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West End school’s slated renovation sparks memories of neighborhood’s history of gentrification

CINCINNATI — Golan Marom may not be from the West End, but he said feels a connection to the buildings in the neighborhood anyway.

“The architecture and the history of that area, I think, is really, really wonderful,” Marom, the CEO and founder of Zada Development, said. “I think that it’s unique in that it just has its own character to it.”

The developer from New York is fixated on redeveloping the Heberle Elementary School building on Freeman Avenue, a vacant property he acquired about two years ago. Built in 1929, the school has been closed since 2007 because of its poor condition and students’ declining enrollment. Some in the neighborhood say the building has been languishing over time, as evidenced by its cracked and boarded up windows and the weeds springing up from the pavement in its front yard. In 2018, it was reported that a part of the

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Golden West embarks on $19M renovation

BOULDER — Golden West Communities, an independent and assisted-living senior housing complex in Boulder, has embarked on a $19.2 million renovation of 310 apartment units.

The renovation project at 1055 Adams Circle will be financed with 4% federal tax credits, a Colorado Housing and Finance Authority loan, Enterprise Community Equity Investor (JP Morgan Chase) and Golden West Communities Inc. owner equity. Golden West is a nonprofit, first organized in 1963 as First Christian Manor Inc.

John McCarthy, Golden West executive director, has been working on the project for much of the past five years.

“We’re very excited about the upgrades,” McCarthy said in a written statement. “First, we completed less obvious improvements such as energy-saving windows, building weatherization and new elevators. Now we’ll get to enjoy many of the aesthetic upgrades, new fixtures and features, such as wall treatments, carpeting, paint and furnishings. While the renovation process may be a

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Renovation of west Louisville’s Academy @ Shawnee has been long overdue, JCPS leaders say

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — By the end of next summer, the third floor of the Academy @ Shawnee should be back open to students and staff at the west Louisville school.

JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio’s comments at the Academy @ Shawnee

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The expected reopening date ahead of the 2021-22 school year will mark 40 years since the third floor was condemned because of structural issues.

And it will coincide with the completion of a roughly $40 million renovation of the magnet middle and high school that has also featured improvements to Shawnee’s library, auditorium, gym, classrooms, natatorium, hallways and other areas.



a person holding a microphone: Shawnee principal Kym Rice spoke of the work beind done as part of a $40 million dollar renovation of the Academy @ Shawnee during a press conference Thursday morning. Oct. 6, 2020


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Shawnee principal Kym Rice spoke of the work beind done as part of a $40 million dollar renovation of the Academy @ Shawnee during a press conference Thursday morning. Oct. 6, 2020

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After improvements, part of West Eleven office park heads to auction

About a year after the former Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan buildings in Southfield came under new ownership following a contentious court battle, part of what is now known as the West Eleven Office Park is heading to auction.

The auction for 27350 W. 11 Mile Rd. runs from 1 p.m. Nov. 16 to 1 p.m. Nov. 18 with a starting bid of $1.35 million for the 159,200-square-foot vacant building.

At one point, the building was “shuttered by debtors” and “unfit for occupancy,” court filings in Oakland County by Southfield-based brokerage house Farbman Group said last year.

The building is one of four that I wrote about in November stemming from a series of mind-boggling lawsuits between Canadian investors targeting each other in Oakland County and federal court, with allegations ranging from fraud to implications of one party in a double murder in Toronto.

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Seagate completes total remodel of grand estate at Quail West

Seagate Development Group announced it has completed a total remodel of a nearly 6,000 square foot, two story grand estate residence at Quail West.  The project took a total of nine months to complete.  Seagate reimagined the spaces throughout the home and created an on-trend open-concept living environment.  Theory Design designed the home’s new interior design.  The project also entailed extensive exterior enhancements, including a new driveway, new landscaping, new landscaping lighting, a new roof, and a new exterior pool deck, including new waterline tile in the pool, installation of new pool equipment, and a re-designed outdoor kitchen area.



a large stone statue in front of a house: Seagate Development Group announced it has completed a total remodel of a nearly 6,000 square foot, two story grand estate residence at Quail West.


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Seagate Development Group announced it has completed a total remodel of a nearly 6,000 square foot, two story grand estate residence at Quail West.

Inside, Seagate created a new feature wall in the great room to replace what was originally an outdated precast concrete fireplace that extended to the

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Hillsborough leaders want input on $13.8 million improvements to West Shore Boulevard

The proposed project is part of a local and state effort to improve pedestrian safety and bring new business to the area.

TAMPA, Fla. — Leaders in Hillsborough County want the public’s input on a new $13.8 million project to transform Tampa’s West Shore Boulevard.

The expansive proposed improvements will include more sidewalk space, pedestrian and bike paths, improved landscaping and more.

The county is asking for feedback on the project, spanning from W. Kennedy Boulevard to W. Boy Scout Boulevard, as part of upgraded safety changes to add new business to the area.

You can let leaders know online through a virtual public forum between Sept. 30 and Oct. 15.

The proposed project will establish West Shore Boulevard as a Grand Boulevard consistent with the West Shore community’s vision, including shade trees, wider sidewalks, pedestrian lighting, amenities and streetscaping that, along with property redevelopment, will ultimately transform the corridor

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Officials discuss improvements to mass transit options for the West Island



a bus that is parked on the side of a road: STM bus 485 heading North on St-Jean Boulevard in Pointe-Claire


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STM bus 485 heading North on St-Jean Boulevard in Pointe-Claire

The West Island has long been a place where the automobile is the primary mode of transportation for people to get around.

The sprawling landscape, low-density housing and malls with ample parking have made it much easier for people to move around by driving compared to taking buses and trains.

Officials are trying to slowly change that through new high-density housing developments near public transit stations and the new electric train line, Le réseau express métropolitain (REM).

But some local mayors insists massive new parking spaces at REM stations and easy access to get to them are necessary to boost public transit.

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“We need to have an access point like a massive parking lot, for example, as was proposed in the beginning,” Jim

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