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Public input will help shape Cuyahoga County's plan for a linked green network

A joint plan between the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACCA), and the Cleveland Metroparks to connect every community in the country through a network of greenways, trails, parks, transportation routes, and neighborhoods is entering its second stage of planning this week.

Officials have completed an outline of the $300,000 Cuyahoga Greenways project, which is funded through $125,000 from NOACCA, $150,000 from Cuyahoga County, and through the Metroparks and Bike Cleveland. Now the project enters the second round with officials asking for the public input on the concept and initial plans. The group will hold three public meetings this week to gather feedback.

Read more about how to give your input here.

Who's Hiring in #CLE: JACK Casino, Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Orchestra, Movement Project...

Welcome to the latest edition of Fresh Water Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply. This edition includes jobs from Cleveland Foundation, JACK Cleveland Casino, Dancing Wheels, Cleveland Orchestra, The Movement Project, and Cleveland Botanical Garden. Click here for the freshest opportunities fit to print.

Old Brooklyn continues its rise with hybrid coffee-bicycle shop in the works

Trey Kirchoff has a nose for good coffee and he seeks to spread his love of a good roast with the rest of Cleveland. This spring, Kirchoff will partner with Mason Adkins and Berto Huertas of Sixth City Cycles to open Coffee, Coffee, Coffee—a combination coffee shop and bike shop in Old Brooklyn. The new shop will open in the former Familyography space at 4193 Pearl Road.

Read more about this unique blend of coffee and bikes here.

Tressed for success: This Shaker Square center empowers people in transition

Since 2015, the Beauty and Barber Empowerment Center has been a resource center in Shaker Square for beauty industry professionals. Now they're the recipients of a $6,000 grant from the United Black Fund of Great Cleveland to support people in transition, including formerly incarcerated individuals and displaced barbers and cosmetologists, in their career paths. 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park to break ground on new visitor center

Feel like going for a hike? How about canoeing, horseback riding, or even a round of golf? Of all the natural resources available for play in Cleveland, residents are lucky enough to have one of 69 national parks right in their own backyard with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).

All of these activities—and much more—can be found in the 33,000 acres that make up the park, which boasts the heart of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, an area rich in industrial history and rife with natural wonder. The CVNP is the only national park in Ohio, with the closest national park at least a four-hour drive from Cleveland.

In early January, the CVNP will break ground on a new $5.9 million visitor center to welcome the two million people who visit the park annually. Get the details here.

Historic sign will illuminate Old Brooklyn CDCís new digs

A vintage blade sign that has been a landmark of Old Brooklyn since the 1940s is coming full circle. Having once marked the location of the old Atlas Furniture building at 4274 Pearl Road, it will soon become the marquee for the future Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation headquarters in the same location.

The historic sign will serve as the neighborhood’s centerpiece after it is restored and takes its place on Pearl Road in the summer of 2018, says Jason Powers, OBCDC director of marketing and development. “If you’re from Old Brooklyn, or you’re in one of the 20,000 cars that commute up Pearl Road, you know that sign,” he says. “This will add vibrancy to our Main Street. Old Brooklyn has always been amazing, but we never had that centerpiece.”

Read more about this vintage centerpiece here.

University Circle's Magnolia Clubhouse completes major renovation in historic home

Since 1961, Magnolia Clubhouse has been a place where people with mental illness can go for friendship, counseling, help finding employment, and even just to get a good meal. Situated in two neighboring early 1900s houses, Magnolia Clubhouse is located at 11101 and 11027 Magnolia Drive in University Circle—and about to enter the final stages of a $3.85 million renovation effort.

Model Shaker Heights home saved from demolition, restored to real estate gem

When Oris and Mantis Van Sweringen were developing Shaker Heights in the 1920s, and Cleveland was expanding after the completion of the Rapid between downtown and the new suburb, The Van Sweringen Company began building model homes to promote development in Shaker and demonstrate the standards that were expected of the homes.

Most of the model homes remain standing to this day. But one historic model home at 2834 Courtland Blvd. was dangerously close to demolition a few years ago before the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) and the City of Shaker Heights got involved.

Read about how this historic house was saved from the wrecking ball here.

Who's Hiring in CLE: Van Auken Akins, Cleveland Metroparks, Les Delices, Heights Arts & CSU

Welcome to the latest edition of Fresh Water Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply. This edition includes jobs from Heights Arts, Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland State University, Las Delices, and Van Auken Akins. Click here for the freshest opportunities fit to print.

A $700,000 grant will help save blighted, vacant homes and beautify CLE neighborhoods

Ever since the real estate housing crash in 2008, Cleveland communities have been faced with tackling the problem of vacant and blighted homes—pulling down property values and aesthetic appeal in neighborhoods already struggling.

According to Justin Fleming, director of real estate for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP), there are about 9,500 vacant homes in the City of Cleveland. “I’d estimate that approximately 4,500 of those are structurally capable of being rehabbed within a reasonable budget,” he says. “The other 5,000 are likely structurally too far gone to reasonably saved.”

But thanks to a three-year, $700,000 grant given to CNP by Detroit-based Quicken Loans, some of those homes that can be rehabbed will get that much-needed work. Read about how this grant will help blighted neighborhoods and rehab vacant homes here.

Higbee's holiday nostalgia once again takes center stage at JACK Casino

For many longtime Clevelanders, the holidays conjure up memories of downtown shopping tips to the former Higbee’s Department Store in Public Square. Images of ornate arches, ribbons, and even Bruce the Spruce come to mind in the holiday season.

The historic 1931 Higbee Building at 100 Public Square seems to bring up nostalgic memories at all times of the year, with current office tenants like Quicken Loans incorporating Higbee’s décor into its modern office design and the famous 10th floor—known for its fashion shows and Silver Grille restaurant— recently up for lease.

But JACK Casino, located within the building, has for the sixth year now transformed the casino and the windows lining Public Square into a whimsical wonderland called Holidays at the Higbee.

Read more about JACK Casino's recycling of Higbee's holiday decor here.

Bocce and bowling officially coming in May, as Pinstripes breaks ground at Pinecrest

Dale Schwartz began digging up his past last Wednesday, Nov. 22, when he officially celebrated the groundbreaking of Pinstripes just down the street from his native Beachwood. The bowling, bocce, and bistro establishment will be based at the Pinecrest mixed-use development currently under construction at I-271 and Harvard Road in Orange Village.

Schwartz, a Hawken School graduate, opened his first Pinstripes in Northbrook, Ill., in 2007, building on his memories of bowling as a child at the now-defunct Pepper Lanes in Woodmere. “I have a lot of warm memories of [Pepper Lanes], Schwartz says. “It was good old quality bowling.”

One decade later, Schwartz now has seven Pinstripes locations, with six more under construction. Quality bowling will return to the area when the Orange-based Pinstripes opens in mid-May as the tenth location—with the chain's growth poised to continue from there.

Who's Hiring in CLE: KeyBank, Cleveland Foundation, Playhouse Square, City of Euclid, The GEO Group

Welcome to the latest edition of Fresh Water Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply. This edition includes jobs from Playhouse Square, KeyBank, Cleveland Foundation, the City of Euclid, and more. Click here for the freshest opportunities fit to print.

'Tis the season: Holiday tree goes up today in Public Square

Let it snow, and let it glow and sparkle. That’s what the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) elves have in mind this week as they busily prepare Public Square for the holidays and the upcoming Winterfest on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Decorating is already in full swing, but will officially kick off today, Tuesday, Nov. 14, with the arrival of the holiday tree. The evergreen, donated by the Hlavin family, makes its debut on the north end of Public Square around 2:30 p.m.

Read more about the tree and Winterfest here.

Irishtown Bend project takes a step forward as Port, NOACA apply for grant to stabilize hillside

In another step forward on the Irishtown Bend project, The Port of Cleveland and NOACA applied for a federal $11.5 million Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant earlier this month. The grant would install bulkheads and stabilize 1,400 linear feet of the hillside along Irishtown Bend and save maritime commerce along the Cuyahoga River from shutdown if the hill collapses.

Read more about the grant application and what it means for Irishtown Bend here.
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