Urban Retail Solutions: Kevin Schmotzer: Highlights of Cleveland Retail and Incentives


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Kevin Schmotzer is the executive of small business development for the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development. His position was created by Mayor Frank Jackson to focus specifically on the growth and expansion of small businesses within the City of Cleveland.

The Urban Retail Solutions Conference was on June 20, 2013 at the Ariel International Center located at 1163 East 40th Street, Cleveland, OH.

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Urban Retail Solutions: Kevin Schmotzer: Highlights of Cleveland Retail and Incentives

  1. 1. Fostering & AttractingRetail Entrepreneurshipin Cleveland’sNeighborhoodsJune 20, 2013Neighborhood Retail The City ofClevelandDepartment of Economic Development
  2. 2. Yesterday’s “Suburban”Retail Shopping Districts
  3. 3. Storefronts & Boutiques
  4. 4. Retail DistrictNeighborhoods of Focus 5thStreet Arcades -Downtown Gordon Square Arts District Waterloo District Buckeye Asia Town
  5. 5. Euclid–Colonial Arcades 2012 49 Storefronts of which 20or (41%) were vacant; Zero events after 5:00utilizing the space; Main use – PedestrianConnector from Prospect toEuclid Avenue duringinclement weather; More ghosts than shoppers!
  6. 6. 5thStreet Arcades 2013 New Mission – “Start-up or Incubator”space for locally-owned Retail Shops. Partnerships-CumberlandDevelopment, City ofCleveland, Charter OneBank, & DowntownCleveland Alliance; Formula – Incentives!(loans, forgivable loans,grants, below marketrate rent, creativity).
  7. 7. 5thStreet Arcades Retail Grant Competition• On May 9th2013, kick-off tocelebrate the winners!• 6 businesses were awarded grantsand will be open by summer 2013;• New Businesses include: BrightGreen; Pour; Soulcraft; Sushi 86;Fra Angelica; Prestigious Fashions;Alphonso’s; and the Tea Lab.
  8. 8. 5thStreet Arcades Soulcraft – agallery featuringfurniture from 12different Clevelandbased designers &makers; Bright Green – aboutique featuringjewelry, handmadesoap, baby giftswith an organic &natural theme.
  9. 9. 5thStreet Arcades Fashion WeekCleveland; Attractedhundreds to theevent! Music, food,fashion, fun,Fifth StreetArcades!
  10. 10. Gordon Square ArtsDistrict Economic Cornerstone on Cleveland’s west side; Over $500 million invested in new housing, businessattraction, investment in the arts and neighborhoodbeautification. Key projects include: (1) Current renovation ofCleveland Public Theatre; (2) Restoration of the CapitalTheatre; (3) Construction of the Near West Theatre; (4)Streetscape Improvements; and (5) Additional parkingfeaturing public art and sustainable landscaping.
  11. 11. Gordon Square ArtsDistrict
  12. 12. Gordon Square ArtsDistrict “Cafés”Stone Mad Pub – Great Food, Music,Historic Preservation, and Artistry &Craftsmanship!
  13. 13. Gordon Square ArtsDistrict “Cafés” Red Stone – one of many locally-owned restaurants & cafés; Chef’s support locally grown food; Gypsy Beans – one of the 1stnewbusiness in the neighborhood in2007!
  14. 14. Gordon Square ArtsDistrict “Local Food” Recipient of ClevelandMagazine’s 2013 SilverSpoon Award for “BestNew Restaurant!” Features roof topgarden; 25 jobs created; Received funding fromthe Neighborhood RetailAssistance ProgramSpice Kitchen & Bar
  15. 15. Gordon Square ArtsDistrict “the Arts”
  16. 16. Gordon Square ArtsDistrict ”Retail Boutiques &Café Storefronts”RetropolitanLuxe
  17. 17. Gordon Square ArtsDistrict “Streetscape” Public Art Sustainablelandscaping; Decorative lighting Utility lines buriedunderground; Wider sidewalks toallow for outdoorcafés; Storefront signage.
  18. 18. Waterloo District In 2012, a developer /restaurateur announced plansto open up to 5 newrestaurants on Waterloo New eateries, artbusinesses, retail shopsand Beachland Ballroomtogether will establishWaterloo as a premierdestination
  19. 19. Waterloo District –Collinwood Rising A creative way to combaturban vacancy and foreclosurein the North Shore Collinwoodneighborhood DIY Work-livespace for artistsavailable for aslittle as $6,500 $1.1 million grantfrom LINC andothers
  20. 20. Waterloo District –Collinwood Rising $500,000 ArtPlace Grant toconvert vacant home into artiststorefront, vacant storefrontinto performing arts incubator,and redesign of a playground. Project Light Switch –coalition of businessowners Crop Rocks – food,music, and performances
  21. 21. Waterloo District Emerging destinationin City’s NorthCollinwoodneighborhood Beachland Ballroomanchors district District Needs:• DiningEstablishments• Off street parking
  22. 22.  City and CDC collaboratingto create public parkingwith financial assistancefrom Vacant PropertyInitiative – Local ParkingNeeds New restaurants receivingfunding assistance throughthe Neighborhood RetailAssistance Program New streetscape projectwill further enhance districtWaterloo District
  23. 23. Buckeye Neighborhood A walkable street with much ofexisting commercial buildings still inplace Jazz culture both past & present Buckeye MerchantsAssociation, a group ofbusinesses with over 200 jobs,meet regularly to promote andbuild on assets of theneighborhood
  24. 24. Buckeye Neighborhood St. Lukes -Conversion ofhistoric assets into newresidential housing to supportthe neighborhood retail.
  25. 25. Buckeye Neighborhood –Public Art Utilizing localartists to designmurals, paintingson public & privatebuildings Public art isincorporated intotrash cans,planters as well assidewalks andneighborhoodparks.
  26. 26. Buckeye Neighborhood –Painting the Street! Public Art thatdepicts theBuckeyeNeighborhood
  27. 27. Buckeye Neighborhood –“Mom & Pop” SmallBusinesses Nikki’s Music –A NeighborhoodRetailInstitution
  28. 28. Buckeye Neighborhood –“Mom & Pop” SmallBusinesses #1 Beauty Supply –the “Wal-Mart” forHair Products
  29. 29. Buckeye Neighborhood –Urban Farming Growing healthy fresh local foodfor the Buckeye Residents oncommercial vacant lots
  30. 30. Buckeye Neighborhood –Reimagining ArchitecturalAssets Vision forTomorrow –Howdo we get there? Yesterday
  31. 31. AsiaTown Asia Town Center – A115,000 sq. ft. buildingfeaturing a grocery store, 4restaurants and 24boutique shops / services ina former industrial building. $2.2 millioninvestment in 2008;
  32. 32. AsiaTown – Cultural Cafe’s Siam Café & KoKo Bakeryare popular Asian-ownedbusinesses that haveinvested in the growingAsiatown Neighborhood.
  33. 33. AsiaTown – Retail Boutiques China Merchandise Exhibitprovides “general store”experience while shops atAsia Plaza give a “boutiqueemporium” experience.
  34. 34. AsiaTown – Mixed-UseStorefronts “Mixed-use” space canbe found across theneighborhood. Severalrestaurants share their2ndfloor space withresidents and othertenants.
  35. 35. City of ClevelandKevin SchmotzerExecutive – Small BusinessDevelopmentDept. of Economic Development(216) 664-3720kschmotzer@city.cleveland.oh.us