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30 Cleveland-area megaprojects that may benefit from a TMUD tax credit

After this Thanksgiving holiday week, state lawmakers say there’s a pretty good chance that the Ohio General Assembly will finally pass the long-sought Transformational Mixed Use Development (TMUD) tax credit. And there’s potentially dozens of so-called megaprojects that the TMUD credit could activate or take already active projects and push them across the finish line.

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Columbus developer has big plans for Flats West Bank

According to three sources who agreed to speak off the record, Flats West Bank property owner Jeff Jacobs may sell 5.6 acres of prime riverfront land near downtown Cleveland to a Columbus-based real estate developer or a partner thereof.

CASTO, which focuses on urban developments from Ohio to Florida, has expressed interest in acquiring or otherwise developing the land with a significant, multi-building, mixed-use development on the site. The land currently is used as a vast surface parking lot north of Jacobs’ Nautica Entertainment Complex that includes the Powerhouse at Nautica.

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Ohio’s largest metros are carrying the state’s economy

When it comes to describing Ohio’s economy, there’s the 3Cs and then there’s everyone else. With a few exceptions, if you want to find a job in Ohio, the best place to look is Ohio’s three largest metropolitan areas — Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

Consider that, since the start of 2015, Ohio has gained 227,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 3Cs accounted for 216,000 of those new jobs.

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Could the Western Reserve return to Connecticut, please?

No one in Cleveland or Akron or Ashtabula complains to or congratulates Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. No one in Warren, Medina or Sandusky cares if U.S. Senator Chris Murphy should be re-elected in 2018. There is no sharing of state offices between Cleveland and Hartford and thus, only one direct flight between Cleveland Hopkins and Hartford Bradley. And we sure don’t call ourselves the Nutmeg State, or even the exclave of same.

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