A photo of demolition work at Irishtown Bend.
Demolition work at Irishtown Bend. Credit: Nick Castele / Signal Cleveland

Covered by Documenters Kellie Morris (notes) and Marvetta Rutherford (live-tweet thread)

Irish demolition

The Cleveland Landmarks Commission approved the demolition of a building at the corner of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue. The building was at the center of a legal fight that cost taxpayers more than $1.6 million. It could be razed as early as this week, which will allow the Port of Cleveland and its partners to move forward with stabilizing the hillside that ends at the Cuyahoga River. 

Dig it

There’s a salvage plan for the historic building, including reusing some of the fixtures, and Cleveland State University is going to assist with an archeological dig on part of the hillside. The commission requested that it get a copy of the report. 

Farm building

The board issued a certificate of appropriateness for a new market building at Ohio City Farm, which is run by Refugee Response. The building will include offices, storage, an international market, and food preparation space. It will also allow more public use of the farm space for tours and presentations, said Magdalina Young of Young Design Studio. 

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