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long-awaited makeover of mlk jr. drive and 'suicide circle' now open

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:00am
The much-maligned traffic circle at East 105th and MLK Jr. Drive has been completely redeveloped and is now open to vehicle traffic. Fresh Water first reported on these planned improvements two and a half years ago. "This traffic circle has one of the highest rates of vehicular accidents in the region -- they're mostly fender benders, because people are just confused by it," Chris Bongorno, Director of Planning with University Circle Incorporated (UCI), told us at the time. "The new configuration will definitely be more pedestrian and bike friendly, and will also help to connect people to Rockefeller Park and University Circle." According to a press release from Cuyahoga County, which invested in the project along with the City of Cleveland, the $7.2 million infrastructure project "modified an existing roadway network at East 105th Street, MLK Boulevard, Mt. Sinai Drive, East Boulevard, and Jeptha Drive. An existing roundabout was eliminated and the remaining roadways geometrically realigned."   Mt. Sinai was moved south of its previous location, while Jeptha Drive was moved north. Meanwhile, East 105th Street was widened and now includes turning lanes. Finally, MLK Jr. Boulevard has been widened and realigned, and East Boulevard has been extended. Additional improvements include new sidewalks, paths and the reconstruction of the Cancer Survivor Plaza. A new bio swale will have over 4,000 shrubs and perennials, apparently.   The project is pedestrian- and bike-friendly. A pedestrian boardwalk will serve to connect East 105th Street to MLK Jr. Blvd. There are still a few items to be ticked off the completion list, including installation of the shrubs and perennials, permanent pavement markings and permanent traffic signals.

happy thanksgiving and hanukkah

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:00am
Fresh Water is taking a break next week to give our staff time off to celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. We are grateful for all of our devoted readers and wish you all a wonderful holiday. We'll be back with a new issue December 4.

old brooklyn community cafe to be developed at cleveland library branch

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:00am
Despite being home to over 30,000 residents, Old Brooklyn lacks a vibrant main street full of local businesses. And while its neighbors in Tremont and Ohio City enjoy a surfeit of options when it comes to cool cafes, including Rising Star and Civilization, Old Brooklyn residents unfortunately can't say the same. That's going to change soon thanks to a bold new project that's been initiated by the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation in partnership with Cleveland Public Library. Their plan to build a new community cafe in the South Brooklyn branch of CPL was recenty awarded $30,000 from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP) as part of its Neighborhood Solutions awards. The plan for the new community cafe dovetails with existing plans to leverage and redevelop the historic streetscape along Pearl Road in the heart of Old Brooklyn. The half-mile stretch of Pearl is close to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and other amenities, and there are also about 1,500 employees in the immediate area. "This café will reimagine a community asset that has been a keystone for 35 years," Old Brooklyn CDC stated in its proposal to CNP. "Now the asset can be repurposed as a 21st century gathering space to anchor economic development and connect to the community through opportunities for programming and engagement. The café will be built not only as a public-partnership with the library but also as a physical part of the structure, creating opportunities for both entities to support the other through programming and shared customers." Essentially, Old Brooklyn CDC and CPL plan to renovate a portion of the library and create a new storefront where there's currently a blank wall. This new, glass-fronted storefront will be attached to the library. It will have a separate entrance, seating area and a patio, but will also be accessible from inside the branch. Visitors will be able to grab a cup of coffee and browse the collection. Old Brooklyn expects to select a private operator through an RFP process. The branch is located at State and Pearl Roads, a high-traffic location in the city. It will join Drink Bar and Grill and Cake Royale as new, expanding businesses within the area, and leaders expect the new cafe to create about five full-time jobs. The CDC still must raise additional funds to turn this innovative idea into a reality. The $30,000 grant award represents only about 25 percent of the total costs to "white box" the library space, so that it can be offered to a private operator. Additionally, the following three programs or projects were chosen as Neighborhood Solutions Awards grantees, according to a release:  
  • "Union-Miles Development Corporation will receive $35,000 to expand U-Mag, a program that supports entrepreneurship development specifically for the landscaping market through training, job referrals, networking opportunities and community volunteerism. 
  • Northeast Shores Development Corporation will receive $30,000 for the Collinwood Renter Equity Program which combines the rehab of low demand rental buildings into facilities that offer low-income artists both living and work space.  In addition, a component to build equity for the artist tenants is integrated into the program.  
  • St. Clair Superior Development Corporation will receive $30,000 for Hatch St Clair that will 'grow' new businesses for the neighborhood by providing a pool of funds and support available exclusively to home- based start-ups and existing businesses located in the SCSDC service area."
CNP stated that it expects these projects to be up and running within 12 months.

celebrate local: five can't-miss events this thanksgiving weekend

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:00am
After you've celebrated with family and friends and had your feast, enjoy these local shopping events and holiday festivals taking place around town.

grant to put cle on the tech map with 100 gigabit internet

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:00am
OneCommunity and the City of Cleveland have announced their plans to install a 100 gigabit-per-second glass fiber internet pipe along the Health-Tech Corridor (HTC) in Midtown. Currently, the fastest internet in the area is 40 gigabits.  While major research universities like CWRU and Ohio State are networked through 100 gigabit systems, the city's new high-speed internet will be the first and fastest of its kind in any major metropolitan area available for commercial use. Any office building along the network, such as the Global Center for Health Innovation and BioEnterprise, would have access to the high speed service.   The large, above-ground “nodes” will be located at Ideastream at Playhouse Square and CWRU at University Circle. The network would run between the two nodes and tributaries would run off of Euclid to serve other pockets in the HTC.   The growth of big data in today's economy means that there is demand for the movement of more information at a significantly faster pace. This is especially true for companies involved with healthcare, technology and research. The hope is that the 100 gigabit network will be a big boost to Cleveland’s economic development and will help to attract high-tech businesses to the city.   The $1.02 million project comes from a $714,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), $200,000 from the city and the remaining funds from OneCommunity. The HTC and CWRU are also partners in the project. Work is to begin on the project in early 2015, with completion scheduled for September.   “We can’t even begin to imagine the possibilities that 100 gigabit can initiate,” says Lev Gonick, CEO of OneCommunity, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing accessible high speed broadband to the region. “Harnessing the potential of this connectivity means our research and development possibilities are endless.”   The city and OneCommunity decided to apply for the EDA grant to boost Cleveland’s draw to technology companies considering moving here.   “One of the things we were noticing was places across the country were looking at bandwidth to attract companies,” explains Tracey Nichols, Cleveland economic development director. “We thought, what could we do to help us be more competitive? So we reached out to OneCommunity. We know big data is huge in the tele-tech, medical, and IT industries and we wondered how we can make Cleveland the leading edge for these trends.”   Nichols points out that even the growing film industry in Cleveland will find a 100 gigabit network to be an asset in transmitting edits, film and other large files. “No other place in the country is making a municipal network available to commercial businesses,” she says. “If they have a need for it, we can tie them in. We think it’s really going to bring a lot of attention to Cleveland, especially in medicine and IT.”   Nichols says the decision to invest in big data also shows Mayor Frank Jackson’s support for business in Cleveland. “To me it says a lot about Mayor Jackson,” she says. “As director of economic development, to walk in and say the future of medicine is big data and customized medicine and have Mayor Jackson say, ‘you’re right, let’s do it’ is really exciting to me.” Jay Williams, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and former mayor of Youngstown, will be in town today to talk about the impact of the project. “We’re excited about the investment that was made in the city of Cleveland,” he says. “A 100 gigabit broadband is a significant step in Cleveland emerging as a global leader and shedding that rust belt moniker that has plagued Cleveland and other cities for so long.” Furthermore, Williams says this project is a good example of the city’s willingness to collaborate and work together for the greater good of the businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators. The move will also help the blighted and impoverished areas that exist in the area. “This is about the ability to attract global investment,” he says. “By solidifying its position as a globally competitive city, it brings together more communities to bring down costs, lower the barriers to entry.” Today's press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Explorys, a spinoff company out of the Cleveland Clinic that specializes in healthcare big data. Speakers include Mayor Jackson, Williams,  Gonick, John Foley, CIO of University Hospitals, and Stephen McHale, founder and CEO of Explorys.

discover cleveland's neighborhoods through cle city life tours

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:00am
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress has announced that it will be hosting two CLE City Life tours on Saturday, November 29th and Saturday, December 27th. "Cleveland Neighborhood Progress is pleased to offer citywide bus tours to introduce (or re-introduce) you to some of the coolest and most unique places to live in Northeast Ohio," the website states. "Join us and see why Tremont and Ohio City receive so much publicity. We’ll  show you why University Circle is considered the most intellectual square mile in the nation. And you’ll understand why demand is so high for Downtown living options. All this and more!" The cost of the tour is $12. You can register here.

cleveland, ohio is the most affordable housing market in the u.s. (duh!)

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:00am
The national media is beginning to figure out what Clevelanders have always known -- when it comes to housing costs, your dollar stretches a lot farther here than on the coasts. "Cleveland is the country's most affordable market, where the average price of a four-bed, two-bath homes comes in around $64,993," writes Carly Ledbetter in this November 15th story in the Huffington Post. "California, which lays claim 9 out of the 10 most expensive markets, also has the most expensive market in the U.S. with Los Altos (aka Silicon Valley), California as the most expensive market, as average houses list for about $1.963 million. Big surprise -- San Francisco is only the 6th most expensive market." "Just to put things in perspective, for the price of just that one "average" Los Altos home Coldwell estimates that a home owner could purchase about 25 homes in Cleveland. Yikes." Read the full story here.

balance and brews pairs hour-long yoga session with a beer tasting (yes, this is a thing)

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:00am
There it was, nestled in between the press releases about "how to de-ice your car in winter" and "quick breakfast recipes." Hell, we almost deleted it. The best story pitch that we received all week. An eager entrepreneur named Melissa Klimo Major is launching a series called Balance & Brews that "introduces yoga and beer events at local Cleveland breweries." Yes, this is really a thing. We googled it, and apparently it happens in other cities as well. And this is Cleveland, after all, where our post-industrial economy is entirely fueled by beer. Beer will save us. And if it doesn't, the t-shirt and cupcake shops will. Getting sweaty among the stainless steel barrelsNever mind that the pace of job growth in Northeast Ohio continues to lag behind the nation. Toast Cleveland's renaissance with another $6 pint of ale! (If you haven't noticed the sarcasm here, then we'll try harder. We actually think this could be a cool idea -- though we only plan to show up for the drinking part.) (Seriously, folks, this is actually a thing -- we checked out the bios of the instructors, and they're legit. They even have a mission statement: "To create balance by joining two inspired worlds: we see unity and yoga, and beauty in a great beer." A Hindu yoga guru said that, surely.) From the press release: "Events consist of an hour long, all-­levels yoga practice, followed by beer and a brewery tour. First hosted by Butcher and the Brewer, with onsite Cleveland Brewing Co, Balance & Brews has five remaining events scheduled in 2014: Namaste, yeah. Now, let's go have a pint! Saturday, November 22 at 3:00pm: Butcher and the Brewer Tuesday, November 25 at 6:00pm: Market Garden Brewery Saturday, December 6 at 3:00pm: Butcher and the Brewer Saturday, December 27 at 3:00pm: Butcher and the Brewer Tuesday, December 30 at 6:00pm: Market Garden Brewery Balance & Brews was founded by local yoga instructor and craft beer enthusiast Melissa Klimo­ Major as a way to present both the yoga and craft beer worlds in a more accessible way, and to inspire a balanced lifestyle." Cheers, Melissa! Thanks for making our week with this news. Now, go and do a downward dog or something, and then chase it with a pint of Thirsty Dog ale ...

the diverse language of food: a guide to ethnic markets

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:00am
Cleveland's ethnic diversity is represented in the city's markets. Replete with dazzling items and intriguing people, they offer a taste of home for newcomers and exotic flavors for the rest of us.

sneak peak of the new corner alley at uptown

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:00am
Fun and high style collide at the Corner Alley's second location at 11409 Euclid Avenue in Uptown, from the giant colorful lattice of bowling balls suspended above the main bar to the mural giving a visual depiction of Northeast Ohio's population that hangs on the opposite wall. But the strikes, spares and gutter balls aren't ready to roll just yet.   Slated for a December 3rd grand opening and a soft opening on November 29th, the site is still thrumming with the buzz of drills and footfalls of workers as they rush to finish the nearly 23,000 square feet of this stunning new entertainment venue, which seats up to 500 and will employ approximately 100. Construction started in spring 2013. MRN Hospitality Group, which owns the business, has invested $5.5 million to see it come to fruition.   Designed by Dimit Architects, the first floor clocks in at approximately 12,000 square feet with 11 lanes. The second floor has six lanes, which Corner Alley sales and marketing director Mary Lessick classifies as "boutique." Downstairs bowling is $50 per hour for up to six bowlers. The boutique lanes go for $60 per hour. In either case, shoe rental is included. Both levels feature a bar as well as numerous seating and dining areas, all of which are available for private parties.   Rental opportunities for personal or professional gatherings abound in nooks such as the Catwalk Lounge ($150 an hour) and the Mezzano ($75 an hour). Four boutique lanes and adjacent seating – AKA  the Uptown Lounge -- runs $300 an hour. The entire facility can be had for $1,500 an hour. Staff can accommodate most groups. Food and beverages are not included in hourly pricing.   For tighter budgets, a "Friends and Family Fun Pack" is available for limited hours and includes two hours of bowling, two pizzas, sodas and shoe rental for up to six people. Lessick hopes to add other promotional events such as College I.D. Night in the future.   Until then, affordable drinks include happy hour pricing ($2 for PBR Tall Boys, $5 mini-margaritas), but lead bartender Jason Rutushin also promises delights such as house sangria, vodka infused in-house in oak barrels full up with peppers, olives and pickles for a custom Corner Alley Bloody Mary, and a host of handcrafted cocktails.   "Everything is made from scratch," adds culinary director Todd DiCillo of the kitchen's offerings. "Everything is slow roasted and hand pulled." He sources his ingredients locally whenever possible, and then whips them into dishes such as baked polenta points with roasted peppers and sausages (app, $10) and braised osso bucco ragout with rigatoni and pork shank (entrée, $17). Pizzas and sandwiches go for $10 to $12. The menu also features salads, sides, deserts and kids' plates.   Other amenities will include air hockey, a pool table, modern and vintage video games (Pac-Man, Asteroids), tabletop shuffleboard, a pinball machine and 37 televisions. Picnic table seating and two outdoor fire pits round out the spacious Euclid Avenue patio, where guests are welcome to people watch while sipping wine or a bourbon and berries cocktail. Valet parking is available, but Lessick also recommends the nearby Ford Garage or the Uptown North Station Pay Station Lot, which is directly behind the venue.   MRN Ltd., owned by the Maron family, is the developer and lead contractor on the entire mixed-use complex at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Ford Drive, which houses the likes of Cleveland Yoga, Constantino's Market and Cleveland Institute of Art students, although the dorms above will be shielded from the din of Corner Alley with soundproof building materials.   The area has undergone significant transformation over the years.   "This was called 'Hessler beach' right here," recalls MRN Hospitality Group's food, beverage and events director, Christine Connell, "with all the old hippies laying around without their tops on. The Tudor Arms was Job Corps, and it was really in bad shape." Connell moved from Manhattan to University Circle in 1992 and has worked with MRN since 1997.   Alternative dress codes of yesteryear notwithstanding, Chef DiCillo sums up the energy of the place.   "We just want people to be able to have a nice wine, have a nice entrée, and then look up and see a group of kids bowling. I think that's really fun."

lunch owl delivers healthy choices to area businesses

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:00am
Almost anyone who orders lunch in at the office knows the daily discussions that go on about what to eat. The result is rarely satisfying, let alone healthy.   Scott Himmel was chatting with a friend who owns a Midtown tech company a few months ago about how unproductive the lunch ordering process can be. “By 10 a.m. the employees weren’t writing code, they were talking about what to order for lunch,” recalls Himmel. “By the time they decided on a restaurant, ordered and collected the money, they still ended up with greasy pizza or Chinese that put people in food comas by 3 p.m.” The image gave Himmel an idea: “If your people are eating more nutritious food, they’re going to feel a whole lot better and be more productive,” he explains. With that, Himmel began Lunch Owl three months ago, a lunch delivery service that provides tasty, nutritious lunches.   Lunch Owl offers a menu that changes weekly and is designed to satisfy all tastes. The lunches are subsidized in part by the employer, while the employee pays about what he or she would pay for take-out. Employees can go on Lunch Owl’s website to choose their meals, which are then delivered fresh each day to a provided fridge. When the employees are ready for lunch, they simply go to the fridge and get their tray. When they’re finished, they put the tray, with its reusable dishware, back in the fridge for pickup.   Himmel explains Lunch Owl costs employers about $18 per employee per month, if they order the service twice a week. “What excites people about our model is there are two main barriers to getting a healthy lunch at work,” he explains. “One is not having access, and the other is an affordable price point. Lunch Owl breaks down both those barriers.”   “No one is going to join a company because of Lunch Owl,” Himmel concedes. “But it shows the company cares about its employees. And employees tend to stay in the office, eat together and talk. And it helps create a culture that promotes health and wellness.”   One of the more popular choices on Lunch Owl’s menu is the basil pesto turkey sandwich or the adobo grilled steak salad. Meals also come with soup or side dish. Other options include snacks like housemade hummus or black bean salsa, and two-bite deserts like the flourless dark chocolate cake bite.   Calling it “Pandora for lunch,” Himmel explains that once employees pick their initial likes and dislikes, their personal menus are sent to them each week. If they don’t like the choices, they can simply go on the Lunch Owl menu and change them.   Himmel and his staff of five create the lunches at Park Lane Villa in University Circle, during the week when the facility’s kitchen isn’t being used. Himmel is constantly tweaking his model as Lunch Owl grows. He began the company with four customers, now has 11 and is growing. Himmel cites  Embrace Pet InsuranceSS&GOnShift and Marcus Thomas as examples of the progressive companies who use Lunch Owl. He serves downtown midtown, Beachwood and Solon and is about to phase in Independence and Mayfield Heights.   “Our mission is to bring delight and good health to office workers across the country,” Himmel says of his long term goals. “We plan to spend a few years systematizing our model here in Cleveland and envision operating in 25 markets in the next 10 years.”

home for the holidays: a guide to the november flea

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:00am
Our friends at the Cleveland Flea created this November market guide full of beautiful imagery showcasing the event's artisan vendors. Check it out, then stop by this weekend for the real thing!

the cleveland flea thrives as small business incubator

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:00am
Since its launch 18 months ago, the Flea has helped dozens of new businesses to flourish. Perhaps its greatest success is the tight knit and supportive community of makers that it has cultivated.

78th street studios welcomes four tenants on new ramp level, anticipates arrival of artneo

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:00am
Third Friday at 78th Street Studios is always a unique event, but this month's installment will include the grand opening of the new 20,000-square-foot "ramp level."   Four galleries have already moved into the new space and will be ready to dazzle attendees this Friday. In spaces that range from 1000 to 1500 square feet, the new tenants include The Nine 5 Gallery, an industrial art space; the Byzantine, which features eclectic home goods; Northcoast Promotions, an artisan craft market; and the second location for Hartshorn Studios, which has been at its Tremont storefront, 2334 Professor Avenue, since 2007.   "We absolutely love Tremont," says Hartshorn artist and gallery manager Lila Kole, "but we also wanted to be in a place where we have close access to lots of other peoples' ideas and artwork and kind of be working together in a hive."   "We want to sort of connect these growing areas," adds gallery owner and principal artist Rob Hartshorn of Cleveland's expanding art scene.   Dan Bush purchased the 170,000-square-foot complex on 78th in 2001. With the four new tenants, the studios now boast nearly 50 businesses. The newly opened ramp level features two suites, with an event venue and plenty of room for additional studios.   "We've got a ton of demand," says Bush of the space, which opened up when longtime tenant Grossman Inc. vacated in February of this year. "We hope to have at least another 15 businesses in the building by the end of 2015."   ARTneo, formerly the Cleveland Artist Foundation, will be occupying 2,500 square feet on the ramp level in early 2015 and will be programming an adjacent 5,000-square-foot gallery part of the year, while the rest of the building will direct shows and content for the balance. ARTneo is moving from their long-standing home at the Beck Center for the Arts.   "They've outgrown us; we've outgrown them," says Bush, who is also an ARTneo board member. "It's all a very good serendipity."   The ramp level grand opening will go one hour beyond the usual 5 – 9 p.m. Third Friday time slot, with festivities extending to 10 p.m. and including strolling accordion player Ralph Szubski, guitarist Victor Samalot, the ever-fabulous Lounge Kitty and a yet-to-be-announced neighborhood pub selling nibbles.   The Nov. 21 happening will also feature the opening reception for A Great Joy: The Women's Art Club of Cleveland 1912-2006. ARTneo and Dr. Lawrence Waldman are co-curating the show, which will be held in Suite 215, the site's pop-up shop on the second floor through Jan 17.  

there's life beyond beer in ohio city, say brewery district leaders

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:00am
These days, news not only frequently breaks on Facebook and Twitter, but social media can be used for crowdsourcing ideas about a neighborhood's future, too. Sam McNulty, owner of a half dozen restaurants and bars on the increasingly flourishing West 25th Street, announced on his Facebook page last week that he and his business partners are purchasing the former Orange Blossom Press Building. Now they're looking for suggestions as to what kind of tenant should go there, and they're specifically not seeking a bar/restaurant. That's right, the people who have made their money selling you $5 pints and touting Ohio City's beer-driven renaissance say there's too much of a good thing. Here's what McNulty -- who might be considered Ohio City's unofficial baron of beer and prince of pints -- wrote to his followers on Facebook: "so we bought another building in ohio city ... our good neighbors and dear friends at orange blossom press had a great 30+ year run and decided to retire. when they told us the bittersweet news, we immediately put on our city planning hats and started thinking about what use would be best for this neighborhood that we love dearly and want to leave more fun than we found it.  so the four of us partners, mark, Michael, and Andy agreed that ohio city has enough restaurants and bars. we all know so many people want to move to ohio city but can't find cool housing and so that's a definite need, but this building wouldn't work for that use ... so that left us with some sort of exciting retail use or dynamic office tenant or.....? here are the basic details on the building: 1935 west 25th street -approximately 4,300 square feet first floor -approximately 3,00 square feet basement -probably the best foot/bike/vehicle traffic of any location in the city we're open to any and all suggestions. feel free to send a direct message if you'd like as well. here's to bringing a great new neighbor to this great neighborhood!" Got suggestions? Contact Sam McNulty via his Facebook page. And you can drop us a line, too -- we're interesting in knowing what you think Ohio City needs.

university circle transportation study: 'we have enough parking, but it needs to be easier to use'

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:00am
While that quote comes from Chris Bongorno, transportation planning manager for University Circle Inc. (UCI), he is quick to point out that the complex parking situation in University Circle cannot be summed up in a single sentence. He also readily admits that the major thrust of the study's findings—that the existing 37,000 parking spaces in the University Circle area are sufficient in an aggregate sense—will likely raise some eyebrows.   "That will instigate a lot of reaction because that's not the perception or reality to some people," he says.   Although the findings of the District Parking Study, which is part of the larger Moving Greater University Circle Transportation and Mobility Study are still in the draft stage and not yet publicly available, Bongorno gave Fresh Water a fascinating insight into this otherwise utilitarian topic and the study's results.   "Where there are (parking) constraints is during peak times," he says, adding that identifying different parking supply and demand markets is critical. Rather than building more expensive parking garages that do not command sufficient revenue to cover the associated debt, says Bongorno, the informed option is to "find more creative ways to coordinate management and use of existing facilities."   He cites the Veteran's Administration Medical Center's two large garages, which are near peak use during the day, but no so at other times. "In the evenings, they make those garages available to the public," he says, which is convenient for attendees of events such as Wade Oval Wednesdays.   That's easy enough to understand. Who hasn't looked on with frustration at a No parking. Violators will be towed sign in front of a desolate office building parking lot on a Sunday? Hence, with 15 different organizations in the University Circle area giving 15 different messages about how to park and get around, there is significant room for coordinated efforts.   "This is not something that would be easily achieved," concedes Bongorno, adding that parking lot owners have reasons why they want to manage their own facilities, but that it can be done. He cites the recent transformation of Uptown, where surface lots were replaced with dense and dynamic mixed-use development. Getting UCI, University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University to commit to shared-use of their area garages was instrumental in obtaining zoning variances for the new projects, which eliminated parking spaces and incurred more users.   "That's worked there," says Bongorno. However challenges persist, particularly with communication. People can't always find those spaces, which is often a problem with transportation management and will be addressed at large as the project proceeds.   A $100,000 Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative Planning Grant from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency is funding the study, along with matching contributions from private philanthropic partners. Phase two, the Transportation and Mobility Study, began in September and is scheduled for completion in early 2015. Work on the final phase of the study, the Transportation Management Implementation Plan, will begin in spring 2015. Nelson\Nygaard, which specializes in developing transportation communities, is the lead consultant on the project.   "They're really experienced in multi-modal transportation planning around the world," says Bongorno, noting that they've done work in Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia and Detroit.   Evoking the image of enormous parking lots surrounding malls or big box stores that are often half empty, Bongorno asserts, "We can't build for the day after Thanksgiving. That's not the type of district that we want. We want a district that is very efficiently using its existing assets while maintaining and promoting a walkable and very vibrant 24/7 district."   Another goal of the project is, ironically, invisible results.   "We don't want people who go to MOCA or the museums or Piccadilly to say anything about their experience driving there or parking. That's not part of their memorable experience. We want it to be about what they saw, who they ran into, and how that ice cream tasted. "We want transportation to be out of the conversation unless they're saying how easy it was."

who's hiring in cle: hyland, cmsd, syncshow and more

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:00am
Welcome to the latest installment of Fresh Water’s “who’s hiring” series. Twice a month we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for and how to apply.   Hyland Hyland, which creates enterprise content management systems such as OnBase, experienced rapid growth in 2014 and it doesn’t look like things are going to slow down in 2015. “Our model is to help create efficiencies in our customers’ environments,” says Gail Joyce, Hyland’s manager of recruiting. “There have been new regulations in the industries we support, and our product helps automate a lot of the processes behind the scenes. It really creates effective business solutions.”   Healthcare is currently the largest industry that Hyland serves, while financial services is the first market the company entered and remains one of the largest today. Growth in these industries has in turn led to growth at Hyland. “We’ve scaled to the point where we have become nationally recognized as a leader, but we continue to expand our global footprint,” says Joyce.   The company is going into 2015 in hiring mode, recruiting about 100 positions in a variety of fields, including professional services, sales, development, support and quality assurance. “We’re seeing an expanded are of need on the professional services side because sales are driving significant revenue,” explains Joyce. “A lot of large partnerships came through this year, which is continuing to drive business.”   Professional services job openings include project managers, who are full-service implementation pros with technical knowledge and familiarity with the industries Hyland serves; technical consultants, who implement the service in the customer’s environment; and business consultants, who identify solutions where Hyland can enhance its offerings. Internally, the company is also looking for developers.   For a full list of the positions open at Hyland, visit the company's career page.   Cleveland Metropolitan School District The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is gearing up for another recruiting campaign to hire 350 teach positions for the 2015-16 school year, as well as 31 existing openings that need to be filled immediately.   The Teach Cleveland recruiting campaign will tout Cleveland as a city on the rise and recruit teachers who want to make a difference. The campaign will focus particularly on black and Latino teachers, who are underrepresented in the Cleveland schools. An emphasis will also be placed on filling high-need areas like special education, math, science and bilingual education. The deadline to apply for existing openings is December 1 and work begins on January 6. To apply, click here.   SyncShow SyncShow, a Rocky River online marketing and sales agency focused on improving client sales and lead generation, currently has multiple job openings, including an Account ManagerAccount Specialist, an Analytics/Technical SEO positionInbound Marketing InternWeb Project Manager, and Junior Sales Representative. Apply through the individual job pages or check out SyncShow’s careers page for more information.   QED QED, a developer and advanced manufacturer of medical devices in Mayfield Village, has several engineering openings due to recent company growth. The company is looking for a manufacturing engineer with an EE background; a manufacturing engineer with a ME background; a product quality engineer; and a test technician. To apply, send resumes to human resources.   Expedient, Beech Brook, Consolidated Solutions and more Expedient, a national leader in data centers, managed hosting and cloud computer services, needs an account executive and a business development specialist/assistant to outside sales. For full descriptions and application form go to Expedient’s careers page. To apply, please submit a resume, letter of interest and salary expectations.   Beech Brook, one of Northeast Ohio’s top behavioral health agencies, is currently hiring an assistant director for its Learning Performance Improvement department. Click here to apply online. For a full list of openings, go to Beech Brook’s careers page.   Consolidated Solutions, a fast paced printing, direct marketing, and apparel/promotions Company, is hiring a print production manager/CSR. For more information about open positions or to submit a resume, go to the company’s careers page.   Parkwood, a fast-growing private financial services company, has a number of positions open, including accounting associate, internal auditor, investment analyst, legal assistant, security guard, systems administrator/analyst and tax analyst. Visit Parkwood’s careers page for more information on these positions. Submit resumes to the recruiter.   OnShift, a provider of staff scheduling and labor management software to the long-term care and senior living industries, needs a database administrator and has a number of other open positions. Visit the careers page to see details and apply.   JumpStart is looking for a media relations intern and a digital marketing intern. Visit the careers page to register and apply.   Folio Photonics is developing an optical data storage disc with two Terabyte capacity manufactured using a highly scalable, low-cost method. The company is looking for a CEO to drive fundraising, strategic partner development, product development, and commercial market entry efforts. The successful candidate will also build and lead a team of talented entrepreneurs, engineers and advisors. The position pays equity plus a minimal initial salary to cover basic expenses. Salary and bonus increases will be made available based on milestone achievement, most notably the attainment of outside financing. To apply and find out more information, register with JumpStart’s careers page.   Have hiring news you’d like to share? Email Karin at Fresh Water Cleveland and send us the information or career links!

huff po blogger writes that 'cleveland, ohio is a magical place'

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:00am
"My 30 hours in Cleveland was magical," writes Stacy Bare, Director of the Sierra Club Outdoors, in this Huffington Post article. "And while I'm not sure that's a word a lot of people use to describe Cleveland, it still seems apt a few weeks removed from my visit." The writer praises the Cleveland Museum of Art, Rockefeller Park, Little Italy, Great Lakes Brewing Company and the Browns. They won that day! Read the full story here.

east meets west: a new generation of businesses bridging the old divide

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:00am
Ask a millennial about the east-west divide and their eyebrows usually rise and knit over their black frame glasses. These days, west side shops are popping up on the east side, while east side institutions are making inroads west.

what do east and west siders want? (reader poll)

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:00am
As local businesses and institutions seek to establish an east-west presence, which ones would you most like to see cross the river? Take our poll, tell us what you think!