Thursday, April 2, 2015

Historic Aragon Ballroom Project - Public Meeting Notices

UPDATED - April 14, 2015.

Aragon Project Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting 
rescheduled from April 20th to May 11th.

The Board of Zoning Appeals hearing initially scheduled for April 20th for the Aragon Project has been rescheduled to:  May 11, 2015 at 9:30 am.  The change in date is to allow additional time for community engagement.

The hearing will be held at the same location, Room 514 of City Hall (5th Floor).
If you have already submitted a comment to the Board of Zoning Appeals, there is no need to resubmit.

Additionally, a Cleveland Planning Commission Hearing is scheduled for May 1, 2015 at 9:00 am.  This hearing will also be held in Room 514 of City Hall.  Since the Aragon Ballroom is within a Pedestrian Retail Overlay Zoning District, the Planning Commission must approve the use of any structure—new or existing—that has more than 40 feet of frontage.

Note: The Cleveland Planning Commission does not place restrictions on the operations of the building.  All comments of support or concern regarding the use or operation should be submitted to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Project information can be found here.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Adam Stalder, Stockyard, Clark Fulton  & Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office or (216) 961-9073 x209, or Cory Riordan, Tremont West Development Corporation at or (216) 575-0920 x101


Original post - THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015

The following information is provided as public notice for two meetings scheduled for review and discussion of the Historic Aragon Ballroom renovation project that represents an investment of $1.5 million on the W. 25th Street corridor.  Post card notices were mailed to residents in an approximate 1/2 radius of the project last Monday.

The project was first announced in 2013 when the new owner began work to stabilize the building. Progress has been made to the point of now completing designs and financing in addition to compliance and approvals with City Planning and Building and Housing Departments.  An initial public meeting was held on January 22nd, 2015.  Concerns and questions from that meeting have led to the development of the FAQ and finalization of the proposed use and operations provide below.

The public is invited to attend these meetings to learn more about the project and provide input on the final plans and designs for the building re-use as a banquet and conference facility.

Included in the information below are notices for the meetings on April 8th and 20th, details regarding the zoning variances required for the building operation, and a Frequently Asked Questions list which details the plans for operation.

If there are any questions regarding this project please call Councilman Cummins* Ward 14 office at 216-664-4238; Keisha Gonzales*, Adam Giffford, or Adam Stalder at the Stockyard, Clark Fulton & Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office at 216-961-9073; or Cory Riodan, Tremont West Development Corporation at (216) 575-0920. *Se habla Español

April 8th Public Meeting Notice:

April 20th, 2015 Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing Notice:

Note: The City code issues detailed below are generally being addressed and details provided within the FAQ provided above.  Numbers 1, 2 and 4 below deal with the fact the Aragon Ballroom has not been operating for sometime and the use as banquet and conference facility has to be applied for to be re-activated for this property.  Number 3 below deals with parking requirements.  Number 5 below is a requirement for a ten foot landscape strip to buffer the property from the adjacent residential district.  Due to the placement of the building and alley behind the building it is not possible to meet this zoning requirement.  Number 6 below deals with the windows and façade requirements - the building is undergoing a historic renovation and has received approvals for the exterior design from the Landmarks Commission.

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