Nov. 14 – Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals
Covered by Documenters Breana Smith and Marvetta Rutherford

Screenshot of a BOZA presentation on the proposed Bridgeworks project at W. Superior and W. 25th Street (Credit: Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals YouTube / Org: Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals).
An image from a presentation on the proposed Bridgeworks project at W. Superior and W. 25th Street. Credit: Cleveland City Planning Commission YouTube

What happened: The board approved requests by developer Bridgeworks LLC to not follow Cleveland zoning code. The decision means plans for a mixed-use building just off the west end of the Detroit-Superior Bridge can move forward. The building is set to have 140 residential apartments, a restaurant and 130 hotel rooms.

Appellant withdraws case: Asmint Cruz, an electrical contractor, wanted to construct a five-car garage on a Ward 5 property. Cruz said he uses the house on the property only as an office. Zoning board staff, City Planning staff, and Cristopher Alvardao of the Slavic Village Community Development Corp. (CDC) expressed concern about Cruz essentially operating a business in a residential district. Board Chair Kelley Britt offered to postpone the case, but Cruz said he would withdraw and put the property up for sale instead.

And also: The board approved zoning variances for a downtown residential project near Progressive Field. The building would include 178 residential units.

Want to learn more about zoning? Check out this introduction to Cleveland zoning by City Planner Matt Moss.

Read Documenter Marvetta Rutherford live Tweet from the meeting:

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