Cleveland Monuments Board approves plan for renovation and new construction on historic Hessler Road
CLEVELAND – Cleveland’s historic Hessler Road could see two buildings renovated and a new one built in what is now a wasteland or historic backyard, depending on who you talk to.
The new build is expected to be at 11300 Hessler Road, which currently has a garage and parking lot behind the building at 1975 Ford Drive. It will put 12 residential units within walking distance of Case Western Reserve University and just around the corner from the Museum of Contemporary Art and the rest of University Circle.
Local residents opposed to the new construction told the commission that they believe the new construction does not match the existing vibe of the street. Their concerns centered on the height and width of the new building, the lack of windows on the side of the proposed structure, and how this might block sunlight from existing buildings.
City officials generally dismissed these objections.
Ward 6 council member Blaine Griffin says he supports the project because the developer made changes to the project based on community feedback. Some of these changes include reducing the size of the building, redesigning what was originally a flat roof to a roof that fits better into the neighborhood, and reducing the number of units from 24 to 12.
“I’m very much in tune with the concerns of the community on this,” Griffin said. “I will say that the biggest concern of the community is whether it becomes a creepy mission to destroy the fabric of Hessler, which is dear to many of them.”
Griffin proposed a thorough review of the historic district to ensure other properties are maintained, preventing them from creating vacant lots that would open the door to more new development.
Hessler Road and the timber-paved Hessler Court were originally part of a large lot owned by Emery Hessler in the early 1900s.
Later in the century, “the residents of Hessler Road developed a cooperative way of life formalized in the late 1960s by organizing the Hessler Neighborhood Association to raise funds for home renovations and promote activities. enhancing the social and architectural value of the area, ”writes Case Western. Cleveland History Reserve Encyclopedia.
Prior to the start of this construction, the City of Cleveland announced that it would initiate a brick restoration process on June 14. Parts of the street will be closed while city workers remove sunken bricks to repair the elevation. This work is expected to be completed by the end of July 2021.
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