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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #140 on: March 31, 2009, 11:14:51 AM »
Some work is happening in 1224 Huron. It's the smaller building on Star plaza next to the "Center for Health Affairs." Does anyone know what going on there?

Also, it looks like construction stopped on the new Kent CUDC on Euclid/East 13th. The Turner construction sign is down and I haven't seen any activity there in a while.

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« Reply #141 on: March 31, 2009, 11:27:04 AM »
Some work is happening in 1224 Huron. It's the smaller building on Star plaza next to the "Center for Health Affairs." Does anyone know what going on there?

Look at the post immediately above your post.

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« Reply #142 on: March 31, 2009, 06:34:04 PM »
The PR firm is moving to 1240 Huron. I was referring to 1224 Huron.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #143 on: April 07, 2009, 05:07:10 PM »
The Cleveland Play House to move downtown; Cleveland Clinic may get in on the act
by Tony Brown
Tuesday April 07, 2009, 5:17 PM

In a potential blockbuster deal for the arts, the Cleveland Play House will sell its longtime home in midtown and move downtown to PlayhouseSquare's Allen Theatre, along with Cleveland State University's drama program. The complex, multi-million dollar proposal -- which will be announced today but would not be complete until 2011 at the earliest -- will also affect a fourth major institution, the Museum of Contemporary Art, a long-term tenant at the Play House's 8500 Euclid Ave. facility.

More at http://www.cleveland.com/onstage/index.ssf/2009/04/_in_a_potential_blockbuster.html
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« Reply #144 on: April 07, 2009, 05:14:14 PM »
Wow.
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« Reply #145 on: April 07, 2009, 05:17:26 PM »
That would be freaking awesome. 
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« Reply #146 on: April 07, 2009, 05:22:43 PM »
Wow, bombshell.  I wonder what the Clinic would do with all that property... (I crack myself up).
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« Reply #147 on: April 07, 2009, 05:26:00 PM »
Hopefully not wreck it.  That building has too much grandeur, though, for them to do that (I hope?).  There would be too much of a backlash.

I just love how it will concentrate the theater-goers even more.  I always hated that location (E.84) because, at least imo, it did nothing to create any sort of foot traffic.
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« Reply #148 on: April 07, 2009, 05:26:04 PM »
Wow, bombshell.  I wonder what the Clinic would do with all that property... (I crack myself up).

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« Reply #149 on: April 07, 2009, 05:27:32 PM »
This is really super awesome.  First, I've never liked the fact that the Cleveland Playhouse was so apart from the other theaters.  A true theater district should have all major theaters, and this will just cement the district.  Second, it's about damn time the Cleveland Clinic got more involved downtown .

All and all, I'd say this news is as exciting as anything else I've read about recently:)

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« Reply #150 on: April 07, 2009, 05:30:35 PM »
So what does this do to MOCA? I can't imagine that fundraising for the new museum is going well. Maybe this transaction will help them? I like that the play house will be downtown. It will benefit the existing businesses and help any expansion.--obviously the current location has not led to any spin-off development. It will also bring more students downtown.

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #151 on: April 07, 2009, 05:35:42 PM »
Parking lot, what else?? (EDIT: Dammit, MTS, you beat me to it!)

Huge news, though.
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« Reply #152 on: April 07, 2009, 05:36:41 PM »
Good question about MOCA.  I wonder if some of the purchase price would go to them to buy-out their lease and help fund the new project...

I also wonder if CSU and the Playhouse can really raise the $30M they need for the Allen, even with $2M + $15M the article mentions.  It's tough out there right now (just ask MOCA).
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« Reply #153 on: April 07, 2009, 05:36:42 PM »
I don't want to loose that building, it is so cool at night, and its Phillip Johnson's only building here.

I guess if I ever have to go to the clinic, I will park there
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« Reply #154 on: April 07, 2009, 07:06:13 PM »
Having everything downtown will be super awesome :-D

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« Reply #155 on: April 07, 2009, 07:35:24 PM »
One more component not brought up about this move would be bringing more Case students Downtown - many have to go see the MFA productions at Playhouse because of the classes they are in, and I'd rather have them take the Healthline all the way down.

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« Reply #156 on: April 08, 2009, 09:44:57 AM »
FYI, Stages at the Playhouse is operated by Gary Lucarelli, as is Star at Playhouse Square.

Not that this would preclude him from operating another restaurant at PS, he certainly is creative and been in business long enough to pull it off. 
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« Reply #157 on: April 08, 2009, 09:45:30 AM »
I moved the discussion about what the Cleveland Clinic might do with the existing Cleveland Playhouse building over to:

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,2977.0.html
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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #158 on: April 08, 2009, 06:49:54 PM »
Playhouse Square has 5 theaters now, right? So if this thing with the Allen goes through, would that make our theater district even bigger with 7 theaters, or would it still be 5?

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« Reply #159 on: April 08, 2009, 07:36:51 PM »
I think Playhouse Square has EIGHT theaters right now:

State, Ohio, Palace, Hanna, Allen, 14th Street, Kennedy's, and Westfield Studio theater.

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« Reply #160 on: April 09, 2009, 06:53:45 PM »
FYI, Stages at the Playhouse is operated by Gary Lucarelli, as is Star at Playhouse Square.

Not that this would preclude him from operating another restaurant at PS, he certainly is creative and been in business long enough to pull it off. 
I actually used to work at Star and I know Gary only took on Stages because he was asked (begged) to, they were going to shut it down otherwise.  And I know it's very difficult to fill that space. Some people I know who go to the Playhouse semi-regularly don't even know it's there.  I don't think he'll be upset about letting it go, he still has Star, Players in Lakewood, Cafe Sausalito in the Galleria and I think Sweetwater Landing?

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #161 on: May 01, 2009, 07:00:04 AM »
Believe this is where Kent State is putting some aspect of their design school: Euclid & E.13ish

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« Reply #162 on: May 01, 2009, 07:50:43 AM »
It will also take up the storefront to the left if I remember correctly.
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« Reply #163 on: May 01, 2009, 07:53:00 AM »
you remember correctly.  These were originally the same building with the same facade.  I am hoping they restore it.  I have a picture somewhere when it was a unified building. I'll dig it up and try and scan / post it.  I believe they are pretty deep in the design process.
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« Reply #164 on: July 06, 2009, 08:02:08 AM »
http://crainscleveland.com/article/20090706/FREE/907019924#

Liggett Stashower occupies new HQ in downtown Cleveland
By KATHY AMES CARR

4:30 am, July 6, 2009

At a time when many companies are scaling back operations and expenses, Liggett Stashower today moved into its new headquarters in Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare district, about a block away from its old location in the Halle Building on Euclid Avenue.

The new location, at 1240 Huron Road in Star Plaza, enhances the marketing firm’s visibility and represents its mission as a more blended, collaborative 21st-century branding firm, said CEO Mark Nylander.

“We’re investing in our brand,” Mr. Nylander said, adding that the investment would’ve been more costly to implement a year ago.

The total project cost was about $2.2 million.

“It was a very good business decision,” he said.

Liggett Stashower will occupy 40,000 square feet among the first three floors of the five-story building, now called the LS Brand Building. It formerly occupied similar square footage on one floor in the Halle Building.

As part of the leasing negotiations, Liggett Stashower secured naming rights to the building for 11 years. The building, originally constructed in 1905, has been undergoing renovation since March.

Details reinforce brand image

Mr. Nylander said careful consideration was given to the interior elements, and sustainability, interactivity and brand representation were critical components of the plan.

The first floor houses the reception area, conference and meeting rooms and a presentation room for special events. There also is an employee lounge, located in a mezzanine area overlooking the first floor, which includes a kitchen, couches and a pool table.

The 60-person staff occupies the second and third floors, which include offices without walls and various group work spaces for project collaboration.

“We talked to our employees” to find out what they envisioned, Mr. Nylander said. The building even has a furnished private room for employees who aren’t feeling well, or mothers who need privacy for nursing.

Liggett Stashower donated about 80% of its usable furnishings and supplies from its old location to various groups, including Kent State University and Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.

Many of the building’s existing structural elements were incorporated into the new design to reduce landfill dumping, Mr. Nylander said. The new space also includes energy-efficient lighting, recycled furniture and motion sensor lighting.
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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #165 on: July 06, 2009, 11:18:32 AM »
Great!  I was wondering if something was moving into that building.  It's got such a nice interface with the street with Star Plaza and what not.

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« Reply #166 on: July 06, 2009, 11:23:25 AM »
Is this the building with the graffiti that says "Droids?"
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« Reply #167 on: July 06, 2009, 11:36:26 AM »
Can we get a photo of the building?
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« Reply #168 on: July 06, 2009, 12:03:25 PM »
This is 3 buildings east of the large brick building that has droids spray painted on the side (directly next to the US Bank Building).  It is the space that used to have APG office furnishings in the ground floor.  Though SL takes up significantly more space than APG did.  This building is now pretty much full.
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« Reply #169 on: July 06, 2009, 11:44:34 PM »
Did anyone know they have corn hole outside their office, too?  I took a break from studying and played for about a half hour today.  Great idea whoever came up with it.
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« Reply #170 on: July 07, 2009, 10:34:15 AM »
Did anyone know they have corn hole outside their office, too?  I took a break from studying and played for about a half hour today.  Great idea whoever came up with it.

Man, that is a great idea!  Prompted by your info, did a quick search and:

"PlayhouseSquare Cornhole Tournaments - Star Plaza hosts a summer-long Cornhole Tournament Series every Thursday, June 4 - September 3. Office workers from the Bulkley, Hanna, and Idea Center Buildings will compete in the 14-week daytime-and-after-work cornhole series. At summer's end, tournament play concludes with the top two teams competing for the grand prize (cornhole trophy and bragging rights) at The PlayhouseSquare Block Party & Tour, September 11."

http://broadwayworld.com/article/PlayhouseSquares_Development_Corp_Announces_Summer_Events_Schedule_20090529

Back on topic, great to see when a company like Liggett makes a commitment to the city.

Playhouse Square is really a plus plus for Cleveland.  Down here in Fort Lauderdale, they compare their theater complex to Playhouse Square.  [Really biased opinion: Playhouse Square is much better, but they get kudos for setting it by the river, for having the children's museum across the street and a condo building right next door.]

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Re: Cleveland: Playhouse Square Developments
« Reply #171 on: July 07, 2009, 10:38:16 AM »
Not the greatest photo of 1240 Huron, but it's all I have for now (beige building to the right of USBank Center):

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« Reply #172 on: July 07, 2009, 10:40:15 AM »
That US Bank building belongs in Independence.

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« Reply #173 on: July 07, 2009, 11:11:00 AM »
This is 3 buildings east of the large brick building that has droids spray painted on the side (directly next to the US Bank Building).  It is the space that used to have APG office furnishings in the ground floor.  Though SL takes up significantly more space than APG did.  This building is now pretty much full.

Ok, so is the building on the south side or north side of Euclid?
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« Reply #174 on: July 07, 2009, 11:18:36 AM »
South side of HURON ROAD.

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