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Author Topic: Cleveland: Detroit-Shoreway / Gordon Square Arts District: Development and News  (Read 4862 times)

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2006, 06:45:24 PM »
Nice photos MGD! I think you should have featured these in their own thread! :-P

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #31 on: February 01, 2006, 06:52:12 PM »
perhaps...it occurred to me after I'd already posted them and it would take too much time to repost them...or would it?

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2006, 01:41:53 PM »
This from the February 2006 issue of The Plain Press:

Gordon Square Homes project aims to preserve affordable housing in Detroit Shoreway neighborhood

On January 25th Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) released balloons in the Gordon Square Arcade to mark the beginning of Gordon Square Homes, a $12 million effort to preserve affordable housing in the neighborhood and rehabilitate neighborhood commercial space.

Among the sixty people gathered in the atrium of the arcade were many residents of the Gordon Square Apartments, one of the buildings being renovated.

Participating in the release were: Ward 17 Councilman Matt Zone, City of Cleveland Community Development Director Daryl Rush, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Deputy Director Jeffery Patterson, Ohio President & CEO of Charter One Bank Ned Handy, Executive Director of Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) Jeff Ramsey, and DSCDO Housing Director Michael Bier.

Gordon Square Homes is DSCDO’s newest effort in the revitalization of Detroit Avenue and the preservation of affordable housing. The project includes the rehabilitation of four existing buildings and the creation and preservation of 85 rental-housing units designated for low-income tenants. In addition, 6,000 square feet of commercial space will be rehabilitated. The project is located in the heart of Detroit Shoreway’s emerging arts and entertainment district.

The four buildings undergoing renovation are located along Detroit Avenue: the Gordon Square Apartments at 6518 Detroit Ave., the P.J. Shier Building at 6515 Detroit Ave, the Conrad-Balsch-Kroehle Building at 6710 Detroit Ave. and the Muriel Apartment Building at 7001 Detroit Ave.

The Gordon Square Apartments will be receiving a moderate rehabilitation with new windows, updated kitchens and bathrooms as well as a new 1,800 sq.ft. resident community room and learning center. Residents of the Gordon Square Apartments have moved to other apartment buildings or will shift to other apartments in the building while their apartments are being rehabbed.
Gordon Square Apartment resident Lou “Donuts” says he is moving to another apartment in the building while his apartment is being refurbished. “Donuts”, who moved to the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood 56 years ago, says the project “helps people like me very much in my old age. I say thank you very much every chance I get.”

The other three buildings, which have stood vacant and boarded for several years, will receive significant improvements. All buildings are designated as historic properties and renovations will follow the Secretary of Interior historic renovation guidelines.

Gordon Square Homes is part of a flurry of development in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. This current project follows DSCDO’s recently-completed West Side Homes, a similar project providing 52 affordable housing units in Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway, 18 of which are adjacent to the Gordon Square Homes project. 

Detroit Avenue streetscape improvements are planned for summer, 2007. 

Additionally, there is a growing effort to revitalize two neighborhood theaters – Cleveland Public Theater and the Capitol Theater – and create a new facility for Near West Theater, as part of a $20 million arts and entertainment district. The new Near West Theatre facility will be built behind one of the buildings being rehabbed as part of the Gordon Square Homes project -- the Conrad-Balsch-Kroehle Building. 6710 Detroit, (the former home of Lou’s Furniture).

Ward 17 Councilman Matthew Zone says, “Approximately $750 million of neighborhood development is either under construction or soon to begin in Ward 17.  Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization is one of several non-profit organizations and private companies making strong efforts to improve this part of Cleveland.”

“There is a very strong demand for market-rate housing in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. The Gordon Square Homes project helps to support DSCDO’s efforts to provide quality affordable housing and preserve the character of our community as a diverse, mixed-income neighborhood,” said Jeff Ramsey, DSCDO’s executive Director.

The $12 million Gordon Square Homes project is financed through a variety of sources, making it the largest and most complicated undertaking in DSCDO’s 33-year history.  Low income housing tax credits and historic tax credits are the largest financing source. Enterprise Community Investment will be providing $7,345,000 of tax credit equity. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, through the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, will be providing $2,470,000 of Capital Grant funding. Additionally, the City of Cleveland is providing a $1 million Housing Trust Fund loan and a $4 million construction float loan. Charter One Bank has provided $1.7 million in acquisition financing as well as $4 million in construction financing and security for the City of Cleveland float loan.

“Charter One is committed to helping redevelop neighborhoods, and the Gordon Square affordable housing development will play an important role in the redevelopment of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.  As part of our commitment to revitalizing neighborhoods, Charter One is proud to make an investment in this significant project,” said Ned Handy, President & CEO of Charter One Bank, Ohio.

Predevelopment activities have taken about two years, and construction is expected to last about ten months. Marous Brothers Construction, Inc, of Willoughby, Ohio, is providing design and construction services.  DSCDO is planning to have all buildings occupied by December 31, 2006.  Monthly rents for the project’s one-bedroom units will be $400 and two-bedroom units will be $450.

“Inner-city housing development does not follow the path of least resistance, which is why it is so important for community development corporations, like DSCDO, to take on such complicated projects.  Developments like Gordon Square Homes are only possible because there is a dedicated group of funders, real estate professionals and builders that are willing to make the extra effort to make housing projects like this work.  We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our development team and project partners,” said Michael Bier, DSCDO’s project manager.

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2006, 03:58:10 PM »
$750 million is a damn impressive figure, even compared to the development going on Downtown or in University Circle.  But I can't figure, beyond Battery Park, what could account for all of that development.  Most of the other projects are relatively small.  It would be interesting to see a full project list.

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« Reply #34 on: February 02, 2006, 08:20:55 PM »
It's a huge figure. What in the world can be included in all of that? Does the Shoreway's reconstruction figure into that?
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« Reply #35 on: February 02, 2006, 10:43:16 PM »
That's what I thought might be making the number so high.

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« Reply #36 on: February 02, 2006, 10:48:39 PM »
I'm so looking forward to a Cedar Lee for the west side.  But I assume the Capitol Theater will have one screen, one large theater only?  That seems like a serious drawback to be able make a viable business.

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« Reply #37 on: February 02, 2006, 11:03:23 PM »
Yet that project carries something like a $50 million price tag (at least that's the ODOT contribution). I suspect the total cost may be double that.

Even so, there's another $650 million out there. OK, so Battery Park is about $100 million. Gordon Square Homes is $16 million. The Zone Recreation Center is a big chunk of money, though I can't remember how much ($10 million? $20 million?). And we're not even half-way there.... Well I'm stumped!
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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #38 on: February 02, 2006, 11:09:24 PM »
^The rest is my consulting fee.

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« Reply #39 on: February 03, 2006, 12:10:43 AM »
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« Reply #40 on: February 03, 2006, 12:42:29 AM »
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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #41 on: February 03, 2006, 09:07:13 AM »
I think that you guys are forgetting about the new $500 million subway system that RTA's Schipper has been fighting tooth and nail for.  ;)

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« Reply #42 on: February 03, 2006, 09:10:14 AM »
That figure is unbelievable. It must be a misprint.

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #43 on: February 03, 2006, 11:41:26 AM »
^I was under the impression that they were going to take the 1 large theater and create 3 or 4 screens. 

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« Reply #44 on: February 03, 2006, 04:18:14 PM »
I believe it to be three screens.  two long and narrow that will split the current screen and one that will, as i understand it, be short and wide in what is now the back of the theater, which also has a balcony.  this last theater will potentially feature a bar/lounge from which movies can be viewed.

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #45 on: February 04, 2006, 12:00:28 AM »
It's a stretch, but perhaps the proposed West Side Reliever High School is in the mix as well. That is slated to go near/on Walworth Avenue which, although south of I-90, is still in the Detroit-Shoreway Neighborhood.

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« Reply #46 on: February 04, 2006, 11:31:31 AM »
West Side group plans 85 new apartments

Saturday, February 04, 2006
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With trendy housing driving up prices in Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway area, neighborhood leaders want to make sure they save room for people of modest means.

The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization plans to renovate 64 low-income apartments at the Gordon Square Arcade and carve out 21 new low-income apartments in a former furniture store and two other vacant buildings.

The $12 million project will provide a haven for the poor and help preserve the neighborhood's mix of races and incomes, said Jeff Ramsey, executive director of the nonprofit group, and Michael Bier, its housing director. Detroit Shoreway recently developed 18 other low-income apartments...
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« Reply #47 on: February 04, 2006, 02:06:14 PM »
Hey all, just this week I started a new job at DSCDO as the District Coordinator for the arts district. So if anyone has any questions about the district specifically, ask away and I'll do my best to answer. I can also try to answer questions about Detroit-Shoreway in general, though I'll have less expertise there. I'm going to take a camera to work one day to snap photos of some great-looking renderings, plans for Madison and Lorain avenues, etc.

In the meantime, theguy and ewoops are right about the Capitol Theatre. It is currently slated to be redeveloped into three or four screens. Four screens would be financially safer, but cramming that many screens in could compromise the theater's gorgeous lobby. So that's still up in the air. In its current, one-screen configuration, it seats 1,200 people.

The theater was built in 1920 and was retrofitted to show "talkies" in the 30s.

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« Reply #48 on: February 04, 2006, 02:32:58 PM »
It will be interesting to see what happens if Wolstein is successful in putting an art theater in the East Bank before West 65th can.  I don't think that two would be able to survive so close together.

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« Reply #49 on: February 04, 2006, 04:34:55 PM »
I've wondered the same thing. Frankly, I don't think an art theater makes sense in the Flats. But, I also think Wolstein may have a more liberal interpretation of "art theater" than we do. He's probably envisioning something like Crocker Park, where they show higher-end mainstream stuff with the occasional "independent" flick tossed in.

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« Reply #50 on: February 04, 2006, 07:54:54 PM »
"Gee, isn't Brokeback Mountain an arts flick?"
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« Reply #51 on: February 05, 2006, 09:07:37 AM »
^Exactly!

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« Reply #52 on: February 05, 2006, 11:02:14 AM »
I've wondered the same thing. Frankly, I don't think an art theater makes sense in the Flats. But, I also think Wolstein may have a more liberal interpretation of "art theater" than we do. He's probably envisioning something like Crocker Park, where they show higher-end mainstream stuff with the occasional "independent" flick tossed in.

Blinker,

That makes sense.

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« Reply #53 on: February 05, 2006, 12:18:10 PM »
Holy crap!!!
I didn't know I lived in Michigan. :drunk:
Get it? Detroit? Oh, never mind.
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« Reply #55 on: February 08, 2006, 04:25:47 PM »
Capital ideas may lead to Capitol Theatre makeover

By JAY MILLER

9:24 am, February 6, 2006

Some of the most complicated financing deals these days are being done by community development corporations, the nonprofit groups that are helping to rebuild neighborhoods in cities such as Cleveland.

One such effort finally may reopen the Capitol Theatre on Cleveland’s West Side.

Jeff Ramsey, executive director of the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, said the group is getting closer to restoring the theater on West 65th Street, thanks to some creative financing. Mr. Ramsey said it will take a little more than $4.5 million to restore the 1920s-era movie house, and he believes Detroit Shoreway will be able to
offer investors significant tax credits on almost every penny of that investment, either as tax credits or through a conservation easement.

The tax credits and easement are creatures of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows investors to reduce their taxes by investing in older or low-income neighborhoods. Because of the credits, equity investments are less risky, and loans can be made at lower rates.

Jonathan Forman, owner of the Cleveland Cinemas chain, said he has discussed the Capitol Theatre with Mr. Ramsey and would consider operating the movie house should the restoration program succeed.

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« Reply #56 on: February 09, 2006, 09:56:02 PM »
Some exciting details to report on the Arts District.

Regarding the Detroit Avenue streetscape improvements, already funded by NOACA (to the tune of $2 million, I believe, though I don't have the exact figures with me):

- New sidewalks and curbs will be built all along Detroit between W. 58th and W. 73rd, and new street lights installed

- Detroit will be narrowed from 48 feet to 42 feet in that span; sidewalks will be widened and curbside parking eliminated

- The street will be further narrowed to 36 feet at 65th Street, to make room for a piazza with new brick paving

- Overheard wires will buried (would have thought this would push the cost way above $2 million but who knows...)


Other random developments in the district:

- Detroit Shoreway is in serious negotiations with a local coffee retailer (not Metro Joe's, thank God -- they're dropping like flies) to open a new coffee shop at Detroit and 65th, in the old dollar store space.

- The old Craciun funeral home site at 61st and Detroit has a new owner who wants to build townhouses on the site. Detroit Shoreway is trying to talk him into street-level retail with condos above.

- Exact same situation at the old factory site next to Club Azteca, at 58th and Detroit. The building is to be demolished, with new mixed use buildings to replace it. (Honestly, the building itself is nothing special, and it's set back from the street.)

Before anyone asks -- no timeline on these last few items. The streetscape improvements are supposed to start next year.
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« Reply #57 on: February 09, 2006, 10:05:07 PM »
Also new: Near West Theatre will not occupy any part of the old Lou's building. They will be entirely contained in a new building to be constructed in an empty lot behind Lou's on W. 67th. Richard Fleischman has been retained as the architect. (I've seen some renderings, but the design is still very much in process.) This new building has always been in the plans, but there was talk for a while of connecting to Lou's and using the ground floor as a lobby. Instead, Detroit Shoreway is looking for a restaurant to occupy the ground-floor space; NWT would collect the rent from this tenant.

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« Reply #58 on: February 09, 2006, 11:06:16 PM »
Awesome stuff. Mind if I pass this along to my partner in crime at the West Side Sun? Or is it too soon?
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« Reply #59 on: February 09, 2006, 11:59:03 PM »
Awesome update, Blinker, all very cool.  It's great having narcs to give us the scoop from the inside.

Is there any concern about removing the curbside parking?  I can't imagine the businesses are so excited about that part.  Smarter folks than I have pointed this out in other contexts, but that row of parked cars is also a useful barrier between the sidewalk and the moving traffic-not sure I am excited to see it go.  I am definitely psyched about the widened sidewalks though.