Support the Broadway Mills / Strong Cobb / Gillota Building on Central Viaduct before Cleveland Landmarks Commission

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 04/10/2006 - 02:49.
04/13/2006 - 09:00
04/13/2006 - 11:00


This Thursday morning, April 13, at 9 AM, the historic building at 300 Central Viaduct, on the Central Viaduct, goes before the Cleveland Historic Landmarks Commission, in an emergency action initiated by "Citizen" Ed Hauser, at the start of a critical process to protect this landmark from demolition by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

For history of this building, the original owners/builders, and the architects, as well as the issues that put it in peril, see content posted in this REALNEO book here. In brief, this is an important building, it is core to one of our most important historic sites, in one of our most important locations, in the middle of one of our most important urban planning projects in Cleveland history.

Turn out in support of saving this building. For more details on any of this, contact me at norm [at] realinks [dot] us or Ed Hauser at ed [at] realinks [dot] us 


City Hall
601 Lakeside Avenue 5th Flor Conference Room #519
Cleveland, OH
United States

nomination delayed

This morning, at the Landmarks Commission meeting, due to an email from ODOT via the Cleveland Planning Commission, the nomination was delayed. The next time this will be considered is April 27, 2006 9 a.m. in Room 514 Cleveland City Hall, 501 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland 44114

Ain't that somethin'? They can't even begin the process without a consultation with ODOT. Hauser wasn't asking for a decision, just a consideration--a beginning of a long process.

In the meantime, if you are concerned about how ODOT seems to be hijacking the public process, you can visit and take action to let your elected officials know that we expect to be informed and included as promised. These billion dollars are not theirs, but ours (our tax dollars), and decisions made about the bridge now will affect our economy and our environment for years to come. Is it time to sit back and wait for the news or seize the day and take action? Do what you will. I took action.


Cleveland Landmark Ordinance

Here's a link to the Cleveland City Planning Commission Landmark Ordinance and inserted below is the section dealing with Designation of Landmarks and Landmarks Districts...

161.04                    Designation of Landmarks and Landmarks Districts


A.                  In considering the designation of any area, place, building, structure, work of art or similar object in the City as a landmark or landmark district, the Commission shall apply the following criteria with respect to such property:

1.        Its character, interest or value as part of the development, heritage or cultural characteristics of the City, State or the United States;

2.        Its location as a site of a significant historic event;

3.        Its identification with a person who significantly contributed to the culture and development of the City;

4.        Its exemplification of the cultural, economic, social or historic heritage of the City;

5.        Its portrayal of the environment of a group of people in an era of history characterized by a distinctive architectural style;

6.        Its embodiment of distinguishing characteristics of an architectural type or specimen;

7.        Its identification as the work of an architect or master builder whose individual work has influenced the development of the City;

8.        Its embodiment of elements or architectural design, detail, materials, or craftsmanship which represent a significant architectural innovation;

9.        Its relationship to other distinctive areas which are eligible for preservation according to a plan based on an historic, cultural, or architectural motif;

10.     Its unique location or singular physical characteristic representing and established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood, community or the City.


B.                   The Commission shall propose designations of any area, place, building, structure, work of art or similar object in the City as a landmark or landmark district, and thereupon take the following actions:

1.        The Landmarks Commission shall advise the City Planning Commission of the proposed designation and secure from the Planning Commission its recommendation with respect to the relationship of the proposed designation to the comprehensive plan of the City, its opinion as to the effect of the proposed designation upon the surrounding neighborhood and its opinion and recommendation as to any other planning consideration which may be relevant to the proposed designation, together with its recommendation of approval, rejection or modification of the proposed designation.   The recommendation shall become part of the official record concerning the proposed designation and shall be submitted by the Landmarks Commission along with its recommendation concerning the proposed designation to Council.   The Landmarks Commission may make such modifications, changes and alterations concerning the proposed designation as it deems necessary in consideration of the recommendation by the Planning Commission.

2.        The Landmarks Commission shall thereafter notify the owner of such property of the proposed designation.   Whenever possible, the Commission shall secure the owner s written consent for submittal of the proposed designation, together with its recommendation and findings of fact to Council.   In the event that the owner refuses or declines to give his written consent to the proposed designation, the Commission shall schedule a public hearing on the question of the proposed designation, setting forth a date, time and place and causing written notice to be given to the owner or any person having a legal or equitable interest in the property being proposed for designation.   The Commission shall cause a legal notice to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City setting forth the nature of the hearing, the property involved and the date, time and place of the scheduled public hearing.

3.        The Commission shall conduct the public hearing as provided by subsection (b)(2) hereof and provide a reasonable opportunity for all interested parties to express their opinions under such rules as the Commission may adopt for the purpose of governing the proceedings of the hearings.   Each speaker shall be fully identified as to name, address and the interests which he represents.   The Commission shall make a determination with respect to the proposed designation in writing within fifteen days after the initial hearing date and shall notify any owner or any person having a legal or equitable interest in the property, as well as such other interested parties as may request a copy thereof.   The Commission shall set fort in its recommendations such findings of fact which constitute the basis for its decision and shall transmit the recommendation concerning the proposed designation to Council.

4.        Council shall give due consideration to the findings and recommendations of the Commission, as well as such views as may have been expressed by persons participating in the hearing before the Commission, in addition to the recommendation of the City Planning Commission, in making its determination with respect to the proposed designation for any areas, places, buildings, structures, works of art and other similar objects as landmarks or landmark districts.   Council may, in its discretion, hold public hearings on any such proposed designation, whether designation is proposed only with the consent of the owner, or after public hearings before the Commission.   Upon its conclusion, Council may designate by ordinance the areas, places, buildings, structures, works of art and other similar objects as a landmark or landmark district.

5.        As soon as is reasonably possible, the Commission shall notify the Division of Building of the official designation.   The Commission shall also file with the County Recorder of Deeds and the County Assessor a certified copy of the designation ordinance together with a notice briefly stating the fact of designation and a summary of the effects the designation will have.   The Commission, further, shall send by registered mail a certified copy of the ordinance and a copy of the notice hereinabove described to the owner and any person having a legal or equitable interest in the property.

6.        Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter, Council may rescind the designation of any area, place, building, structure, work of art, or similar object as a landmark or landmark district by ordinance.   Passage of such an ordinance shall relieve the owner of such area, place, building, structure, work of art or similar object from any duties or penalties contained in this chapter.   (Ord. No. 505-72. Passed 6-19-72, eff. 6-23-72)

Art. from PD re Innerbelt & Landmark

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Activist challenges Inner Belt plan

Requests landmark status for structures in span's path
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Tom Breckenridge

Plain Dealer Reporter

Activists face an uphill battle trying to save a century-old building and nearby remnants of the old Central Viaduct, which ODOT wants to demolish for a new Inner Belt bridge.

Feisty activist Ed Hauser has asked the Cleveland Landmarks Commission to nominate the Broadway Mills building, built in 1894, and an old viaduct entry as landmarks.

The site is southwest of Jacobs Field. ODOT doesn't want the site declared a landmark because it is recommending that the six-story building and viaduct remnants be demolished to make way for a bridge that would carry westbound traffic over the river.


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The new span would be north of the existing Inner Belt bridge, which is to carry eastbound traffic when the bridge project is complete, scheduled for 2012.

Most elected officials prefer a new bridge to the north, rather than an expanded single span to the south that would handle traffic flowing both ways. Hauser and others said the latter would be a better fit for downtown.

Hauser complains that ODOT's handling of the project is flawed. He said that by landmarking the Broadway Mills building, he can assure a federal review of the site's historic importance and force bridge-project managers to reconsider the southern alignment.

ODOT's Craig Hebebrand, manager of the Inner Belt project, said state and federal officials already planned to review the significance of the Broadway Mills building, now used by Gillota Inc., a petroleum distributor.

The same reviews will be done for the hulking cold-storage building that looms just north of the Inner Belt bridge, in Tremont, Hebebrand said. That building would also have to be demolished.

The landmarks commission tabled Hauser's request last week, at ODOT's urging. It's expected to be on the agenda for the commission's April 27th meeting. City Council would have the final say on whether to desginate the site a landmark.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

tbreckenridge [at] plaind [dot] com, 216-999-4695