Council to vote on development project land swap

Posted at 8:32 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 20:32:17-04

City Council will vote on Monday on proposed legislation that would allow the city to begin the second phase of a hotel and apartment complex on upper Chester Avenue, and to build a nearby community dental clinic. 

The City of Cleveland said if approved, the legislation would allow land swaps involving the city, the developer Finch Group, and Case Western Reserve University. 

The first phase was completed last year, the city said, and resulted in a 177-unit apartment building. The second phase will include around 65 more apartments and a hotel with about 160 beds.

The city said the land swap will allow Case to build a new community dental clinic close by where a new Health Education Campus is currently being constructed. 

“I am very excited about this (Innova) project, which, I believe, will attract more development to our ward,” said Councilman TJ Dow who represents Ward 7, which includes the upper Chester area of the Hough Neighborhood. “The community has been given assurances that earlier issues and concerns it had will be addressed. Now we are moving forward.”

The project stretches along the north side of Chester Avenue, the city said, beginning at East 97th Street. Phase 2 will take it to East 101st Street, near University Circle.

“This development will be an asset to the neighborhood and to the entire city,” said Council President Kevin Kelley. “It compliments a number of development projects that are happening in and around University Circle.”