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West Side Market losing vendors, leaving many market stands empty

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2019)          A shopper visiting the West Side Market on Saturday, January 19thwould have found many empty stands. Just a few short years ago, it would have been unheard of for there to be empty stands on a Saturday. Many of the empty stands are a result of merchants … Continue reading

Property tax abatements need re-examination in light of impact on property tax valuations

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2019)          Residents of neighborhoods with a large number of new and substantially rehabbed houses, like Tremont (Southside) and Ohio City say they have been particularly hard hit by recent property valuations that have substantially increased their property tax bills. For many low-or-moderate income homeowners, the increases will cause … Continue reading

City of Cleveland presents plans for Fulton Road reconstruction from Clark Avenue to Lorain Avenue

by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, February 2019)          With the smell of hops in the air, residents of the Fulton/Lorain neighborhood gathered at the Platform Beer production facility Lesly Building on Vega Avenue on January 23rd to hear Councilman Kerry McCormack introduce guest speakers for the evening. Final plans for Phase I of the Fulton … Continue reading

Market Plaza slated for demolition to make way for new development

Can our Cleveland neighborhoods find a way to have both amenities and economic diversity?

by Chuck Hoven (January 2019, Plain Press)           Residents of Ohio City, gathered to share their vision for the future of the neighborhood, made it clear they would like to see their neighborhood serve as a home for people of all income groupings. They also readily listed the amenities they like in their neighborhood and what … Continue reading

Ohio City Inc hosts Neighborhood Vision Community Meeting

by Chuck Hoven (January 2019, Plain Press)           About eighty Ohio City residents gathered at Franklin Circle Church on December 6thfor the first of three community meetings designed to gather input toward creating an Ohio City Neighborhood Vision. At the beginning of the meeting Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack said the Ohio City Neighborhood Vision Process … Continue reading

St. Ignatius High School to create Welsh Academy Middle School

Residents seek information on how to challenge property tax assessments

by Bruce Checefsky (January 2019, Plain Press)           Jordan Perme and Chris Lees bought a one-family home on Literary Road in Tremont five and a half years ago. Their property tax assessment increased 17% over the next four years. This year alone, it increased more than 25%. “I don’t think they did a thorough job with … Continue reading

Three Near West Side buildings awarded Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits

(January 2019, Plain Press)           On Wednesday December 12th, the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $36,057,985 in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits for the rehabilitation of 28 historic buildings. Ten of those historic buildings were in the Northeast Region and of those ten, three are in the area served by the Plain Press. The awards will … Continue reading

St. Herman’s House of Hospitality Annual St. Nicholas Spaghetti Dinner

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