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City officials present plan for West Side Market parking

(Plain Press, May 2017)       At an April 19th meeting with representatives from the City of Cleveland Department of Public Works, West Side Market Tenants received an update on the City of Cleveland’s plans for the West Side Market Parking Lot. City officials said that when they start charging for parking, there will be 1 … Continue reading

Greater Cleveland Congregations’ campaign sheds light on deal for Quicken Loans Arena

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, March 2017)             Greater Cleveland Congregations’ campaign to create a Community Equity Fund with a dollar to dollar match of any new public money pledged to upgrade Quicken Loans Arena (The Q), has brought increased public scrutiny to the proposal to expand the arena. The testimony, at the February 21st … Continue reading

In Memory-The End of a Century: The Wife of Local Funeral Home Owner, Pauline Martens, passes away at age 100

  by Victoria Shea (Plain Press, February 2017)        It was like a scene from a movie: the landlord’s son falls in love with the tenant’s daughter. But for Pauline Martens, that was the start of her marriage to the late Walter Martens, Sr., the founder of the Walter Martens & Sons Funeral Home on … Continue reading

Raise Up Cleveland announces start of statewide effort to raise minimum wage

(Plain Press, February 2017)        Members of Raise Up Cleveland came to the Cleveland City Council meeting on January 10th to announce they will take their campaign to raise the minimum wage statewide. The also came to voice their displeasure at the move by Cleveland City Council’s leadership and Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration to thwart … 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

Long time West Side Market merchant Terry Leu of Rolston Poultry heads into retirement

(Plain Press, January 2017)          Regular West Side Market shoppers and market stand workers will surely miss the smiling face, ready conversation, and quick wit of Terry Leu. After 24 years of running the Rolston Poultry stand at the West Side Market, Terry Leu has decided to retire. Leu says he has done well as a … 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

Lady Luck creates its own atmosphere at W. 42nd and Lorain Avenue

by Sean Dobrzeniecki (Plain Press, January 2017) The corner of Lorain Avenue and West 42nd Street has become a little busier since June, when Lady Luck’s opened in the space previously home to Morrison Dance, attracting a loyal clientele to the neighborhood. Sarah Morrison opened her dance studio in 2002. After years of success, it … Continue reading

Many Clevelanders share memories of gatherings at Kiefer’s Tavern

by Dominick Ferlito (Plain Press, January 2017)          An old sign, from a bygone era, still hangs on the pre-WWI red-brick building on the corner of W. 26th Street and Detroit Avenue.  The sign, advertising Kiefer’s Tavern, is a survivor in the Ohio City district that has experienced a brilliant renaissance in the past 10 years. … Continue reading

West Side Market tenants petition for rent reduction

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, December 2016) In a November 17th letter to Cleveland City Council, West Side Market Tenants Association President Vince Bertonaschi requested a 25% rent reduction for tenants at the West Side Market and a two-year moratorium on any additional rent increases. In the letter, Bertonaschi notes the considerable loss of business … Continue reading