Around Bay Village

Bay Renaissance? It’s an exciting time in Bay Village. In fact, the city may be on the verge of a renaissance, especially in light of the projects coming for a quiet town like Bay. A new Bay Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will likely be built on the site of the old Bay Way Cabin (Kiddie Kollege) in Cahoon Park.

Across the street: on the site of the old Shell Station and in the area of the old National City Bank ATM drive-thru – Liberty Development of Westlake is exploring the development of a townhouse community.

“We have had initial conversations with the Planning Commission,” reports Liberty Development Vice President Dru Siley. “It’s what we call a pre-submission conference.”

The concept introduces a plan for potentially 13 for-sale townhomes for the site.

“The architecture is still being developed. We want to have conversations with both residents and officials and be respectful of Bay Village and make sure our project fits into the community,” adds Siley. “It’s early. We expect that we will be back in front of the Planning Commission with a refined proposal sometime late June.”

Liberty Development is a full-service real estate development, management, and construction company with a diverse portfolio of commercial, retail, residential, industrial, and master land-use projects.

Knickerbocker Apartments

Also coming:  upgrades and improvements to Bay Village’s Knickerbocker Senior Apartments are expected to be in excess of $10 million. Funds are formally being filed for competitive 9 per cent Low Income Housing Tax Credits allocated by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to subsidize the rehabilitation of the Knickerbocker Apartments. Plans call for re-configuring the apartments from 169 units to 148 units. Efficiency suites will decrease from 98 to 56, while one bedroom units will increase from 70 to 91 units as fully accessible apartments. Timeline called for the credit application to be submitted in Feb., 2017, followed by OHFA award announcement in June. Construction will begin in April, 2018 with completion and occupancy in June, 2019.

Along Dover Center: the head-in parking that serves Malley’s and the other nearby buildings will be replaced by treelawns. The city has made a commitment to work with business owners to ensure their access to rear lots protects commercial interests while making the area safer for pedestrians and traffic.

Add to the that community projects like the Play in Bay upgrade courtesy of The Bay Village Foundation and the grassroots movement to maintenance and improve the Community House, Bay is a busy place under the leadership of an actively engaged City Council and Mayor Paul Koomar.

DULUTH TRADING: Avon continues to grow! The new steel skeleton of a Duluth Trading Company is now going up along Chester Road near Cabela’s. And news was released last week for a new Main Event entertainment complex. Similar to Dave & Buster, the Main Event offers everything from bowling to laser tag to karaoke, virtual reality, climbing walls and just about everything today’s entertainment appetite demands. Main Event operates 30 units in 14 states. It will be big – 50,000 square feet – and plans to open in 2018.

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