Monday, November 17, 2014

NuCLEus project - initial project overview presented to Council, preliminary legislation approved for title transfers

Today, Cleveland City Council heard and approved this evening Ordinance No. 1410-14 in a joint hearing of the Development, Planning and Sustainability and Finance Committees.  The legislation was introduced last month.  The ordinance authorizes the City to acquire and re-convey properties presently owned by Gateway Huron LLC for purposes of entering into the chain of title prior to the adoption of tax increment financing legislation.

The project's conceptual plan passed the Cleveland Planning Commission on November 7th. Today's Council hearing and approval is a preliminary step with additional design and financing details to be introduced for future hearings.
A colored diagram shows the general shape, or "massing" of the proposed nuCLEus development in downtown Cleveland, and the arrangement of uses within the project.  Source: Stark Enterprises of Cleveland and J-Dek Investments Ltd. of Solon

In summary the project is a collaboration of Stark Enterprises and J-Dek Investments Ltd. of Solon, It is estimated to represent an investment of between $250 - 350 million.  The major components or uses are represented in the diagram above.  It would be located primarily on two blocks sandwiched by Prospect Avenue and Huron Road, just north of the Q and east of East 4th Street.

Preliminary plans for financing include passage of a non-school Tax Increment Financing that is estimated to generate between $10 to 15 million.   In addition, there are media reports of other potential funding that could include Casino funds that could be authorized by the County as well as other funding from the City's Vacant Property Initiative. See the media reports referenced below.

Project Site: Stark Enterprises, NuCLEus, 501 High Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

Media Coverage:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Nov. 13th Public Meeting - Design Concepts for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Malls to the Lakefront

There will be a public meeting regarding Design Concepts for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Malls to the Lakefront from 6:00 - 7:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the County Council chambers on the fourth floor of the county administration building, 2079 East 9th Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

For in-depth coverage of the project see the following article as well as the Group Plan Commission site.  The announcement and presentation provided last week to the County are provided below.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Nov. 12th U. S. Army Corps of Engineers information session - Harshaw Chemical Company FUSRAP Site

The following is a public notice and information regarding a meeting scheduled Wednesday, November 12th.

Who:  Special Projects Branch, Environmental Project Management Team, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1776 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207, 1-800-833-6390.

What:  Public Meeting, Information/Poster Session regarding the Harshaw Chemical Company Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) Site and the upcoming deconstruction of Building G-1 to allow further investigation of the groundwater at the site.

 Wednesday, November 12, 2014

 Double Tree by Hilton, 6200 Quarry Lane, Independence, Ohio 44131.

Why:  See information below, and refer to the Army Corps' web site for this project.

Also see the related EPA site:

BASF Corporation [Region 5 Cleanup Sites]

October Q& A document -

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Information regarding photo enforcement of traffic laws - Vote NO on Issue 35

The following information clarifies the City of Cleveland's use of photo traffic enforcement technology.

Based on the facts of the program reducing collisions and increasing safety, I urge voters to VOTE NO on Issue 35 on Tuesday, November 4th.

If there are any questions or you or your organization would like to sign on as supporters for defeating Issue 35 please feel free to contact me at

Save a Life, Vote No on Issue 35
See below the fact sheet for additional information.

Additional information:

In 2013 the City renewed its Automated Photo Enforcement Contract with Xerox.  This renewal allowed the City to place additional photo enforced cameras at those previously identified intersections from the NOACA report as well as intersections identified from the City’s Computer Aided Dispatch Calls for Accidents report, Citizens and Council members.  A 16-hour video analysis was completed at each site before any photo enforced equipment was installed.

Regarding the timing of Yellow traffic signal lights
As of 2011 (and with a compliance deadline of 2014), states are required to adopt the National Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). These guidelines address how yellow light timing durations are set, which may help resolve some of the arguments by motorists claiming they were cited for going through intersections with unreasonably quick yellow lights.  Per federal regulations, tickets are issued only if the driver enters the intersection once the light has turned red.

In Cleveland, following national best practices, the yellow traffic light phase has been extended to all intersections with photo enforcement equipment.  The yellow time’s for all of the city of Cleveland's red light photo enforcement cameras are generally around 4 – 4.3 seconds.

Total citations issued and revenue received for the photo enforcement program.  Note that as indicated in FACT 2.  The number of collisions and tickets issued has declined since the program was initiated.

Elaborating on -  1. FACT: The program places a priority on high crash intersections and major arterial streets and has proven to reduce collisions and improve safety. 80% percent of Cleveland’s traffic safety cameras are in use at high crash intersections or on major arterial corridors that have been identified to be high speed and crash areas. REF: 2007 and 2009 Crash Reports from The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency

The following streets are the main corridors where photo enforcement cameras are being utilized:
  1. Carnegie Avenue
  2. Cedar Avenue
  3. Chester Avenue
  4. Clark Avenue
  5. East 105th 
  6. East 55th Street
  7. Euclid Avenue
  8. Harvard Avenue
  9. Lee Road
  10. Martin Luther King
  11. Pearl Road
  12. Shaker Boulevard
  13. St. Clair Avenue
  14. West 65th Street
  15. West Boulevard
  16. Woodland Avenue
Pertaining to - 11.  FACT: The photo enforcement program is carried out in a fair, public and transparent manner to serve as a strong deterrent to violating traffic laws.

The City of Cleveland puts out public notices of where portable photo enforcement units are being deployed.  Public notices are sent out through press releases and posted on the City's blog -  Here are the current locations of the portable photo enforcement cameras.  Area block clubs, civic groups, and Council members can request locations to be covered by calling the City's Traffic Enforcement Division at 216-664.

All camera locations, (fixed and mobile) are listed and mapped at this link.

PCU (Portable Camera Unit) Locations 10/20/2014 – 11/07/2014.  The following will be active locations for the city’s Portable Camera Units (PCUs) beginning Monday, October 20, 2014. Legislation passed in May, 2013  increased the number of fixed camera sites from 24 to 49 and increased portable sites from 6 to 15. These locations will be active from October 20 to November 7, 2014.                                                                                                                             
  1. 11327 Martin Luther King Drive
  2. 11400 Block Edgewater Drive
  3. 2300 Block of St. Clair Avenue
  4. 1500 Block of West 25th Street
  5. 4300 Block of Payne Avenue
  6. 2100 Block of Clark Avenue
  7. 15900 Lorain Avenue
  8. 6411 St. Clair Avenue
  9. 7600 Clark Avenue
  10. St. Clair Avenue and Lancelot Avenue
  11. East 177 Block of Villaview Road
  12. 2600 Block of North Moreland Boulevard
  13. West 104th Street & Madison Avenue
  14. 4900 Block of Rocky River Drive
  15. 6600 Fleet Avenue


Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, February 1, 2011.

Q & A - Red light running- Camera enforcement works to curb this dangerous behavior.
March 2014, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Automated Enforcement Myths
Michele Fields, J.D., Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, March 2001

States using red light and speed cameras
Red light running, Camera enforcement works to curb this dangerous behavior.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Automated enforcement, October 2014

Speeding and Red Light Camera Tickets

Excerpt - 

Federal Law & Regulation

"...In a 2008 appeal to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, car owners in Chicago claimed the city's red light camera system violated the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment. They received a $90 citation in the mail for running a red light (someone else had been driving their car at the time).

The federal judges ruled against the appellants, stating the following in their opinion:

"No one has a fundamental right to run a red light or avoid being seen by a camera on a public street."

Therefore, federal courts have affirmed the right of municipalities to use speeding and red light cameras. Additionally, lawsuits challenging the use of private companies to operate red light cameras have been dismissed or defeated..."

Institute responds to criticism of red light camera research
Status Report, Vol. 47, No. 3 | April 12, 2012, ,

Excerpt - 

Red light running is a serious traffic safety problem that kills about 700 people and injures an additional 130,000 each year. Solid, published research by the Institute and other experts demonstrates that red light cameras save lives.

Monday, October 6, 2014

MetroHealth Public Meeting Sat. 10/11/14 - Transforming MetroHealth - Let your voice be hear | Hágase escuchar!

MetroHealth is planning a series of meetings to get community input and they hope you’ll join them for the first meeting:

WHEN: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Saturday, October 11th, 2014
WHERE:  The Family Ministry Center located at 3389 Fulton Road (at Trowbridge Ave).
WHO:  The whole family is invited.

Lunch will be served and fun childcare will be provided with games and crafts.

Please RSVP to 216-778-8118 or
by Thursday, October 9.

MetroHealth needs your help. Share in the vision of transforming a hospital that will revitalize your neighborhood. MetroHealth wants to hear from you and your family. What opportunities for physical activity would you like to see on the hospital campus? What do you need so you and your family can be healthy?

What you have to say is important and it will impact their Transformation plans. It’s about more than just changing the way the hospital looks and how it delivers care. It’s about improving our local economy and making our community more vibrant.


MetroHealth anunció el año pasado sus planes de transformar el campus principal mediante la construcción de un nuevo hospital y la demolición de los edificios antiguos que ya no cumplen con las necesidades actuales. Es un gran proyecto en el cual no podemos embarcarnos solos. 

Estamos planeando una serie de reuniones para conocer el sentir de la comunidad y esperamos que usted pueda participar en la primera reunión del sábado, 11 de octubre de 11 am a 1:00 pm, en el local del Family Ministry Center, ubicado en la 3389 Fulton Road cerca de Trowbridge. Toda su familia está invitada. Serviremos almuerzo y tendremos un lugar de juegos y actividades para los niños. Haga su reserva por teléfono llamando al 216-778-8118 o por email a, no más tarde del jueves, 9 de octubre. 

Necesitamos su ayuda. Comparta la visión de transformar un hospital que revitalizará su vecindario. Queremos escuchar su opinión y la de su familia. ¿Qué tipos de recursos quisiera ver usted en el campus del hospital para llevar a cabo actividades físicas? ¿Qué cree que necesitan usted y su familia para vivir una vida más saludable? 

Su opinión es importante para nosotros y puede tener un impacto en nuestros planes de transformación. Esto va más allá de un simple cambio estético del hospital y la manera en que atiende a sus pacientes. Es acerca de mejorar nuestra economía local y crear una comunidad con más vitalidad.


See more information regarding MetroHealth's Transformation Plan.

From MetroHealth -
  • Our Vision - What's possible, our vision for the W 25th Street Campus.
  • Your Input - Join Our Community, our goal is to engage our community so we can work together to transform MetroHealth's W 25th Street campus.
  • The Rational - Making the Case, why we can't live without MetroHealth (whitepaper).

MetroHealth’s Mission: Leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery and teamwork.