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Cleveland: Midtown: Development and News
« on: July 03, 2004, 07:35:47 PM »
As it stands now, this is midtown cleveland, yes it even looks bad from outerspace.


And from the streets, the area is so decayed that most of it already has reverted back to nature.


A future plan calls for several biotechnology buildings and to revitalize brown spaces into parks.  Theres also a growing trend of mixed income housing in the area. (any locals ever pass by those mansions on chester avenue?  heh). 



This is a concept for designing the Euclid Corridor transit stations.


Also concepts for retail and cafe "zones" designated for the Euclid Corridor.

http://www.hotelbruce.com/01_01/featurewell_hotel_bruce.php
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2004, 07:46:52 PM »
thanks for the renderings, they're new to me

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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2004, 08:58:46 PM »
Sounds Nice

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Re: Cleveland: Midtown Developments
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2004, 04:52:51 PM »
What is "BLAX-Ploitation" about?
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Re: Cleveland: Midtown Developments
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2004, 08:23:53 PM »
Looks pretty damn cool to me!  It's amazing what a well planned, aesthetically pleasing bus/train station can do for a neighborhood.

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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2004, 11:47:23 AM »
Thats for sure.^
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Re: Cleveland: Midtown Developments
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2005, 11:40:17 AM »
Anybody know what's going on at E 55th and chester by the railway bridge? 

Haven't been by the site in a while but last I checked they were still clearing up land - a process that has taken years.

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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2005, 07:55:03 PM »
yea as of today they were still cleaning the site there

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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2005, 09:31:59 PM »
FerrariEnzo,

Blaxploitation is common in movies of the 1970s, which seemed to "celebrate" inner-city blacks in highly criminal, over-sexed roles, plots, scenarios, etc. Perhaps the most famous Blaxploitation movie is Shaft (great tune!).

FYI:  I had to copy and past the URLs for those pics into my Web browser to view the images.

Lastly, when I interviewed Jim Haviland for my TOD story in Sun last winter, he said the masterplan will include a "transit-supportive" zoning classification, to be added to the city's cobwebbed zoning code. Euclid Avenue is proposed to be rezoned once the classification is adopted with few revisions (hopefully!). It would be good to get a copy of the TOD zoning classification, post it here, and make it available to your municipalities around Ohio.

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Re: Cleveland: Midtown Developments
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2005, 10:30:49 PM »
The Midtown Master plan is supposedly finished and adopted.  It isn't posted on their website yet, however.  I'm real curious to see it.

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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2005, 11:56:21 PM »
I wanted to start a thread for discussion about construction projects in Midtown (between Cleveland Clinic and downtown). I drive thu Midtown occasionally and have noticed at least 5-6 construction projects that are all in the works, mostly just fenced off areas where the land was cleared out. I noticed that a lot of 3-4 floor industrial buildings/offices have popped up VERY quickly.. the Sewer Department around E. 40th/Euclid came from nowhere. Same with the building nearby it which houses a new Subway. I saw a small building being torn down on Carnegie yesterday with guys cleaning up an old building on the other side of the street (around E. 84th). Then, there is a huge lot cleared out just west of Cleveland Clinic on Euclid. The area is fenced off and the lot has been cleared out, either something was torn down or they are making way for housing/building. Then, the Giant Eagle at about E. 80th and Euclid is closed and fenced off. It is full of grafitti, but looks like it will be torn down soon (GOOD!) since this lot has much potential (considering that new housing project is across the street from it). Next, on Euclid at E. 55th, there has been talk of a warehouse being cleaned up and right across the street on the north side of Euclid at E. 55th, there is a sign that shows a very long industrial building (4 floors or so) saying space is available. Then, at E. 50th next to the Agora, a building recently burned down, leaving a gigantic hole and fenced off area along Euclid --- now forcing the owner to sell or re-build. Finally, where I am seeing the most progress is along Chester between CSU and E. 55th. There is at least 2, if not 3 lots that have been cleared out and fenced off. What the hell is going on? A lot of stuff is dissapearing and leaving empty lots or bringing new low-rise office buildings. In my opinion, if this keeps up, we may get a midtown full of bustling industrial businesses and far fewer abandoned, decaying warehouses. This is all happening before Euclid is even re-built by RTA - imagine what it will be like AFTER Euclid is re-built! I think the midtown planners are moving in the right direction - a trip down Euclid presents a picture: CSU pushing to its boundaries on the west end. Cleveland Clinic and The Playhouse on your east end. Then, between the two, which in essence, is the missing link between the two, we have a new bus line/tree-lined road being built with new industrial businesses popping up every 10 or so blocks. Progress? Hell yes, but, I don't see high rises in that specific area anytime soon.

One last thing worth noting is the potential that Prospect has at around E. 46th. Right near the spot on Prospect where it branches off in 2 directions near Carnegie/E. 40th at a "broadway" angle, you will notice so many mid-rise apartment buildings lined along Prospect between E. 40th and E. 30th, which right now is a pretty rough area, especially to live in. However, I see this becoming a hugely restored "ritzy" area one day - it might not be for 30 years, or even 50, but it won't always remain a hodgepodge - it has that chic look that led to success in Tribeca (NYC) and Tremont (CLE).. I drove down there this week and felt like this part of Prospect is so freaking awesome!

Well, if anyone wants to add to this thread, go right ahead. I might take pictures of midtown Cleveland next week.. there is just so much in that area to be discussed.. I even think that if midtown gets a major boost of support in the next years, there is potential for a fairly big park in the middle of everything - land is cheap and there is lots of it available. Right now, a park would not work, but one day it could in that area, especially near Euclid/E. 65th. And one other idea that may be in the some developers heads is to try and build casino's in that area - as we all know, a casino calls for lots of land. Where else can ya find it cheaper than in midtown???

Most of the ideas I threw out are my own personal ideas.. I have not researched Midtown nearly enough to know what is really going on. But I do believe this area will prevail (again)!!!

Well, here's to a new thread on MIDTOWN CLEVELAND!!!

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Re: Cleveland: Midtown Developments
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2005, 12:13:52 AM »
Anyone ever imagine what midtown would look like if it was as successful as Lakewood and downtown were with housing in the 60's? Think of what that area would look like if Willson Tower (E. 55th/Chester) wasn't the only high-rise in midtown! I hate seeing that tall building with shitty, ugly, falling apart buildings on all sides of it. Maybe in 200 years when our midtown is nothing but skyscrapers, people will look at that historic registry at Wilson Tower and say, "The guys who developed this building had a vision for midtown, but unfortunately no one else saw it their way for a 100 years!"

Really though..
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Why is Wilson Tower where it is? When the building was built, that area was no better than it is today.. what caused that to be built right there? I don't like the area especially, and I do think it is quite a rough area, but I would just love to have a top floor room in that place, with views of Cleveland in all directions, I'd love it 24/7!!!!!! Out of curiosity, anyone know anything about the building such as reason for building it right there? If CMHA owns it, wouldn't they opt to build low-rise housing vs. the more expensive high-rise?

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Re: Cleveland: Midtown Developments
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2005, 12:27:11 AM »
I honestly dont see midtown truely booming untill the area on St. Clair around the PD and  when CSU really starts to build a critical mass around it. Im talking when CSU gets most/all of its master plan in place, with all the student housing. Eventualy the students will move off campus and still be going to school, logicaly Midtown is the next best place to be. Dumping all the new residential and all the various shops they would need, would be the cheapest there and still close to campus.

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« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2005, 12:41:08 AM »
If Zaremba breaks ground on its 400 units this year in the Erieview urban renewal area, this would be a nice kickstart to creating an attractive area northwest of CSU. If CSU builds housing or gets a developer to do so, the area around the PD will be a pretty interest place---CSU and student residences to the immediate south, market rate ritzy stuff to the west, and art lofts across the street.  We shall see.

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« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2005, 12:57:45 AM »
Yep, that area has so much in store for it, with the new Zaremba project and the restoration of CSU and PD's new building will all help bring things together.

In regards to Midtown - that district/area does not begin until roughly E. 30th. I don't know it's diameter, but it is bordered by Chinatown on the north, CSU on the west, Prospect Historic District/heavy public housing on the south, and Cleveland Clinic/Fairfax on the east. CSU, PD, and Zaremba's project all fall within the Civic Center/CSU area which most likely will become fully re-developed simultaneously with Midtown.
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« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2005, 07:56:22 AM »
Midtown is such a large area.  It will take many many years for the entire area to come back.  I hope that focus is placed on Euclid avenue properties.  With the BRT project, hopefully developement will start on Euclid are spread radially.

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« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2005, 09:00:38 AM »
you can really tell whats "lively" and what isnt when driving along euclid at night.  at about E79th to E55th is pretty much the dead zone.  the clinic and the new housing keep that area lively and after that train bridge you have the agora and further stuff related to downtown that keep that zone going.  but the spot in the middle is REAL dead.  like only things lit up are the street lights.  im sure when the EC is finished theres also going to be some new stuff.  If only that E55th block of buildings could be redeveloped as a "midway" point on the route to give a destination between downtown and university circle. 

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« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2006, 11:22:54 AM »
Good... Let's hope the new owners don't continue letting the buildings rot much longer...

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« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2007, 05:51:25 PM »
Here's a new project. Anyone know what this is?

From the 2/16 Design Review agenda....

MIDTOWN BRD DESIGN REVIEW

2007-004 (Ward 7) 4600 Euclid Avenue (Exterior/Interior Alteration of Existing Building with New Fifth-Floor Addition) Related to previous case # M 2006-001.
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« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2007, 07:02:13 PM »
Is that Gordon Priemer's new building (it's an empty pit right now, just west of the Agora), with an added floor?

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« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2007, 07:10:01 PM »
^I think you're right.  I seem to remember 4600 being the address of that building.  But that sounds like it might be the existing building next to the pit that they were going to renovate.

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« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2007, 07:13:00 PM »
Here we go:  there's actually a thread for this development.

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=7901.0

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« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2007, 07:17:38 PM »
Yep, from google maps, it appears to be right next door to the Agora.
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« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2007, 09:25:07 PM »
Cool. Thanks!
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« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2007, 06:38:01 AM »
Isn't this a heartland developers project.

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« Reply #25 on: February 26, 2007, 09:29:54 AM »
IT firm Calyx set to move

By CHUCK SODER

2:14 pm, February 22, 2007

Calyx LLC, a provider of information technology services, plans to move its office from Lakewood to a larger space in Cleveland’s Midtown neighborhood this weekend.

Calyx’s new office in the Mid-City Building, 3635 Perkins Ave., measures 4,000 square feet. The firm’s old location on Cliffdale Avenue in Lakewood was only about 1,000 square feet, said managing partner Jason Fordu.

The three-person company needed space for computer equipment and new hires. Calyx plans to hire about five people in 2007, Mr. Fordu said. The group also wanted the office to be in the city.

Calyx is leasing space at the building, which is owned by Rose Management Co.

Mr. Fordu declined to release revenues of the 2-year-old company, but said Calyx already in 2007 has generated about half of last year’s revenue figure.

“We see that trend continuing,” Mr. Fordu said.

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« Reply #26 on: February 26, 2007, 10:34:34 AM »
Yay!!! and the parade of companies into the core continues.
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« Reply #27 on: March 08, 2007, 01:20:33 PM »
a bike park in midtown?  at E. 55th and Euclid?  anyone have any details on this?

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« Reply #28 on: March 08, 2007, 01:34:48 PM »
audio (mp3) interview with jim haviland, executive director of midtown cleveland.

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« Reply #29 on: March 08, 2007, 02:13:43 PM »
With the Cleveland Public Art competition that they had two years ago for the bridge at E55th and surrounding area, did they ever announce a winner for it?  What's the deal?
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« Reply #30 on: March 08, 2007, 07:11:08 PM »
as a fixie rider, I wish it was a velodrome, but as there is already an indoor mtn bike park in that area, I certainly won't complain.  perhaps I will get one of those bikes with the knobby tires and tool around e 55.

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« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2007, 01:44:32 PM »
Umm, yeah, a bike park right on our main street.  Sounds wonderful.

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« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2007, 02:26:22 PM »
Umm, yeah, a bike park right on our main street.  Sounds wonderful.

is this sarcasm?  if so, why?
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« Reply #33 on: March 09, 2007, 11:20:53 PM »
Sarcasm, yes.  This seems like a real low intensity use for a major intersection on the main street of our city.  Basically, how will it be different from a vacant lot with a few paths, hills and dips cut into it?  I am still hoping for more- dense urban housing, the Midtown Tech Center to get going, maybe some neighborhood retail.  Maybe this is ok for a little while if it doesn't get in the way of future redevelopment of the site.

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« Reply #34 on: March 10, 2007, 10:54:03 AM »
I'll take a stab at it.  it is good because that area of cleveland needs amenities.  and there's certainly not a dearth of brownfields and empty lots that need redevelopment.  so why not?  think of it as a park, for young people on bikes.  and it is not without precendent.  as I mentioned, there is an indoor mtn bike park, which is pretty fancy.  as is my nature, I totally spaced the location.  but it is still something, first of its kind in the world, and quite popular in the winter months.

http://www.raysmtb.com/index.html

how I thought this was in midtown I have no idea. 

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