On Thursday, April 8th, the Cleveland Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to grant a Certificate of Appropriateness to Waverly & Oak. The approval came one day after receiving unanimous support from the Detroit/Clifton/West Blvd. Historic Design Review Committee.
The new project will deliver more than 17,000 SQ FT of street-level commercial space and 126 residential units to the east end of the Gordon Square Arts District.
We will return to both the Local Committee and the Landmarks Commission to review proposals for exterior lighting, landscaping plans, signage, courtyard design, and additional studies of the Detroit Avenue storefronts, as our plans develop further.
We’d like to thank everyone for the time and effort you’ve dedicated to the conversation about this project. We are grateful for your feedback, opinions, and suggestions on the project as they have helped shape our plans to your vision and the needs of the community.
During Thursday's Commission hearing, the Commission noted the many letters of support they had received regarding Waverly & Oak from members of the public. It is exactly that kind of direct community engagement with the entitlement process that will allow Cleveland to continue its growth, and advance its development into the vibrant, walkable, diverse city we all want it to be!
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Bond Street has formalized an agreement and partnership with Club Azteca, Inc., Comite Mexicano de Cleveland, the Young Latino Network, and the Mexican American Historical Society (collectively, the “Azteca Coalition”), with the support of the Cleveland Foundation, related to the future of the Project, and the Club Azteca building at 5602 Detroit Avenue.
The partnership, a result of nearly 12 months of earnest conversations, education, and cooperation, guarantees the rich history of Club Azteca will be captured and honored for generations to come, and, importantly, fortifies the future of Club Azteca’s mission-driven endeavors.
“The dialogue we have had with the Azteca Coalition over the past year, culminating in this exciting partnership – we cannot overstate how much we have learned through our conversations. We think this process is a testament to what can be achieved through thoughtful public engagement, and empathetic real estate development.” Said Bond Street Principal Justin Strizzi. “The Project is stronger thanks to this process, and the value the Azteca Coalition has brought to it.” He added.
The next major step for Waverly & Oak is a Final Review with the City’s Landmarks Commission on Thursday, April 8th. As part of its agreement with the Azteca Coalition, Bond Street will contribute funds from the Project to an endowment for the Mexican Community, centered around Club Azteca’s decades long mission of social justice.
Bond Street noted that the Project, and the future of the Club Azteca organization, are now pending approval by the Landmarks Commission.
“We are proposing a project that will be truly special for the neighborhood and for the city. We have relied heavily on feedback from local stakeholders and neighbors, to gain insight as to what a project built on this site should deliver. The building we are presenting to Landmarks on Thursday accomplishes each of the neighborhood’s goals, and now will also provide a future for the Club Azteca organization.” Strizzi added.
Bond Street, and the Waverly & Oak project, have earned the full support of Ward 15 Councilperson Jenny Spencer.
"I deeply appreciate the partnership and community leadership shown by so many individuals since the February 25th Landmarks Commission hearing. I admire the Mexican-American and Latinx community leaders who came together to form the Azteca Coalition, and I am impressed by Bond Street's engagement as an active partner to reach this favorable outcome. Waverly & Oak represents a major and significant new investment on Detroit Avenue and I urge the Landmarks Commission to approve the project.” Said Spencer.
Bond Street will also present the project to the Local Historic Design Review Committee on Wednesday April 7th. In advance of the meeting, Adam Stalder, Executive Director of the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization shared their support for the project as well, stating, “This project is proof that developers can, and should, work with the community. DSCDO is proud of the community members and advocates who fought hard for this solution and for the preservation of Mexican American history in Cleveland. DSCDO joins the Azteca Coalition and Councilmember Spencer in supporting this project.”
Thanks for all the participation and input on shaping the plans for Waverly & Oak. We’d like to ask for your support to encourage the Cleveland Landmarks Commission to give final approval to the Project.
The most impactful thing you can do to make Waverly & Oak a reality is to share your support directly with the Landmarks Commission, via the contacts below:
Donald Petit, Secretary of the Landmarks Commission: DPetit@city.cleveland.oh.us
Karl Brunjes, Senior Assistant City Planner: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re available to attend, the Landmarks Commission meeting is Thursday, April 8th, beginning at 9:00AM. The meeting will be live streamed on YouTube at this link.
Thanks again for your participation!
We will be presenting our plans for Waverly & Oak for Final Review to the Detroit/Clifton/West Blvd. Historic Design Review Committee on Wednesday April 7th at 5:00PM.
Due to the current situation and limits on in-person gatherings, the meeting will take place online using Zoom. You can join us virtually using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84584489976 or dialing in to: +1-301-715-8592 (Meeting ID: 845 8448 9976).
Bond Street has formalized an agreement and partnership with Club Azteca, Inc., Comite Mexicano de Cleveland, Young Latino Network, and Mexican American Historical Society (the “Azteca Coalition”), with the support of the Cleveland Foundation, related to the future of the Project, and the Club Azteca building at 5602 Detroit Avenue.
The Azteca Coalition issued the following statement in support of the Project moving forward:
"We, the Azteca Coalition, support approving a certificate of appropriateness regarding the demolition of the Club Azteca building (Case 21-012), at 5602 Detroit Ave.
We did not come to this decision lightly. After weeks of difficult conversations, negotiations, and meetings with other local stakeholders, we can confirm that we signed an agreement with Bond Street to honor the club's history and enable it to build for the future. As part of the agreement, Bond Street has agreed to work with local historians to capture the site's tangible and intangible cultural heritage to maintain the context of the corridor, among other commitments. We can share with confidence that the Bond Street team is genuinely a community-minded developer that is willing to find creative solutions."
We will be presenting our plans for Waverly & Oak to the Detroit/Clifton/West Blvd. Historic Design Review Committee on Wednesday February 10th at 5:00PM.
Due to the current situation and limits on in-person gatherings, the meeting will take place online using Zoom. You can join us virtually using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881351505 or dialing in to: +1-301-715-8592 (Meeting ID: 84881351505).
If you’re not able to attend the meeting, we’ll also be posting a meeting recap so you don’t miss out on any new details. Thank you!
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