Development hell: Collapse of plan for Beech Brook site in Pepper Pike in face of opposition may not bode well for sale

CLEVELAND, Ohio — One of the most contentious political debates in Northeast Ohio this year is not about the presidential election, control of the Senate or even the Ohio Statehouse corruption scandal.

It’s about zoning in Pepper Pike.

Hundreds of yard signs bearing the phrase “No to Mixed-Use” are scattered throughout the small, well-to-do far-eastern suburb. They line the sidewalk-less residential streets as part of an effort that opposition organizer Manny Naft said aims to keep the city’s “bucolic” nature.

The signs refer to a measure on the Nov. 3 ballot to change the zoning for a 68-acre tract of land owned by behavioral health services nonprofit Beech Brook, along with two smaller adjoining lots. The issue has divided the community.

The division resulted in online bickering, contentious town hall meetings, threats of defamation lawsuits and even unused condoms left at Axiom Development Principal Bryan Stone’s home.

Stone, who lives

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Real Estate Rumors: JDS Development, Starwood, Kolter

Law360 (October 7, 2020, 5:59 PM EDT) — JDS Development Group is seeking approval for a massive mixed-use project in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood, the South Florida Business Journal reported on Wednesday. The developer is hoping to get the green light for its 1 Southside Park project, which is slated to have 1 million square feet of apartments, 200,000 square of office space, 110,000 square feet of hotel space, 11,000 square feet of restaurant space and 100,000 square feet of health and wellness space, according to the report.

Starwood Mortgage Capital has loaned $89 million to JDS Real Holdings for a portfolio of medial office properties in Florida and California,…

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Wanted: Buyer for 125-apartment development near BSU campus

Boise developer Greg Ferney envisioned an apartment complex at the site of a former health club near the Boise State University campus.

His Storage Development company drew up plans for a four-story, triangular-shaped building with 125 apartments at 1250 S. Division Ave. Ferney modified his design to appease neighbors and won approval from the City of Boise.

Now he’s looking to sell the property and the development rights. But Ferney isn’t saying why.

Colliers International has issued a call for offers for the project at the site of the Park Center Health and Racquet club.

The offering lists a sale price of $4.5 million for the 2.9 acres of land and development rights. That equates to $36,000 per apartment, according to the listing. Offers are due by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4.

The property is owned by Bay Shore Oil Company of Huntington Beach, California. An affiliated company, D.D.

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Homes for Heroes veterans housing development in Edmonton receives provincial funding boost



a large green field with trees in the background: The site of a Homes for Heroes tiny home development in Edmonton's Evansdale neighbourhood. The 20-unit housing project will provide homes to veterans facing homelessness.


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The site of a Homes for Heroes tiny home development in Edmonton’s Evansdale neighbourhood. The 20-unit housing project will provide homes to veterans facing homelessness.

Premier Jason Kenney announced $1.1 million in provincial funding Friday for a housing development in Edmonton for veterans who are experiencing homelessness.

The funding will go toward the Homes for Heroes Foundation, which was developed three years ago in response to the growing number of military veterans who return to civilian life and find themselves without stable housing.

Earlier this year, the foundation was given the green light to build a tiny home development in the area of 94A Street between 153 and 152A avenues.

“Some who face combat or violence and trauma in far off places come back and find it difficult to adjust to civilian life,” Kenney said. “And sometimes that means some of our veterans find themselves

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Creative placemaking could be the key to catalyzing real estate development on Chicago’s South Side. One success story is garnering international acclaim

CHICAGO — It’s no secret that some of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods have suffered from a certain level of financial disinvestment, often systemic and spread out over decades.

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But one Chicagoan’s efforts to inject new enthusiasm and a sense of community, anchored by artistic and cultural endeavors, are attracting global attention — and similar efforts might be the key to stimulating more equitable real estate development on Chicago’s South Side, a new report suggests.

The report reflects three years of studying creative placemaking and the impact it has on communities. It comes from the Urban Land Institute, a global organization of real estate and urban development professionals dedicated to the responsible use of land in creating and sustaining thriving communities.

ULI reports that cities are finding success with the concept of placemaking, in which developers, designers, planners and investors come together to sync up their efforts in residential, commercial

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Machine learning homes in on catalyst interactions to accelerate materials development

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A machine learning technique rapidly rediscovered rules governing catalysts that took humans years of difficult calculations to reveal—and even explained a deviation. The University of Michigan team that developed the technique believes other researchers will be able to use it to make faster progress in designing materials for a variety of purposes.


“This opens a new door, not just in understanding catalysis, but also potentially for extracting knowledge about superconductors, enzymes, thermoelectrics, and photovoltaics,” said Bryan Goldsmith, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, who co-led the work with Suljo Linic, a professor of chemical engineering.

The key to all of these materials is how their electrons behave. Researchers would like to use machine learning techniques to develop recipes for the material properties that they want. For superconductors, the electrons must move without resistance through the material. Enzymes and catalysts need to broker exchanges of electrons, enabling

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Creative placemaking could be the key to catalyzing real estate development on Chicago’s South Side. Here’s how one success story is garnering international acclaim.

It’s no secret that some of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods have suffered from a certain level of financial disinvestment, often systemic and spread out over decades.



a person standing in front of a window: Dance instructors Daniel "Bravemonk" Haywood and Kelsa "K-Soul" Robinson on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative.


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Dance instructors Daniel “Bravemonk” Haywood and Kelsa “K-Soul” Robinson on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative.

But one Chicagoan’s efforts to inject new enthusiasm and a sense of community, anchored by artistic and cultural endeavors, are attracting global attention — and similar efforts might be the key to stimulating more equitable real estate development on Chicago’s South Side, a new report suggests.

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The report reflects three years of studying creative placemaking and the impact it has on communities. It comes from the Urban Land Institute, a global organization of real estate and urban development professionals dedicated to the responsible use of land in creating and sustaining thriving communities.

ULI reports that

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New Fort Worth Development to Offer 2,500+ New Homes

PLANO, Texas, Sept. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Green Brick Partners, in partnership with Taylor Morrison, has closed on the purchase of nearly 900 acres north of Sendera Ranch in Fort Worth for a joint development. The community, named Madero, will bring more than 2,500 value-oriented homes to this growth corridor of Fort Worth.

Construction of Madero is projected to start in Q1 2021 and will include 50’, 60’, and 77’ wide homesites in multiple phases. Located in Fort Worth’s sought-after Northwest Independent School District, the community will be in close proximity to Hwy 287 and offer less than a 30-minute commute to Downtown Fort Worth.

The development plan includes extensive amenities throughout, including two amenity centers with resort-style pools, expansive green spaces with walking trails, parks, and a neighborhood retail area.

“We are thrilled to continue expanding our presence in Fort Worth, and to provide homebuyers a fantastic opportunity

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New residential development to add more than 1,500 new homes to Conroe area

Residential development is continuing west of Conroe with the development of 393 acres near Old Highway 105 and FM 2854.

The Conroe City Council approved the creation of Municipal Utility District No. 183 during its regular meeting Thursday.

While the development does not have a name, it is being developed by McComb Realty, Ltd and will include 1,580 single family lots. According to Director of Community Development Nancy Mikeska the project will include 5.2 acres for commercial development but no multifamily.

The average price of homes will be $220,000 to $260,000, Mikeska said, with an anticipated start date of late 2021.

In separate action, the council approved the voluntary annexation of MUD 183 along with the voluntary annexation of Forest Creek off FM 830 and Mackenzie Creek Section 3 off Loop 336.

Forest Creek spans about 60 acres and currently includes about 87 homes. Developer Steamboat Development Company is planning

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