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Shaker Heights: Development and News
« on: January 24, 2006, 05:46:55 PM »
I didn't see this in another thread, but if it's in one please let me know.  From the 1/24/06 PD:


Life after OfficeMax just a hope for Shaker
City explores options for redevelopment

Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Thomas Ott
Plain Dealer Reporter


Shaker Heights - The city will prepare for life after OfficeMax by trying to transform the company's headquarters campus and surrounding area into 50 acres of new condominiums, shops and offices.

For now, the redevelopment is just a hope. The city has to find a developer and getting the project done would require deals with up to 30 property owners...

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1138095401222040.xml&coll=2
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Re: Shaker Heights: Development and News
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2006, 10:31:22 PM »
Smells like a TOD opportunity to me.  I'd love to know exactly what land they want to redevelop, though.

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Re: Shaker Heights: Development and News
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2006, 10:36:24 PM »
The print edition of the PD has a footprint. Its a bit convoluted. 

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Re: Shaker Heights: Development and News
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2006, 04:56:58 PM »
From the 5/10/06 PD:


Developer answers Shaker's call for project
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Thomas Ott
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Shaker Heights -- Only one group responded to Shaker Heights' nationwide search for a developer to transform the area around Warrensville Center Road and Van Aken Boulevard, but city officials think they attracted quality, if not quantity.

Woodmere-based Stark Enterprises, which created Westlake's Crocker Park, has offered to lead a redevelopment featuring housing, shops and offices on up to 60 acres. Other investors would include American Greetings' Weiss family and Forest City Enterprises' Ratner family....
 
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1147250342277810.xml&coll=2
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Re: Shaker Heights: Development and News
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2006, 10:45:04 AM »
^ I think this project deserves its own thread. Or maybe it needs to be renamed when we learn what this area is to be called. It's the Sussex neighborhood of Shaker, but I don't think that name rings with many people.
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2006, 05:23:35 PM »
^ By all means, KJP, if you can think of a name that would be more meaningful to Clevelanders, just PM me and I'll make the change.


From the 5/18/06 Sun Press:


"Poet developer' eyes Shaker project
Thursday, May 18, 2006
By Karen Kurdziel
The Sun Press


SHAKER HEIGHTS - Robert Stark calls himself the poet developer, and now he's composing an urban sonnet for Shaker Heights.

He built Crocker Park in Westlake and turned Woodmere's Eton Square shopping mall into a lifestyle center...
http://www.cleveland.com/sun/sunpress/index.ssf?/base/features-0/114797088034560.xml&coll=3
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Re: Shaker Heights: Development and News
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2006, 07:48:31 PM »
Shaker Square East?

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Re: Shaker Heights: Development and News
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2006, 08:06:19 PM »
While this is a good project, I hope that it doesn't poach the UH back-office relocation that has a shot at going in the 668 Building. 

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Re: Shaker Heights: Development and News
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2006, 08:22:45 PM »
^Did I miss something about the UH office relocation in the articles above? 

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Re: Shaker Heights: Development and News
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2006, 12:13:28 AM »
UH is considering the OfficeMax site as an option to consolidate their back office staff.

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Re: Shaker Heights: Development and News
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2006, 07:31:40 AM »
I held my tongue after the first Sun article was published on this project. But I can't hold it any longer (see article below). I don't care for the tone of these articles, as they come across as juvenile, confrontational and mis-informed. This has as much to with Kurdziel's editor Mary Jane Skala, who asks new job applicants what their favorite music and colors are, writes columns that almost always stray from our mission of "News That's Really Close to Home" and other things that irritate the hell out of me.

Here's another reason why:
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http://www.cleveland.com/sun/sunpress/index.ssf?/base/features-0/1148575671253890.xml&coll=3

Van Aken/Warrensville vision to be unveiled
Thursday, May 25, 2006
By Karen Kurdziel
The Sun Press

SHAKER HEIGHTS _ This week developer Bob Stark is in Las Vegas promoting his plans for Cleveland's Warehouse District at an International Council of Shopping Centers meeting.

Next week he'll be here telling officials and residents how to revitalize the 60-acre Van Aken/Warrensville Center commercial district...
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Re: Shaker Heights: Development and News
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2006, 05:52:26 PM »
From the 7/27/06 Sun Press:


Shaker buys Qua Buick property
Land is seen as key in Van Aken-Warrensville redevelopment plan

Thursday, July 27, 2006
By Karen Kurdziel
The Sun Press


SHAKER HEIGHTS - The city plans to buy the former Qua Buick property at the corner of Warrensville Center and Farnsleigh roads for $1.8 million.

City council unanimously agreed Monday to take this first step toward redeveloping a 60-acre commercial district at Van Aken Boulevard and Warrensville Center...

http://www.cleveland.com/sun/sunpress/index.ssf?/base/news-0/115401839763090.xml&coll=3
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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2006, 09:54:36 PM »
We've had an offer from the city (for the property.) That's all I can say, George Qua, 75, said in a phone interview. But he added, You can't imagine the angst this (business closing) has caused. It's the worst thing that's ever happened to me other than two world wars.

Uh, OK. How does World War I affect a 75-year-old man?
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Re: Shaker Heights: Development and News
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2006, 10:57:34 AM »
First, Mayor Rawson was on NPR this week, talking about some huge upswing in estate tax income.  I can't recall the details in particular, but it's significant enough that they're talking about moving forward with some big initiatives...namely, bike & hike trails, other amenity improvements and projects like this.

Next, an aerial of the site from the May/June Shaker Life:

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Re: Shaker Heights: Development and News
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2006, 03:27:38 PM »
Here is an article that was in the Sun Press this past week.  It seems to outline pretty well what MGD had mentioned above.  All in all I have to say it's great to see Shaker being so proactive about redevelopment opportunities, although receiving a $10 million+ windfall certainly would speed the process up.  This is looking like it has the makings to be a great development if everything falls into place.

Windfall blows Shaker away
Thursday, August 03, 2006
By Karen Kurdziel
The Sun Press

SHAKER HEIGHTS _ The city has long had plans for improving public spaces and infrastructure, but no money to implement them.

That changed dramatically last week when the Cuyahoga County Auditor dropped $11.8 million in estate tax revenue into the city's coffers...

Contact Kurdziel at (216) 986-5479 or kskurdziel@yahoo.com
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« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2010, 03:41:49 PM »
Shaker Heights plans an orchard to replace a condemned house.

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The city is going back to its roots to keep a neighborhood from going to seed.


Shaker Heights plans to plant an orchard, mostly of apple trees, on a vacant lot where a rundown house used to stand.

Orchards were a standard feature of Shaker religious settlements like the one established in 1822 that became Shaker Heights.

The new orchard will occupy a 13,000-square-foot wedge of land at the corner of Avalon and Kenyon roads, a half block south of Shaker Towne Centre.

The city Planning Commission accepted the idea last week. It goes to City Council on Monday, April 26.

more at:  http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/04/shaker_heights_plans_an_orchar.html
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« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2010, 03:45:16 PM »
I like this idea a lot and as the article point out, orchards have a place in Shaker's history.  Further, I appreciate how an orchard can become a seasonal gathering place for activities focused around the harvest; i.e. cider pressing.

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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2010, 03:45:28 PM »
Only a few blocks away from Shakers first community garden which replaced another torn down home: www.gardensofshaker.org

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« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2010, 04:40:21 PM »
Forgive my ignorance, but why are there condemned/run down homes in Shaker Heights? From the thread you posted FerrariEnzo, it seems very odd that there would be condemned homes in such a wealthy area.

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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2010, 04:57:04 PM »
There are parts of Shaker Heights which are not so wealthy.  And even in wealthy areas, a house can become run-down for various reasons.  This is only one house, I wouldn't say it's an epidemic in Shaker Heights.

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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2010, 06:23:23 PM »

Yes, Shaker has all ranges of dwellings...apartments, condos, starter homes, multi-family, large single-family, and mansions/estates etc.
Almost all of it is older.
The area of this story is near the heart of Shaker's southern commmercial district (Shaker Town Center and other retail in the Chagrin-Lee-Avalon area). There is some renewal going on with new loft condos (Avalon Lofts) replacing dated apartment buildings. And probably other things too replacing some of the multi-family homes, in addition to this orchard (maybe someone who lives in Shaker or the surrounding area knows more than I do).
FE's photo thread was specifically of North Shaker Heights (i think he even called it that).
That is where a lot of the classic big homes are.
But they're actually everywhere scattered throughout the city.

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« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2010, 06:56:28 PM »
^Agreed, as a rule of thumb, if you live North of South Woodland/Parkland it is in a great neighborhood.  North of Van Aken is firmly middle class and some pockets up upper-middle class.
North of Chagrin between Van Aken is middle class.  South of Chagrin is a healthy mix of incomes and ethnicities and I would say lower middle class to middle class.  There are exceptions but the general rule of thumb is the farther north you go the better.  I remember reading awhile back that the are between N. Shaker and S.E. Cleveland Hts has the highest concentration of historical mansions in the nation.  Could be wrong though.

This area is as Clueless pointed out within eye shot of Shaker Towne Center and has some homes that while smaller than some others are very well kept up, there are some gems on Scottsdale for example which is the street where the N-S roads are blocked off from Cleveland and Warrensville Heights.

All in all it is not an epidemic by any stretch and in many cases (I will see if I can find the article) Shaker has chosen to buy these homes and demolish them and offer them to neighbors as "side lawns" thus making the parcel a "double-wide".  I'll see if I can get some pictures sometime soon to illustrate this.

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« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2010, 10:51:07 AM »
^Thanks for the explanation, everyone.  I love the idea of having an orchard on a vacant lot, btw.  It sounds like a similar concept to the urban farming movement that is so popular right now.  Maybe they will be able to incorporate programming and community involvement in the orchard.

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« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2010, 05:18:55 PM »
I have a hard time believing that this is the only run-down/dilapidated house in the southeast part of Shaker Heights.  I'm not sure how much I like the idea of city governments getting involved in things like this, especially when I'm fairly certain it's just a drop in the bucket.

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« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2010, 09:07:23 PM »
I have a hard time believing that this is the only run-down/dilapidated house in the southeast part of Shaker Heights.  I'm not sure how much I like the idea of city governments getting involved in things like this, especially when I'm fairly certain it's just a drop in the bucket.

Oh shit...here you go again with some BS.

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« Reply #25 on: April 18, 2010, 09:48:40 PM »
I have a hard time believing that this is the only run-down/dilapidated house in the southeast part of Shaker Heights.  I'm not sure how much I like the idea of city governments getting involved in things like this, especially when I'm fairly certain it's just a drop in the bucket.

Please feel free to post a photo thread of this bucket-full of "run-down/dilapidated" houses in southern Shaker Heights to prove me wrong, but I think you have a misconception of southern Shaker Heights.  It's not fancy and it's suffered from several foreclosures, but it's not physically falling apart en masse.

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« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2010, 10:10:28 PM »
I have a hard time believing that this is the only run-down/dilapidated house in the southeast part of Shaker Heights.  I'm not sure how much I like the idea of city governments getting involved in things like this, especially when I'm fairly certain it's just a drop in the bucket.

Please feel free to post a photo thread of this bucket-full of "run-down/dilapidated" houses in southern Shaker Heights to prove me wrong, but I think you have a misconception of southern Shaker Heights.  It's not fancy and it's suffered from several foreclosures, but it's not physically falling apart en masse.

This is on par with similar communities throughout the country.

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« Reply #27 on: April 19, 2010, 04:47:22 AM »
I don't visit Shaker often, but I would definitely love to see how this turns out. I think that it's great that a city wants to "return to it's roots" and bring back more of a historical sense than to build more houses, apartments buildings, etc. I think this will be a wonderful addition to Shaker :)

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« Reply #28 on: April 19, 2010, 10:04:05 AM »
I have a hard time believing that this is the only run-down/dilapidated house in the southeast part of Shaker Heights.  I'm not sure how much I like the idea of city governments getting involved in things like this, especially when I'm fairly certain it's just a drop in the bucket.

Oh sh!t...here you go again with some BS.

What, no cliche, marginally funny picture to respond?  What, exactly, was wrong about what I've said?

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« Reply #29 on: April 19, 2010, 10:06:03 AM »
I have a hard time believing that this is the only run-down/dilapidated house in the southeast part of Shaker Heights.  I'm not sure how much I like the idea of city governments getting involved in things like this, especially when I'm fairly certain it's just a drop in the bucket.

Please feel free to post a photo thread of this bucket-full of "run-down/dilapidated" houses in southern Shaker Heights to prove me wrong, but I think you have a misconception of southern Shaker Heights.  It's not fancy and it's suffered from several foreclosures, but it's not physically falling apart en masse.

No, I don't have any misconception about that part of the city.  I'm familiar with the area, maybe I will do a photo thread one day to familiarize people with the other side of Shaker Heights.  Heck maybe I'll do Cleveland Heights, too.  If the city government is getting involved in things like this, it has a lot of work to do.
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