Update IV: All those whispers we've been hearing for the last eight months that the Nashville Med Mart project was done, all met with responses from down south that we were crazy and the Nashville project would forge on, collect tenants, and become an actual thing?
One of us was right.
The Nashville Med Mart today announced it's halting its plans.
“Ending a development venture with such clear benefits for the health care industry has become a difficult decision but ultimately we were unable to meet our internal leasing targets,” said Market Center president and CEO Bill Winsor in a prepared statement.— Grzegorek
“As we said from the outset, we would only proceed if we secured a critical mass of signed, long-term leases from industry leaders that would allow us to confidently take the project into the marketplace for financing,” Mr. Winsor said.
Update III: For all the death knells signaled for the Nashville Med Mart, the project down south is still alive for now, kind of like John C. Reilly sitting in an open grave brushing off the dirt being shoveled by Will Ferrell.
The group running the Nashville project announced last Friday that six new tenants had signed leases. They had previously said they'd need 60% of the space leased before final financing would be complete. After the six new tenants, the number's at 45%.
Property developer Market Center Management Co. said it’s engaged a Nashville-area financial consultant “to advance final plans for the financing package and structure,” according to a statement.
MMPI, the Chicago-based property developer behind the Cleveland project, reacted coolly to the Nashville announcement in an emailed statement. “While we can’t speak for their timetable or leasing strategy, we do monitor the Nashville project — and note that they have stated that they are still working on the leasing and financing before they can start construction,” said Jim Bennett, senior vice president with MMPI.
The Cleveland Med Mart is on target to open in August 2013. Nashville is aiming for 2014. The over/under on when both will close and be converted to greenhouses or indoor skateparks: September 2017. — Grzegorek
Update II: More groundswell, unconfirmed for now, that the whole Nashville Med Mart project is nothing more than a Tupac hologram.
Update: 49-year-old William Horning was sentenced to two years and nine months for headbutting a priest, among other transgressions less egregious than headbutting a priest. Well, he also hit two Cleveland cops with a car on his getaway from St. Georges Church last February, which is up there in the crime stratosphere, as well. (WOIO)
Strangest crime story emanating from Cleveland today: cops say a man who had already collected $27,000 from the Annunciation of Greek Orthodox Church in Tremont for work he never completed came back asking for more money and more work.
When the priest said no and said he was going to call the police, our gentleman, who is apparently not a god-fearing criminal, headbutted and punched the priest. This is the sort of stuff St. Peter doesn't take lightly, and neither do the cops.
Oh, there's more. When two undercovers showed up, the dirtbag ran into him with a car, according to 19 Action News.
Cops are looking for the suspect right now. They might want to check Rainbow Babies and Children. He's probably over there punching kids in the face.
Update II: A jury Thursday found public defender Catherine Loya guilty on a misdemeanor charge of having physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
But that's not what the fun part of this case was. You remember, right? Oldfield was caught in the back of a car with Judge Joy Malek Oldfield engaging in some backseat lovin'. A cop discovered them, and his report became the basis for a salacious little scandal.
Well, Patrolman Thomas Ballinger testified during the one-day trial, and he went into salacious detail, which is all the jury needed. (And probably wanted.)
Judge Joy Malek Oldfield was in the back seat of a small SUV parked outside a Ridgewood Road strip mall at 1:45 a.m.
Ballinger said that as he walked closer to the vehicle, the women moved with haste.
“I looked in the car and [Oldfield], the person I observed with her legs bent and laying with her back against the back seat, pulled her pants up from mid thigh and pulled down her blouse,” Ballinger told jurors.
He determined the car occupants were “parkers,” a phrase police use for people who stop to park and talk or make out, he said. He then maneuvered his car and turned his spotlight on the vehicle and saw a head-popping motion, the judge fixing her clothes and both women moving to the front.
A "head-popping motion"? Details, Ballinger. More details. — Grzegorek
Update: Copley police have released a report on the arresting officer's account of the night he arrested a public defender on DUI charges after he found her and an Akron judge inebriated and in a "state of undress" in the backseat of a car.
The property records fiasco in Cuyahoga County — detailed for the health of everyone's funny bone in deposition testimony that featured a debate on the definition of "photocopy," and more extensively in Scene's cover story on the issue — has come to an end.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 7-0 today that Cuyahoga County must provide property records on CD for $1 for those who request them and can not charge hundreds of thousands of dollars ($2 a page) like they wanted to, according to Cleveland.com
So have at it, Cuyahogians. All the property and deed information you could ever want now costs $1. Make a request. Make 17 requests. Ask if they can use the extra storage space on the disc to make you a mix tape. Go nuts. The county just spent $55,000 in legal fees and they lost, so they're probably in a bad mood. Expect a lot of Dashboard Confessional.
What are you doing this weekend? It’s probably not as exciting as what the members of Cleveland heavy metal legends Shok Paris are doing. This Friday night, they will be headlining the first night of the two-day Up the Hammers VII festival in Athens — the Greek one, not the one in Southern Ohio where they prefer vintage Phish and Grateful Dead. Hide the ouzo!
Like many of their labelmates on Northeast Ohio-based Auburn Records, Shok Paris has played festivals in Germany. But this is the first time an Auburn band has played in Greece. Just in time for the festival, the band has released a digital single, “Those Eyes,” available through etailers like iTunes.
“We are releasing this new song as a special thank you to our Greek fans for supporting the band and my label all these years,” says Auburn Records president Bill Peters. “The song is dedicated to them. We rushed into the studio to finish it in time.”
“Those Eyes” is the first official release from the reconstituted band in 23 years — since their last full-length album Concrete Killers. It’s also a sneak preview of their upcoming fourth album “Full Metal Jacket,” due out on Auburn later this year. Also newly available in digital format is a version of “Battle Cry,” recorded at the Beachland Ballroom May 1, 2010. — Anastasia Pantsios
Adam Bostwick, former co-executive chef of Melange, has been hired as chef de cuisine of Hodge's, the soon-to-open restaurant operated by food truck pioneer Chris Hodgson and restaurateur Scott Kuhn.
"Adam is a young, driven chef and I've always been a fan of his food," says Hodgson. "When I found out what happened at Melange [when it closed], I wanted to be the first person to reach out to him to join the company."
In addition to his creativity with regards to both sweet and savory dishes, Bostwick will offer much needed help when it comes to kitchen management, adds Hodgson.
"He has a lot of back of the house management skills when it comes to ordering and running a large kitchen, as compared to my smaller truck style management."
Also on board is Will McNulty (brother to Sam), who leaves his post at Ohio City's Bonbon Cafe to join Hodge's as bar manager.
Hodge's is slated to open March 29, but will unofficially kick-off with a St. Patrick's Day bash on the patio. Both of Hodgson's trucks (Dim and Den Sum, Hodgepodge) will be serving grub.
More on Hodge's — including a sneak peak at the interior and menu — will be coming soon.
The restaurant is located at 6th and Euclid, in the former home of Zinc Bistro.
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