Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Building occupied by Atlas Machine could soon be a large renovated artist live/work space, just steps from the Lake Erie Screw Factory.
It looks as if a 100-year-old machine shop in Birdtown may soon get some new life. A local artist is considering a proposal that would transform the building at 12507 Plover Street — the current home of Atlas Machine — into an artist live/work studio. Lakewood resident Kim Schoel submitted plans to the city’s planning commission for a development proposal that includes a gallery featuring jewelry and paintings. According to her proposal to the city, Schoel intends to bid in the property. “My familiarity with Birdtown — a formerly unknown and economically challenged part of Lakewood — derives from my participation in the Lake Erie Screw Factory’s annual Open Studio events, which have attracted thousands of people from the Northeast Ohio …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Port of Cleveland CEO William Friedman said updating the port's infrastructure is key to the economic vitality of Northeast Ohio.
Keeping the Cleveland's port infrastructure in good condition is key to the economic vitality of Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio, said Port CEO William Friedman. That's why Friedman wants county voters to approve Issue 108, a .67 mill tax levy to help the port improve the maritime infrastructure along Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. The levy, which includes renewal of previously passed levy money and a new tax increase, would bring in about $90 million over five years. The cost of the levy on property owners would be about $20 per year for every $100,000 in home value. The taxes would be first collected in 2014. Friedman said that nearly 18,000 jobs and $1 billion in payroll depend on the waterways and that the region can't afford to …
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Dru Siley presents Lakewood's economic snapshot at Lakewood Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday.
The city has seen more than $60 million in development during the past four years. Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, has been a part of most of it. Siley, who is also the city’s director of building and housing, was the featured speaker at the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Sweetwater Landing on Friday. He talked about some of the city’s achievements — showing a slideshow presentation with some improvements — as well as a few of the challenges ahead. “We’ve been so busy over the last few years,” said Siley, who marked his four-year anniversary with the city last week. “It’s nice to have the opportunity to talk about some of this. I am in awe over what we’ve been able to accomplish." The “Year of the …
Monday, June 4, 2012
The six-year resident and director of planning and development has his finger on the pulse of all-things-Lakewood.
There’s plenty happening at Lakewood City Hall these days. From the city’s bike plan to its housing strategy, and economic development to helping to attract the University of Akron, there’s no shortage of activity. As the head of the merged departments of planning (and development) and building (and housing), Dru Siley has been in the news quite a bit lately. We recently took a few minutes to get to know him better. What do you like most about this community? When I first moved to Lakewood six year ago, someone — who is now a friend — said no matter how weird you are, someone will like you. The sentiment is that there’s something for everyone. That’s what I love about this city. What community and civic organizations are you currently …
Friday, June 1, 2012
The first phase of the multi-million-dollar project to build 17 upscale townhomes along the Rocky River is set (officially) begin next Tuesday.
Construction of the $15 million first phase of the Clifton Pointe development is set to begin on Sloane Avenue. Demolition has already begun on the three properties — starting at 1300 Sloane Avenue — to make way for 17 upscale townhomes along the Rocky River. Clifton Pointe hasn’t even broken ground yet, but at least 10 of the units are already spoken for. “We’re looking for seven other lucky buyers,” Andrew Brickman, the developer behind the project, said recently. This past fall, the developers of the multi-million-dollar project bought the three parcels of Sloane Avenue land for $800,000. Brickman — along with his partners, Justin Campbell and Nate Barrett — closed on the property in November. The first units are expected to be …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Resident says Discount Drug Mart would set a "risky precedent."
Thursday, May 31, 2012
A proposal by Discount Drug Mart to encroach on residential property has disturbing implications and sets a risky precedent for all Lakewood residents. Drug Mart plans to build a 28,000 sq. ft. store with 92 parking spots on the former Ganley lot on Detroit Ave., straddling the corners of Grace and Cohasset avenues and serving as a gateway to this significant neighborhood of historic homes. Although many residents are concerned about Drug Mart’s impending location across the street from Garfield Middle School, the neighborhood is NOT anti-development. The Ganley lot is zoned for and needs a commercial tenant. Drug Mart’s plan, however, is not progress. Instead of restricting their store to the very large lot already zoned for them, Drug…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Now that CVS Pharmacy has moved into its new location, there’s a big vacancy on Detroit Avenue. Let us know what you'd like to see open there.
The CVS Pharmacy at 15311 Detroit Avenue has moved a block west. And now the space is vacant. We thought we’d take the opportunity to find out what Lakewood residents would like to see open at the abandoned location. The owners of the property couldn’t be reached for comment, but employees at neighboring businesses said they’ve been told a dollar store is interested in purchasing the property. Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, said he’s heard the rumor, too. However, he added that nothing’s been confirmed. So, we ask again: What would you like to see at that location? Tell us in the comments.
Location at 15311 Detroit Avenue is now vacant.
CVS Pharmacy has a new home on Detroit Avenue. One block west of its last location. It’s been about a year since the national chain bought the former St. Paul Lutheran Church, and then later demolished it. On Sunday, the new, $4.5 million drug store opened its doors. The location at 15311 Detroit Avenue is now vacant. The lights are on, and the shelves still feature brand names and price tags, but they’re empty. Different from the national chain’s other pharmacies, the new CVS incorporates some history into the project, including the reuse of the stone-carved building accents at the entrance and sandstone along the curb. Jeanne Pickerington is the new manager of the store. She transferred from the store in Westlake. Pinkerington said …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Taylor lists the signs she sees of economic growth in Ohio
Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor met with business owners from the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce for a Q & A Thursday afternoon at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home. While there, Taylor listed some of the signs she saw of Ohio's economic growth. She cited a decreasing unemployment rate, as well as Ohio's status as the top job creator in the country during February and fourth overall this year. She also mentioned that Ohio reclaimed Site Magazine's "Governor's Cup" for having the most new and expanded projects of any state.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The vacant Spitzer dealership has been vacant since 2010.
With a plan in the works for a new GetGo gas station at the southwest intersection of Detroit Avenue and Bunts Road, we thought we’d take a look across the street to the abandoned Spitzer dealership. Following changes in the auto industry, the dealership closed in 2010. Last year, the city put out a request for proposals for development at the site. Only one — for a senior housing complex — came back. Nearly one year, later the property still sits empty. What would you like to see developed at the site? The vacant Spitzer dealership in the 13900 block of Detroit Avenue sits on nearly two acres of land. Dru Siley, the director of planning and development, told Lakewood Patch last year that in a city like Lakewood — which has nearly …