Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Cleveland CiTiRAMA 2006: 9 New Homes on East 111th Street

Press release from Cleveland City Hall:

Department of Community Development

Joseph Skrabec, City of Cleveland, Community Development
(216) 664-4597
Colleen Horan, Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland
(212) 447-8700

For Immediate Release

City of Cleveland and Home Builders Association
Announce Plans for CiTiRAMA®

Home Builders Association custom built homes in Cleveland's Buckeye neighborhood

September 26, 2006 - The City of Cleveland and the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland (HBA) today announced plans for the CiTiRAMA 2006 housing development.

The CiTiRAMA housing development is currently under construction in Cleveland's Buckeye-Woodland Hills neighborhood at East 111th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, on the former St. Luke's Hospital campus. It is a single-site new home showcase that will feature nine homes on East 111th Street, in close proximity to Shaker Square and RTA's Shaker Rapid lines and Larchmere. The one-week show is scheduled to take place October 7-15, 2006.

Traditionally a suburban home show, the City of Cleveland, Ward 6 Councilwoman Pat Britt, the Buckeye Development Corporation, and the HBA have worked together for the year to create CiTiRAMA 2006 - Buckeye at St. Luke's Pointe.

Cleveland's inaugural CiTiRAMA home show, which featured 12 custom model homes, took place in 2003 in the City's Hough neighborhood along Linwood Avenue, off East 55th Street. The second CiTiRAMA home show was held in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood on East 100th and East 101st Streets, along East Boulevard and Superior Avenue.

"The purpose of CiTiRAMA is three-fold _ to celebrate Cleveland's vibrant redevelopment, to introduce additional investment and builders to the City, and to educate the home buying public on the myriad of new and exciting housing options available in our great City," said the HBA's Executive Director Nate Coffman.

The nine homes are being constructed simultaneously on East 111th Street. Some of the builders currently build in Cleveland, while others are suburban builders who are expanding their craft to the City. The participating CiTiRAMA 2006 builders include: BR Knez Construction, A.L.L.S., Inc., Blossom Homes, Civic Builders, Horizon Construction, HBA Model Green Home, GE Construction, Urban Investments, and AMES Street, Ltd.

According to CiTiRAMA chairman Bill Hahn, three of the homes will feature "Green Building" the newest in environmentally-sound and energy-efficient building, with two buildings Energy Star certified.

All CiTiRAMA homes will be professionally landscaped and designed.

"Cleveland has maintained its strong first place standing in Cuyahoga County and the region with the issuance of new for-sale residential permits during the first half of 2006," said City of Cleveland Director of Community Development Daryl Rush. "CiTiRAMA 2006 is an opportunity to rediscover urban neighborhood living and make a personal commitment to be part of Cleveland's future."

CiTiRAMA's housing options compliment the housing activity underway at the adjacent St. Luke's Pointe development. Using a coordinated approach to development, the purchasers in each development will belong to a Homeowners Association and share a public green-space. Both projects also have an incredible view of Downtown Cleveland's skyline. Visitors to the CiTiRAMA site will have the opportunity to also view the St. Luke's Pointe model units.

CiTiRAMA sponsors include Grand Sponsor National City Bank, as well as Platinum Sponsors Carrier/Bryant, Sherwin Williams, and Carter Lumber.

For more information, call the City of Cleveland's Department of Community Development at 216/664-2869, the Home Builders Association at 216/447-8700 or visit

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Fulton Road Bridge Update - 9.26.6

Time to plan that alternate route home.

No wonder this firm's bid was the lowest. Implosion is likely much less expensive then dismantling. Or is it?

From WTAM:
Fulton Road Bridge To Close Next Week

Three year project will include implosion of the old span.
The Fulton road bridge over the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will close for demolition and reconstruction for about three years on October 5.

Fulton Road between Denison Avenue and Park Drive must be closed for the complete replacement of the bridge. Motorists will be detoured to Denison Avenue east to Pearl Road south to Memphis Avenue west to Fulton Parkway north. ODOT Spokeswoman Lora Hummer says the entrance to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo from Fulton Parkway will remain open.(mp3)

Crews will implode the bridge in late December or early January and then build a new bridge in its place.

Hummer says the design for the reconstruction of the Fulton Road Bridge has been a collaborative effort between the Cuyahoga County Engineer, the city of Cleveland, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, FHWA and ODOT.

The new bridge is expected to be completed and open during the summer of 2009.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Monopoly Here and Now is Out

I've got good news and bad news.
Cleveland has one property on the new Monopoly Here and Now game board.
The bad news... Jacobs Field has replaced Baltic Avenue.
It cost $600,000 to purchase.
Rent is $20,000 with no structure. With a hotel it jumps to $2,500,000.

View the board here.

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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Innerbelt Update: Central Viaduct Meeting

Looks like ODOT has an update to their Conceptuals Alternatives Study on their Cleveland Urban Core Projects website

I have not read it all yet, (there are many pages) so I cannot comment on any of the proposals.

There is also a public open house coming up Wednesday September 13 from 4:00 to 8:00 (formal presentation starts at 6:30) at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Tremont

2187 W 14th St, Cleveland, OH
(216) 861-0116

The flier I received in the mail specifically states discussion will be centered around the central viaduct and the bridge type selection process. There will be displays and the public can be brainwashed discuss one-on-one with the design team members. They're even going to let you offer your opinion.

I will not be able to be there for the presentation portion, but will stop in for the open house part before I go to class.