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Not 10 years ago, I used to go to a great local restaurant on West 76th and I never, ever imagined this would be happening...

From cleveland.com (Sun Newspapers):

Bluffs getting makeover

Thursday, July 08, 2004

By DAVID PLATA
West Side Sun News

The Bluffs area of the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood has been undergoing a renaissance in recent years _ and one that appears will continue.

Overlooking Edgewater Park and the Shoreway, the area stretches roughly from West 45th to West 76th streets.

Three projects, already completed, under way or yet to start, are giving a new look to Father Caruso Drive, a shorter stretch of the Bluffs, from West 65th to West 73rd streets.

The 17-unit Lake Pointe Townhomes is the latest, with 10 units completed and the final seven under way.

It's a wonderful development, said Jeff Ramsey, director of Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, the local nonprofit development group.

The nearly $4.4 million project, with a nautical look including a corrugated metal exterior, stairs rising to the second floor entrances and windows set into the doors to resemble portholes aboard ship, stretches south on the east side of West 67th, starting on Father Caruso Drive.

The husband and wife team of Andrew and Miriam Colen, owners of Hallie Inc. of Pepper Pike, are developers and builders of the project, which is designed by RDL Architects of Cleveland.

Miriam Colen said the views, overlooking Lake Erie, make the area especially attractive.

The views, the Edgewater Marina is there; I can't imagine a better view than that, she said. And with the new bike path, it's just a nice location.

While the first 10 units are already sold, Miriam Colen said the seven now under construction should be ready for occupancy by November.

The three-story townhouses have two stories above the garage on the ground floor, plus a deck on top. The two- or three-bedroom units cover 2,100 square feet, with a large finished bonus room behind the garage. It could be used as a family room, an entertainment room, a media room, said Colen, secretary/treasurer with the firm.

The living room, dining, room, kitchen and powder room are on the main level; the second-story bedroom level also has two full baths and a laundry room.

Councilman Matt Zone, D-17, in whose ward the projects are taking place, said the Lake Pointe development is being done without city aid, other than the normal tax abatement for new housing construction.

The Pepper Pike company also has done a three-unit project at Bridge Avenue and West 26th Street in the Ohio City neighborhood, and is doing a 10-unit building at East 36th Street and Prospect Avenue.

Also in the area is the Belvedere, a 20-unit housing development completed in recent years at West 69th Street and Father Caruso Drive.

Ramsey said most development in the area had been selling for about $110 per square foot. But the Lake Pointe project, he said, is selling for about $150 per square foot.

It's establishing a market for that area north of Detroit we call the Bluffs _ the area of our neighborhood where you get lake views and downtown views, he said. What's really significant is that its establishing a market for the redevelopment of the Eveready Battery site.

The site is on West 73rd Street, also overlooking Edgewater Park.

The plan, which calls for demolition of some 20 buildings but would preserve the old power plant, possibly as a restaurant and museum, calls for nearly 330 units on a 14-acre site.

That's the biggest development in our neighborhood and probably on the entire West Side, Ramsey said.

City Architecture and Marous Brothers Construction are still working on the plans, with construction possibly to start this year.
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Here's a link to a rendering of the Lake Pointe Townhomes:
http://www.progressiveurban.com/lakepointe/images/LakePointe.jpg

And a link to a realtor listing for the Belvedere: http://www.smythecramer.com/apps/propertysearch/homes/index.cfm?search_LN=2140654&action=detail&lnsrc=n
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Yea those houses look amazing.  Arent some already built?  I remember seeing some of them and thinking how non-cleveland-bungalo they look lol

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Progressive Urban Realistate has them at $300,000+ each  (these ones sold out of course)

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Yep, I think they're starting Phase II pretty soon (they were wrapping up the first group the last time I checked). I think the non-traditional styles started with the Tillman Park townhomes (the green, pink and yellow ones) over near West 44th. I'm glad to see them use something a little contemporary.

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I dont like the way they look

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Well i think they work because they're near the shore, so its that whole 'coastal look'.  

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Personally if im going to spend 300k on a hourse id want something old to rehab.

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"I dont like the way they look"

Well you ain't exactly a sight for sore eyes, either!

Just kidding!  :lol:

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There may be a topic on this area, but here is another Crain's article about the up and coming arts district. I like what they are doing.  West Siders need an art theater.

Pile of cash needed for Gordon Sq. arts district
 
By JAY MILLER
 
A group that hopes to transform the corner of West 65th Street and Detroit Avenue into a West Side arts district is looking at an innovative way of financing a package of neighborhood improvements that could total as much as $20 million.

Chief among those financing options is a bond issue that the group hopes the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority will float, said James Levin, founder of Cleveland Public Theatre, which is based in the neighborhood. Mr. Levin is leading the effort to finance the revitalization of the newly formed Gordon Square Cultural Arts District.
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Deb Janik, Port Authority vice president of regional development, said a Gordon Square bond issue was intriguing and something the port would be interested in, though no formal proposal has been made. Mr. Levin said the group needs to line up guarantors for the loan package, which he said could involve a mix of corporations and foundations that would make either long-term grant commitments or would provide letters of credit to assure repayment of the bond issue.

The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, a nonprofit, has been struggling for several years to coordinate the restoration of the neighborhood's jewels on a piecemeal basis. It had hoped a year ago that Issue 31 - the county arts development proposal that failed on the March 2004 ballot - would have provided a base for financing.

The new organization brings together the previous individual efforts. Mr. Levin left his job as executive director of Cleveland Public Theatre eight months ago to lead the neighborhood capital improvements effort.

Cleveland City Councilman Mat-thew Zone, whose Ward 17 includes Gordon Square, still hopes to receive some county money for the project, and he said the city already is putting $2 million into neighborhood street-scape improvementsalong Detroit Avenue. But he, too, is throwing his support behind the bond idea.

An arts triumvirate

The three pillars of the arts district would be Cleveland Public Theatre, the Near West Theatre and the Capitol Theater, an 84-year-old, 1,400-seat movie theater in the Gordon Square Arcade building that has been dark for decades.

Gordon Square Arcade is owned by a partnership headed by the Detroit Shoreway development group,

which has estimated the theater's restoration will cost between $3 million and $4 million. The hope is the Capitol Theater will become the West Side equivalent of the Cedar-Lee Theater, which shows a mix of foreign and independently produced films.

Cleveland Public Theatre has been in the area for two decades and currently operates two stages in buildings along the northeast corner of West 65th and Detroit. It has spent several hundred thousand dollars over the years to carve out of its old buildings usable performance space for its out-of-the-mainstream productions.

However, Mr. Levin has been searching for at least $6 million to upgrade and renovate several run-down buildings Cleveland Public Theatre owns in the neighborhood. It needs at least $3.2 million for a serious makeover of the 1912 Gordon Square Theatre, which is in need of air conditioning among other improvements, and an adjacent building that is home to the troupe's Mainstage Theatre. West 65th Street originally was called Gordon Street.

Mr. Levin says the theater group also has its eye on restoring the old St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church at 6203 Detroit for smaller theater companies and educational uses.

The Near West Theatre has been able to acquire an old furniture store at West 67th and Detroit but needs money to move from its current space in Ohio City. Mr. Levin said the plan is for Near West, which targets at-risk teens and other youth with its productions and after-school programs, to move into the basement and first floor of the furniture store and to build an auditorium on the back of the building.

In a presentation last Tuesday, March 22, at Case Western Reserve University's Center for Regional Economic Issues, Mr. Levin said the presence of these anchor organizations is spawning a robust arts district that now includes a bookstore, an art gallery and several restaurants. It also includes the Verb Ballets, a dance company now performing at Cleveland Public Theatre that Dance Magazine a year ago designated among its "25 to watch" U.S. dance companies.
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I like what's happening in this area and I agree with you wimwar, I think there would be enough interest to sustain both Cedar-Lee and a west-side equivalent. Just north of this area, the 3rd phase of the Lake Point townhomes has sold out and the whole area (Detroit between West 45ish and West 65th) is really accessible.

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2005, 02:16:02 PM »
The near west side is nicely on its way, I believe.  The 65th area and Ohio City are creeping towards each other at a nice pace.  So many infill projects in that area.  Also, with the new Shoreway on tap in the coming years, the area will get an additional shot in the arm.  Add in the Hope VI project and Battery Park (once it gets underway) and all the new townhomes overlooking the lake.  When I went to Ignatius in the late 80s early 90s, I never would have thought that this stuff would have happened.

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I don't know if this is the correct thread for this or if it is somewhere else, but I caught this on Cleveland.com:


Bridge Square begins
Thursday, July 07, 2005
By DAVID PLATA
West Side Sun News


Construction of Bridge Square III, a $1.3 million housing development in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, is under way, continuing the rebirth of a stretch of Bridge Avenue.

The project, which started last week, consists of five attached townhouses on the southeast corner of West 58th Street and Bridge Avenue and three on the southwest.

It's testimony to how a street that was drug-infested for a number of years can change to a quiet street that rivals any in the city of Cleveland, said Jeff Ramsey, director of Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, the nonprofit development group heading the project.

The three-story townhouses have a one- or two-car garage on the ground floor and two stories above.

Selling prices for the one-car units start at $189,900, while the two-car units range from $219,900-$224,900, depending on amenities and the number of square feet.

The units have from two to four bedrooms, depending on how the rooms are used. For instance, they also could be used as an office, an exercise room or a media room, said Jeff Marks, project manager for the development at the Detroit Shoreway group.

The units range from 1,840 to 1,950 square feet. All have 21/2 bathrooms, a great room, a dining room, a kitchen and a laundry room.

Efforts to rid the area of drug activity began in the mid-1990s, when resident and neighborhood groups, including the Bridge Brigade, the CB Patrol, the Bridge Watchers, the Lorain-Fir Avenue Block Club and the St. Stephen's Safe Zone, took the matter in hand, working closely with police, Ramsey noted.

A strategic plan identifying new housing development on Bridge as a way to revitalize the neighborhood was developed in 1995, leading to the earlier and ongoing phases of the Bridge Square project.

Property acquisition costs for the project were about $700,000, Marks said.

Phase IV, consisting of 10 condominiums at West 48th Street and Bridge, is to get under way next spring.

The West 58th and Bridge location, Ramsey noted, is three blocks south of the EcoVillage Townhouses, which were completed in 2004.

This goes to show how, when residents get involved, they can change the neighborhood for the better, Ramsey said.

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in '97 my brother bought a house on W. 67th near Fr. Carouso across from this development.  He paid less than $20K, sunk about $25K into it.  Sold it for $180,000 in 2003.
I always wondered when that area would explode
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Anyone have pics of any of these phases? 

These are the critical types of infill, along bus routes and close to other transit, that will continue to make Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway one of the most seemless, cohesive, safe, and vibrant parts of our city!  Livable, attractive and with housing and entertainment options galore! I'm happy to be coming back home to be a part of it!
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From Sun Newspapers, 7/28/05:


Housing is for homeless
Thursday, July 28, 2005
By DAVID PLATA
West Side Sun News


It's billed as a housing experiment that's had great success at cities across the country.

Now, it's coming to Cleveland for the first time.

Emerald Commons, a $6 million permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless people, will be built in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.

The idea is that if we build affordable, decent, safe housing with supportive services and make them available to people, they will voluntarily access that housing and break their cycle of homelessness, said Kathryn Kazol, director of Emerald Development and Economic Network.

EDEN is developing the project with the Cleveland Housing Network and will operate the facility.

The three-story, 52-unit building will be built on the northwest corner of West 79th Street and Madison Avenue, now a parking lot for EDEN.

Construction is to start in late August or early September and be completed in a year.

Councilman Matt Zone, D-17, in whose ward the project will take place, said people will have gone through homelessness through living in an emergency shelter and through transitional housing before qualifying for supportive housing.

Zone said neighborhood meetings have been had to inform people about the plans.

All the residents are aware of what's going on and are supportive, he said.

Kazol said the building will have front-desk security full time. In addition, she and Zone said, residents will have such services as a job-readiness and training program and a case manager, ensuring outpatient access to Mental Health Services Inc., the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and Recovery Resources.

This has been very successful in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Paul, Boston and Columbus, Kazol said. They're all over the place.

The building is designed by Dennis Langley, of the Weese, Langley, Weese architectural firm in Chicago.

Construction is by Marous Brothers Construction of Cleveland.

Primary financing for the project consists of federal Low Income Housing Finance tax credits offered to corporate investors.

In addition, there is $700,000 provided by the city and $500,000 by the county commissioners, both in federal HOME funds. Also, the Cleveland Foundation has awarded the project a $500,000 grant.

Zone said one minor item delaying the project has been city approval to vacate Pease Court, an alley between West 79th and West 80th streets, to clear the construction site and create a roadway and cul-de-sac for neighbors to access their driveways.

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2005, 12:07:32 AM »
Here's a quickie of three new houses going up on West 47th and Bridge, across from the hardware store...

From September:

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
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Gordon Square Homes started Renovation to cost $16 million
Thursday, December 01, 2005
By DAVID PLATA
West Side Sun News
Construction is to begin this month on Gordon Square Homes, a $16 million renovation of four buildings, including apartments and commercial space, in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.

The work will include renovation of the former Lou's Furniture Building, part of which will be used as a theater lobby when Near West Theatre moves, after years in the Ohio City neighborhood, to Detroit Shoreway.

The project includes renovation of 64 apartments on the second and third floors of the Gordon Square Arcade, 6518 Detroit Ave.

That will include new windows, exterior masonry and a new freight elevator for the building. In addition, each unit will get new kitchen cabinets, carpets and paint.

It's been 16 years, so it's time, said Jeff Ramsey, director of Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, which is developing the project.

Marous Brothers Construction, of Willoughby, is the contractor.

The bulk of the project, to be done in phases and completed in about year, is paid for with a Hope VI grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Financing includes a $4 million city float loan with a 2 percent interest rate to be paid by within two years, said Councilman Matt Zone, D-17, in whose ward the properties are located.

It's going to supply 85 one- and two-bedroom units of affordable housing for a variety of different incomes within the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, he said. This is four more buildings along Detroit Avenue that we're renovating.

Ramsey said all the buildings to be rehabbed date from the 1920s.

The remaining buildings are:

The P.J. Shier Building, 6515 Detroit Ave., formerly the site of an adult bookstore, will be rehabbed, resulting in two apartments and two storefronts.

The Conrad-Balsch-Kroehle Building, formerly the site of Lou's Furniture, will be rehabbed. The building has 5,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and eight apartments, of about 1,000 square feet each, on two floors above.

The later will be rehabbed as live-work artist's space.

They have lots of big, tall windows, Ramsey said.

Near West Theatre will take over the first floor, half of which will be the theatre lobby and offices, and half retail space. As part of a separate project, the theatre will build a new auditorium and stage on vacant land to the rear _ said to be the first new stage to be built in Cleveland in 50 years.

The Muriel Building, 7001 Detroit Ave., next to McDonald's. The building has 11 one-bedroom apartments, all of which will be renovated.

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2005, 02:41:01 PM »
Great news! I didn't know they were getting started so soon on the old Lou's Furniture building. The Muriel's a real cutie too.
Now, is all of this being funded by HOPE VI or just the Arcade?
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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2005, 04:11:56 PM »
Great news!  Detroit Shoreway is just booming.  I'll have to get out there and check out whcih buildings these are, because I can't picture the furniture building or the P.J. Sheir Building offhand.

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2005, 11:34:04 PM »
To help paint the picture:

The former Lou's Furniture: Future home of the Near West Theater :

The north side of Detroit, featuring one of those nifty new Re$tore Cleveland posters!

A new ice cream shop that is apparently doing great business!

The Gordon Square Arcade, whose upper floors will soon host renovated apartments:

Charing Cross Book Store, in front of CPT:

The vacant Capitol Theater...future home to indie flix?


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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #21 on: December 20, 2005, 12:17:19 PM »
More on Emerald Commons at http://www.chnnet.com/b_real_estate.html and in a recent PD article:

Emerald Commons to offer the homeless housing and support services
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Angela D. Chatman
Plain Dealer Reporter

The Housing First Initiative, which seeks to boost the amount of permanent supportive housing in Cuyahoga County, has launched its first project after three years' efforts.

The coalition of advocates, service providers and city and county officials has identified a need for more of this subsidized housing coupled with support services for the chronically homeless.
Its target population includes people with problems ranging from mental illness to alcoholism who can live independently with a little help...

For More: http://www.chnnet.com/emerald_commons_homeless_housing.asp
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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2006, 09:50:11 AM »
An update from 47th & Bridge:

I'd say these are looking quite handsome! 

47th Street Frontage:

Bridge Ave. Frontage:

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2006, 10:03:36 AM »
Some of the newer housing in the neighborhood, further west on Bridge and a good 15-20 minute walk from the Battery Park site:

Bridge Square, started in the late-90s and continuing through 2006:

Leaves a little to be desired:



A bit better, this is the smaller part of the two-phase Bridge Square 3:



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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2006, 10:11:37 AM »
A front porch (or two, up and down, like in traditional Cleveland style) would do wonders for these places. I wonder why more new housing doesn't incorporate this traditional design?
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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2006, 10:32:18 AM »
I think that's precisely why I prefer the ones on 47th to these rows.  The ones on 47th are built to the sidewalk and they have contextually appropriate (and appealing) porches on both Bridge and 47th.  It's too bad that there aren't more of them!

The reason I like phase 3 better than the ealier Bridge Squares is that it comes closer to the sidewalk and there's a better mixture of materials.  Regardless, these sold well when they were first built and are now seeing some resales with significant price increases.  That's a good sign for this area!

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2006, 10:38:51 AM »
Update on the Gordon Square Homes project, which kicked off earlier in January...

Lou's Furniture: future home to apartments and the Near West Theater:

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2006, 10:50:18 AM »
Some snaps of the aforementioned Lake Pointe Townhomes:

Lake Pointe Townhomes on W. 67th:

These things are selling for over $300k in some cases, but they don't suit my tastes...

Where's the character?  Where are the planters?  The gardens?  And those stairs are a menace!


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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2006, 10:59:10 AM »
Sorry, but I'm moving all my non-"development" photos to a "photo" thread:

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=7366.0
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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2006, 04:05:26 PM »
Oh, my bad!  I knew there was some connection with the Isabella, though!

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2006, 06:34:36 PM »
Nice photos MGD! I think you should have featured these in their own thread! :-P

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« Reply #31 on: February 01, 2006, 06:41:24 PM »
perhaps...it occurred to me after I'd already posted them and it would take too much time to repost them...or would it?

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2006, 01:31:05 PM »
This from the February 2006 issue of The Plain Press:

Gordon Square Homes project aims to preserve affordable housing in Detroit Shoreway neighborhood

On January 25th Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) released balloons in the Gordon Square Arcade to mark the beginning of Gordon Square Homes, a $12 million effort to preserve affordable housing in the neighborhood and rehabilitate neighborhood commercial space.

Among the sixty people gathered in the atrium of the arcade were many residents of the Gordon Square Apartments, one of the buildings being renovated.

Participating in the release were: Ward 17 Councilman Matt Zone, City of Cleveland Community Development Director Daryl Rush, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Deputy Director Jeffery Patterson, Ohio President & CEO of Charter One Bank Ned Handy, Executive Director of Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) Jeff Ramsey, and DSCDO Housing Director Michael Bier.

Gordon Square Homes is DSCDO’s newest effort in the revitalization of Detroit Avenue and the preservation of affordable housing. The project includes the rehabilitation of four existing buildings and the creation and preservation of 85 rental-housing units designated for low-income tenants. In addition, 6,000 square feet of commercial space will be rehabilitated. The project is located in the heart of Detroit Shoreway’s emerging arts and entertainment district.

The four buildings undergoing renovation are located along Detroit Avenue: the Gordon Square Apartments at 6518 Detroit Ave., the P.J. Shier Building at 6515 Detroit Ave, the Conrad-Balsch-Kroehle Building at 6710 Detroit Ave. and the Muriel Apartment Building at 7001 Detroit Ave.

The Gordon Square Apartments will be receiving a moderate rehabilitation with new windows, updated kitchens and bathrooms as well as a new 1,800 sq.ft. resident community room and learning center. Residents of the Gordon Square Apartments have moved to other apartment buildings or will shift to other apartments in the building while their apartments are being rehabbed.
Gordon Square Apartment resident Lou “Donuts” says he is moving to another apartment in the building while his apartment is being refurbished. “Donuts”, who moved to the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood 56 years ago, says the project “helps people like me very much in my old age. I say thank you very much every chance I get.”

The other three buildings, which have stood vacant and boarded for several years, will receive significant improvements. All buildings are designated as historic properties and renovations will follow the Secretary of Interior historic renovation guidelines.

Gordon Square Homes is part of a flurry of development in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. This current project follows DSCDO’s recently-completed West Side Homes, a similar project providing 52 affordable housing units in Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway, 18 of which are adjacent to the Gordon Square Homes project. 

Detroit Avenue streetscape improvements are planned for summer, 2007. 

Additionally, there is a growing effort to revitalize two neighborhood theaters – Cleveland Public Theater and the Capitol Theater – and create a new facility for Near West Theater, as part of a $20 million arts and entertainment district. The new Near West Theatre facility will be built behind one of the buildings being rehabbed as part of the Gordon Square Homes project -- the Conrad-Balsch-Kroehle Building. 6710 Detroit, (the former home of Lou’s Furniture).

Ward 17 Councilman Matthew Zone says, “Approximately $750 million of neighborhood development is either under construction or soon to begin in Ward 17.  Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization is one of several non-profit organizations and private companies making strong efforts to improve this part of Cleveland.”

“There is a very strong demand for market-rate housing in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. The Gordon Square Homes project helps to support DSCDO’s efforts to provide quality affordable housing and preserve the character of our community as a diverse, mixed-income neighborhood,” said Jeff Ramsey, DSCDO’s executive Director.

The $12 million Gordon Square Homes project is financed through a variety of sources, making it the largest and most complicated undertaking in DSCDO’s 33-year history.  Low income housing tax credits and historic tax credits are the largest financing source. Enterprise Community Investment will be providing $7,345,000 of tax credit equity. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, through the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, will be providing $2,470,000 of Capital Grant funding. Additionally, the City of Cleveland is providing a $1 million Housing Trust Fund loan and a $4 million construction float loan. Charter One Bank has provided $1.7 million in acquisition financing as well as $4 million in construction financing and security for the City of Cleveland float loan.

“Charter One is committed to helping redevelop neighborhoods, and the Gordon Square affordable housing development will play an important role in the redevelopment of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.  As part of our commitment to revitalizing neighborhoods, Charter One is proud to make an investment in this significant project,” said Ned Handy, President & CEO of Charter One Bank, Ohio.

Predevelopment activities have taken about two years, and construction is expected to last about ten months. Marous Brothers Construction, Inc, of Willoughby, Ohio, is providing design and construction services.  DSCDO is planning to have all buildings occupied by December 31, 2006.  Monthly rents for the project’s one-bedroom units will be $400 and two-bedroom units will be $450.

“Inner-city housing development does not follow the path of least resistance, which is why it is so important for community development corporations, like DSCDO, to take on such complicated projects.  Developments like Gordon Square Homes are only possible because there is a dedicated group of funders, real estate professionals and builders that are willing to make the extra effort to make housing projects like this work.  We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our development team and project partners,” said Michael Bier, DSCDO’s project manager.

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2006, 03:47:22 PM »
$750 million is a damn impressive figure, even compared to the development going on Downtown or in University Circle.  But I can't figure, beyond Battery Park, what could account for all of that development.  Most of the other projects are relatively small.  It would be interesting to see a full project list.

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #34 on: February 02, 2006, 08:10:07 PM »
It's a huge figure. What in the world can be included in all of that? Does the Shoreway's reconstruction figure into that?
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