All NE Ohio LEGO® and NINJAGO® Fans

Do you know kids (maybe even your own) who are obsessed with Lloyd, Nya and Master Wu? These three movie characters will be east side, west side and downtown for Labor Day Weekend.

Here is the schedule. A link to a really good Ohio blog, by the way, called One Momma Saving Money.  Lots of good posts! A hint: if one of your normal Labor Day Weekend events is attending the Air Show, one of those days features these characters.

Whatever you do this weekend, enjoy!

Car Free Streets! Street Festival August 20th on Cleveland’s West Side!

Bike & play in car-free streets! CiCLEvia, an event inspired by the ciclovias of Latin American cities where over 70 miles of streets are open to people every Sunday and holiday, closes major streets and allows Clevelanders to enjoy the spaces without automobile traffic for one day. The CiCLEvia team will be taking over Detroit Ave. from Ohio City to Detroit Shoreway on August 20th. Come out for some free fun in the street! For more information about the event, visit ciclevia.com.

Date: August 20th – 1-5pm

Location: Detroit Ave. between Detroit Ave & @. 67th St. 

 

Western Lakewood Colonial Open House Tomorrow July 30th 1-3pm

I’m holding an open house tomorrow at 1326 Bonnieview Ave 44107
This is Western Lakewood, South of Clifton, North of Detroit.

This is a three Story colonial with 4 brs, 3 baths, central air, all the beautiful woodwork you’d expect in a home built in 1908. The owners added a crisp, white & stainless steel kitchen remodel.

  

Lots of other updates like refinished floors, HVAC, electrical and a beautifully finished 3 floor.
The private yard is deep (142′) and walking distance to things like  the Lakewood Family YMCA, El Carnicero, Lakewood’s Antique District and Game on Lakewood, a super cool bar/eatery. Residents and real estate peeps all joke there is a bar, a restaurant, a funeral home and a church on almost every corner. A slight exaggeration but we say it with love and admiration!  If you like living somewhere with a lot of brick and mortar entertainment value close by, Lakewood could be for you.

 

Offered at $189,000.

It’s going to be a day, so if you are in the market for a home, stop by from 1 to 3!

Video Coverage: Shaker Square: Past Present and Future From 7/25/17

The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland sponsored the event Tuesday.  I mentioned it in my 7.24 post, thought this was a good update to that in case you were not able to attend. Well worth the time, so grab a cup of coffee.  It was so well attended, standing room only at the Shaker Library.  Enjoy

 

 

Wander to Lake Erie in Avon Lake This Weekend for Your Chance to Shop The Wandering Wardrobe

It’s Summer, right? How many times have you been on or near the Lake this year? Great chance to step it up this weekend. Avon Lake is holding their Summer Market. It’s a grand event at Veteran’s Memorial Park. The best part to me (okay, besides, food, The Lake, music and other festivities) is the Wandering Wardrobe Truck – it’ll be there Friday and Saturday.

Familiar with them? If not, you are missing out and in for a treat when you go this weekend. Caroline Dengel is the fashionista founder of Wandering Wardrobe.  They were at The Cleveland Flea earlier this month and  were quite a hit, which I suspect is true everywhere they turn up over NE Ohio during the 2017 season. The clothing is creative, with fun styles, covering accessories like clutches and jewelry as well. Check out their site & take a peek  and then go buy a thing or two this weekend.

The Avon Lake Summer Market: 32756 Lake Rd Avon Lake 44012 (Veteran’s Memorial Park)  The Wandering Wardrobe will be there Saturday July 27th starting at 3pm and Sunday July 28th bright and early at 9am. Vendors, food, music and so far the weather forecast is ☼ belissimo 

 

Is Cleveland Embracing Transit Oriented Development?

In 2008, five years after getting into real estate, I wrote about the Shaker Rapid and Transit Oriented Development (TOD).  When I lived in Maryland, TOD was all the talk. Here? People might discuss RTA and the Rapid Transit or the Green Line Shaker Rapid. But transit oriented development did not roll off the tongue.

The Shaker Rapid was one of the first U.S. transit lines. The Van Sweringens are local icons for the Terminal Tower, the City of Shaker and the Shaker Rapid. In the infant days of the 1900’s, the Van Sweringens started building houses in Shaker Heights. Now everyone loves Shaker Heights, the beautiful architecture, Shaker Lakes, and yes, the amazing access to the Rapid. Back then? Not so much. People were reluctant to buy a home so far away from the City of Cleveland’s center because that was where most of them worked.  The Van Sweringens decided to build a transit line that could get people to and from.  I wrote about it in 2008 on a site called Active Rain. Just think how long that Rapid line has been running! And Shaker Heights DID become one of the first communities with Transit Oriented Development in mind.  The Shaker Rapid line is so extensive, you can live in hundreds of homes or apartments within a one or two block walk to a Train. If you are reading this and you are not from or in Cleveland? You would be amazed at how wonderful that line is for the Shaker Community.

Now people are on board with TOD.  Not necessarily because it helps people get to and from their jobs without driving (though that would be my favorite reason, but this is Cleveland).  The newer city planning buzzword around the country is density. Loosely translated: the more people you can pack into a neighborhood the more they support local businesses, more tax money, etc. Regardless of why it’s taken seed here, it’s not a bad thing. W. 25th St is seeing development near that Rapid station and more is planned.

We have a boat load of newer development, in new home and apartment rental form, in University Circle. Much more planned but the Rapid stop was even changed recently to make it more accessible to students at Case, workers at the Clinic, Severance Hall, the Museums, etc.  It’s even closer now to Little Italy for those important Corbo Bakery runs.

Talk has now to The West Blvd. Rapid Station area. This one excites me, as long as it’s done well.  There is land adjacent to the Station,  land nearby without existing homes, unused commercial properties (and some well established working ones!) Also walking distance to several well established residential communities. The Plain Press did an article this month about transit oriented development in Cudell and the West Blvd. Rapid Station. Read the article, there is more than one planning proposal being considered which deals with where things like homes, offices, apartment buildings are located, what kind and how many. Would be curious to know what you think. Here’s a quote from the article:

“Sislak said the area around the Rapid Station at West Boulevard and Detroit showed potential for development of 380-600 new homes by 2026; 1.2 million in new office space by 2025 and had untapped retail space demand. The area was deemed to be the most-ready for investment when compared to the other top sites E. 116th and Shaker Blvd and Slavic Village.”

Which brings us back to Shaker Heights. The focal point of the Shaker Line is Shaker Square. A hub, borders Shaker and Cleveland, has had it’s ups and downs over the last few decades figuring out what kinds of businesses will thrive at that location.  And maybe what else is needed to help it thrive?

There is a forum being held on the Future of Shaker Square:  TOMORROW July 25th at the Shaker Library located on Van Aken Blvd. It will be from 7pm to about 8:30pm, will be moderated by long time Plain Dealer journalist Steven Litt with a panel discussion and it says public forum so maybe a public questions period?

 

Take Your Taste Buds To Cleveland’s Tremont Neighborhood This Sunday

Taste of Tremont

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Taste of Tremont

12noon-8pm

The 15th Annual Taste of Tremont street festival will take place on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 12noon to 8pm. The street festival will be held in the heart of Tremont’s “restaurant district” and showcase the best of Tremont’s food, art and entertainment.  Professor Avenue will be blocked off, inclusive of commercial areas from Fairfield to Starkweather. The best part is that admission is free.
This year promises some exciting culinary “Tastes” so bring the family and enjoy a day of music, shopping and sampling the cuisines of all Tremon’t’s famous restaurants. Dining Al Fresco without the need of reservations!

 

Follow this link for directions to the neighborhood.