Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Quarterly Meeting Tonight

Please feel free to join the Northeast Shores General Membership Meeting tonight at 6:30. The meeting will be held at the Golden Age Center located at 16600 Lake Shore Boulevard.

After hearing updates from Councilman Polensek and Fifth District Commander Drummond, there will be two special guest speakers providing updates on the Euclid Creek Restoration Plan. Claire Posius from the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District will provide an update on the fully funded Lacustrine Refuge at Wildwood State Park. After Claire answers questions, Derek Schafer from the West Creek Preservation Committee will update us on the Lakeshore Greenway Initiative.

Looking forward to seeing you there! Call us at (216) 481-7660 with any questions about tonight!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Waterloo Rocks Scene's Best Of Issue

Ok, this is a little late but we have been busy rehabbing homes on East 163rd Street, fixing the LaSalle facade, etc.

So, better late then never is our motto.

Last week, the Scene Magazine distributed their "Best of" issue for the year. We look forward to searching through every nook and cranny of this annual edition for love given to the North Shores Collinwood neighborhood. Again, the issue didn't disappoint.

The neighborhood boasted several awards including:
Best Place to Buy Music - Music Saves (15801 Waterloo Road)
Best Place to Buy Vinyl - Music Saves (15801 Waterloo Road)
Best Place to Worship Bob Marley - The Head Shop (15615 Waterloo Road)
Best Place for Rock&Roll One-Stop Shopping - This Way Out (15711 Waterloo Road)
Best Concert Club - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern (15711 Waterloo Road)

As we say in our ad on page 46, Waterloo is Cleveland's Best Neighborhood that you've (possibly) never explored! Come on out and join the BEST!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Be a Timberlake on Waterloo

Justin Timberlake was recently quoted as saying that he feels that records "sound warmer" and are "more vintage" then a digital recording. We couldn't agree more!

I am sure that next time Justin Timberlake is in town, he will stop by one of our three locations on Waterloo where vinyl is available. If you are looking for new vinyl, check out Music Saves (15801 Waterloo). If you are looking for something a little older or downright vintage, check out Blue Arrow Records (16001 Waterloo) and This Way Out (15711 Waterloo).

Come on out to Waterloo and maybe, just maybe, you might run into Justin Timberlake. More likely, though, you will run into people that are much hipper but not as well known.

Monday, October 11, 2010

North Collinwood is best place to live

On the cover of yesterday's Plain Dealer, the lead story shared that the cleveland.com website now includes an online survey where users can select their most important criteria and then various communities in Northeast Ohio are ranked to determine the user's best place to live.

Northeast Shores is elated to discover that North Collinwood was selected as only one of four City of Cleveland neighborhoods to be compared against our suburban peers. As we have said for years, North Collinwood competes strongly with our suburban competition and now we have an application that proves it.

Areas where North Collinwood competed strongly (top 10) against 99 other Northeast Ohio communities include:
1) Urbanity - A measure of the proximity between the distance between homes and retail businesses.
2) Most affordable housing
3) Rental Housing Available
4) Proximity to Lake Erie
5) Proximity to Downtown Cleveland
6) Racial Diversity

North Collinwood also scored well (but not top 10) in several other categories. We appreciate the opportunity to compete with our regional peers and look forward to improving areas where we are not meeting our aspirations so we can continue to be the absolute best location in Northeast Ohio to catch a sunset.

If you want to see more about this Plain Dealer story, check it out at:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Construction Starts in Waterloo Village

The Waterloo Village Model Block contains three goals:
1) Transform residential properties into beautiful homes
2) Remove vacant properties through demolition or purchase of abandoned properties to be rehabbed.
3) Develop marketing resources for large residential and commercial projects.

The Waterloo Village Model Block incorporates the thoughts of adjacent homeowners into the revitalization of the street where these properties are located.

Prior the Northeast Shores commencing rehab, we will meet with residents to provide them with an exterior assessment of rehab needs as it relates to general maintenance. The Waterloo Village Model Block will utilize many resources to assist existing homeowners repair each home.

Tour, Design, Create Your Floor Plan, and enjoy Maintenance Free Living:

For More Information Contact:
Camille Maxwell
Office: (216) 481-7660 ext. 30
Email: cmaxwell@northeastshores.org

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Snoop the LaSalle Theater

Cleveland Restoration Society members are invited to a SNOOP! of the historic LaSalle Theatre on Saturday, October 9 at 10:00 am. The theater, a City of Cleveland Landmark, was closed in 1991. The property has been purchased by Northeast Shores Development Corporation, which has obtained funding to stabilize the building and make roof and limestone repairs.

The building, designed by architect Nicola Petti, was completed in 1927 as a speculative project by the International Building and Loan Company. It includes three storefronts and five residential apartments. The theater is an example of Neo-Classic architecture, with a temple front with pilasters and pediments. The original marquee remains intact, and the building still has a major presence in the East 185th Street commercial district.

This event is FREE for members of the Cleveland Restoration Society. If you are not a member of CRS you must join first in order to attend the SNOOP. RSVP to JP Kilroy, 216-426-3116.

Monday, October 4, 2010

East 156th Street has a Block Party!

On Wednesday, September 22, residents and merchants, young people and seniors from all over the East 156th St. neighborhood joined together for food, entertainment and fellowship.

Reverand Becham from B&M Barbecue fired up the grill around 4:00 so he could “get some smoke in the air” as he put it. As we waited for the neighbors to show up, Rev. Becham handed out some samples to those of us that were there to set up for the festivities. After finishing my samples, I knew I wouldn’t have to worry if the food was going to be good. It wasn’t just good, it was excellent!

It was a beautiful night for a cook out. The food prepared by Rev. Becham included ribs, wings, fried chicken, mac & cheese, and spaghetti. Bobby Qasim from Lakeshore Food Mart provided the pop. Dessert was from Cakes by Sweetwater. If anyone went home hungry, it sure wasn’t because there was not enough good food.

Chairperson Patricia Harrison welcomed everyone to the first of hopefully many more Block Parties. Mrs. Harrison encouraged everyone to also attend the meetings which are the 4th Wednesday of every month at the Arts Collinwood Community Center (397 E.156th St.) at 6:00pm. She shared with the group that Councilman Polensek and the 5th District Police Department are at every meeting to listen to the questions and concerns of residents. Councilman Polensek and the 5th District Police also provide updates at the meetings on what is going on in the neighborhood. Mrs. Harrison told everyone “that the meetings are a good opportunity to meet and talk to your neighbors”.

Councilman Polensek thanked everyone for coming to the cook out. He told the group that “a neighborhood is only as good as the people in it and people can make a difference in their neighborhood by participating in Block Watches”.

Camille Maxwell, Real Estate Development Director from Northeast Shores, explained to the residents that most of them live in what is called a “Model Block”. Camille shared with the residents the various opportunities that are available to them because they live in a Model Block. Some of the initiatives offer help with the painting of the exterior of your home, another one helps with the weatherization of your home, and the Model Block Small Grant Rebate plan helps residents with exterior repairs or to help address any exterior violations they may have. Call Camille for a complete list of the opportunities available.

Liz Copic our “One Fun DJ” provided us with party music off of her Iphone. Yes Iphone! Technology is amazing these days. She had Rev. Becham dancing as he was cooking.

The Yo-Yo club was there dazzling the crowd with their yo-yo tricks. Merchants from Waterloo mingled with their customers. Old people were talking to young people and everyone was eating! A good time was had by all who attended.

If you would like to join the East 156th St. Block Club, all you have to do is attend their monthly meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:00 at the Arts Collinwood Community Center.

If you are interested in starting a Block Watch in your neighborhood or want to find out if your neighborhood has a Block Watch, call Denise Lorek at 216-481-7660 for more information.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Cool Cleveland covers our Housing Efforts

We continue to develop houses throughout the neighborhood but we are particularly focused on the area immediately surrounding Waterloo and the Beachland Ballroom.

Cool Cleveland recently covered our efforts to redevelop houses. Check out the story here:

If you are interested in touring one of our homes or hearing more, do not hesitate to contact Camille Maxwell at (216) 481-7660 or cmaxwell@northeastshores.org. We love giving tours so please don't hesitate to call.