(Plain Press, August 2015) At a June 25th Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held in a tent outside the Templin-Bradley Building at 5700 Detroit Avenue, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) Executive Director Jeff Ramsey announced the successful completion of an eight million dollar effort to convert the former corporate headquarters into “30-units of mixed-income rental housing geared toward providing creative living space for artists and families.”
Ramsey said that half the units in the 45,000 square foot building will be affordable housing and half will be market rate. He noted four of the units are two story live-work spaces ranging in size from 1500 to 2000 square feet. Ramsey noted Cleveland artist Hector Vega would be renting one of the live-work units. The building also includes an indoor parking garage for use of tenants.
Ramsey thanked a staff member from Marous Construction for doing the historical research necessary to place the Templem-Bradley building on the National Register of Historic Places. Ramsey said the building was notable, not because of its architecture, but because of history of the company it housed. He noted that the Templem-Bradley Company was once the largest distributer of seeds, plants and bulbs in the country. The company provided seeds to the Cleveland Public Schools’ horticulture program and was instrumental in helping families plant Victory Gardens during World War II.
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization Board of Trustees Chairman Joe Tegreene said the project fit with the mission of DSCDO of creating an open and welcoming neighborhood. He said despite the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood being one of the hottest areas for real estate sales in Northeast Ohio, DSCDO would continue its mission to be a mixed income neighborhood and not allow the area to gentrify.
City of Cleveland Assistant Director of the Department of Community Development Mike Cosgrove praised those involved in the project for “the tremendous work you have done.” He noted the adaptive reuse of the building; the historic preservation and creation of mixed income housing reflected the values of the City of Cleveland as well.
In addition to the ribbon cutting for the Templin-Bradley Co. Lofts building, the event included the unveiling of a historic marker and dedicated a public art project installed on the front lawn of the building.
Austin Poyer of the Ohio History Connection unveiled the historic marker which notes the involvement of the Templin-Bradley Company in working with the Cleveland Public School’s horticultural program to provide the program with seeds, and how the Penny Seed Packets it developed with the Cleveland Public Schools were used to help develop student gardening groups throughout the nation.
Sarah Siebert, Project Manager of LAND Studio, described the community involvement in selecting Steve O’Hearn’s Garden Mirrors as the public art piece for the site. The piece, which includes a garden surrounded by tiny plastic windmills and a large reflecting pole topped with a kinetic whirlgig, honors the test garden that the Templin-Bradley Company once displayed in its front lawn to the delight of many visitors.
Greg Baron, Director of Real Estate Development for the DSCDO, thanked the funders and guests. The Templin-Bradley Building is owned and developed by Detroit-Shoreway Community Development Organization. Funding for the adaptive reuse of the building was provided by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Ohio Development Services Agency, Huntington National Bank, City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, the National Endowment for the Arts, Vintage Development and Marous Brothers Construction.
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