Saturday, April 22, 2017

Slavic Village Chosen as Target Neighborhood by Cleveland Chain Reaction Investors

Posted By on Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 11:54 AM


Cleveland Chain Reaction, from Alan Glazen and co., has chosen Slavic Village as the neighborhood that will receive investments for five businesses, beating out West 25th and Clark in Clark/Fulton, East 185th in North Collinwood and East 50th to East 69th in St. Clair/Superior.

Chain Reaction is an offshoot of the LeBron James/Maverick Carter-produced Cleveland Hustles reality show that was broadcast on CNBC last summer that was responsible for the growth of businesses like Cleveland Bagel and Fount in Detroit Shoreway.

In the release, Chris Alvarado, executive director of Slavic Village Development said, “As a staff, we work hard to promote the amazing economic development opportunities that are available in Slavic Village. We are very excited to host Cleveland Chain Reaction and will work tirelessly to assist these five new businesses coming into our neighborhood this year.”

The five Chain Reaction investors— the Cleveland Foundation; Fred Geis; Andrew Jackson of Elson's International; Justin Miller, owner of CleanLife; and Claudia Young of Citizen Pie — have committed at least $650,000, or at least $130,000 per business.

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress partnered with Chain Reaction to help select which neighborhood would receive the investments.

The next step is for COSE to narrow the search down to 24 businesses that will present their proposals in front of the investors.

Chain Reaction is open to any type of small business — not necessarily one that customers walk into off the street. “We want small businesses that are already in existence, that are doing well, but the only thing holding them back is money. We want to take them to that next step,” Glazen said. “It could be in any industry. Doesn’t matter.”

Have a business in Slavic Village that needs an influx of cash? You can apply at to apply to be a part of the deal.
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Gathering Place Benefit to Take Place Tonight at Gray's Armory

Posted By on Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 9:22 AM
A non-profit, community-based cancer support center that focuses on "the social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of individuals with cancer and their family and friends," the Gathering Place hosts the second annual GatherPalooza fundraiser at Grays Armory today from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

The event will feature a Battle of the Bands between local acts Witness Protection, the Retractors, Faith and Whiskey, and 80-HD, rock bands that include Cleveland area professionals in health care, law and insurance.

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Old City Soda and Cleveland Whiskey to Hold Pop-Up Cocktail Party

Posted By on Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 7:18 AM

Cleveland Whiskey has teamed up with the folks at Old City Soda for the second event in their 2017 Remix open house series. Dubbed the Old City Soda Pop-up Cocktail Party, the event will feature tastings, distillery tours, snacks, giveaways and entertainment.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Police Identify Another Potential Stolen Vehicle from Car Dealership Double Murder

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 4:01 PM

A 6 p.m. vigil at Mr. Cars in Collinwood will honor the memory of Mike Kuznik and Trina Tomola, who were shot and killed, along with their pet dog, one week ago at their used car dealership.

"Tonight we will honor a family and demand justice for their killers," said councilman Mike Polensek in a press release Friday. "We refuse, on behalf of all Clevelanders, to let a group of violent predators define our neighborhood and the good people in it."

Meanwhile, the investigation continues.

Police had released information about two vehicles that were thought to have been stolen on the night of the murders, but both have now been accounted for. One, a 1999 Chevy Tahoe, was legally purchased the week prior. The other, a BMW 528i, was found on W. 48th near Denison Thursday evening. A man was arrested there on other warrants but isn't thought to be connected to the Kuznik murders.

As of Friday, there are still no suspects in the case.

Police have released information about another car that may have been stolen from Mr. Cars, though. It is a dark blue 2006 Mercedes-Benz SL, a four-door sedan. (See photo above and below.) A reward of up to $7,500 has been offered, and those with information are asked to contact investigators at (216) 623-5464, or Crime Stoppers at (216) 252-7463.


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Everything You Need to Know About Record Store Day in Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 2:55 PM

It’s no secret that Record Store Day has helped revitalize the sagging sales of independent brick and mortar record stores everywhere. Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the big event hits Saturday touting limited-edition titles from artists like David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Prince, the Cure, Aqua and, of course, the Cars.

Below is a list of Cleveland area record stores (officially and unofficially) participating in the day’s music-filled festivities.

You may have to stand in a few lines tomorrow, and elbow through a bunch of hipsters to get what you want, but it should all be worth it in the end.

A Separate Reality Records
2678 W.14th St., 216-644-7934
While the shop is not officially affiliated with Record Store Day this year, they plan to offer 10 percent off on all records tomorrow. The store opens at 11 a.m.

Loop in Tremont: Coffee, Art and Records
2180 W 11th St, 216-298-5096
Plan to get your coffee and records here tomorrow when Loop in Tremont opens at 8 a.m. And if the caffeine doesn't keep you going, their in-house DJ should. To see a full listing of the titles they’ll have in check here.

Music Saves
15801 S. Waterloo Rd., 216-481-1875
Music Saves is closed today in preparation for the big event tomorrow. They’ll open the doors at 8 a.m. and only let a designated amount of people in to keep the hordes at bay. See what titles they’ll have on hand right here. Feel free to also check out Beachland Ballroom's Record Store Day Celebration just down the block, which will feature music from Bummed Out, Forager and the DJ Spoon Bros starting at 3 p.m.

Young Kings Record Store
1418 W. 29th St., 216-804-3453
Only open since November, Young Kings provides listeners with a more selective taste of rap, R&B and jazz records. Do expect an in-house DJ set here along with exclusive vinyl and apparel. The shop opens at 10 a.m. for Record Store Day. Find out more right here.

The Exchange
1836 1/2 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-1887
Opening at 10 a.m., the Cleveland Heights Exchange plans to have a limited amount of Record Store Day albums on release. But that's just one of the their local stores. Each location, including Lakewood, North Olmstead and Parma Heights, will each have its own offerings. Check those locations out right here

My Mind’s Eye
16010 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-521-6660
Opening at 8 a.m., My Mind's Eye plans to have many of the days exclusive releases, along with additional used vinyl and guest DJs spinning all day long.

Blue Arrow Records
16001 Waterloo Rd., 216-486-2415
This record shop plans to host customer appreciation day in lieu of Record Store Day. The itinerary includes a guest DJs and live music from Part-Time Lover at 2 p.m.

Read about all 500-plus releases right here. And find more participating Northeast Ohio stores here.

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Case Western Students, Faculty Talk Public Safety Concerns in Wake of Steve Stephens Manhunt

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 1:56 PM


Maya Monroe grew up in Blacksburg, Va., home to Virginia Tech. This past Easter Sunday marked 10 years to the day after the massacre that killed dozens in her hometown. She’s now a student at Case Western Reserve University, and she's confronting her school’s failure to send a timely safety alert in the aftermath of Steve Stephens’ murder of Robert Godwin Sr. — an aftermath that included some fear and paranoia as police searched for the killer.

The April 16 shooting and subsequent manhunt took place near the Case campus, but, Monroe argues, the school delayed in joining institutions like the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals in sounding an alarm.

A member of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) sent out the first notification on Sunday to her fellow reps: a screenshot of the 3:58 p.m. police report. She brought her safety concerns to Case administrators, who agreed that students should be notified of the details to eliminate confusion, but at the time were reportedly not intending to send out an alert.

As discussions with campus administrators stalled and the minutes ticked on, student government members deliberated using their own listserv to notify the thousands of undergraduates on campus. At 5:33 p.m., CWRU students received an email reading “ATTENTION: Stay Indoors," linking to the Cleveland Division of Police’s update page. The action was unprecedented.

At 6:03 p.m., the university sent out its own email, and 15 minutes later a text alert referred students back to their inboxes. The email was unsigned and had not been sent through the RAVE alert system, but rather some sort of listserv.

The Athenian, the university’s humor magazine, quickly scrutinized the situation: “While reports from other institutions, such as Cleveland State University or Nicki Minaj, had been located within minutes of the story breaking at around 4 p.m., it would be not until 6:04 p.m. that the security alert was finally located in students’ inboxes.”

And so Monroe was feeling uneasy as the hours and days ticked by, knowing now how her school would address a public safety matter.

She stood facing off with administrators at a protest on Tuesday; students gathered in front of the Kelvin Smith Library to condemn the delay in communicating the ramifications of the city’s eastside manhunt. Monroe held up a sign that read, "This snowflake is melting in anger."

“I was quoted on the article about the failed notification because I posted a fairly angry rant to the university’s Facebook page, and people commented that I was a ‘snowflake,’” she says. “I figured I’d just embrace it."

While more than 200 students had expressed interest in the Facebook event, a little more than a dozen came out to protest. Afterward, many shuffled into the Undergraduate Student Government’s General Assembly (GA), where Case administrators joined campus police chief Jay Hodge.

It became clear after questioning from the student body that University Marketing and Communications had been contacted and were responsible for sending out an alert on Sunday. The university implored students’ trust, saying that they were willing to improve the system of alerts, step of the availability of Safe Rides and offer more ALICE training classes, which prepare students and staff for active shooter situations.

The decision not to send out an alert was attributed to justifications within the Clery Act, which requires universities to send out notification of criminal activity or potentially have their Title IX funding revoked.

The Clery Act defines a campus as the property and buildings owned by a college or university — but also public and private property which “is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes.” Andrew Thompson, a protest organizer and USG representative, pointedly asked Case’s marketing VP, Chris Sheridan, “Would you see it fair to characterize that as doing the literal bare minimum required by law?” Sheridan quickly acknowledged that Sunday’s shooting would not fall under the law’s requirements, noting, however, that Steve Stephens did at the time represent a "clear and present danger."

“By structuring the entire conversation around the Clery Act, it feels to me at times like the university is more concerned about keeping that Title IX funding and keeping its brand as a competitive university and keeping itself marketable to potential students,” said Kinsey Roberts, an employee of the university and double alumnus. “It involves a bit of sweeping things under the rug, controlling how the message gets out.”

After the GA meeting, protest organizer Tim Nicholas said, “By and large, I found that the administration was apologetic, but a phrase that was often used a lot ... was ‘It was bad judgement.’ and to me that's not a really satisfactory answer. It does not justify your inaction.”

However, Nicholas was largely happy with the GA. “If I could say in one word, I left GA hopeful," he said. "I was overall pleased with the administration's response — that they admitted responsibility and that they’re willing to work together.” He and other students will meet with administrators to decide on action steps. Nicholas says the plan is to present the result as a resolution to be voted on in next week’s GA.

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Project 29 Joining Westside's High-End Apartment Boom, Stoking Neighborhood 'Growing Pains'

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 12:14 PM


The proposed Project 29 site, with Saucy Brew Works' building on the right. The site is situated on Detroit Avenue, between West 29th and West 28th. - ERIC SANDY / SCENE
  • The proposed Project 29 site, with Saucy Brew Works' building on the right. The site is situated on Detroit Avenue, between West 29th and West 28th.
The growing pains of Ohio City's commercial-residential interface are well worn territory for Cleveland's civic-minded base — and especially for those who actually live and work in the area. In the corner of Ohio City that some call "Hingetown," the question of how to negotiate neighborhood development is crystallized in the newest big-ticket project.

The development team behind Project 29 landed before the Cleveland Planning Commission this morning, and, by most accounts, they're well on their way to securing approval for an 11-story, 163-unit mixed-use site on Detroit Avenue between West 29th and West 28th. The project proposes two buildings ("The Church" and "The State"), split by a walkway that would be used for anything from concerts to wedding receptions. It's backed by westside power couple Graham Veysey and Marika Shioiri-Clark.

But despite an apparent "thumbs up" from the neighborhood block club earlier this year, some Ohio City residents are saying that Project 29 doesn't jibe with the tone and character of the neighborhood. It's a precedent-setting step in the wrong direction, according to Church Avenue resident Bill Merriman.

"We don't want to live on West 25th Street," he said this morning. "We want to maintain the village atmosphere that Ohio City is so well known for." He prefaced his remarks on Project 29 with a lengthy soliloquy on the generations of trust built up among neighbors — both longtime residents and newer business owners alike. "This is a very vital thing," Merriman said, referencing the ongoing dialogue that keeps issues like parking, noise and late-night hours in a transparent spotlight for everyone in the neighborhood to discuss. This is, Merriman insisted, how you foster a neighborhood.

With all that said, the antecedent of Project 29 is developer Brent Zimmerman's Saucy Brew Works, a massive self-serve brewery and pizza joint on the corner of West 29th Street and Detroit Avenue. Based on sheer scope alone, the brewery will no doubt bring the craft beer fan base to "Hingetown." Originally, Zimmerman promised 44 off-street parking spaces (just east of the Saucy building), ameliorating traffic congestion concerns from the neighbors and, generally, keeping with the transparency that Merriman mentioned today.

Project 29 would erase Zimmerman's parking lot plan, building an 11-story tower right next to Saucy. The residential project would include parking garages for tenants, yes, but that doesn't address the inevitable increase in demand for parking spaces as "Hingetown" more fully embraces its "entertainment and retail opportunities." Developers hinted this morning that they may fund a traffic study on West 25th (between Bridge and Detroit) to see if there's a way to install parallel public parking spaces there. The phrase "working with the neighborhood to explore options" was used. It's unclear how that will manifest.

The Planning Commission meeting concluded with member David Bowen pointing out that "parking is going to change in the next five years." Scene inferred that he was talking about a general trend toward more cycling, more public transit use, more walkability in Cleveland. One supposes that that's a good point, and Merriman's exposition of neighborhood dynamics seemed to track with that.

But the actual thesis of Merriman's comments had less to do with parking lots and more to do with that word that he kept returning to: "trust." Scene has spoken with other "Hingetown" residents in the past, and they've echoed that sentiment, that idea that developers would do well to keep their promises and engage the character and tone of a neighborhood. (We would encourage you to read Belt's landmark essay on the place.) Merriman has been an active participant in that part of town for years, and he's not alone in his concern for where these "growing pains" are taking Cleveland's westside hamlets. So far, though, the incoming businesses have worked hand in hand with his block club's hopes.

"And then suddenly there's an 11-story building right there!" Merriman exclaimed before the rapt Planning Commission today. "I felt like somebody pulled the rug out from under us."

If all goes according to plan and process, the Church and State properties would be open by spring or summer 2019. Project 29 would join similarly styled outfits at the Snavely Group site (194 units at West 25th and Detroit) and Mariner's Watch (62 units at West 32nd and Detroit). Also discussed at this morning's Planning Commission meeting was a high-end townhouse project at West 70th Street and Father Caruso Drive, which joins a battery of luxury residences in Battery Park and the new Edison project (306 units and "an entertainment/club space" at the northern terminus of West 65th Street).

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