Platform Beer Co. has plans to spruce up its pandemic-inspired beer garden on Lorain Avenue and make it a permanent fixture of the local beer scene by adding seating, restrooms, a bar area and a space to sell merchandise.
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Ohio City Inc. and Tremont West Development Corporation have teamed up to form the Near West Land Trust with a mission to increase permanent, affordable housing in the midst of a hot housing market. The two nonprofit community development groups have plans to build 40 new, single-family homes on vacant lots scattered throughout Ohio City, Clark-Fulton and Tremont.
Refugee Response, a nonprofit organization that empowers refugees resettled in Northeast Ohio to thrive in their new home, and Facing History and Ourselves, a group that uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and students to stand up to bigotry and hate, are relocating to the Urban Community School campus.
The latest in a series of luxury, mixed-use developments along the border of Tremont and Ohio City is set to break ground sometime this year, bringing 171 residential units and new retail space to West 25th Street and Swift Avenue. Additionally, the developer will contribute $65,000 to a new Lincoln Heights Developer’s Fund to support the area.
Spurred by a grassroots, citizen-led petition that garnered more than 1,000 signatures, Cleveland City Council passed legislation at its November 18th meeting to remove the requirement for hired police at block parties.
By Lee Chilcote
Change doesn’t happen quickly at Cleveland’s West Side Market, where vendors and city officials have been wrangling for years about whether the city-run institution should be overseen by a dedicated nonprofit. Yet during the Covid-19 crisis, the city and vendors came together quickly to roll out curbside pickup, and now it may offer a model for moving forward as the market seeks to adjust to this new reality.