The monthly newsletter of the Cleveland Restoration Society, NEO's voice for historic preservation. We believe in the future of our built heritage,
from our neighborhoods to our monumental landmarks.

January 2017 Preservation News & Events
State Tax Credit Awards to Assist 18
Historic Rehabilitation Projects
In December, the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $22.8 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits to 18 applicants planning to rehabilitate 33 historic buildings. Together, the projects are expected to bring approximately $225.6 million in private investment in 12 communities. The projects receiving awards in Northeast Ohio are: Bloch Block, 12773-75 West Ninth Street, Cleveland; Empire Improvement Building, 2101 Superior Avenue, Cleveland; Halle Building, 1228 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland; and L.N. Gross Company Building, 315 Gougler Avenue, Kent.

Two Catalytic State Tax Credits Awarded
Also in December, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill authorizing large state Historic Preservation Tax Credits to two projects that did not previously receive credits. The May Co. building on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland and the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters in Akron both were awarded $25 million in bonus state historic tax credits. S.B. 235 also ended the state's bonus system, which had provided $25 million in credits for the project at 925 Euclid Avenue, the former Huntington Building, in 2015. 

Ohio Bans Plywood Boarding on Vacant and
Abandoned Properties

In early January 2017, Gov. John Kasich signed into law HB 463, banning the use of plywood boarding on vacant and abandoned property. The new law, which takes effect 90 days from its signing, is the first statewide ban in the country. The preferred method of mothballing properties by community advocates is clear boarding while the use of plywood is considered to be outdated.

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New Report Reveals Stunning Economic Value of Sacred Places to Communities
A landmark study, years in the making, has the potential to change how we understand the value of sacred places in America. The Economic Halo Effect of Historic Sacred Places examined 90 Protestant, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Jewish congregations in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Fort Worth. It analyzed the financial influence they have on their cities. The result is astounding, showing that the average urban sacred place brings an aggregate value of $1.7 million annually to its wider community. With close to 1,800 congregations in just these three urban centers alone, that translates to an impact of over $3 billion. The study resulted from a partnership of Partners for Sacred Places and the University of Pennsylvania, under the direction of Dr. Ram Cnaan, Professor and Director of the University's Program for Religion and Social Policy Research.
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Call for 2017 Preservation Award Nominations
Help Northeast Ohio celebrate last year's amazing preservation projects by nominating a project to receive recognition at the 2017 Celebration of Preservation. The Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland's Annual preservation awards program recognizes individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence and outstanding commitment to historic preservation. Awards will be determined by a jury and announced during the Celebration of Preservation in May 2017.

FirstEnergy Plant
Power Plant Adaptive Use Success
A large power plant in Austin, Texas has been adapted for mixed uses, a recent National Trust for Historic Preservation publication notes. It's interesting reading, given the current state of the FirstEnergy Lake Shore Power Plant in Cleveland and the work that CRS did to see a similar fate for that property. The Lake Shore Power Plant, a monumental symbol of Cleveland's industrial and economic strength, was built in stages between 1915 and the 1970 and shut down in April 2015, after owner FirstEnergy determined that changes to meet federal emissions standards would be too costly. FirstEnergy applied to the City of Cleveland for a permit to demolish the plant. Preservation experts from Cleveland Restoration Society toured the site and provided testimony at public meetings in support of a professional evaluation of the preservation potential of the plant. Cleveland's Design Review Committee tabled the demolition request to allow for more time to analyze the preservation viewpoint on March 31. However, on April 1, the Cleveland Planning Commission approved the demolition request. The plant is currently being demolished. Work appears to have started on the west end of the building, where the massive generator room shown here was located.

Daryl Rush
In Memoriam: Daryl Rush
The Cleveland Restoration Society is sad to note the passing of Daryl Rush, a champion of Cleveland and an enthusiastic supporter of CRS's work. The City of Cleveland's Director of Community Development, Rush was a leader known for his commitment to improving the lives of city residents and to mentoring those around him. A resident of Glenville, he was an early participant of CRS's Heritage Home Program. He also helped to spur our work to assist with small commercial deals. The Cleveland Restoration Society extends our sincerest condolences to Daryl Rush's family and friends. Photo courtesy of Plain Dealer.   

New Heritage Program Areas:
North Randall and Cleveland Ward 12
The Heritage Home Program is delighted to welcome the Village of North Randall and Cleveland's Ward 12 to our service areas for 2017! Ward 12 encompasses Slavic Village, the historic South Hills neighborhood in Old Brooklyn, and parts of Tremont. Beginning immediately, residents in these communities may take advantage of our free technical assistance services and apply for the low-interest loan to complete restoration and repair work at their homes.

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New Partner for the Heritage Home Program
The Heritage Home Program is excited to announce a new banking partnership with Third Federal Savings and Loan! Third Federal Savings and Loan launched the Heritage Program on December 21, 2016. They are offering a competitive 1.99%/2.42% APR interest rate to residents of Cuyahoga County in participating communities and a loan term of fifteen years.

Job Opportunity at CRS

The Cleveland Restoration Society is seeking a full-time entry-level professional to be Heritage Home Program Assistant. Applicant must demonstrate the following:
  • Exceptional customer service and enjoyment working with the public both in person and on the phone
  • Ability to handle a high volume, fast paced environment
  • Technological skill with CRM software, Microsoft Office Suite - Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint - printers, cameras, projectors
  • Excellent time management and resourcefulness
  • Clear communication
  • Education or experience in nonprofit organizations and historic preservation field preferred, but not required
Responsibilities include:
  • Acting as first point of contact for clients on the phone and email
  • Scheduling Heritage staff on site visits
  • Providing site visit follow-up for clients through personalized letters and emails
  • Data entry in CRS proprietary database
  • Assistance with CRS special programming, events and presentations as needed
Please submit your resume, college and university transcripts and a writing sample by email to Thomas A. Jorgensen, Chief Operating Officer, no later than January 25, 2017. No calls please.

Annual Shaker Photo Contest
The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission seeks submissions to its annual Preservation Month Photo Contest. The contest encourages residents and visitors to submit images that showcase the beauty of the city's architecture, parks, and neighborhoods. For the 2017, one or more winners will be selected from the following categories: Buildings; Parks and Public Spaces; and Moreland Neighborhood (special focus for 2017). Submissions will be accepted online through March 31, and winners will be announced in May. The contest is free and open to all. Contact Christian Roadman at or 216-491-1433 with any questions.    

News from the Sarah Benedict House
The Board and staff of the Cleveland Restoration Society extend our best wishes to Colin Compton as he joins staff of the City of Shaker Heights. Colin has accepted a position as Neighborhood and Housing Specialist in the Economic Development Department, administering the city's property improvement grant programs, among other responsibilities. Colin has been an important part of CRS's Heritage Home Program for three years. We wish him well in his new position.

Statehood Day 2017
Statehood Day 2017
Join your fellow history advocates at this year's annual Statehood Day event at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, March 1. Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, is the featured keynote speaker at lunchtime. The next round of History Fund grant recipients will also be announced.
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History Day Judges Needed
It's judge registration time for the Region 3 Ohio History Day contest. Volunteer judges are needed to evaluate student papers, websites, performances, documentaries, and exhibits. No experience is necessary and training will be presented by Ohio History Connection. The only requirement is the ability to provide constructive feedback to students and availability on Ohio History Day, Saturday, March 4, from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Following a morning session, three-person judging teams will disperse to evaluate student work at various sites at the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society or at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. During a lunch provided by the Cleveland History Center, judges will rank projects and submit evaluation forms to Ohio History Day staff. After submitting evaluation forms, judges are invited, though not required, to judge run-off (second round) competitions and attend the afternoon awards program at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
January 11
Webinar: "Heritage Ohio Staff Top 10s in Preservation & Revitalization"
1:00 - 2:00 p.m., registration required, FREE for members
Heritage Ohio

January 19
Webinar: "Create a Competitive OAC Grant Application: Winning Strategies & Best Practices"
1:30 - 2:30 p.m., registration required, FREE
Ohio Arts Council

January 20
Heritage Home Program Mayors' Breakfast
Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Cleveland Restoration Society

January 20
The Global Urban Ecosystem with Keynote Speaker James Spencer
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
Roberta Steinbacher Atrium, 1717 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., FREE

January 26
Main Street Medina Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration
Williams on the Lake, 787 Lafayette Rd., Medina
5:30 p.m., reservations required, $
Main Street Medina

January 28
"Guess Who's Turning 150!"
Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland
6:00 p.m. - Midnight, $

January 29
Annual Meeting of Members
"Moreland Rising: A Neighborhood of Innovation" with Mayor Earl Leikin
16740 South Park Blvd, Shaker Heights
3:00 p.m., RSVP to 216-921-1201, FREE

January 31
Dollars and Sense of Building Rehabilitation
Toledo Club, 235 14th Street, Campus Center Building, Toledo
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., registration required, $$
Heritage Ohio

Save the Date
February 4
The Irish in Cleveland - Their History & Communities
Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland
Noon - 3:00 p.m., register to, $
Western Reserve Historical Society
February 9
"Black History on Tap: Beautiful Reflections"
Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., registration required, $
Western Reserve Historical Society

March 2
2017 Community Luncheon
"World Heritage in Times of Conflict" featuring Dr. Laurie Rush
The Westin Cleveland Downtown, 777 St. Clair Ave. NE, Cleveland
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., registration required, $$
Cleveland Restoration Society

March 9
Annual Contractors Open House
Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Cleveland Restoration Society

Kerri Broome, editor | Cleveland Restoration Society | 216-426-1000 |