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Edison Project to add 300 luxury apartments to area east of W. 65th and north of Breakwater

  by Ryan Bonds (Plain Press, May 2017)       Several factories that lined the railroad tracks along the Shoreway near Edgewater Park are being replaced by over 300 new luxury apartments and 24 townhouses. The massive Edison Project developed by the NPR Group will feature just over 300 apartments. It is slated to be completed in … Continue reading

Former home of RAM Electronics to get a facelift

by John Kinsley (Plain Press, May 2017)       One of the “thinnest” buildings on West 25th Street, home most recently to RAM, is about to get a face lift. The three-story building at 1898 W. 25th St. was designed in 1892 by architect Bernard Van Develde, who had designed other buildings in the last part … Continue reading

Building at 1822-1826 W. 25th housed many businesses over the years

by Tommy Carosielli (Plain Press, May 2017)       In the hustle and bustle of Ohio City, a small building stuck between two popular businesses may be lost in the shuffle. But diving into the history of the building at 1822-1826 W 25th St. provides a peak into Ohio City’s interesting history. Local architectural historian Craig … Continue reading

Project 29 and the future of Hingetown

by Bruce Grossman (Plain Press, March 2017)             In the end, it was just about a building. I am talking about the December 12 meeting at Franklin Circle Church where I heard about Project 29 and the future of “Hingetown”, the area around Detroit and 28th and 29th Streets. But it was also about dreams and desires, … Continue reading

Architectural historian, Craig Bobby, points out inaccuracies in articles on Cheerio building and W.25th Lofts project

To the editor: (Plain Press, February 2017)        I am writing to you to inform you of some inaccuracies found in articles in the January 2017 issue of the Plain Press.  All of these are articles pertaining to local historic buildings. In the article about the commercial building on Detroit at the corner of West … Continue reading

Front Steps joins with EDEN and PIRHL Developers to plan new facility

(Plain Press, February 2017)        Front Steps Housing and Services hopes to be able to move to a new location soon. Front Steps, currently located in a former Travelodge motel at 1545 W. 25th, sits on a ridge over the Cuyahoga River that is unstable. Front Steps Housing and Services has teamed up with Emerald Development … Continue reading

In Memory-Cleveland Housing Court Judge Raymond L. Pianka

  (Plain Press, February 2017)        Cleveland Housing Court Judge Raymond Pianka, age 65, passed away on January 21st. Raymond Pianka grew up in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood and continued to live and be active in the community throughout his life. Pianka served as a City Council Aide to Councilman Michael Zone from 1972-73. Pianka … Continue reading

Superelectric Pinball Parlor contributes to continuing history of Gordon Square Arcade

by Zhane Isom (Plain Press, February 2017)        Have you ever looked at art while playing a game of pinball at the same time? It does sound a little crazy and different, but that’s what you can do when you visit Gordon Square Arcade’s Superelectric Pinball Parlor. The Superelectric Pinball Parlor opened a year ago, in … Continue reading

Variety Theater rehab is key to fate of Lorain Avenue Master Plan in Jefferson neighborhood

by Nathan Purdom (Plain Press, January 2017)          The beautiful marquee of the Variety Theater, recently lit up for the first time in years, is visible evidence of a brighter future for the Lorain Avenue neighborhood at West 118th Street. Earlier generations of neighborhood residents, who visited the Variety in its heyday, saw vaudeville acts, Sunday … Continue reading

Cheerio Building rehab adds retail space and apartments to Gordon Square area

by Adam Scraga (Plain Press, January 2017) The building was in disarray, layers of trash covered the floors, and homeless people came and went. It was more than 100 years old and most people would have torn the building down, but Howard Grandon is not most people. Grandon is the owner of the building at … Continue reading