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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #105 on: October 05, 2006, 02:21:28 PM »
Yay! :clap:

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« Reply #106 on: October 05, 2006, 02:26:18 PM »
hooray!  I can't wait! 

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« Reply #107 on: October 22, 2006, 06:44:32 PM »
Detroit-Shoreway CDO has begun marketing the artists' lofts in the old Lou's Furniture building. They are being called "Near West Lofts." Income restrictions apply; you can't be a full-time student or make more than I think $28,000/year (for a single person). Here are a couple interior photos; the units are quite beautiful and the upper floors have views of the lake! All units have their own washer and dryer.





Also, Gypsy Beans & Baking is looking sharp. They've got their new windows in featuring a nice, old-timey logo.
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« Reply #108 on: October 23, 2006, 11:40:44 AM »
Nice timing.  It'll help immensely to have a new cafe/bakery on the corner when they're marketing these new units.  Are those original hardwoods?

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« Reply #109 on: October 23, 2006, 02:33:06 PM »
Just as a quick add on to projects in this neighborhood.  Some may have been talked about already.  There is a new art gallery, and a graphic design firm moving into open spaces on south side of Detroit west of 65th.  

There is an issue on the ballot for residents of Precinct I(very small area between 58th and 65th and bridge and Detroit) to approve a liquor license for a new restaurant next to Maschke Architects.  Should be a very cool restaurant if approved.  By the chef that is at Walnut One downtown.  

There is a new wine bar opening up north of Detroit on 65th called Toast.  

There is a new pub called "stone Mad" that is currently under construction north of Detroit on 65th. It will be an Irish pub/restaurant with boccie ball.  It is by the owner of the Tree House in tremont.  He has invested nearly two million dollars in this pub.  It is on the west side of 65th, it is pretty cool looking.

And Matt Zone has secured over 2 million dollars in a streetscape makeover for next year which includes burying electric lines, widening sidewalks for outdoor seating and cafe areas, and other various art related add ons (not sure the exact details).

Also, down the way, pipe dream sort of, is to renew the capital theater into a three screen indie movie theater, akin to the Cedar Lee.  I was in this space last weekend, it is amazing, falling apart but amazing.  Supposedly they do have some funding and this project will happen, but it seemed to me like it would be down the line.  This is the theater in the Gordon Square Arcade.

Lastly is the Near West Theater moving to behind Lou's Furniture, better known as the lofts shown above.  I believe this will happen next year.

Most of these are underway or will be soon.  I live in this hood, I'm very excited about things to come, including Battery Park and the new bakery.

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« Reply #110 on: October 23, 2006, 06:33:32 PM »
Thanks for the enthusiasm and updates and welcome to the forum!  Much of that info has been posted elsewhere, but it's always nice for the newbies to see a concise run-down of what's going on...

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« Reply #111 on: October 23, 2006, 07:43:59 PM »
Excellent!  Det-Shoreway continues to, er, percolate.

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« Reply #112 on: October 23, 2006, 11:05:39 PM »
Yeahhhhhhhhh!  The "Percolator", the best song ever! It's time for the percolator!
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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #113 on: October 24, 2006, 06:19:12 AM »
Damn you all for making that song go through my head!

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« Reply #114 on: October 24, 2006, 07:51:44 AM »
I tried to up load this from my itunes, for all to enjoy, but I dont think I did it right as it said the file was to large.   Oh well.....back to dance around the house to house music!
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« Reply #116 on: October 24, 2006, 09:50:49 AM »
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Percolator


Sample - Keep Movin' Mix (1:17)
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Sample - Green Velvet Mix (1:39)
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« Reply #117 on: October 24, 2006, 10:17:14 AM »
Thanks Musky!

Another Traxx Cleveland moment!  People say studio 54 was legendary (they just got more press) ..but Cleveland's Traxx was the shiznit.

Straight, Gay, Black, Latin, White, Male, Famale, Drag Queen....when you went to Traxx....everyone had a good time!

Ok...back to the topic!!! :wave:
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« Reply #118 on: October 25, 2006, 06:30:42 PM »
Thanks Musky!

Another Traxx Cleveland moment!  People say studio 54 was legendary (they just got more press) ..but Cleveland's Traxx was the shiznit.

Straight, Gay, Black, Latin, White, Male, Famale, Drag Queen....when you went to Traxx....everyone had a good time!

Ok...back to the topic!!! :wave:

my first night club experience was the Traxx in Dc in 1984...nothing will ever compare so I do not even try any more. NOW back to topic..

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« Reply #119 on: October 25, 2006, 08:24:08 PM »
Thanks Musky!

Another Traxx Cleveland moment!  People say studio 54 was legendary (they just got more press) ..but Cleveland's Traxx was the shiznit.

Straight, Gay, Black, Latin, White, Male, Famale, Drag Queen....when you went to Traxx....everyone had a good time!

Ok...back to the topic!!! :wave:

my first night club experience was the Traxx in Dc in 1984...nothing will ever compare so I do not even try any more. NOW back to topic..

OK Ms. Peabody....saying you went to Traxx in DC....I have confirmation you were a party girl!  Cause Traxx in DC was not in the safest neighborhood, frankly, it was straight up scarey, but once you got inside....it was hot!
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« Reply #120 on: October 26, 2006, 10:55:43 AM »
yeah I first started going when I was 15 (for shame!)  with daring friends, and  that was the height of the crack epidemic in DC..the worst of times. still we needed to go to the hottest club in town.  Oddly I didnt have any known gay friends at the time. This was the mid 80's era of Reagan Youth. In fact I recently read those born in 1969 are the most conservative adults out there today. Anyway back then nobody but Boy George was gay   :wink: . Not even Michael Jackson!!!
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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #121 on: October 26, 2006, 01:23:02 PM »
I loved Traxx! Granted it was 1995, but it was a good time!

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« Reply #122 on: October 26, 2006, 01:55:16 PM »
So, let me get this straight, Traxx is opening up in the old Gordon Theater!!  Yahoo!  ;)

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« Reply #123 on: October 26, 2006, 02:20:59 PM »
yeah I first started going when I was 15 (for shame!)  with daring friends, and  that was the height of the crack epidemic in DC..the worst of times. still we needed to go to the hottest club in town.  Oddly I didnt have any known gay friends at the time. This was the mid 80's era of Reagan Youth. In fact I recently read those born in 1969 are the most conservative adults out there today. Anyway back then nobody but Boy George was gay   :wink: . Not even Michael Jackson!!!

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« Reply #124 on: October 26, 2006, 02:25:50 PM »
Gooo Cleveland Public Theater!!!

(Desperately trying to steer the thread back on topic) :)

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Re: Cleveland: Detroit/Shoreway & Gordon Square Arts District Developments
« Reply #125 on: November 01, 2006, 11:54:40 AM »
The Parish Hall, a former social hall next to the Romanian Orthodox Church on Detroit at W. 61st, has rather suddenly emerged as an amazing live music venue, featuring stuff from all over the planet. Richard Buckner was there a couple weeks ago (he's a pretty big name on the mope-country scene), and check out what they've got on deck:

http://www.millerweitzelgallery.com/calander.htm (yeah, calendar is misspelled!)

We've really needed a place like this on the near west side...
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« Reply #126 on: November 01, 2006, 12:14:07 PM »
Agreed!  I've seen three shows there now and they've all been fabulous.  I was at the Buckner show and would like to check out this week's show as well.  I heard Masha Qrella on WCSB  :-D last night and was very smitten!  The whole chapel/parish hall over there is very impressive.

BTW, has anyone heard of "the Tower?"  Apparently, after the Church folded a couple weeks back, the Tower kind of took over as the underground spot for indie rock and what not.  And then there's the Factory... sheesh!  I'm very impressed with the DIY-ism in the local music scene.

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« Reply #127 on: November 01, 2006, 08:44:43 PM »
Hot damn, I love Buckner!
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« Reply #128 on: November 02, 2006, 11:11:06 AM »
well, you've got to get yr a$$ outta norwood and move to Deeetroit-Shoreway!

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« Reply #129 on: November 02, 2006, 07:00:48 PM »
loves it

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« Reply #130 on: November 02, 2006, 08:48:44 PM »
give me some time.
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« Reply #131 on: November 13, 2006, 01:28:53 PM »
I attended Detroit Shoreway's Annual Benefit this past Friday. It was held at Saigon Plaza, the beautifully renovated space on Detroit @ W. 53rd.  The owner of Saigon Plaza has big ideas for that area of Detroit and had displayed architectural renderings of two new buildings. 
The first, a five story condo building, was to be built directly west of Saigon Plaza on what is now a parking lot.
The second, a series of townhomes, was to built about two blocks north of Saigon Plaza.
Both renderings featured a very minimalistic "asian" inspired design.
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« Reply #132 on: November 13, 2006, 01:36:38 PM »
It's pretty impressive to me that we have two (that I am aware of) Asian villages in Cleveland.  It seems that the one along Detroit is primarily Vietnamese, though, whereas the one in the east 20s-40s is more diverse.  Anyone know more about this?  Blinker?

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« Reply #133 on: November 13, 2006, 02:43:13 PM »
There also is a decent-sized Vietnamese population in the Lorain Avenue West Boulevard. A friend of mine works at a bank near there and says they must have people on staff who can speak Vietnamese, as many of their customers are of that ethnicity. Many are living in that immediate area, she said.
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« Reply #134 on: November 13, 2006, 03:16:50 PM »
Don't know the exact stats, MGD, but that sounds like an accurate assessment.

The Arts District is looking sharp these days. I notice that M% Gallery has opened, next door to a clothing/boutique store called The Detroit Collection or some such. City Grille has had a storefront renovation, and next door to it is another new store called Prism. I can't tell what it is though. Work continues on Gypsy Beans.

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« Reply #135 on: November 13, 2006, 04:09:07 PM »
Thanks for the updates!  I've been moving too fast these days to slow down and take notice...

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« Reply #136 on: November 27, 2006, 01:23:36 PM »
Mayor Jackson Joins Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood Stakeholders to Unveil $12 Million Gordon Square Homes Development

November 20, 2006 — Mayor Frank G. Jackson joined Jeffrey Ramsey, Executive Director of the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO), Ward 17 Councilman Matt Zone, and community stakeholders for a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling the Gordon Square Homes development. The $12 million Gordon Square Homes development includes the rehabilitation of four 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 has been rehabilitated. The project is located in the heart of Detroit Shoreway’s emerging arts and entertainment district...

The full release can be accessed here: http://city.cleveland.oh.us/mayor/press_release/detail.asp?intReleaseID=88

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« Reply #137 on: November 28, 2006, 01:05:16 PM »
Somehow missed this one:

New director brings energy to Cleveland Public Theatre
Sunday, September 10, 2006
By Tony Brown

Perhaps the most significant thing about the 2006-07 season at Cleveland Public Theatre is that there is a season.

Last year at this time, the city's biggest-budget alternative theater announced only an abbreviated fall lineup, waiting to announce winter and spring schedules. It was a move of caution in the face of budget deficits and uncertainty.

But now that Raymond Bobgan has been named executive artistic director (replacing Randy Rollison, departed for Portland, Ore.), the Public has returned to a full lineup, and to its roots...
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« Reply #138 on: December 04, 2006, 08:35:15 AM »
Supplying demand
Leaders behind resurgence of near West Side’s Gordon Square confident in its viability as an arts, nightlife destination
 
Jeffrey Ramsey (left), executive director of the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, and Matthew Zone, Ward 17 councilman, are among those promoting the development of the Gordon Square Arts District. The effort includes the planned reopening of the Capitol Theatre (background).
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By JAY MILLER

6:00 am, December 4, 2006

The Gordon Square Arts District isn’t ready to rival Broadway in New York or Cleveland’s Playhouse Square as a center of the arts, but neighborhood planners believe they are in striking distance of making the intersection of West 65th Street and Detroit Avenue the focal point for the arts and nightlife on the city’s West Side.

In the next 18 months, neighborhood planners and fundraisers anticipate the opening of at least four new eateries, a second art gallery, a new home for the Near West Theatre and a renovated Cleveland Public Theatre. All of it would be capped off by the reopening of the historic Capitol Theatre as a sort-of West Side version of the Cedar-Lee Theater, which shows independent and alt-Hollywood films.

“There’s a lot of unmet demand on the West Side,” said Jeff Ramsey, executive director of the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, a nonprofit that is spearheading the arts district effort. Detroit Shoreway owns the Gordon Square Arcade, which houses the Capitol Theatre.

Restoration work is under way at the movie house as fundraising continues for the $12 million in renovations planned for the three theaters. Mr. Ramsey said 40% of that goal is in hand.

The hope is that the arts district will be the anchor for the rebuilding going on in the broader Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, which emanates from the arts district. This larger effort is inspiring new housing and the restoration of retail storefronts, though Mr. Ramsey said the nonprofit also hopes renovated housing will remain affordable to avoid displacing longtime residents, as often happens when neighborhoods rebuild.

 
The city of Cleveland is committed to streetscape improvements for the length of Detroit Avenue through the district. Neighborhood planners also anticipate increased investment in the area that will come when the planned, $50-million rebuilding of the West Shoreway begins, an effort that will remove some of the barriers between the neighborhood and the lakefront. That work is slated to begin in 2010.

“When people see the Gordon Square Arts District, they’ll know where they are, like Greenwich Village in New York City or the Short North in Columbus,” said Ward 17 Councilman Matthew Zone. He made the comment at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month for Gordon Square Homes, a $12 million redevelopment of four aging apartment buildings into 85 units of low-income housing.

Gordon Square Homes includes one building of eight lofts that will be marketed to artists and will rent for $400 a month. Gordon Square Homes is the latest chunk of more than 1,200 new or renovated housing units that dramatically have changed the profile of the neighborhood’s housing stock.

The project was developed by the Detroit Shoreway organization, which has been helping revitalize the neighborhood for 20 years.



Night and day

At the same time as it is managing the renovation of the theaters, the Detroit Shoreway group is turning to rebuilding the commercial properties to create a daytime retail center and an evening entertainment district.

Unlike most other inner-city retail districts, the stretch of Detroit between West 54th and West 75th has remained mostly intact from the time it took shape between 1890 and 1920. Most of its storefronts and apartment buildings retain their historic look, and the neighborhood has few missing teeth.

Workers from Marous Bros. Construction are peeling away years of neglect from the 85-year-old Capitol Theatre. Built in 1921 as a single-screen, 1,200-seat movie house, the Capitol is being carved into a three-screen theater, with the balcony being split into two, 100-seat screening rooms and the main floor being divided into a 500-seat auditorium and a coffeehouse-type concession stand.

Mr. Ramsey said his group is shooting for the Capitol to open in June 2008.

The next step will be building a new home for Near West Theatre attached to one of the buildings in the Gordon Square Homes project. The theater currently is on Bridge Avenue in Ohio City, but it already has moved its business office to Detroit Avenue as it works with Mr. Ramsey’s group on the arts district financing.

“(Detroit Shoreway) has been a business magnet for us,” said Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek, the theater company’s executive director.

In addition, plans are to refurbish Cleveland Public Theatre, which has been in the neighborhood for 20 years and whose founder, James Levin, helped breathe life into the dream of a neighborhood arts district.

It all will be tied together with the city-financed streetscape revitalization that Mr. Zone said is scheduled for next summer.

Hungry for more

That kind of public and nonprofit effort is capturing the attention of the private sector.

Niki Gillotta, who has built a wholesale baking business on Fulton Road on the West Side, is relocating that business, Ohio City Muffins, and is planning to open a retail bakery/cafe, Gypsy Beans & Baking Co., at the southeast corner of West 65th and Detroit in mid-December.

In addition, Marlin Kaplan, owner of One Walnut restaurant in downtown Cleveland, is planning a new, as yet unnamed, casual restaurant on the same block, between Gypsy Beans and Cleveland Public Theater. That project, Mr. Kaplan said, couldn’t move ahead until a local option issue that would allow liquor sales was approved by voters in November.

On a walking tour of the neighborhood, Mr. Ramsey could point to several other spots where, he said, announcements of new restaurants, an art gallery and a graphic design business were imminent.

As for Ms. Gillota, she already is sold on the neighborhood.

“When I started looking for locations, I loved that space and I love Cleveland Public Theatre and all the things that are happening with the Capitol Theatre and Near West (Theatre) and a couple of art galleries that are coming,” she said.

“I can’t be on the street and leave the door unlocked without about eight people walking in and asking, ‘When are you going to open?’”



Urban renewal

Along the same strip as Gypsy Beans, architect Robert Maschke has opened 1point618 art gallery on the first floor of a building he bought 18 months ago for his business. As an architect, Mr. Maschke found himself helping clients with artwork and thought a gallery would help.

He chose this stretch of Detroit Avenue because he likes the future he sees for the neighborhood. He is opening his sixth art show in December.

“The first six or seven months our (architecture) clients were still buying the art, but we started getting two, three hundred to our receptions” and some of those attendees were buying art, Mr. Maschke said.

“We’re not getting art buyers walking up and down the street,” he freely admitted. “But it will happen someday; I believe in the neighborhood in that regard.”

Mr. Ramsey of the Detroit Shoreway group said he believes Gordon Square Arts District could be a national model for how the arts can be a catalyst for urban redevelopment.

While following through on a plan as grand as the arts district would be a daunting task for most inner-city neighborhoods, the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood already has made remarkable progress.

In 1990, Mr. Ramsey said, the average sale price of a home in Detroit Shoreway was $16,000. The organization became a landlord and has been continuously renovating apartments in the neighborhood for several years.

Developers have joined in with new projects, notably the $110 million Battery Park, a 328-unit project of single-family homes. Townhouses and lofts are under way a few blocks north of Detroit.

The median home price in Detroit Shoreway now tops $70,000.

“For all intents and purposes, the (housing) market was dead,” Mr. Ramsey said. “Our job as a (development organization) was to stimulate the housing market.”



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« Reply #139 on: December 04, 2006, 08:43:12 PM »
Great article!  I was over on Detroit this evening and the presence of the new retail tenants is already very apparent.  In the two newly remodeled retail spaces directly across from the Gordon Square Arcade, the lights were on in an art gallery and what looked like a design shop.  Work was being done inside Gypsy Beans as we walked by around 6:30.  Exciting!

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