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Welleon gets an ‘A’ in testing Cleveland’s market

It used to be rare to see a newly constructed Cleveland apartment building filling out at rents of more than $2 per square foot and leasing out in less than two years. But those were the old days — “way back” in the 2010s. Today, it’s common to see luxury buildings, even those that are not downtown skyscrapers, rent out in a year or less. But not at the rents Welleon just commanded.

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EPA gives Greater Cleveland $129.4M for five solar arrays, reforestation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) today awarded $129.4 million in federal funding to the Greater Cleveland area to produce cheaper, more competitive, cleaner electricity locally. The funded work includes constructing five solar arrays in four communities, closing a coal-fired power plant in Painesville and supporting reforestation efforts in a community once called the Forest City.

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Biotech biz plans $12M investment in East Cleveland

One week after the Cuyahoga Land Bank completed a $3.5 million renovation of the Mickey’s building, 12550 Euclid Ave., in East Cleveland, it announced the sale of the building to Verdynt Bio, a Boston-based science facility developer with strong ties to Ohio. Verdynt Bio’s operations partner, SKYLIIT Labs, said it plans to invest more than $12 million into the site to create 100 jobs in a state-of-the-art laboratory and office co-working space.

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West 73rd Apartments site on the market

In a move that came as a surprise to some members of its development team, a New York-based developer has decided to sell one of the last-remaining open development sites in Cleveland’s hot Gordon Square neighborhood near Lake Erie. The offering of 1321-1357 W. 73rd St. comes after its owner, Joe Zagelbaum of Brooklyn, NY, went through a year-long process to get plans approved by the city for a 196-unit apartment complex.

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Downtown Cleveland’s glimmers of hope

While it seems like foot traffic is up in Downtown Cleveland since the pandemic four years ago, different organizations that measure the city’s central business district’s economic performance have numbers backing up that perception. And that’s also reflective of increased numbers of workers returning to their offices and more residential conversions and occupancies as well. But those numbers are still far from robust.

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Erieview, Shoreway towers win financing

Today, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority’s board approved $144 million worth of financing toward development projects with a combined price tag totaling $206.1 million. The projects include one new-construction residential tower near Edgewater Park, one renovated and converted Downtown Cleveland office tower, and a major expansion and renovation of middle school facilities in Shaker Heights.

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Downtown dealmaking takes time, new approaches

Although the real estate listing for Ohio Savings Plaza, 1801 E. 9th St. and its associated Park Plaza, 1111 Chester Ave., show their transaction status as “under contract,” it’s been that way for many months. It will retain that status for at least two more months. What’s going on behind the scenes reveals the complexities and even creative new ways of pursuing big deals in this market at this time.

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