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A look at the future of Flats South, racial justice talk in Ohio City, and new life for old bikes

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Posted at 8:52 AM, Aug 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-15 08:52:43-04

CLEVELAND — There's a lot going on in Cleveland and you might be wondering about some of the plans. From the Flats South turning to a destination spot to Ohio City's racial justice actions to a bike donation organization, here's what's happening.

Flats South Innovation District
Flats South made headlines when Cleveland Whiskey agreed to a long-term lease at 601 Stones Levee Road.

The commercial listing for the "Flats South Innovation District" shows a new rendering of what Flats South could look like once other businesses and attractions sign on to the area.

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This rendering shows a possible outdoor market in Flats South, where Cleveland Whiskey just agreed to a long-term lease.

Rico Pietro and Joel Scheer formed a group that purchased more than seven acres of mostly abandoned buildings, parking and vacant lots from Forest City Realty Trust in 2016.

“We had these buildings which were forgotten and someone needed to breathe life into these properties,” Pietro said.

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An overhead view shows what pieces of land are available for lease or purchase.

Pietro said Cleveland Whiskey can be the one of the first businesses to draw people to the riverfront, sparking the activation of other vacant buildings nearby or new construction on empty lots.

Stark Enterprises Digital Designer tweeted this thread showing how Flats South is part of a much larger series of projects and plans that would help make the Cuyahoga River a destination.

Ohio City Racial Justice talk

Ohio City Incorporated is hosting a conversation with local artist Antwoine Washington on August 24, after his work is installed on the Metzner Building at 1899 West 25th Street.

His artwork took on a similar role when he designed two pieces of art to cover utility boxes along the East 55th Street corridor.

Washington also spoke to News 5 while painting the “Black Lives Matter” mural on East 93rd Street in Cleveland.

Bike Match needs bikes

While groups like Bike Cleveland try to expand bike infrastructure in and around the city, they’re also helping people get bikes to use those lanes and trails.

Bike Cleveland’s Bike Match program has “plenty of people who are in need of a bike, but we are looking for people with an extra bike to sign-up to donate it,” said Bike Cleveland Executive Director Jacob Van Sickle in an email.

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Bike Match participants have a chance to donate or receive a bike that is on working order and ready to ride.

You can fill out a form here to either donate or receive a bike.

“Bike Cleveland asks that your bike be in ready-to-ride condition,” Van Sickle said. “If it needs more than some air in the tires, then it is not considered ready to ride.”

Check your bike’s condition here.

You can get more information about the program here.

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