City taking bids on Summit redevelopment

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 9/10/19

The city of Cleveland is currently engaged in discussions with commercial real estate developers to explore revitalization ideas for the former Cherokee Hotel, located downtown.The historic structure …

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City taking bids on Summit redevelopment

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The city of Cleveland is currently engaged in discussions with commercial real estate developers to explore revitalization ideas for the former Cherokee Hotel, located downtown.

The historic structure currently houses Cleveland Summit, a Section 8 residential facility.

City Manager Joe Fivas told the Cleveland City Council during its Monday work session the city is talking to experts to draft a revitalization proposal which will be presented later to the City Council.

"It’s a request for bids saying, here's what we would like to redevelop the Summit building in to, and we're essentially requesting developers to propose what the city can do,” Fivas said. “A part of that would be what incentives are available? What are the opportunities?”

Fivas said the city is also seeking solutions to parking issues near the building.

“One question that has come up quite often … was parking around the building. We’re looking at options there.”

He said the request for bids will be an ongoing discussion through the September and October City Council meetings.

“We will probably want to have a final draft for the Council's review and consideration by then,” Fivas said.

The city is currently eyeing plans to develop the current former hotel — constructed in the late 1920s on Inman Street — possibly reviving the building as a boutique hotel featuring a mix of retail stores and restaurants on its ground floor.

The hotel closed during the 1960s and has been home to the 79-unit Cleveland Summit Apartments since 1972. Cleveland Summit is currently building a 78-unit multifamily housing facility, which will be located on Smith Drive near the intersection of Huff Avenue, S.W. in Cleveland.

In other business, Fivas updated Council members regarding the Candies Lane drainage improvement project.

Fivas said the project progress is currently intermittent, with utility work still being conducted.

“My understanding is that they found a line there from AT&T last week, so they're still working on utilities and still working on the utility pole across from Inverness Drive,” Fivas said.

He said Candies Lane may be closed on certain days, depending on work being conducted at the site. In addition, once the bridge project begins, the road will be closed to traffic.

“Once we get closer to when they begin construction on the bridge, there will be a hard close of that area,” Fivas said. “We will  probably go into a couple months where it will be closed and shut down.”

Fivas said the city will continue to update the surrounding community regarding the project’s timeline.

The project will also raise a section of Candies Lane four feet at its lowest point to address flooding issues caused by Candies Creek that periodically makes the road impassable.

The section of road to be raised is located between Inverness Drive N.W. and Rolling Hills Drive N.W. Two 60-inch culverts will be replaced with larger precast culverts to accommodate water flow.

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