Bye, Bye Burns!
There’s no turning back now! Burns Auto in Bay Village is no more.
Vivid Jewelers has started renovations and will transform the corner by using the existing original portion of the building and adding a L-shape addition. When it opens, there will be a streetscape at the front of the building with pedestrian bench and landscaping. Parking will be in the rear.
Hello, Bay Village!
Bay Villagers accustomed to driving past an empty lot just east of Wolf Road bridge on their way to Bay Way Cabin, home of Kiddie Kollege, will be seeing one the city’s main venues getting a facelift over the next two years.
- In addition to Vivid Jewelers taking over the Dover Center-Wolf Road intersection, a drive along Wolf Road may soon also include a trip to a brand new Bay Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library on the site of Bay Way Cabin. Look also for the library to also consider development of an outdoor commons area near the new library.
As for the old Shell Station site just west of Bay Square, look for Liberty Development to bring some 13 townhouses to the parcel that will also include riverbank views as they extend back toward Heinen’s and take the space now occupied by the old bank ATM machines. Liberty Development is a Westlake firm honored for its urban new-build residential development in Lakewood, McKinley Place.
- Down on Dover Center, the city will be taking out the head-in parking that obscures motorist lines-of-site near W. Oviatt. Malley’s and the other businesses there will be welcoming customers from rear lots.
- At the Knickerbocker Senior Apartments, a $10 million renovation is in the works. All the city has to do to qualify for the government funding is agree to put in a crosswalk at Dover Center. The Knickerbocker will be getting much-needed, major upgrades including central air conditioning that will eliminate the many window units there now.
It’s an exciting time for Bay Village! New Mayor Paul Koomar has only been in office for about half a year. Already, he and City Council have teamed to bring, potentially, some major development to community: $7 million Library funded by the county, $10 million Knickerbocker redevelopment funded by Low Income Housing Tax Credits allocated by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, and some 13 new townhomes to be built by a private developer. That adds up to about $20 million in new development for the city, and at no real cost to taxpayers. Hello, new Bay Village!