The Voice of the Flats! Oxbow Action 391
www.clevelandflats.org 15 SEPTEMBER 2006
1. Liquor violations
2. Felony drug violations
Flats Oxbow 3. Prostitution
Monthly Update 4. Lewd behavior
By: Tom Hyland, If enough violations are found at on premise, the City can seek
D-12 Construction an immediate board-up through the Common Pleas Court.
Cindy Ecke – Ecke’s Sunoco-1690 Columbus Rd.
Saturday August 19 a 14 year old was caught stealing radios
out of the cars in the lot.
Sunday August 20 the entire side of the car wash was
covered in graffiti.
August 28, 2006 st
Monday August 21 the office was broken into and $15,000
West Third Lift Bridge Work th
Thursday August 24 the fence was cut open and a car was
The project is 90% complete with the remaining electrical, stolen.
mechanical and structural steel items being worked on. The
structure is operating under its own power and will be raised These are just some of the recent events. Cindy said she has
and lowered as required, to maintain shipping traffic and no problem with police response but wants better patrolling of
provide the work crews the needed access. Crews are the area. It seems as if it is a free for all between 3 and 5am
continuing to test and fine tune and coordinate the various every day.
drives, transformers, and components of the structure.
Next Month Robin Van Lear – Outreach Community Arts – Cleveland
The bridge barrier gates will be installed and the final Museum of Art 1823, 1829, 1843 Columbus Rd. Three break-
adjustments for the machinery / electrical coordination and ins have occurred since her moving in only one year ago.
testing. The span and tower painting should resume in Robin says she continues to upgrade the security system, but
September and complete by October 31. The structure will be nothing seems to help. After the last break in a couple of
tarped to contain this paintwork. weeks ago, officers came about 1-½ weeks later to respond to
Traffic Issues the call. She feels the need for more patrols and better
West 3 Bridge will remain closed through the summer to response time. Robin also said there are no speed limit signs
vehicular traffic. Cuyahoga River traffic will be maintained. posted on Columbus Rd. Recently a friend’s dog was killed by
Main Avenue Paint Work someone speeding by as they were getting in their car. The
*The contractor continues to blasting and paint with two car did not stop.
independent crews. One crew is working near Elm Street
(Spans 4 & 5) and the second crew is working west of the cul- Commissioner Rob Mavec from Traffic Engineering said he
de-sac on the West Bank. (Spans 7 & 8). They will continue would look into finding out the speed limit and about posting
to work east and west respectively and plan to complete their speed limit signs.
paintwork on the West Bank by October 31 of this year.
*The contractor is complete in Spans 1, 2 and 3; Spans 4 & Ray Haserodt –Automatic Stamp 1824 Columbus Rd.
9 are 90% complete; Spans 5 & 8 are 70% complete; Span 7 Ray reported that graffiti is still a problem. He continues to
is 50% complete. These spans will continue to be contained report it and no one has come out from the city for removal.
in tarps for most of the season.
*Spans 6, 10 and 11 will be completed in 2007 Bill Toth – Ontario Stone 1246 River Rd.
Ontario Stone was broken into two months ago.
Traffic will be maintained for the whole season. Parking Sergeant O’Malley from the Cleveland Police 2 District asked
areas will be blocked off, while crews are working overhead. for the date of the last break in and would look into why it took
The contractor is working with Cuyahoga County to coordinate so long to respond.
these lot closures and minimize parking impacts.
Louie Sainato – Pizza & Calzone Co. 1101 Center St.
Flats Task Force Meeting Signs are being posted on light poles illegally promoting shows
Minutes of 8.24.06 at area clubs. Gunshots by the river are still a problem late
The meeting was called to order @ 2:00 PM by Tom Newman. There is a $15 charge for removal of notices or signs on public
property. Report illegally posted notices and signs to Traffic
Safety Issues Engineering 216-664-3194
Stakeholder concerns on Club Alchemy: Street Direction Changes on
Main Avenue Peninsula:
Some businesses are concerned about their employee’s
safety on the evening shift because of all the activity at Club Concerns and comments:
Alchemy and in the lot across from the club. There was a
murder and gunshots are heard often coming from the parking Jim Salopeck – Metropolis 2325 Elm St.
lot across from the club. Spruce is going one way the wrong way. It seems to be
creating more traffic. Cruising is still a problem.
The cars leaving the club obstruct traffic on Center St. and the John DeLuca – Downtown Self Storage 2390 Center St.
Center St. Bridge. Center St. should not be one way. This makes it harder to get
rd to some of the businesses.
Numerous calls and letters have been sent out to the 3 The added stop signs are good.
District, Councilman Cimperman, and Flats Oxbow. Visibility has increased.
Jim Plotz – Plotz Machine 2514 Center St.
Can their Liquor License be revoked? Could there be caution signs before the new stop signs to
rd warn drivers?
Commander Gonzalez – Cleveland Police 3 District – Club Could there be signs saying New Traffic Patterns for a while
Alchemy is on the radar. He has had several meetings with the until people get used to it?
owner regarding incidents at the club. Because of legalities
Involved, it has been a long process.
Cargill Deicing Technology
2400 Ships Channel
Susan Bungard - City of Cleveland Law Department – She
discussed the tools that can be used to help control problem
bars. She explained the criteria for nuisance abatement under Mulberry, Elm and Center are used for staging salt trucks. The
Ohio law as: new pattern leaves 2 streets because of Center St. being one-
way, heading away from Cargill. They need to have
information for a drivers meeting in October. They are worried
about blocking entrances to other businesses when they’re authorized depth of 27 feet. The upper Cuyahoga River and
waiting in line. turning basin are maintained to an authorized depth of 23 feet
and 18 feet respectively.
Rob Mavec and Sgt. O’Malley will take all of these suggestions
under consideration and come back to the next Task Force Cleveland Harbor is usually dredged twice each year. The
meeting in September with some other ideas to try and make average amount of dredged material placed in CDF 10B from
this easy for everyone. 1998 through 2005 was 330,200 cubic yards (293,500 Federal
and 36,700 non-Federal).
Commander Gonzalez suggested that Flats Oxbow get a
petition started or get letters of support to enact legislation of Since the 1960’s, five CDFs have been constructed at
the Cruising Ordinance. Cleveland Harbor (9, 10B, 12, 13, and 14) to accommodate
dredged material that is not suitable for open-lake disposal
Paul Ertel – Jacobs Investments/Nautica 1231 Main Ave. (Figure 1). The currently used site 10B was completed in
Traffic at W. 25 and Washington and the shoreway ramp is 1998 adjacent to the Burke Lakefront Airport. The CDF 10B
causing problems. The traffic lights seem out of synch. It takes footprint is 68 acres and cost $17,500,000 to build. The actual
1 ½ to 2 hours to clear the traffic out of the Flats when there physical inside capacity of the facility covers 58 acres. The
are events or concerts. 58-acre site provides storage for about 2,900,000 cubic yards
of contaminated sediment. In recent years, all sediment
Rob Mavec dredged at Cleveland Harbor has been deposited in CDF 10B.
The timing of the lights would be looked at. The major problem relating to dredging the harbor is that CDF
10B, originally projected to reach capacity in 2013, is now
Rhona Allen – Rhona Allen Hair Studio 1316 Old River Rd. expected to reach capacity in 2007. Increased quantities of
Rhona still does not have the handicap sign she requested. Federal dredging, dredging by private entities, and other
factors have reduced the lifespan of the CDF.
Will meet with Rhona to take care of that. PROJECT GOALS
Cleveland Harbor, Cuyahoga County, Ohio In order to identify acceptable dredged material management
Dredged Material Management Plan and options and determine the ability of the Federal government to
Environmental Impact Statement continue to maintain the harbor, the following considerations
availability and capacity of suitable dredged material
Public Information Meeting
September 7, 2006 (5:30-7:30 pm)
Carnegie West Branch, Cleveland Public Library effectiveness of beneficial use alternatives for the
INTRODUCTION economic viability of the harbor
compliance with environmental laws and regulations
In 1993, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated a program
for the development of long-term plans for managing channel ALTERNATIVES
dredging projects. Corps of Engineer Districts were directed to
establish a Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP) Alternatives that will be evaluated in detail in the DEIS will be
process for all deep-draft navigation projects. The Buffalo selected through a screening of potentially reasonable and
District initiated the Cleveland Harbor DMMP in 2003 after feasible alternatives. An array of alternatives and the criteria
identifying a lack of capacity at Confined Disposal Facility for evaluating them will be defined in relation to the objectives,
(CDF) 10B. The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority purpose and needs of the project. The alternatives will
and the City of Cleveland provided the Corps of Engineers a represent a range of potential solutions that may address the
letter of intent to act as the non-Federal sponsor for the DMMP purpose and need and satisfy the project objectives, as
on March 31, 2004. Accordingly, the USACE assumed the described below:
role of the Federal lead agency for preparation and issuance
of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the DMMP, in No Action
accordance with the requirements of the National Beneficial Use
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. Open-Lake Placement
New Confined Disposal Facility (CDF)
The Buffalo District is sponsoring this public meeting to Management of Existing Confined Disposal Facilities
provide information about the issues and studies for the to Extend Their Useful Life
proposed Cleveland Harbor Dredged Material Management Best Management Practices
Plan (DMMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement
(DEIS). The purpose of the DMMP/DEIS process is to provide PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND INTERAGENCY
an opportunity for the public and government agencies to COORDINATION PROGRAM
comment on and provide input to help identify issues related to
the proposed Cleveland DMMP to be addressed in the EIS. Throughout the DMMP process, stakeholders and interested
The DMMP/DEIS will be issued as a combined document and parties are invited to provide comment on the alternatives that
will evaluate the social, economic, and environmental impacts will be evaluated in the DMMP/DEIS. The DMMP/DEIS will
of alternative plans for dredged material disposal at Cleveland address the potential social, economic and environmental
Harbor for the next 20-years or more. benefits and adverse impacts that would result from each
alternative plan selected for detailed analysis.
The current schedule for release of documents for public and
agency review is as follows: Comments and input about the issues and studies for the
DEIS will be accepted 30 days from the date of this packet and
June 2007 – Draft DMMP/DEIS should be sent to:
January 2008 – Final DMMP/FEIS
Address: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
BACKGROUND Buffalo District
ATTN: Patti McKenna
Cleveland Harbor is located on Lake Erie at the mouth of the 1776 Niagara Street
Cuyahoga River. The harbor is 191 miles southwest of Buffalo, NY 14207-3199
Buffalo, NY and 110 miles east of Toledo, Ohio. Included in Point of Contact: Patti M. McKenna
the study area are the Outer Harbor and Cuyahoga River Environmental Scientist
Channels. The harbor measures about 1,300 acres, is 5 miles Environmental Analysis Section
long and varies in width between 1,600 to 2,400 feet. The Telephone: 716-879-4367
harbor is protected by a breakwater system: an east Fax: 716-879-4310
breakwater (20,970 feet long), a west breakwater (6,048 feet E-mail: email@example.com
long), and the east and west arrowhead breakwaters (each
measuring 1,250 feet). Authorized depths in this area range
from 25 to 28 feet. The East and West Arrowhead Breakwater
protect the Lake Approach Channel with an authorized depth The Flats Oxbow Association, the non-profit membership driven
of 29 feet. The Entrance Channel varies in width from 750 to Community Development Corporation for the Flats, brings this
220 feet and is maintained at an authorized depth of 28 feet to information to you. The Flats Oxbow office is at 1283 Riverbed St.,
the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. The lower Cuyahoga River Cleveland, OH 44113. Phone (216) 566-1046, fax (216) 566-0222,
Channel, from the lakeward side of the piers to immediately e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.clevelandflats.com
above the Old River confluence, is maintained to an
Design Review Unfortunately, the exact date for groundbreaking is not
Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club: 1045 Old River Road known. But all parties hope that work will begin this year.
Minutes of 9.5.06
The Committee moved to table the proposal. The applicant Thursday, September 21 , 2006
was asked to ensure that the project architect attend the next
meeting at which the proposal was to be considered. The You’re invited to a major announcement of the redevelopment
applicants were further instructed to prepare a comprehensive of the West Bank of the Flats on Thursday, September 21,
plan submission that depicted the proposed façade work within 2006.
the context of the full site – i.e., both the work already
constructed on Old River Road and that being proposed on the 4:00 PM Building Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
remainder of the Old River Road façade and on the Front
Avenue façade. 6:00 PM Celebration on The Bridge
Food, Drinks & Fun
The drawings depicting this information should be
dimensioned and include an accurate depiction of the Front To RSVP or more information:
Avenue façade elevation along with the courtyard and email@example.com
decorative fencing features. Also to be included in this
comprehensive illustrative presentation are a complete façade
“Head of the Cuyahoga”
lighting plan and signage program for both the Old River Road th
150 Rowing Regatta on the Cuyahoga
and Front Avenue elevations. This should include color and
material samples, fixture designs and methods of attachment Saturday, September 16, 2006 8 am – 3 pm
to the façade. The Committee also asked that an accurate
and dimensioned site plan be prepared for the block the High school, collegiate and masters crews, 270 teams total
property sits on. from around the country will launch their shells in the
Cuyahoga River on Saturday, September 16th, 2006 to
FLATS EAST BANK NEIGHBORHOOD compete in the Head of the Cuyahoga, a crooked row of 2.5
mile “beat the clock” regatta that will finish at Settlers Landing
in the Flats. Hosted by Flats Oxbow stakeholder and member,
the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, this year’s Head of the
The Flats area enjoys a rich history. It was the first settlement Cuyahoga will feature, two new award categories: the Chris
in the area. Over the years it served manufacturing, Ernst “A Hero for Daisy”, fastest Women’s 8; and the Ivanhoe
warehousing, and more recently entertainment. Boat Club, the fastest Men’s 4.
The current redevelopment effort did not occur in a vacuum. Additional popular viewing spots for the “Head” races are from
Many plans, studies, and strategies have developed since the the bridges that span the Cuyahoga:, including the Carter
early 1980’s. In most cases these studies were more generic, Road bridge and Center St. Those requiring a more congenial
covering a much larger area than just the Flats East Bank atmosphere may find the Regatta Village a great place for
Neighborhood. viewing and enjoying some of the delicious foods prepared
from our local restaurants of the Flats and Warehouse District.
The 2003 “Flats Revitalization Plan: Blueprint for the Future” The Village is located opposite the boathouse on the east
specifically discussed the perceived problems facing the area: bank of the Cuyahoga River.
1) The East Bank entertainment district had been
catering to a limited audience; Commercial and recreational traffic on the Cuyahoga will be
2) There was a definite perception by the public that halted from 8am to 3pm the day of the event. This gives you a
the Flats East Bank area had become an unsafe chance to fully enjoy your time at this spectacular event
environment; Come be a part of Cleveland’s history.
3) The East Bank area’s building stock and public
infrastructure was in a continuing state of Flats Oxbow Meetings and Dates:
4) The area suffered from the lack of a unified
FOA Design Review Advisory Committee
development strategy; and
5) The competitive strength of the East Bank
entertainment district had been eclipsed by the The committee will meet at 5:00 PM on Tuesdays, 9/19 and
emergence of other regional destinations, 10/3, 2006. The Flats Oxbow Design Review Committee
particularly in suburban areas. meets every first and third Tuesday of the month when there
are items for review. For the next two upcoming meetings,
The Cleveland City Planning Commission completed a study complete plans must be submitted to the City’s Building
of the area and found it blighted. 19 of 21 of the surveyed Permits Desk by Noon on 9/13 9/27, respectively.
properties were substandard, 3 of 7 parking lots were
substandard, and 1 of the 2 vacant parcels was determined to The Flats Task Force
be in unsatisfactory condition. Next Meeting Thursday, September 28, 2:00 PM
The Commission recommended a consolidated plan to City th
The Flats Task Force meets on the 4 Thursday of every
Council. Council embraced a mixed-use development plan month @ 2:00 PM @ The Flat Iron Café, Upstairs. The next
with residential, commercial, and entertainment uses. This meeting will be Thursday, September 28, 2006. Those
plan also contained open spaces and parks and additional wishing to attend need not call but may just show up. If you
parking. The plan was intended to deal with the existing blight would like additional information, please contact the FOA
and to prevent its recurrence. The plan received the blessing office at 216-566-1046. Aside from the regular agenda, there
of City Council in October 2004. will be a presentation of the Lakefront West Plan. Flats
Oxbow stakeholders will be particularly affected by the W. 28,
Several public agencies are supporting the development. The W. 25, Main Avenue Washington, Detroit, Division, and
State of Ohio has provided $3 million in Brownfield funds to Winslow configurations. This may be the last chance for
remediate the site. Cuyahoga County has provided the local public input. We encourage all interested parties to attend.
match and has agreed to finance one of the parking
structures. The City passed legislation approving a $6 million
The Infrastructure Summit
“Core City” loan and has committed over $20 million in total
Flats Oxbow Joint Membership Meeting
support. The Sewer District has also committed its support to
the project. The Port Authority has begun acquiring land not October 11, 2006
currently owned by the developer and will consider eminent
domain, if necessary, for further land acquisition. The Port In the spirit of unity (what we CAN do together that none of us
Authority will also structure a finance package to assist the can do alone), Main gate Business Development Corporation,
project. The Quadrangle Development Corporation, Flats Industry and
Yours Truly (Flats Oxbow – the CDC of the Flats, what else?)
The community has stepped forward to support this project. invite you to an INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT on Wednesday,
While there may not be visible activity at the site, there is a October 11, 2006 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. This is a lunch
tremendous amount of ongoing work. The first visible activity meeting with a cost of $15.00 per person.
will be demolition, followed by underground infrastructure and Our infrastructure in the Flats does not begin and end within
environmental remediation. After this initial work is completed, the FOA service area, but continues on throughout the
vertical development can begin. adjacent neighborhoods. This is a convocation of groups
comprising our southeastern boundaries that are intent upon
bringing attention to our crumbling infrastructure, alternate
plans for traffic, new roads, new bridges, repairs, reworks, Triad continued to maintain the bypass pumping system
demolitions and so forth and so forth and so on. to dewater the work area.
Presenters will be from various levels of government (City, Several deteriorated manhole structures along Riverbed
State and beyond). Street were identified and are being repaired.
The meeting will be held in the Historic Auction House in the The NEORSD is continuing to monitor for on-going slope
Northern Ohio Food Terminal complex whose entrance is off of movement of Riverbed Street and the adjacent riverbank.
E. 37 between Woodland and Croton (south of Woodland). In particular, the portion of that road near the Columbus
The Auction House is owned by the Sanson Company, a Road lift bridge is showing signs of movement.
leading food broker, and in decades past across the country Fortunately, a recent inspection of the Westerly Low Level
railroads built auction houses to expedite the unloading of the Interceptor, in this area, revealed no significant internal
railroad cars for immediate reuse. The fresh produce was pipe distress.
unloaded, sorted into lots and sold to the highest bidders. The
owner has recently refurbished the auction house. Touring The NEORSD and their consultant NTH are continuing to
this historic facility is worth the price of admission. evaluate the long-term solutions for stabilizing the Westerly
Low Level Interceptor and the surrounding area. The opening
RSVP to The Flats Oxbow Association, 1283 Riverbed Street, of Riverbed Street may depend on implementing the most
Cleveland, OH 44113 with your check by Friday, October 7, appropriate alternative.
2006. Seating is limited. First come, first served.
The Process to Process your Claim
The Flats Oxbow Board of Trustees By FOA’s good friend, Tom Hyland
The FOA Board meets Wednesday 9/20/06 @ 11:30 AM in the If your car or establishment or building or whatever has
Flats Oxbow Office. received damage from the painting of the Main Avenue Bridge
and you feel you deserve compensation:
Support Letters Needed! The process is to contact Geronimo Painting (Main Ave
With a helping hand from who else but Painting contractor) at their office on Scranton Ave. (589-
Tom Yablonsky! 0853). John Todd - Geronimo Superintendent will review the
claim and meet with the party to visually review the claim.
The Flats and Downtown Community are looking to support After that meeting, it is up to the contractor to determine if it
anti-cruising legislation as a quality of life initiative. We need was their responsibility and settlement.
support to get this through council. Those willing to lend a
helping hand please contact the Flats Oxbow Office for For damages, the party needs to identify as much as they can
additional information. Your ED apologizes for calling this the when, where and what damage occurred.
cursing legislation previously. Wash my mouth out with soap! **
If the party does not receive satisfaction from the contractor,
$15,000 Challenge Grant they can pursue through the Court of Claims process.
Ends September 30, 2006
ODOT District 12 Area Engineer
Flats Oxbow has received a combination challenge from two (216) 584-2153
local stakeholders both of who have requested to remain Fax: (216) 584-2273
anonymous. They are willing to match donations to FOA dollar
for a combined dollar total of up to $15,000. As of this date we
[Editor’s note: Thank you to Dave Coyle and Tom Hyland for
have received $5,000 with pledges of $4,500. Please help
going the extra mile to get us this information.
your CDC reach this goal so that we can continue to provide
you service. Dolores bought me a T-shirt that says, “I’m not
dead yet”! It’s our motto as we head into the fourth quarter of Everybody’s Talking About it
the year. But nobody’s doing anything about it
Riverbed Street Revisited Fight or Flight
By Richard Switalski (NEORSD)
Flats Oxbow is seeking articles on the topic of: What we can
Westerly Low Level Interceptor do to improve the City! We all know there are many things
Update on Emergency Repair Activities wrong – we see it everyday. Now let’s move into the solution.
Send articles via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll
Now that the Westerly Low Level Interceptor has been include them in our next newsletter.
internally stabilized by installing circular steel ribs and wood
lagging, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Welcome New Members
(NEORSD) is preparing to install a liner system in the
distressed sections of the interceptor sewer. In addition, the Flats Oxbow is pleased to welcome:
NEORSD is continuing to monitor Riverbed Street for new
areas of movement and is evaluating various means to
The Dock Bar and Restaurant, recently opening in the
address the instability of the slope.
Powerhouse in the space that TGIFriday’s formerly
Over the past month or so, the following tasks have been
Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, 1045 Old River road, on
the same site as the former Circus in the Flats.
The NEORSD emergency contractor, Triad Engineering
and Contracting, has completed construction of Shaft #2
Please go out and support our members – such as may be
at the north end of the failure area, just south of the
appropriate within your family context. Both facilities have
Detroit-Superior Bridge. This new shaft will be utilized, in
been busy revamping these establishments.
conjunction with Shaft #1, to access the distressed portion
of the interceptor and to install the new liner system.
Bringing Up The Rear
The NEORSD has evaluated several rehabilitation options
for the distressed interceptor sewer and has selected a A great big thank you to all the folks who help gather
pipe rehabilitation system called spiral winding. Spiral information and write this newsletter. A newsletter writer alone
winding consists of a PVC pipe lining that is constructed is in bad company! We couldn’t get these out without a lot of
inside the distressed pipe and then is grouted in place. help from you Flats Folks. Tom, Copy boy and Editor in Chief.
The spiral winding system adapts to the unusual bends
and curves in the distressed pipe. The system also PSHEW! THE END
improves the hydraulic efficiency of the pipe and, in
combination with the grout materials it restores the Thank you to our editors: Dolores (Imelda Marcos) Newman
structural stability of the distressed sewer. It is anticipated – who has made my heart beat faster for over 23 years now,
that installation of the spiral winding system should Laura Furjanic – Tom’s ever faithful daytime companion,
commence in the middle of September and should be Merriam & Daniel Webster for their good words, Roget
completed approximately eight (8) weeks later.
Thesaurus for prehistoric ruminations & Uncle Dick Shian-
Airy Dotcom – always there whey you need him.