CLEVELAND – Even without many projects announced, let alone under construction, the city of Cleveland is gearing up for the Irishtown Bend project in Ohio City that will trigger a wave of development in Ohio City, but also on the Scranton Peninsula. and in the Flats.
The Cleveland Planning Commission has approved zoning changes and an urban form overlay for the area bounded by Detroit Avenue, the Cuyahoga River, Carnegie Avenue and West 25th Street. Currently, this area is zoned for its historic industrial use, which requires exemptions for many residential or mixed-use projects. The new zoning and urban form overlay makes it easier for these projects to go through the approval process. The area for Irishtown Bend will be zoned for open space recreation. Other lots will be zoned to allow a certain industry, but also retail and residential construction.
Little Italy is working on a similar set of changes to its zoning code to help new construction projects fit into this community.
City officials told the Planning Commission that the zoning changes would allow businesses currently in affected areas to continue what they are doing, but open the door to new commercial and residential projects.
New developments are already emerging
The area expects a drastic increase in proposed projects, with Irishtown Bend having recently demolished two buildings to transform the hill into a green space, complete with multi-use trails.
Already, Bridgeworks’ coUrbanize website says it could begin construction as early as spring 2021. It would bring 170 apartments and a 30-room hotel with a cafe on the corner of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue.
The developers have suggested that their land could eventually be connected to Irishtown Bend through the Detroit-Superior Bridge streetcar level.
Scottish brewery BrewDog plans to move into the Avian building on the Scranton Peninsula by late summer or early fall.
This building was already under construction when the coronavirus began with the aim of turning it into office space. Increased attention to how germs spread inspired developer Fred Geis to redesign parts of the building and the HVAC system to reduce the change that germs could spread.
BrewDog ended up choosing the building as its first location in Cleveland, just around the corner from Irishtown Bend and in the area where the zone changes will cover.
Green lane of the red line
The newly completed multi-use trail runs from the Cuyahoga River to the Zone Recreation Center at Lorain and West 65th Street, making it much easier for residents of eight different neighborhoods to travel to Ohio City and the apartments. .
Corner of Detroit and West 25th
The City of Cleveland has spoken with restaurateur Bobby George about the property he owns on the corner of West 25th Street and Detroit, right next to where Irishtown Bend Park will eventually go.
Earlier this month, plans submitted to the city show renderings imagining a renovated building right next to the new park where George says he would like to move his wellness center down the street.
It is not known if this project will move forward or if these plots could be exchanged for land for George to develop elsewhere.
Just outside of the new zoning areas is Flats South, where Cleveland Whiskey is renovating an old produce storage facility into its new distillery and restaurant. A long list of other land and buildings is also available as the developers promoting this area eventually hope to make it its own neighborhood for people to spend time in Cleveland.
Prevent future growing pains
The Cleveland-based NRP Group submitted some of the first new development plans on the Scranton Peninsula in 2018. These plans were quickly criticized and the project ultimately failed.
Since there is so much open land, members of the planning committee seek advice from the Cleveland mayor’s office or the local community so they can better understand the larger plan when considering more development proposals. detailed.
âI think once Irishtown Bend launches it’s going to be exponential in terms of what’s going to happen to us and we won’t be ready,â said Lillian Kuri, member of the Planning Commission.
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