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Re: Cleveland: Ohio City & Market District Developments
« Reply #105 on: November 08, 2005, 12:20:28 PM »
I think that CMHA believes that things can be built there, but banks won't fund it if its unstable.

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« Reply #106 on: November 08, 2005, 12:27:07 PM »
a park would be great and if that's all we can do for the next 30 years due to lack of funds to stabilize the hillside, then by all means, we should do it.  but right now, it's a big piece of green space with a fence around it.

And don't forget the ugly low-rise buildings blocking views of downtown! ;)

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« Reply #107 on: November 08, 2005, 02:09:20 PM »
^are you talking about the ones north of the CMHA property?  I know these were drawn up as something new in the initial drawings from a few years back, but I don't know if they've actually pursued acquiring the properties.  It's actually pretty surprising the the private market hasn't made any moves here already.  I mean, if I was some small non-profit sitting on a prime piece of land in a dilapidated building and someone offered me more than enough money to move and rehab a better location, I'd take the money!  I don't know anything about prior efforts, though, or what is keeping them in that location...
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« Reply #108 on: November 08, 2005, 02:33:42 PM »
Those parcels north of the tower were listed under "phase II."  No timeline was ever given for the second phase.

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« Reply #109 on: November 08, 2005, 09:06:35 PM »
Guys, these are the buildings I was referring to when I posted OCNW's e-mail: The ugly low-rise ones north of Riverview Tower, on the east side of W. 25th Street.
To quote OCNW again: "It’s highly unlikely we’ll ever see development from Riverview north to the bridge." The low-rise buildings are no longer part of *any* phase of the HOPE VI development. That's why I was so upset! It seems the best we can hope for now is a park.
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« Reply #110 on: November 09, 2005, 04:18:04 PM »
But why can't they develop up to the sidewalk on the CMHA land north of Riverview and south of the THI buildings and have a greenspace behind that on the unstable land?  I understand if they need to go further with studies before developing back there, but on the street frontage?  I'm sure it just has to do with determining the overall safety and potential for all that land...

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« Reply #111 on: November 09, 2005, 04:47:40 PM »
I know, it doesn't make sense. If there are already buildings there, it seems the land would be stable enough to support replacements. However, according to OCNW, "The geo-technical data showed that all the buildings north of Riverview Tower are on unstable ground."
The good news is that now OCNW is recommending tearing the buildings down for that very reason. And in a lot of ways, it might be better to have a park there than buildings; that way everyone can see the view!

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« Reply #112 on: November 10, 2005, 12:02:57 PM »
as it is, though, there is enough land on CMHA property to house a pretty significant (3-5 acre) park. We can start with that and when more studies are done and the development potential is more accurately assessed, CMHA can decide whether to build, sell, keep as a park, etc.  I guess one problem would be maintenance...if CMHA retains ownership, they'd be responsible for upkeep and safety.  If they turn it over to the City Parks Dept., that takes it out of the development arena...

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« Reply #113 on: November 13, 2005, 09:05:06 AM »
CMHA development awaits HUD approval of new plan
Officials hope long-delayed Ohio City project gets extension

Sunday, November 13, 2005
Angela D. Chatman
Plain Dealer Reporter

Federal housing officials will decide by year's end whether to approve the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's revised plan for a mixed-income development in Ohio City.

The approval would also extend the long-delayed Riverview HOPE VI project by three years, to the end of 2009.

If the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants the authority's request, CMHA will retain the remaining $8.5 million of a project grant that is to expire on Dec. 31, 2006, and have more time to plan and carry out the development...


more at:  http://www.cleveland.com
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« Reply #114 on: November 16, 2005, 10:01:41 PM »
Two tidbits of info that I heard today:

HUD has given an extension to the Riverview Hope VI project.

The building that burned down on West 25th will be rebuilt preserving the original facade.

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« Reply #115 on: November 19, 2005, 01:29:57 AM »
wimwar, which building burned on W.25? (rough address? street corner?).

Also, I really wonder how much more it would cost to shore up that land to build NE of Riverview.  I think we've all seen greater engineering feats than this.

Finally, as much as I'm a TOD fan, I'm not sure the schematic of low rises rising over the Red Line tracks, in a line south of Lorain does the trick.  While it could have the effect of pulling some more development/retail activity on the still largely quiet quadrant of Ohio City (W. 25 south of the Lorain/WSM), I've got a feeling it would be too far isolated and linear in nature to develop the kind of residential density that would have a more positive impact (as in foot traffic) as say, a high or midrise --- but I could be wrong.

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« Reply #116 on: November 20, 2005, 10:30:05 AM »
Clvlndr,

Where have you been?

The burned building is about 3 structures to the north of the West Side Market. 

I agree with your observations on the Duck island proposal.  I know that the images are only preliminary massings, but it really fails as a design concept.  It would form a long wind tunnell corridor.  It is not very inviting and it looks like a superblock. While it is isolated from the rest of Ohio City, this could really succeed in sparking a new neighborhood if the project is less linear and incorporates smaller blocks within the development.   

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« Reply #117 on: November 20, 2005, 10:46:19 AM »
I've had the same reservations and I agree... While Ohio City is one of the more vibrant urban neihborhoods in Cleveland, it is still functioning on a delicate balance.  I think that one day we'll have a contiguous corridor down West 25th into Clark/Metro/Fulton, but to concentrate so much new housing on that end of the district right now might be a mistake.  I think we really need to concentrate on the gaps along West 25th between Lorain and Detroit!  I wonder how active Lutheran Hospital has been in these discussions...they've got quite a few parking lots along that stretch...as do other companies.

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« Reply #118 on: November 21, 2005, 03:18:10 PM »
The Building that burned down was called Market Square building. Also, I heard that Marous Brothers have made an agreement with the developer to build the CMHA housing project on west 25Th.

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« Reply #119 on: November 21, 2005, 03:27:00 PM »
The Building that burned down was called Market Square building. Also, I heard that Marous Brothers have made an agreement with the developer to build the CMHA housing project on west 25Th.


Where on West 25th???

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« Reply #120 on: November 21, 2005, 04:14:02 PM »
Yes, the Market Square Building, but it didn't burn "down" exactly...just burned "out."  Still, it appears that there may be a chance to rebuild it.

And where/when did you hear this about Marous and CMHA?  That's something that hasn't been mentioned here before.  Are you sure this isn't outdated?

I did hear from a neighborhood merchant that Marous is interested in developing the parcels north of the WS Market, where the Market Square Building and Orange Blossom Press sit, but I don't know how much merit this source has!

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« Reply #121 on: November 21, 2005, 04:15:25 PM »
We're looking into here at Sun. Will advise.
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« Reply #122 on: November 22, 2005, 07:13:01 AM »
The Market Square building is right across from Fries & Schuele. MGD is correct, it was gutted not burned down. Concerning the CMHA project, I have a contact at CMHA and they told me that Telesis & Marous have met and had several phone conversations and have come to an agreement. Although who really knows what will happen by the time they finally get everything sorted out.

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« Reply #123 on: November 22, 2005, 08:43:19 AM »
true, these plans have changed immensely from day one...but if they're still talking about building on West 25th, that's news to me...and good news at that!  I think this was one of the most important things about the first set of plans...filling the huge gaps along West 25th.  Looking forward to hearing more!

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« Reply #124 on: November 22, 2005, 08:56:17 AM »
MGD,

I agree.  We need to continue to develop a critical mass on 25th to support retail and enhance street life. Hopefully, the Jay Hotel project will move forward soon. 

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« Reply #125 on: November 22, 2005, 09:35:24 AM »
Yes, I'm curious there how much the developer is seeking to work with...is he just doing the Jay Hotel and the adjacent vacant lot?  Is he trying to get the warehouses between Jay and Bridge? (that's what I heard)  Is he trying to get the buildings fronting West 25th as well (Near West Woodworks, etc)?  Anxiously awaiting more news on this one as well!

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« Reply #126 on: November 22, 2005, 10:55:38 AM »
The Jay Hotel project has been silent for a while now.  The last thing that I saw was a mention of it in the developer's spring newsletter.  I emailed Heartland, but they never responded.

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« Reply #127 on: November 22, 2005, 01:37:01 PM »
I spoke to someone in the City Planning office about the Jay Hotel in September. He said the developer was trying to acquire some of the property around the hotel before going ahead with the project. There are some very ugly steel sheds right behind the hotel (the warehouses MGD refers to), and a parking lot immediately to the west -- I'm assuming this is the stuff Heartland is trying to get.
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« Reply #128 on: November 22, 2005, 02:21:52 PM »
That would be my basic assumption too.  It would be a much more substantial and impactful project if it incorporated a West 25th Street frontage, but I'm not sure how I feel about displacing those businesses, or how much more complicated this would make the project.

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« Reply #129 on: November 29, 2005, 11:48:28 AM »
The following is a handy article from the December Plain Press, available online at www.nhlink.net/plainpress.  This is the best wrap-up of that last Riverview meeting that I've read to date.  There's even a little bit at the end that I hadn't heard yet...

Riverview HOPE VI update
by Chuck Hoven

At a November 17th meeting at Riverview Towers at 1791 W. 25th Street, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) officials and representatives of Ohio City Near West Development Corporation (OCNW) and Telesis Corporation offered an update on the Riverview HOPE VI proposal to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to build 384 units of new mixed income housing in the Ohio City neighborhood. While little new information was offered at the meeting, the small crowd of a little over twenty people allowed officials to answer questions about the project.

CMHA officials noted that they met a September 30th deadline to submit a revised proposal to HUD requesting an extension on the original grant and identifying new sites for the proposed development. They said the revised proposal received approval of HUD with some conditions. HUD has not yet revealed what conditions they will require.

The revised proposal requests additional funds for land acquisition (not in the original proposal) and identifies new sites for the housing. The original site for the new housing, CMHA property behind the Riverview Towers, was deemed too unstable to build upon.

Four new sites were selected on which to build the 384 units of new housing. Eighty-one of those units will be replacement public housing units for residents displaced when their homes were demolished to make way for the project. The new sites put forth in the proposal are: W. 28th and Detroit Avenue (56 units); W. 28th and Church Avenue (74 units); W. 41st and Lorain Avenue (12 units); and Regional Transit Authority land that lies between W. 25th, Lorain Avenue and Columbus Road (242 units).

OCNW Executive Director Joe Mazzola said OCNW and Telesis Corporation are committed to pursuing additional sites to lower the density of the housing proposed for the RTA site,  in response to concerns of residents in the Duck Island neighborhood.

A CMHA official explained that tenants in the 81 public housing units will only pay 30% of their income for rent and utilities as other public housing tenants do. Telesis Corporation will manage the rental units for the first 15 years, at which time the contract could either be renewed or revert back to CMHA for management services. The units are protected as public housing under CMHA ownership.

CMHA Executive Director George Phillips said that, while CMHA would like to build more than 81 public housing units as part of the project, they have received only $8.5 million to build public housing, enough to build only 81 units. Asked whether HOPE VI dollars could have been used to acquire scattered site housing and substantially rehab it (instead of building new housing), Phillips said, “it is theoretically possible, but I don’t know that it would have received funding from HUD.”

When asked why all of the housing units were being built in the Ohio City neighborhood rather than spread out over a number of neighborhoods, Phillips said the major reason was to fulfill commitments made to former residents of the Riverview estates. “We promised they could come back to this neighborhood,” Phillips said.

CMHA and Telesis Corporation officials also said that some creative mortgages could make some of the 303 new for-sale housing units more affordable. Income restrictions tied to the mortgage could be transferable with the property when it is sold making the units more affordable even upon resale.

A Jay Avenue resident expressed concern that the new project offered little in the way of commercial development and green space as proposed in the original HOPE VI proposal made with input from the community. Mazzola said he believes that the new housing on W. 28 by Detroit and at W. 41st and Lorain will help spur development.

Mazzola explained a proposal by OCNW to create an Ohio City Safety Special Improvement District. He said such a district would be entirely dependent upon property owners in the district agreeing to pay an extra tax to pay for extra security.

Mazzola said OCNW’s board has proposed that the original site behind the Riverview Towers be made into a public park and that it be connected to the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail as a trailhead. CMHA Executive Director Phillips “that is something we would seriously look at and consider.”

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« Reply #130 on: November 29, 2005, 11:51:37 AM »
I think an Ohio City SID would be excellent and that West 25th is the logical place to do it.  It could spread down Detroit and Lorain as well. 

The park idea is one that just seems like common sense and has been mentioned here before.  One drawback, though, is that we would likely be losing all development potential for the future by committing this site to public use as a park.

I'm still curious about the West 25th Street frontages of the CMHA property and others north of Jay that still haven't really entered into the conversation yet...at least, not the conversation that I've witnessed.

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« Reply #131 on: November 29, 2005, 12:14:29 PM »
MGD shoots and he scores!   (some interesting articles today)

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« Reply #132 on: November 29, 2005, 02:58:19 PM »
I'm still curious about the West 25th Street frontages of the CMHA property and others north of Jay that still haven't really entered into the conversation yet...at least, not the conversation that I've witnessed.

Exactly which frontages are you talking about? As we've already discussed, the property on the east side of W. 25th north of Riverview Tower isn't in the conversation because that land has been deemed unstable. There apparently is some potential for redeveloping stuff on the west side, but that would presumably be infill because some occupied commercial buildings survive there.

I'm not against turning the east side properties into a park. That would allow everyone to enjoy the spectacular views of downtown -- and it would get rid of those god-awful low-rise buildings.

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« Reply #133 on: November 29, 2005, 03:15:01 PM »
The most specific frontage I'm talking about is the actual CMHA property along the east side of West 25th that touches the sidewalk.  This is the space just north of the existing towers and south of Franklin Ave. that goes downhill east of the site.  I figure that if they say the hillside is stable enough for two towers to remain there, then they should probably be able to build something considerably smaller just north of them that abuts the sidewalk.  However, if they're concerned about future development prospects or if it's not stable enough even for that or if they just want the whole thing to be a park, then this option is out. 

The other frontages I'm referring to would be all the parking lots on the west side of the street and perhaps moving north to the Transitional Housing property, which CMHA does not currently own.  I doubt this property is contained in the area that they are considering for a park.

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« Reply #134 on: February 08, 2006, 10:30:47 AM »
Just a little tidbit from Heartland Developers latest newsletter:



Doesn't look like Near West Woodworks gets to stick around...nor do a couple small buildings next to it.  I haven't heard a word about this from anyone but the Heartland website and I'm assuming that no one has heard back from them...what's the deal?

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« Reply #135 on: February 08, 2006, 10:46:23 AM »
MGD,

Did you get a print version of that newsletter?  The website has last spring's version.  I had emailed them when I saw that newsletter last May and never received a response.

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« Reply #136 on: February 08, 2006, 12:43:56 PM »
So that's an old rendering? I was starting to get hopeful that they'd actually start work this spring!
Either way, thanks for posting MGD.

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« Reply #137 on: February 08, 2006, 01:11:16 PM »
something is updated as the newsletter posted says "staring in Spring 2005" and lists 170K as the starting price.  the new graphic has the 2006 start date and a start price under 200k. 

also, newsletter calls them the "Post Office" and this is now calling them the "Lofts".

who knows how serious they are though besides the minor updates.
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« Reply #138 on: February 08, 2006, 01:31:13 PM »
I just called the number on that listing and they're sending me more info.  The lady said that it is going ahead this spring, but she thinks the first phase is just the Jay Hotel (she called it the Post Office building).  She mentioned they're creating a courtyard behind the Jay Hotel and building townhomes behind that on 26th through to Bridge.  She didn't know about the Woodworks building.  I guess I'll have a sales associate calling me soon, so I'll let you know if I learn anything new!

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« Reply #139 on: February 08, 2006, 01:35:47 PM »
MGD, There's been articles in the West Side Sun by David Plata and Crain's Stan Bullard about the project. I haven't followed the project too closely, however.
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