redevelopment of the rest of the building is not hinging on the residential portion being done.  As i understood it, it was to add 12 stories.

I had heard, and I think saw a rendering somewhere, that the building that could support an addition was on the northeast west corner of euclid and e13 and not these 2 buildings.  If you look at the roof of that building, it looks like it could structurally be continued upward.   but, perhaps these are different plans.  there was also a plan for the building behind these 2 buildings to have a vertical addition as well.
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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #69 on: July 28, 2008, 07:48:21 AM »
the northwest corner is the sterling building.  That's not it.  The building on the northeast corner is not two buildings it's one, the face of the traveler's shoppe had been altered long ago, but it is the same building.  And THAT is the building they are CONSIDERING doing this.  THAT is the building that had workers crawling all over it a few months back checking to see if it could support a residential addition, NOT the sterling building.  I saw this with my own eyes.  I also spoke to someone who confirmed that's what they were doing, and that it is feasible. I have no idea when or if it will get off the ground.  But the office resource center / traveler's shoppe building, is the building playhouse square would like to use to add residential.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #70 on: July 28, 2008, 12:44:15 PM »
Does this building include the portion of building between the Traveller's Shop and United Way?

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #71 on: July 28, 2008, 01:12:18 PM »
Nope.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #72 on: July 29, 2008, 12:50:40 PM »
I noticed today that the PHS Store is closing. 

Any more info on this?

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #73 on: July 29, 2008, 01:35:31 PM »
I noticed today that the PHS Store is closing. 

Any more info on this?

Word on the street is that each show carries/travels with its own merchandise and product line, making it hard for the store to compete or make a profit.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #74 on: July 29, 2008, 01:50:23 PM »
Ah, thanks.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #75 on: August 18, 2008, 03:55:49 PM »
I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet...on the front page of the PD today (although I'm sure about everyone has seen it by now):

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http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2008/08/tom_hanks_signs_on_to_help_gre.html
Tom Hanks signs on to help Great Lakes Theater Festival's Hanna Theatre renovation campaign
by Tony Brown/The Plain Dealer
Sunday August 17, 2008, 6:47 PM

Tom Hanks' movies have earned $3.3 billion, making him the third best-selling
leading man in Hollywood history.
 

And it all started at Lakewood High School in 1977, when a bushy-haired, baby-faced, 20-year-old actor-intern from California got a weekly paycheck of $45 for doing bit parts at Great Lakes Theater Festival. It was a break Hanks, who couldn't even get a role onstage at his college theater in Sacramento, has never forgotten.

So starting this week, Hanks - 52 and earning $45 per nanosecond - will lend his name, face and voice to Great Lakes' effort to raise the last $3.6 million in a $19.2 million campaign to renovate PlayhouseSquare's historic Hanna Theatre into a state-of-the-art new home.

http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2008/08/tom_hanks_signs_on_to_help_gre.html
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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #76 on: August 18, 2008, 06:02:04 PM »
I've always enjoyed/respected Tom Hanks. Way to go, Tom.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #77 on: August 18, 2008, 08:57:48 PM »
Despite his super-stardom, he still strikes me as a down-to-earth guy.
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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #78 on: August 19, 2008, 12:15:56 AM »
Ah, thanks.

Don't you mean "Ah, t. hanks?"   Sorry...couldn't resist the pun.    Two thumbs up for Mr. Hanks...good to see the enthusiasm around this project. 

Now, what about Paul Newman...any Cleveland love from him?  My guess here is 'no' judging from the fact you don't hear much about him or see him doing much in C-Town...other than racing his car at the Grand Prix.  8-)
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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #79 on: August 19, 2008, 03:26:20 AM »
i just saw this thread and sad to say, but paul newman has been very ill. in fact i recently read he was in the city, nyc that is, for treatment. they say he is very frail and is dying of cancer (lung cancer due to chain smoking) & that he basically left the hospital and went back to connecticut to die at home.

strangely enough his last movie role was in 'road to perdition'....with tom hanks!

http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/2008/06/23/tragic-face-of-film-legend-paul-newman-amid-cancer-rumours-89520-20618177/

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #80 on: August 25, 2008, 12:24:11 PM »
Just a quick shot of the refurbishing of the marquee at the hanna theatre

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #81 on: August 27, 2008, 07:46:40 AM »
I saw that the other day, it really looks great, I hope this area can flourish in the near future and with all of the theatre arts taking place more restaurants like Bricco can erect

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #82 on: August 27, 2008, 10:57:51 AM »
Does anyone know if the E14 sidewalks will be refurbished as part of the Hanna project?

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #83 on: August 27, 2008, 12:03:14 PM »
Does anyone know if the E14 sidewalks will be refurbished as part of the Hanna project?

Sure would be nice..

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #84 on: September 09, 2008, 01:39:50 PM »
Today I noticed 3 workers from VIP restoration taking out some of the granite slabs from the base of the "office resource center" at 13th and Euclid.  Obviously somebody is paying for the investigative work.  Hopefully we can get some sort of formal announcement soon.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #85 on: September 09, 2008, 02:08:32 PM »
I noticed today that the Playhouse Square store has closed. It's disappointing to see yet another empty storefront along Euclid especially since this was one of the few retailers.  I'm surprised by this, I thought that Playhouse Square was attracting enough people to support a small souvenir store.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #86 on: September 09, 2008, 02:10:44 PM »
^Most people picking up souvenirs for the shows usually pick them up at a stand that's set up in the respective theatre lobby - more flexible and less overhead.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #87 on: September 09, 2008, 02:43:12 PM »
I noticed today that the Playhouse Square store has closed. It's disappointing to see yet another empty storefront along Euclid especially since this was one of the few retailers.  I'm surprised by this, I thought that Playhouse Square was attracting enough people to support a small souvenir store.

We discussed this in another thread and it's not that the store was doing that bad of business, but when touring company's come, people often buy from the tour company at a lower cost Vs.  the PS store. 

I support this business decision.  Why continue to buy goods, store them for a store that is doing marginal business, not including rent and associated costs.

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« Reply #88 on: September 09, 2008, 03:02:00 PM »
 ^ That makes sense, I wasn't aware of the competition.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #89 on: September 13, 2008, 09:33:28 PM »
And if you prefer, you can always purchase form PHS online