Everything from a maker space, to a tiny hotel to a speakeasy are planned for the vacant Voss Industries plant on West 25th Street. Some parts of the complex are proposed to be demolished while other parts would be added. The demolitions would create pedestrian laneways through the site, lined with retail and restaurants as well as some strategically placed parking lots
New details have emerged about a significant adaptive re-use of the vacant Voss Industries plant, 2168 W. 25th St., in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood that is proposed to see construction start in early 2022. As outlined in a real estate brokerage’s marketing piece, MRN Ltd.’s Carriage Works would deliver by the end of 2023 some very diverse uses that may overshadow the project’s 80-apartment residential component.
The Carriage Works redevelopment is proposed to have 50,000 square feet of retail plus food and beverage space, 40,000 square feet of office/co-working space, a 15-room hotel and 300 parking spaces, preliminary plans show. Plans will be submitted to the city for approvals this fall.
Specifically, some of the retail uses may include a 12,369-square-foot “market,” a 4,800-square-foot food hall, an outdoor beer garden, a 7,000-square-foot basement speakeasy reminiscent of 1920s-30s Prohibition-era Cleveland, and a 6,000-square-foot Makers Space. Most of the apartments will range from 526 to 1,114 square feet.
A Makers Space is a community workspace that offers new technology and equipment like 3D printers, computer numerical control (CNC) machines and more. It’s a place for people and start-up businesses to learn, experiment, collaborate and use equipment that they may not be able to afford or otherwise have access to. Instructional workshops and open hours allow the public to master new software and create personal projects.
The development plan also shows new pedestrian-oriented laneways with shops along them. The laneways would use existing passageways between the buildings in some sections. Other portions would be cut through via selective demolitions, thereby extending Hancock Avenue east of West 26th and creating West 25th Place.
Read more about Ohio City Carriage Works mixed-use plan at NEO-trans.blog