CLEVELAND – A Cleveland community that admits it’s more of a gateway between downtown Cleveland and University Circle is quickly positioning itself to be a destination in its own right.
Here are six projects that are starting to gain attention in Midtown Cleveland:
Cleveland Foundation Headquarters: Euclid Avenue and East 66th Street
The Cleveland Foundation opened its new headquarters months ago at the corner of Euclid Avenue and 66th Street East, across from Gallucci.
The $ 21.8 million head office project is slated for completion by summer 2022 and attempts to create a community gathering place, provide space for local organizations and bridge the gap between the Euclid corridor, which has seen hundreds of millions of dollars of investment. – and the neighborhood of Cleveland’s Hough.
There are also plans for a cafe that would be open even when the Cleveland Foundation offices are not open, giving the community an additional gathering place. The ground floor meeting rooms are designed to be visible and open to outdoor spaces to make the building more welcoming.
Connection along East 66th Street
The impact of the project will be wider than the single new building, as 66th Street East will be redesigned to include a multi-use path separated from the road by a green space with on-street parking across the road.
The hope is to connect the head office to future projects on nearby plots while also making it easier for people to travel on 66th Street East, across Chester Avenue, to the area around League Park.
New Hough Library Branch: Lexington Avenue and East 66th Street
Better connectivity with the area around League Park will come in handy when the new Hough branch of the Cleveland Public Library is completed.
According to a press release, the architects were inspired for the branch of the mythical bird Sankofa in Africa. The new building will have an improved children’s area, mobile workstations, meeting rooms and a welcoming outdoor space.
The project is part of the Cleveland Public Library’s 10-year plan to build or renovate side libraries to improve the visitor experience, the statement said.
“This is the first of four innovations over the next two months,” said Cleveland Public Library executive director Felton Thomas, Jr. “And it’s the first of many innovations to come.”
Warner & Swasey Building: 55th Street East and Carnegie Avenue
$ 54.1 million project would convert former Warner & Swasey manufacturing plant along East 55th Street into 20,000 square feet of office space and 140 apartments in a bid to help residents find affordable housing .
In early 2021, the Cuyahoga County Economic Development and Planning Committee enthusiastically approved a loan of $ 1,000,000. The project is also trying to use other funding tools to make the project work.
Residential space would be reserved for the second, third, fourth and fifth floors while the ground floor would be transformed into offices and residential amenities.
The focus for this space is on training services for community members seeking employment or for the elderly.
Chester 75: 1914 East 75TH Street
The one-story building currently at the corner of Chester Avenue and East 75th Street is slated to give way to Chester 75. This project will put townhouses along Chester Avenue with apartments along East 75th Street.
This is one of the first new residential projects to appear right next to the new Dave’s supermarket on East 61st Street which opened in early 2019.
Allen-Sullivan House Location: 7218, avenue Euclid
The former location of the Allen-Sullivan House on Euclid Avenue will soon become a three-building apartment complex on Euclid Avenue with common areas and shops along the historic Boulevard. The three-storey buildings will be single storey offering two bedrooms, one bedroom, a studio and micro-units.
The house was originally owned by Richard Allen and was one of a number of other grand mansions that dotted Euclid Avenue. The 1898 Cleveland City Atlas shows that the Allens were neighbors with at least the Haserot and Hanna families.
Midtown Apartments: 3101 Euclid Avenue
Much closer to downtown Cleveland, Midtown Apartments are already open and have residents living right next to News 5 Cleveland.
“Our neighborhood has been a staging post for many years,” said Joyce Huang, vice president of community development for MidTown Cleveland.
She says the apartments at 3101 Euclid will give residents a place to live and not just pass through. It is the first of many projects that will increase population density near downtown, but more than a few blocks from the public square.
The amenities haven’t quite arrived yet, but the hope is that 2,700 and 17,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor of Midtown apartments could be a start. The owners of the building say they’re open to any type of business, but admit it would be a solid place for coffee that doesn’t yet exist in MidTown.
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