New ‘Residents First’ housing legislation
Cleveland City Council will consider a set of laws aimed at creating more accountability for property owners called ‘Residents First.’
If passed, the laws would require:
- Properties not occupied by the owner would need a “Local Agent In Charge (LAIC)” if the owner lives outside of Cuyahoga County. Those agents would be legally responsible for the properties.
- The laws would also overhaul the city’s current rental registry process and vacant property systems to close loopholes and allow for more enforcement through a ticketing system.
ArtCraft Building no more–future police headquarters taking shape
In November 2022, Mayor Justin Bibb’s administration announced that the ArtCraft Building at the edge of downtown would be transformed from an arts space into the city’s new police headquarters. The city is currently renting space for its headquarters in the county-owned Justice Center.
Architects from Vocon presented a proposal that includes a 450-car garage for staff, restored historic entrances and a police museum.
More murals coming
Multiple public art contracts were approved for murals across Cleveland.
The contracts all went to local artists with proposed murals in neighborhoods such as Slavic Village, Detroit-Shoreway and Old Brooklyn. Two of the projects were presented by Destination Cleveland, which is working with local artists to create more murals across the city.
Midtown food trucks and more
The commission approved the initial concept for a year-round sports bar and seasonal performance space in Midtown.
Derrick Childs, director of Construction at Container Homes USA, also received design approval for a Midtown Food Truck Park. Childs’ proposal includes four food trucks, a sports bar and an outdoor amphitheater. The proposed location for the park is 7412 Carnegie Avenue.
West Park townhomes
The planning commission granted design approval to a new housing development project on Warren Road. Project partners include Young Design Studio and Maverick Builders, who hope to put up 19 townhouse units each containing three or four bedrooms.
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Ohio Issue 2, the ballot initiative that legalized growing and using recreational marijuana in the state, is supposed to take effect on Dec. 7. But a flurry of activity in Columbus is raising questions about the near- and long-term future of the law. On Monday, a committee in the Ohio Senate voted to add new…
Community leaders and stakeholders come together for the fifth year to recognize the Champions of Central.