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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.

House healers: East Cleveland couple saves and restores historic home back to its original shine

An East Cleveland couple is taking it upon themselves to preserve the rich history of the city’s Forest Hill neighborhood by restoring the famed homes, one house at a time. Their work on the house located at 16237 Forest Hills Blvd. recently earned them a Cleveland Heights Historic Preservation Award. Read about the meticulous renovation work done by Jamain and Kesha Owens here.

Volunteers team up to beautify neighborhood around 2100 Lakeside shelter

Ohio's largest homeless shelter just became more of a home. On Saturday, Nov. 4, more than 50 volunteers and organizers gathered at 2100 Lakeside—the men’s homeless shelter run by Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM)—to build a gazebo on land donated by the Cuyahoga Land Bank at 2138 Lakeside Ave. and clean up the surrounding neighborhood.

Read more about their efforts here.

Who's Hiring in CLE: Tri-C, LunchOwl, EDEN, Center for Community Solutions, and more

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 Lunch Owl, Center for Community Solutions, EDEN, Inc., Apollo's Fire, and more. Click here for the freshest opportunities fit to print.

25 years in, Cleveland's Ritz-Carlton shines in its new polishing

The Ritz-Carlton re-established itself as one of Cleveland’s most luxurious hotels last week with the near-completion of a 18-month total makeover.

“It’s like a jewel that you’ve had for a long time, and when you shine it, a diamond comes out,” says Ritz-Carlton general manager Yael Ron, who led last Friday's ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Frank Jackson and other notables. “It’s super exciting.”

Read more about the extensive renovations here.

Roosters to go on the auction block today as last animals in St. Clair Superior Zodiac Project

First there were dogs. Then came pigs, rats, and even dragons. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, according to the Chinese lunar zodiac, and it marks the last of St. Clair Superior Development Corporation’s (SCSDC) Year of the Zodiac Projects—a 12-year public art, cultural awareness, and fundraising campaign.

Find out how to get your hands on a rooster here.

Cleveland's oldest arts district is about to go 2.0 as the Superior Arts District

For decades, an eight-block section around Superior Avenue in the Campus District has served as one of Cleveland’s first live-work districts for artists and their studios. In just a few weeks, this area will become known as the Cleveland Superior Arts Business Improvement District, or for short, Superior Arts District. 
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