By Ron Calhoun
The Cleveland City Planning Commission recently approved several new projects.
Bio Repository Public Art
Inspired by the solace found in the fantasy worlds of video games during his childhood struggle with Osteogenic
sarcoma, Satterwhite proposes the development of a Virtual Reality film for Cleveland Clinic.
• Titled Dawn, the 3D animated video will reflect hope and healing as envisioned by Fairfax community members.
• Video will be embedded in a freestanding wall located in the greenspace on the BioRepository site.
• The video will also be publicly accessible on mobile devices via QR code, and it will be displayed on Cleveland
Clinic’s main campus.
• Satterwhite will develop the video in collaboration with Fairfax residents. With the assistance of a paid community facilitator, residents will be invited to create a sketch or brief text describing a utopic future for the neighborhood. Those contributions will be transformed by Satterwhite and woven into his video.
• The artwork will engage Cleveland Clinic’s neighbors and caregivers in a forward-looking, creative process resulting in a powerful video installation that will reflect community voices, explore art as a form of healing and
serve as a lasting connection to the community.
• Satterwhite is excited by the opportunity to create a video that in his words “delivers optimism, mindfulness, and
prospects for a positive future.”
MidTown “Michael Stanley” Tribute
This new warehouse space, located at 2630 Payne Avenue, will be the home of the new WRDSMTH tribute to Cleveland legend, Michael Stanley.
Michael Stanley Tribute
Being born and raised in Cleveland, it was impossible to not know who Michael Stanley was. He is a legend. While still in school, I had a summer Internship at TV8 and assisted the creative team on the show PM Magazine. While there, I had the opportunity to meet and work with Michael. He was a producer and on-air talent on the show, and it turned out the legend was also a kind, affable and likeable guy. Kind of cool I got to call a legend my friend. WRDSMTH
SIGNET Housing Development
Nearly six acres between Carnegie and Euclid Avenues near East 73rd Street are set to be transformed into residential apartments as soon as Summer 2022.
The Akron-based SIGNET Group is planning to fill this site with 160 residential apartments, with their striking brick structure and industrial feel mirroring the industrial era of MidTown’s history.
The $27 million project will feature both residential and commercial space housed in three buildings and has the potential for office, retail or other uses near the Carnegie end of the lot.
These apartments will join other residential developments in the neighborhood such as the rehabilitation of the Warner Swasey site and the Midtown Apartments, continuing the impressive pace of residential options being built in MidTown.
Part of the new development is the demolition of a 3-Story Former Commercial Building known as “Allen-Sullivan House:” Seeking Final Approval. Also known as The Coliseum the Midtowns original plan was to save the mansion and move it to a new location because of it’s community and past history. Many social memories will be demolished with the building
Garden of Eleven Angels Memorial Garden
The death of 11 women at the hands of a serial killer, whose bodies were found hidden in and around the killer’s home at 12205 Imperial Avenue on the border of the neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant and Buckeye-Shaker, is a painful and traumatic memory for the families of the victims, the survivors, the neighborhood, and our entire community. This is the sad impetus of the Garden of Eleven Angels project. Over the years, many community and faith leaders have worked together towards establishing a memorial to honor the victims of this horrific act of violence.
In March 2021, Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC) completed the acquisition of 12205 Imperial Avenue. where the bodies were found and seven adjoining parcels, 12201, 12115, 12111, 12107, 12103, and 12021. All of the parcels will be transferred to the Natural Areas Land Conservancy, a subsidiary LLC of WRLC and consolidated for long-term ownership. Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc. (BBC) will assume long-term maintenance of the property through a lease and management agreement.
The Garden of Eleven Angels will be located at 12201 and 12115 Imperial Avenue. The location that changed the lives of many community members forever will not include elements of the memorial but remain untouched except for the planting of trees in honor of the Angels. For the families and the community affected by the traumatic events that transpired on Imperial Avenue, the successful completion of the Garden of Eleven Angels will bring closure that they have been seeking for over a decade now. The memorial garden will commemorate the lives of the eleven victims, serving as a space in which to gather, reflect, and honor the lives and memories of these women while also simultaneously serving as a reminder of the violence perpetrated disproportionately against vulnerable populations in our community, often including women of color. The Garden of Eleven Angels will serve as a call for our community to do better, to protect and care for one another, and to oppose the systems of oppression and injustice that often allow these kinds of horrific acts to go unnoticed, and to happen in the first place.
The Garden of Eleven Angels is also intended to uplift the surrounding neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant and Buckeye-Shaker, as it sits on the border between these two predominately Black and low-income neighborhoods. Both neighborhoods, much like many neighborhoods in the city of Cleveland, has experienced significant population loss, disinvestment and blight resulting from the foreclosure crisis and Great Recession of 2008, which disproportionately impacted these communities due to discriminatory practices including redlining and predatory lending. Vacancy, economic depression, and violence are the legacies of this recent history, which are still felt acutely in these neighborhoods today. The transformation of eight vacant residential parcels where blighted and abandoned homes once stood into a vibrant urban green space will not only improve the aesthetic quality of the block but will also provide nearby residents with direct access to a publicly accessible natural area.
Madam C J Walker Business District
Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove; December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America in the Guinness Book of World Records. Multiple sources mention that although other women might have been the first, their wealth is not as well-documented.
Walker made her fortune by developing and marketing a line of cosmetics and hair care products for black women through the business she founded, Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. She also became known for her philanthropy and activism. She made financial donations to numerous organizations and became a patron of the arts. Villa Lewaro, Walker’s lavish estate in Irvington, New York, served as a social gathering place for the African-American community. At the time of her death, she was considered the wealthiest African-American businesswoman and wealthiest self-made black woman in America. Her name was a version of “Mrs. Charles Joseph Walker,” after her third husband.