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Cleveland: Downtown: Playhouse Square Development and News
« on: September 22, 2007, 09:49:49 AM »
Hard to believe, but as far as I could tell, there is no pure Playhouse Square thread on the board.  If there is and I missed it, feel free and move this there. 


http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/plaindealer/tony_brown/index.ssf?/base/entertainment-0/1190449995132170.xml&coll=2
Hanna Theatre to be renovated, be home to Great Lakes Theater Festival
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Tony Brown
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The Hanna Theatre, one of the most historically and architecturally significant structures in downtown Cleveland, will undergo a radical renovation that could give the city a 21st century theater unlike any other in the country.

Officials at Playhouse Square Foundation and Great Lakes Theater Festival on Friday confirmed the long-rumored plans for the Hanna, which opened in 1921 and quickly became one of the premier Broadway-show venues outside New York City.

More at http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/plaindealer/tony_brown/index.ssf?/base/entertainment-0/1190449995132170.xml&coll=2
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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2007, 08:55:42 PM »
Thanks for creating a Playhouse Square thread. I'm also surprised there wasn't one already!
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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2007, 08:23:48 AM »
Well, they have started work on the upscale pizza joint in the Hanna building as of about two weeks ago.

And across the street, the Moko construction sign is up in its window.

And the Starbucks is adding a second floor to its location at Euclid/E.14.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2007, 11:12:41 AM »
DAS is doing a window replacement and facade repainting on the United Way headquarters.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2007, 01:33:33 PM »
And the Starbucks is adding a second floor to its location at Euclid/E.14.
Sweet!  I expect to be at that Starbucks quite often starting in October.  I think they've always had an upstairs that's just been closed off, hasn't it?  Maybe business is picking up to the point where they finally need the space.  Does anyone know whether the Euclid corridor renovations leave more sidewalk room on that side of the street allowing for a patio too? 

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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2007, 02:09:35 PM »
I was wondering what was going on at United Way. Thanks.

That is good news about $tarbucks. I noticed the stairs there on several occasions and wondered if why they never converted the whole space from the previous occupants.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2007, 01:06:22 AM »
I was really disappointed to hear about Michael DeAloia's departure from the city earlier this month.  Having met with him and some of the high tech companies he has brought downtown (specifically to the Playhouse Square area) I got the impression of a very ambitious, able, and competent leader, with some very real plans for technology development in Cleveland.  The story surrounding his departure is certainly less than clear (apparently spurred by the failure to attract the support of other development officials to land some division of Apple Inc. downtown), but I'm at least glad to hear he's staying in Cleveland.

BTW, SchoolOne is the business that was supposed to move from Elyria into that building in Ohio City that burned just 4 weeks before its move-in date.  However, it was a blessing in disguise, according to the CEO, who mentioned to me that they have grown much faster than they expected and would have run out of space in the W.25th location by now anyway.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2007, 02:07:27 PM »
Awesome!  Now if someone could just donate some money to renovate the E. 14th Street Theater.  We've got makeshift dressing rooms in the upstairs office space (cuz the actual dressing doom only fits four people) and the audience seating area is less than ideal (giant pillars in the middle of the room that interfere with sight lines, etc.).  I believe it used to be a restaurant once upon a time, hence the awkward layout.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2007, 09:23:37 PM »
man i can't wait for all these projects to start getting underway. I think this area will really bloom pretty soon. I am really excited to finish school and be able to start my own architecture firm in the home of my ancestors; cleveland. Will the silver line have a stop at playhouse square? i am sure it will... just curious.
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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2007, 09:30:52 PM »
^I think that there will be a stop on East 12th

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2007, 11:58:23 AM »
Does anyone know  ... 

  *  What are they building in the Hanna Building, 1st floor, on Euclid Avenue?  If it's a restaurant, what kind?

  *  What ever happenned to the plans of Playhouse Square to develop the parking lot at East 17th & Euclid into a brand new, mixed-use building??


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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2007, 12:04:44 PM »
It is a restaurant going into the Hanna, but I can't remember what kind.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2007, 12:41:26 PM »
It is an upscale brick oven pizza place.., Bricco or something.
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« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2007, 10:15:45 PM »
Yes, the restaurant is going to be Bricco.  They are scheduled to open in January.  This is their second location, the other is in downtown Akron, and it will have the same menu.  http://www.briccoakron.com/

Their kitchen is adjacent to the E. 14th Street Theater and they cater We Gotta Bingo.  At one time there was a restaurant that took up the entire space that is now broken into the theater and the Euclid space they are renovating, it must have been a very large place. 

I have to say that the highlight of my week is Saturday nights when we do two shows back to back and the chef makes us all dinner.  None of the dishes he has whipped up are even on the menu, he just creates something for us, and it's always been great.  Hopefully they will be able to draw customers aside from just theater patrons.  I know well from working at Star that if there was no theater, no one came for dinner to that nabe, we often didn't even bother to open on non-theater nights.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2007, 03:27:32 PM »
BTW, How is the show doing?

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2007, 11:09:56 PM »
Very well, thanks. The audiences are really having a good time.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2007, 09:33:41 PM »
Besides the Euclid Corridor, I didn't know that so much construction/renovation was going on in Playhouse Square! Now, downtown will have both an upscale bowling alley AND an upscale pizza joint. Next, I'm thinking gourmet corned beef...*lightbulb*
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« Reply #17 on: November 29, 2007, 09:57:58 PM »
Tinkerbelle,  welcome to UrbanOhio!

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« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2007, 09:08:17 PM »
Tinkerbelle,  welcome to UrbanOhio!

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« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2007, 11:33:47 PM »
She (he?) has quickly become a very active, inquisitive and informed poster. I also echo the welcome!
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« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2007, 01:07:37 PM »
She (he?) has quickly become a very active, inquisitive and informed poster. I also echo the welcome!

Me? Why, thank you!

I'm a she btw.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2007, 11:26:19 AM »
I was 99% sure that someone with a name like Tinkerbelle was a she. But ya never can tell for sure 100%!

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #22 on: December 03, 2007, 08:27:08 AM »
Next, I'm thinking gourmet corned beef...*lightbulb*

Not sure about the gourmet part, but we have nationally-renowned covered. Slyman's on St. Clair (31st-ish) has served the likes of GWB (boo). On a recent visit, Rachel Ray said it was the best corned beef sandwich she had ever had, beating out all the NYC delis she'd been to.

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« Reply #23 on: December 10, 2007, 08:50:27 AM »
From Crain's:

(read all the way to the end for the teaser...)

Playhouse Square Foundation adds to Theater District stable

By STAN BULLARD

4:30 am, December 10, 2007

Playhouse Square Foundation, operator of the restored theaters in downtown Cleveland and producer of property makeovers in the city’s Theater District, is the new owner of the long-vacant former Cowell & Hubbard jewelry store building at 1305 Euclid Ave.

With the purchase, the foundation assumes control of an underused stretch of frontage on Euclid Avenue, which is drawing interest from real estate developers and businesses thanks to construction on the street of the Regional Transit Authority’s $200 million Silver Line. The RTA project is creating dedicated lanes for hybrid diesel-electric buses connecting Public Square, University Circle and the Woodmere [we'll have to excuse this little typo] transit station. It also is dressing up the streetscape and sidewalks along the route.

Jack Herrick, president of Realty Investors Co. of Cleveland, which owned the Cowell & Hubbard building, said the company decided to sell after it was approached by multiple parties interested in the structure. The foundation was one of four groups — but not the first — that submitted written offers for the property, he said.

The foundation paid Realty Investors $1 million for the two-story, 43,000-square-foot building on Oct. 22, according to Cuyahoga County land records.

Art Falco, Playhouse Square Foundation president, said the foundation bought the property because it occupies the key southeast corner of East 13th Street and Euclid.

“We have a lot of ideas for what we might get in there,” Mr. Falco said. However, he said it likely will be next year before a course is set for the property.

Mr. Falco noted the city of Cleveland’s Civic Vision 2000 master plan identifies the corner as a potential housing site. He said the storefront also gives the building a possible showroom for a consumer products or industrial design firm, which would be in keeping with a use envisioned by promoters of a Design District on Euclid.

Ned Hill, vice president for economic development at Cleveland State University who is involved in the Design District effort, confirmed that the Cowell & Hubbard building would be of interest to his group as a location for design talent or a showroom.

The Playhouse Square Foundation is a partner in the Idea Center building, which houses technology firms and ideastream, the umbrella organization for Cleveland’s public broadcasting stations. The Cowell & Hubbard building occupies the same block as four of the foundation’s theaters and the Idea Center.

Cowell & Hubbard, a jewelry store company dating to 1861 in Cleveland that later was purchased by out-of-town interests, constructed the building in 1920 and operated there until 1981, according to “The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.”

Mr. Herrick said the building was constructed so that it can accommodate construction of more floors atop it.
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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #24 on: December 10, 2007, 09:08:47 AM »
I think he meant the northeast corner of E. 13th and Euclid.  The southeast corner is occupied by Star Plaza.

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« Reply #25 on: December 10, 2007, 09:13:23 AM »
Crain's seems to get their corners wrong pretty frequently.  Ah well.

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« Reply #26 on: December 19, 2007, 01:23:43 PM »

THEATER
Hanna Theatre, under renovation, wins Cleveland Foundation grant
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tony Brown
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The final stage of the world's largest theater-restoration project began this week when crews began ripping hunks of concrete and metal out of the historic Hanna Theatre in downtown Cleveland.

As hard-hatted workers tossed debris from the balcony onto the floor of the 1921 theater Tuesday, the Cleveland Foundation announced a $750,000 grant, to the project to remake the Hanna into the new, high-tech home of Great Lakes Theater Festival.

More at http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/entertainment-0/1198057160320050.xml&coll=2


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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #27 on: December 19, 2007, 01:28:45 PM »
Now if only they could build a condo tower, an additional hotel and more unique restaurants so they can capture theater patrons money before and after shows.

However, I'm sure the "green" project (or what ever its called) will help as well.
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« Reply #28 on: December 20, 2007, 07:26:29 AM »
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History buffs need not fear, however. The new Hanna will hold around 500 seats, down from the original 1,400, arranged on three sides of a "thrust" stage. But it will retain the historic and architectural details of its neoclassical past.

Does this mean that they're tearing out the balcony?

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« Reply #29 on: December 20, 2007, 08:06:20 AM »
^No, the balcony will be reconfigured.
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« Reply #30 on: January 18, 2008, 09:08:25 AM »
Wow- super cool.  Cleveland's lucky to have two high caliber professional theater companies in town, in addition to all the alternative stages.  After some shaky financial times, it's great to see GLTF in such a great-sounding position.
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« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2008, 10:01:21 AM »
99% fantastic (only the interior garage connection bothers me... surprise!).  I heard about the LEED stuff yesterday and was very pleased.  This should be another wonderful renovation!

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« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2008, 10:05:26 AM »
99% fantastic (only the interior garage connection bothers me... surprise!).  I heard about the LEED stuff yesterday and was very pleased.  This should be another wonderful renovation!

Hmm, there already is covered access to the parking garage through the Hanna annex (but not from the balcony level). 

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« Reply #33 on: January 18, 2008, 10:11:30 AM »
99% fantastic (only the interior garage connection bothers me... surprise!).  I heard about the LEED stuff yesterday and was very pleased.  This should be another wonderful renovation!

OK, I admit I didn't even notice that part of the article.  Well we can't expect suburban theater goers to actually touch a sidewalk, can we?!
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« Reply #34 on: January 18, 2008, 10:26:29 AM »
Hmm, there already is covered access to the parking garage through the Hanna annex (but not from the balcony level). 

Ok, so I'm 99.9% thrilled!  Besides, they are improving the sidewalk entrance too, so I can't really complain.

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