New lofts on West 25th to fill in gap on popular venue

published: 11/04/2015

When you look at its ornate exterior it is easy to see that they don’t build buildings like the one to be redeveloped on West 25th Street any more.

Details remain on the 19th century structure that would be far too costly to create today. On the inside remnants of the properties industrial past will remain, too.  But a lot will change.

There are beams to be hoisted into place, concrete to be broken up, new concrete to be poured, cinderblock to be laid, and metal to be cut.

Project Manager John Chomet has his marching orders.


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West 25th Street Lofts, long-discussed Ohio City apartments, finally starting construction

Published: 07/16/2015

A long-discussed and oft-delayed apartment project in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood got the green light last week, as money finally fell into place to transform a vacant cluster of buildings on West 25th Street.

Developers Rick Foran and Chris Smythe closed Wednesday on financing for a $27.4 million project that will turn the old Exhibit Builders property into 83 residences and commercial space. Construction, starting with interior preparations, is scheduled to start this week. The apartments could open in September 2016.

Located on the south side of Church Avenue, between West 25th and West 28th streets, the rambling complex includes the former Baehr Brewing Co. building, an old Odd Fellows Hall and four industrial buildings most recently used as offices. Smythe and Foran have been trying for years – through a recession, commercial-tenant departures, historic tax-credit challenges and other fits and starts – to make a redevelopment deal work.

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Port study outlines $49M fix for Irishtown Bend that could enable Lake Link Trail, other projects

Published: 02/04/2015

The soggy, unstable slope on the city’s West Side known as Irishtown Bend has thwarted redevelopment along West 25th Street in Ohio City for decades over fears that a landslide there could erase roads and a major sewer line and possibly even block shipping on the Cuyahoga River.

The latest project that could be delayed or blocked is the Lake Link Trail, a 3-mile pathway that would edge the river at the base of Irishtown Bend to connect the 110-mile Towpath Trail to Lake Erie at Whiskey Island.

The trail project gained momentum with a $3.3 million federal grant awarded Jan. 23. But on Tuesday, an official of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority recommended that the trail – for which more than half of the estimated $15 million cost has been raised – should not be built until Irishtown Bend is fixed.

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10Best: Up-and-coming neighborhoods around the USA (USA Today)

Published: 05/07/2014

Debates about gentrification notwithstanding, watching a blighted area get a new lease on life can be awfully heartening. We’ve listed a few of the most promising and unlikely rebirths below.

Cleveland: Located across the Cuyahoga River, west of downtown Cleveland, Ohio City is home to the bustling West Side Market, a six-acre urban farm, a growing number of ethnic eateries and some of the city’s trendiest nightlife. Its growing reputation as an outstanding brewery district, filled with local breweries and hipster-dwelling beer bars, earned it a coveted spot on USA Today’s list of the “10 great places to bar hop around the world.”

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