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Variety Theater rehab is key to fate of Lorain Avenue Master Plan in Jefferson neighborhood

by Nathan Purdom (Plain Press, January 2017)          The beautiful marquee of the Variety Theater, recently lit up for the first time in years, is visible evidence of a brighter future for the Lorain Avenue neighborhood at West 118th Street. Earlier generations of neighborhood residents, who visited the Variety in its heyday, saw vaudeville acts, Sunday … Continue reading

Cheerio Building rehab adds retail space and apartments to Gordon Square area

by Adam Scraga (Plain Press, January 2017) The building was in disarray, layers of trash covered the floors, and homeless people came and went. It was more than 100 years old and most people would have torn the building down, but Howard Grandon is not most people. Grandon is the owner of the building at … Continue reading

25th Street Lofts rehabilitation adds 83 apartments and commercial space on Church Avenue between W. 25th and W. 28th

1951 PHOTO FROM THE CLEVELAND NEWS 1951 photo of the Odd Fellows Building on the Southwest Corner of W. 25th and Church Avenue (1504-1512 W. 25th Street.) The Odd Fellows Building, built in 1873, and designed by Cudell and Richardson. Its original address was 315-321 Pearl Road. This photo found in the Cleveland Public Library’s … Continue reading

Lady Luck creates its own atmosphere at W. 42nd and Lorain Avenue

by Sean Dobrzeniecki (Plain Press, January 2017) The corner of Lorain Avenue and West 42nd Street has become a little busier since June, when Lady Luck’s opened in the space previously home to Morrison Dance, attracting a loyal clientele to the neighborhood. Sarah Morrison opened her dance studio in 2002. After years of success, it … Continue reading

Many Clevelanders share memories of gatherings at Kiefer’s Tavern

by Dominick Ferlito (Plain Press, January 2017)          An old sign, from a bygone era, still hangs on the pre-WWI red-brick building on the corner of W. 26th Street and Detroit Avenue.  The sign, advertising Kiefer’s Tavern, is a survivor in the Ohio City district that has experienced a brilliant renaissance in the past 10 years. … Continue reading

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