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Ohio reups historic tax credit; Cleveland cyclists will have chance to weigh in on shoreway bike path erasure

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/22/11 @ 8:42am

The $60 million Ohio Historic Tax Credit was renewed partially because it catalyzes projects like the 668 building on the Euclid Corridor in downtown Cleveland from a stalled construction site into 236 apartments and ground floor retail. The economic spin off also made the case easier for the state. A CSU study funded by Gund and Cleveland foundations proves that every $1 million in tax credit leverages $8 million in construction and $32 million in operating receipts.

"Ohio has the third most historic structures in the country," Cleveland Restoration Society writes in its latest newsletter. "These buildings can be turned into loft apartments or trendy workplaces...You want to attract high tech companies to Ohio? Then you need to have rehabbed, turn-of-the-century factories with exposed brick and wood floors, not a suburban office park with a sea of parking surrounding it."

Cuyahoga County Executive, Ed FitzGerald will address the importance of historic preservation at the 38th annual Cleveland Restoration Society luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

· Mayor Jackson lashed out at ODOT today for not supporting one of the city's key redevelopment initiatives: Converting the West Shoreway from a highway into a boulevard with easy access to the lakefront. It is encouraging to see the mayor use his bully pulpit to deliver a message: Prioritize people ahead of cars. It also highlights a problem with ODOT's funding process known as TRAC-this article on the front page of the PD illustrates how far apart ODOT is from the vision of city leaders who want to bring a balance between adding a minute or two for suburban commuters and the residents living on the near west side who are clamoring for access to the lakefront (the mayor wisely sees the lakefront connection and his new plan to provide it as a big selling point for new residents).

· Bicycle and pedestrian connections to Cleveland's lakefront are in jeopardy, the new bike advocacy group, BikeCleveland writes. The City of Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Transportation are discussing ways to cut-costs on the project, and the multi-purpose trail along the lakefront is on the chopping block.

Bike Cleveland is encouraging you to attend a public meeting to hear about the changes and to tell the decision makers to keep their promise and invest in biking and walking on the West Shoreway.

West Shoreway Public Meeting Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2011 Time: 6pm-8pm Location: Franklin Circle Church, 1688 Fulton Rd, Cleveland

(Caption: West Shoreway from the W. 49th Street Bridge. The West Shoreway plan calls for reusing this bridge as a bike-pedestrian path into the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood).

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