Thursday, March 28, 2013

Four rehab projects in the works on W. 25th Street/Pearl Road in Clark Fulton and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods

New Elk & Elk Law Office, Aragon Ballroom and Masonic Temple Buildings have begun rehab construction and Ganley Auto opens insurance claim shop

Elk & Elk, the Cleveland injury law firm has begun work to rehabilitate the two story commercial building at 3350 W. 25th Street. The project went through an extensive design and review process in October 2012.   The building ownership transferred in December and construction began this month.

The firm has operated in Ohio for nearly 50 years, is headquartered in Mayfield Heights and has offices throughout Ohio in Akron, Canton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown.

Total acquisition and construction costs are estimated at $500,000.

The Elk & Elk project is one of four recently started on the W. 25th Street/Pearl Road corridor.  The building is located adjacent to the American Pride Car Wash and fronts MetroHealth Drive.

Elk & Elk Building, 3350 W. 25th Street before photo (above)
and final design renderings (below).

Other buildings under construction include the former Aragon Ballroom (3179 W. 25th) also located in the Clark Fulton neighborhood and the former Masonic Temple Building (3800-3808 Pearl Road) located in Brooklyn Centre.  Ganley Auto Group has also recently opened an insurance claim repair shop following requests from auto insurance companies to locate a facility on the near west side.

(A) Aragon Ballroom, 3179 W 25th
(B) Ganely Auto, 3300 W. 25th
(C) Elk & Elk, 3350 W. 25th
(D) Masonic Temple, 3804 W. 25th
Aragon BallroomThe work being done currently on the historic Local Landmark Aragon Ballroom is primarily stabilization and emergency repair, as the building's exterior and interior is still under design.  Designs will focus on maintaining the existing interior's significant open space and will also include a new commercial kitchen and updated office.  The exterior designs are will follow historical rehab standards based on the buildings previous historic designs, with materials and color selection yet to be determined.

Fortunately the building's main flat roof was replaced within in the last eight years and the spacious dance floor has been preserved, save a few minor damaged areas that will be restored.

The new owner, Ali Faraj owns and operates the La Villa Conference and Banquet Center, located at 11500 Brook Park Road.  Ali  and his team are recently credited for transforming what was formerly a U. S. Army Reserve Center into a 54,000 Square foot banquet facility located at 11500 Brookpark Road at Chevrolet Boulevard.

Plans for the Aragon are to restore the building and utilize it as an additional Conference and Banquet Center and possibly for performance arts.  More information will be provided on this project as it completes final concept, design and approvals.  Total acquisition and construction costs are estimated at $1.2 million.

The project was under consideration for utilizing historic tax credits but a decision to forego those resources was recently made and instead the project is being considered for the City of Cleveland's Storefront Renovation Project.

The Stock Yard, Clark Fulton & Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office (SCFBC) is providing technical assistance along with technical and design consultation form the Historic Warehouse District Development CorporationHistoric Gateway Neighborhood Corporation and Sandvick Architects, Inc.

The project also contracted services from well known local historical researcher Craig Bobby. Photos, articles and a history of the building and its former owners are expected to to be displayed once the building is completed. Building renovations are expected to be finished by the end of this year.

1905 rendering and announcement of the construction of the Pearl
Amusement Company, what would become the famous Aragon Ballroom.
the building was originally operated as the Pearl Roller Rink.
1937 photo, Aragon Ballroom, west exterior frontage at 3179 W. 25th.
The Aragon Ballroom name was debuted in September of 1937. Prior names and uses from 1905 to 1937 were: Olympic Roller Rink (1911-15); Olympic Winter Garden (roller rink,1916-23); Winter Garden (roller rink) & Olympic Hall (1924-1930); Shadyside Dance Palace (1931-33); and, Winter Garden Amusement Co. (1934-37, no roller rink or dance hall).

1969 photo, Aragon Ballroom dance floor.
[Photo credit: Cleveland Press Collection of  CSU's Library Special Collections]

Masonic Temple, new owners August Garofoli and John McCartney have worked in recent months on rehabbing portions of the interior.  They are utilizing office space for their own operations and plan on increasing the tenancy and utilization of building for primarily retail and offices.  Exterior and additional interior rehab work is being planned and will follow with new leases and the attraction of new tenants.

Photo of Masonic Temple, 3804 Pearl Road.

Ganley Auto Group recently opened an auto insurance claim repair shop in a commercial structure that has been very well maintained by owner Nicholas Pandapas.  The building located at 3300 W. 25th Street needed some minor updating and construction and opened for business earlier this year.

1 comment:

  1. RE: Aragon use. "Performance arts" like the boxing matches and Marshall Tucker Band concerts like Mr. Faraj has held at La Villa? NO THANK YOU!!! The Aragon is surrounded by residential streets and the building has absolutely NO parking! Sounds like a nightmare to me!


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