We will notify you as the schedules for these street resurfacing The Voice of the Flats! projects are finalized. Thank you, Mayor Campbell, Councilman Cimperman and Public Service Director Ricchiuto for your www.voiceoftheflats.org commitment to serving the businesses and stakeholders of the Flats. email: firstname.lastname@example.org Oxbow Action 350 16 JUNE, 2003 Editor’s Note: Two-Page Newsletter As evidenced by two pages of projects and topics reported Question: Did any of you catch Wayne Bratton, Jim Pressler & Terry Gilbert (Rock Hall) on the 5/30 CBS Early Morning Show? herein, it’s certainly a busy time for the Flats. The Oxbow Action Editor (and Executive Director) of Flats Oxbow apologizes for any inconvenience that the lack of a newsletter Status of Bridge Projects and Updates on Closures: may have caused since our last publication of 4/30/03. He Eagle Lift Bridge/Eagle Viaduct & W. 3 rd St. Ramp Closed– this whole structure has been closed until further notice because broke his wrist in May and it curtailed his word processing of structural problems with support columns. (Oxbow notified abilities for awhile. Thanks for your understanding. stakeholders of this situation by memo on 6/5/03.) The City will have an engineering report within two weeks. Oxbow will share Great News – ODOT Officially Adds Westbank the results of this report as soon as it is completed. Connector to the Cleveland Innerbelt Study (CIS) West 3rd Street Lift Bridge – should go out to bid by ODOT in the first quarter of 2004 with construction taking at least one We’re one big step closer to seeing the years of work promoting the maybe two years. The City will hold a public meeting later this need to build the West Bank Connector from Main Ave. Peninsula to year to discuss the proposed detour routes with Flats West 3rd Street. On 5/20 ODOT Engineer Craig Hebebrand stakeholders and be seeking input thereto. announced to the Eagle Viaduct Study (aka Flats Transportation NS Railroad Bridge No. 1 (Iron Curtain Bridge) – recently Study) Project Design Team that ODOT has decided to officially (on 5/18 & 6/4) this bridge went out of service at the mouth of incorporate the Westbank Connector within the scope of the CIS. the river, due to the need for emergency cable repairs. Hopefully, This action takes the possibility of constructing the roadway to a no more repairs will be necessary. Lake Carriers and the USCG reality because of the importance and funding priority that will be have requested shipping companies, charter boats and placed upon the CIS and its many components. This was also recreational boaters to fill out the appropriate reports detailing announced at the 6/12 Innerbelt Scoping Committee Meeting. ODOT the impacts these delays have caused. We’re crossing our fingers has renamed the Westbank Connector to the Cuyahoga Valley that all will be fine going forward. If you have any questions Consolidated Intermodal Connector. The CIS has already please contact Lt. Allan Turner, US Coast Guard, at incorporated other needed interchange upgrades that were originally 216.937.0128. identified in the Flats Transportation Study – e.g. the full interchange RTA Red Line Viaduct – the contractor is completing the at W.7th/I-490, the connection from Quigley to I-71 & State Route 176 Phase 3 painting of spans 1 through 11 and some concrete fascia and new connections to the Flats from the Central Interchange. repairs. Phase 4 is beginning with blasting, priming, inter- mediate coat and finish coat painting. This contract was The Eagle Study will focus on the options to rebuild or replace the awarded in 2/2003 with completion required within a year but Eagle Lift Bridge/Eagle Viaduct & W. 3rd Street Ramp while RTA anticipates completion sooner than that. completing the environmental analysis For the Westbank Connector. Hope Memorial Bridge & Lorain Bridge over Columbus Rd. The Eagle Study will be performed on a duel timeline with the CIS. – traffic has been reduced to one lane to allow for the painting of Final design recommends will be shared this Fall. the Hope Bridge railings. Bridge renovations on the Lorain Ave. Bridge will cause traffic restrictions until 10/31/03. The 5/7 Eagle Viaduct Public Hearings held in Tremont, at which Maintenance of the Decorative Lighting on the Bridges – time the City shared the project status to date, were well attended by during May the lighting on the Veterans Memorial Bridge Flats Stakeholders. You may check FOA’s web site for the details. recently went out of service. CPP had its contractor repair the problem. We’re all still working at trying to get the lighting back The years of work promoting the Westbank Connector since 1986 in operation for the Bascule Bridge by the Scene Pavilion. If you by FOA and its membership have truly begun to pay off. ODOT notice any lights out, give Oxbow a call and we’ll report it to recognizes the importance the Westbank Connector – for more CPP. efficient and safer movement of goods from intermodal facilities, setting the table for future development and improving the quality of life for adjacent neighborhoods while removing trucks Please make sure you browse page 2 as there off roadway arteries that cause problems for nearby commercial are important project updates, notices for districts. Thanks go to ODOT District 12 Deputy Director Coyle and his staff for listening to “The Voice of the Flats!” This is meetings & events that are scheduled for later great news that hasn’t had the press coverage as all the design this week & next. options under consideration for the Innerbelt Bridge. City Completes Several Road & Drainage Repairs FOA Design Review Actions – 5/6 & 5/13 Meetings On 5/6 & 5/13 the Flats Oxbow Design Review Advisory Committee Many thanks go to Public Service Director Mark Ricchiuto, Streets unanimously recommended (with stipulations) to the City Planning & Commissioner Randy Scott and Superintendent Morris O’Neal for Landmarks Commissions the approval of the signage package as making it a priority to complete the following street and drainage presented for the Riverwalk Café at the Nautica’s Powerhouse. On projects in the last month and before the height of the summer season 5/22 the Landmarks Com-mission approved the signage package, in the Flats: with modifications. Main/Elm Intersection Repair Riverbed Rd. Emergency Repairs (the hill continues to move) New Flats Oxbow Member Franklin Rd. Hill Resurfacing & Drainage Repairs Please welcome St. Malachi Center, 2416 Superior Viaduct, Phone: 216.771.3036; Contact: Cathy Saegel, Executive Director Again, if you’ve experience a particular chuckhole that’s really bad, just report it to Oxbow or call the City’s Chuckhole Hotline directly at: Flats Oxbow Meetings and Dates: Board of Trustees City Administration and Councilman Cimperman Act FOA Board to meet Thurs., 6/19//03 @ 11:30 AM @ FOA’s offices. on Oxbow’s Requests for Road Resurfacing Mayor Campbell’s Administration and Councilman Cimperman have Next General Membership Meeting – 6/26/03 made it a priority to resurface the following Flats streets in 2003: Please mark your calendars for the next Flats Oxbow General Canal Rd. (Carter to Stones Levee & SE of Pump & Ice Co.) Membership Meeting to be held on Thursday, June 26th, 11:30 Dillie Road (west of Broadway) AM aboard The Majestic. $15.00 per person. Ahoy, Matey! Drydock Road (north of Mahoning Ave.) Eggers Avenue (west of Independence) FOA Design Review Advisory Committee Stones Levee (from Canal Rd. to its western terminus) The committee will meet at 5:00 PM on Tuesdays 7/1 & 7/15, 2003. The Flats Oxbow Design Review Committee meets every first and third Tuesdays of the month. For the next two upcoming meetings, complete plans must be submitted to City Building Permits Desk Flats Oxbow needs to forward comments on the Lakefront by Noon on 6/25 & 7/9, respectively. Plan to the City by the next day. The Lakefront Advisory This information is brought to you by The Flats Oxbow Association, “The Voice of Committee, upon which the FOA Executive Director is a the Flats”, the non-profit membership driven Development Corporation for the member, may be making a recommendation at its next meeting Flats. Flats Oxbow offices are at 1283 Riverbed St., Cleveland, OH 44113. Phone (216) 566-1046, Fax (216) 566-0222, e-mail: email@example.com on 6/26 regarding these plans. This recommendation will then be presented to the City Planning Commission in the near Oxbow Action 350 future. Additionally, there have been serious discussions 16 JUNE, 2003 about the concept of creating a Waterfront Development Community Development Corporation - too early to tell what, Page 2 if any, impact this would have upon the Flats, Flats Oxbow and its membership. Major Investment Studies & Development Projects - Important Status Reports & Upcoming Meetings Major Investment Studies & Development Projects (cont.) As Director of Flats Oxbow, I feel that now, more than ever, the future fabric of the Flats is being charted by the many Flats Transportation and Cleveland Innerbelt Studies: public projects and major investment studies currently Please refer to article on the front page. underway. None of these efforts come without the full spectrum of opinions as to impact, positive and negative. Cuyahoga River Fish Larval & Habitat Studies: Both the Stakeholder input will remain vital and Oxbow is here to serve Ohio EPA and the NEORSD have begun fish habitat and fish larval studies in the lower portions of the Cuyahoga River. its membership and do its part to incorporate change that will best serve and balance the needs of our diverse constituency You may have noticed officials touring the river or installing equipment to monitor fish larvae. for today and the future. Other Major Investment Studies currently underway but Bike & Pedestrian Promenade on the Veterans Memorial Bridge – The project team sponsors held a public open house there are no new updates to report: The Cuyahoga Valley on May 8th to share the revised plans. The design for the Planning Initiative (County Planning), The Bulkhead Study Ph revised plans have been extensively reported in the PD. At the II, and the Towpath Trail Extension and Canal Basin Park. 5/15 FOA Board of Trustees meeting a resolution was The Private Sector is making significant progress on the unanimously passed that stated the Board’s objection to the following development projects that are all rapidly proceed- project because of safety concerns. It should be noted that the ing along: the Irishtown Bend Condominiums, the St. Clair/W. Board has gone on record in support of bike and pedestrian 10th Street Office Building, the completion of the paths (e.g. Towpath Trail) when these facilities are completely environmental remediation of the Master Metals for the future segregated from vehicular traffic and they don’t interfere with home of Northern Ohio Lumber & Timber Co., and ongoing businesses and commerce. The County Engineers have Stonebridge. (See separate article below on Stonebridge.) scheduled another Public Meeting for this project on Oxbow continues to be involved with the City Administration Tuesday, June 24th @ 2:30 PM at the Cuyahoga County and Council, County Planning, Port, other CDC’s, and the Administration Building, 4th Floor Board Room, 1219 private sector with the planning for the redevelopment and sale Ontario Street. of lands at the ISG West Mills Properties. We will keep you informed as decisions are made or agreements finalized On a related note, the Lakefront Bike Route Project (from regarding the future redevelopment of these parcels. Edgewater Park to North Coast Harbor, crossing the Veterans Memorial Bridge) will be signed for bicyclists to travel on the With all the aforementioned public and private projects and roadways. Today, this is allowed by State Law – with or activities underway, its good for our membership to remember without the signs. The underpass tunnel connection from what’s driving Oxbow’s office on a daily basis: Edgewater Park to the Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood is to be completed in the near future. As soon as this is done, signs Flats Oxbow’s Mission Statement will be installed identifying the Lakefront Bike Route through Detroit Shoreway, down Detroit Rd, across the Veterans To provide a forum and be the unifying force to both a) Memorial Bridge through the Warehouse District and identify and effectively represent the common interests of all Downtown to North Coast Harbor. stakeholders in the Flats, and b) to identify and assist in resolving conflicts between various stakeholders, in order to The New Convention Center – On Tues., 6/24th 7-8:30 PM, channel the intense involvement in the area by government the City will be hosting a Community Public Forum at the and outside investment interests in a manner consistent with Cleveland Convention Center in order to present its analysis of the interests of the stakeholders generally as responsible the six proposals to date and will be seeking public input citizens of the Flats. thereto. (Please see meeting notice enclosed). With three or more of these proposals in and/or adjacent to the Stonebridge Development is Making Progress Flats, this meeting is a must for those of you who are During the month of May, Stonebridge started demolition of interested in charting the future course of the Flats. Forest the last old Cleveland Metal Products building at W. 24 th & City’s most recently released Riverfront/Tower City/Scran- Superior Viaduct making way for its 160-unit 14-story Condo/ ton Peninsula Proposal certainly warrants merit. There are Apartment Building. During this approximately two-year many reasons that put this proposal at the top of the list. It is construction period W. 24th St. (south of Superior gaining momentum as a strong contender to be the front runner Viaduct) and Old Detroit (W. 24th to Riverbed) will be site for selection. closed to vehicular traffic. These street closures occurred on 5/22/03. Completion is nearing on the Viaduct entry gate, Lakefront Plan and Proposed Port Expansion Westward: historic lights and test Trolley Arch. Stonebridge is targeting The City just completed a recent round of public hearings for a late July Grand Opening Celebration of the Viaduct as a (5/13-5/15) at which time the latest plans were shared for public open space. More information will be forthcoming on public input. It is an understatement to say that these plans this event in the near future. On 6/5 the Cuyahoga County have the potential for far reaching impacts to the Flats –in Commissioners gave the Cuyahoga County Engineers the particular to the Port, Whiskey Island, Main Ave. Peninsula authority to negotiate a lease with Stonebridge for and the East Bank/Dock 20. approximately half of the Office Building at Washington and Center Streets. That’s really positive news…hope all the The Executive Director of Flats Oxbow will be holding an details get worked out. Lastly, the County Engineers are Open House this Thursday, 6/19 from 2:30 to 4:00 PM in working on the Superior Viaduct District Parking & Traffic order to share his understanding of these Lakefront Plans Circulation Plan. Oxbow will be calling a meeting on this over and obtain comments from our members. the summer months. Cuyahoga River Safety Task Force The CRSTF met on 5/28 at which the following topics were discussed: the Summer Vessel Notification/Pager System, the 2003 Schedule of Marine Events and issues around the closure of the NS RR Bridge No. 1. On 6/32 & 6/21 the Western Reserve Rowing Foundation will be having its Dragon Boat races on the river as a part of the Ohio Canal Corridor’s Burning River Festival. Fine Eats. . .Fine Arts Saturdays, 6 PM – 9 PM, 6/14/03 through Labor Day. Designed for you by Art On Wheels, Inc. & Calabria’s Restaurant. Bring your children ($1500/child) to Art On Wheels, Inc., for pizza & art while you take your 20% discount coupon to Calabrias for fine dining on the river. Contact 216- 941-7643 or Carolina@aowinc.com for reservations.