Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Beware of falling concrete! (Its not the Marquee that is dangerous!)

Contrary to public opinion, the barrels surrounding the LaSalle Theater are not because of the marquee. We have heard from dozens of people that believe the marquee is unstable and is at risk of collapsing.

Let’s set the record straight. It is not the marquee that is creating the risk to the public.

The orange barrels are surrounding the building to protect the public from pitting that is occurring on the sandstone of the building. Several years ago, the owner of the LaSalle Theater attempted to repair some sandstone pitting and cracks with a concrete epoxy. This concrete epoxy was not developed for this use and never adhered to the theater’s façade properly. From time to time, this concrete epoxy has failed to adhere to the building and has come crashing down to the sidewalk along East 185th Street.

If someone was in the wrong place at the wrong time, this concrete epoxy could come crashing down on their heads causing serious injury. Because of this risk, the Cleveland Housing Court declared this condition a danger to the public and required the previous building owner to barricade off the front of the building.

Northeast Shores purchased the LaSalle Theater in its “as-is” condition. In other words, it is now the responsibility of Northeast Shores to properly repair the LaSalle Theater façade so that the orange barrels and fencing can be removed.

In anticipation of this requirement, Northeast Shores has made some leads on grant funding to cover this significant expense but application for these competitive funds could not occur until title transferred. Please continue your patience with this ugly street condition while we await word of grant funding and can proceed with the necessary work to repair this dangerous condition.

In the meanwhile, Northeast Shores knows the marquee does not gleam as it once did and we look forward to restoring the marquee as well. Look for future information about sponsorship opportunities for you to support restoration of the marquee

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Northeast Shores purchases LaSalle Theater and Tavern

On September 28, 2009, Northeast Shores purchased the LaSalle Theater and Tavern after several years of negotiations.

Northeast Shores initially became interested in buying this block of East 185th Street when the properties entered foreclosure in 2006. At that time, Northeast Shores attempted to purchase the properties from the former owner but was unable to complete the transaction before the foreclosure proceeded. The previous owner attempted to retain title to the properties but eventually the foreclosure proceedings were successful and title reverted to the mortgage holder, Parkview Federal and Savings.

Following standard company policy, Parkview Federal proceeded with eviction proceedings of the commercial and residential tenants in the property. Some of these tenants were sad to leave the East 185th Street Business District and Northeast Shores made attempts to relocate one of these tenants to a space farther north in the district.

Upon vacancy, Parkview Federal put the property up for sale and entertained several offers for the property. Northeast Shores bid on the property at less than half of the asking price and waited months as Parkview Federal vetted through other offers that did not culminate in a sale.

In the meantime, rumors that Parkview Federal intended to demolish the theater became deafening when Parkview Federal proceeded with seeking a demolition bid and inquired to the City of Cleveland Building and Housing Department about the process for seeking a demolition permit. Councilman Mike Polensek stepped in and had the theater declared a local landmark to prevent the demolition of the theater.

Upon local landmark status, Parkview Federal reduced their asking price and Northeast Shores was able to strike a deal to acquire this key property. It still took several months to secure acquisition financing, given the building’s vacancy and uniqueness as well as the current lending environment. Thankfully, Village Capital Corporation stepped to the plate and offered to provide the financing for the purchase.

While the theater and tavern are now in safe hands, the saga continues. Northeast Shores needs to renovate and retenant the building. To do this, Northeast Shores must raise significant grant and loan funds to bring the theater back to its historic grandeur.

We are excited about undertaking this difficult redevelopment project. Once restored, the LaSalle Theater can continue to be an anchor and landmark for future generations on East 185th Street. Pick up future issues of the Collinwood Observer or check out the blog on the Northeast Shores website for future chapters as this project continues to evolve and develop.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Euclid Beach Event Draws Thousands

We hope you were one of the several thousand that attended today's Remembering the Sights and Sounds of Euclid Beach Park.

This year's event was bigger and better than the last several years. It was great to be on hand for the dedication of the shuffle board courts. The car show was bigger and better than ever with the Kiddie Hook and Ladder Fire Truck making its first return to Euclid Beach State Park since the amusement park closed forty years ago.

It was incredible to see the park so alive with people sharing their memories of the amusement park with their children and grandchildren. A favorite memory of today was watching a grandfather teach his grandson how to play skee ball.

Thanks to the volunteers of the Euclid Beach Park Now for making an unforgettable event happen right here on our lakefront.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Collinwood Observer Covered by WKYC Channel 3

The great community story of the Collinwood Observer being published was covered by WKYC Channel 3. Check out the great story here:

Collinwood Observer is in Print!

The very first issue of the Collinwood Observer is in print and has been distributed.

The first issue looks great and Northeast Shores is proud to be a key partner in this wonderful new neighborhood-driven publication.

The debut issue includes a full page of Northeast Shores news on page nine.

Come by our offices and pick up the debut issue and save an extra copy for prosperity.

Look for new issues of the Observer to be available every two weeks.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Exit Stencil in Sunday Plain Dealer

Waterloo's own Exit Stencil Records was highlighted in yesterday's (Sunday) Plain Dealer section as "Tastemakers" in Northeast Shores.

This is a great accomplishment for Ryan Weitzel and crew at the recording studio. They are doing great stuff and the studio is wonderfully warm corner of our community.

If you missed the story, you can read the whole story:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Beachland Post Office to Remain OPEN!

Last night, we received word that the Beachland Post Office located on East 185th Street will remain open and we are no longer at risk of losing our post office.

We want to thank everyone that completed a survey, contacted the post office directly, or contacted a politician on behalf of saving our post office.

We were told that our efforts to save the post office was the highest turn-out in Northeast Ohio of any community whose post office was threatened. This only reinforces our belief that this neighborhood is as strong and committed as any in our country. In addition, this outpouring of support also shows what we are capable when we all work together on a shared goal.

The Post Office is distributing a letter that reads as follows:

September 11, 2009

Dear Postal Customer:

In my letter of July 11, 2009, I informed you that the US Postal Service was conducting a review of Postal operations at the Beachland station with the possibility of consolidating it into the Collinwood station. After careful review of all data and customer input it has been determined that retail operations at this station will not be consolidated at this time.

Thank you for your patience during the review process.

Harry Myers
Manager, Customer Relations
2200 Orange Avenue, Room 206
Cleveland, Ohio 44101-9996

Monday, September 14, 2009

Staff show team spirit on Patriot Day

To commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 and to celebrate the return of football season, Northeast Shores staff painted two buildings in the community with VASJ school colors and Browns colors.

Look for additional lettering to occur this week to finish up this project.

Hope this neighborhood brightens up your day and shows the world that this is a neighborhood that cares (...about football).

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sights and Sounds of Euclid Beach

Euclid Beach Park Now is about to embark on the FIFTH reunion event at the Euclid Beach State Park. This event keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger. You have got to see this event! Two weeks to showtime!

Come on out from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 27th at Euclid Beach State Park.

Here are more details about the event from Elva Brodnick, the President of Euclid Beach Park Now:

Welcome to our Fifth – yes Fifth! – year of bringing you
Remembering the Sights & Sounds of Euclid Beach Park.

2009 also marks the 40th Anniversary of Euclid Beach Park closing, September 28 1969.

It all began rather innocently really.

Back in 2005, Carol Ward, our local State Park Naturalist, approached EBPN with the idea of doing “a little memorabilia event” at Euclid Beach State Park. Have EBPN bring out a few Euclid Beach pictures and signs maybe, let people come and enjoy remembering the Park, nothing elaborate you see . . .

Yes, well . . .

But then we got to thinking . . .

What if we put signs with photos up all thru the Park showing where things were at Euclid Beach? And since we’ll have the signs up, hey, we could also take people on guided tours around the Park. And can we get “Frozen Whip” there? Humphrey popcorn balls and candy kisses?

How about we lay out the Carrousel right where it ran at Euclid Beach?

What about the Rocket Ship Car? Or the Thriller Car? Other “Euclid Beach” things?

And wouldn’t a car show be cool, The Cars we Drove to Euclid Beach, showcasing cars 1969 (when the Park closed) and older. (Which is in its 3rd year.)

Then Laughing Sal showed up last year (and enjoyed herself immensely!)

So here we are again. We’ve grown every year, and have had a huge lot of fun bringing the 1500 to 2500 (in 2008) of you to “Euclid Beach for a Day”. We figure we’ll be doing this for years to come – just as long as all of us will be Remembering the Sights & Sounds of Euclid Beach Park.

Thanks for your support!

More details at

Friday, September 4, 2009

Community Organizer Tweets!

Denise Lorek, the Community Organizer for Northeast Shores, has started her own twitter page.

Get all your updates on the specific activities of Denise at