Nautica Entertainment seeks to demolish old industrial buildings to make way for indoor concert venue

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The company behind Jacob’s Pavilion is going before the city’s planning commission with plans to build an indoor concert venue nearby.

Nautica Entertainment is taking revised plans to the Cleveland Planning Commission on Friday for its proposed Globe Iron Venue in the West Bank of the Flats. It would be located at the corner of Center and Elm streets, less than a mile from Nautica’s outdoor concert venue, the Jacob’s Pavilion.

The new venue is estimated to seat 1,200 people, and based on a presentation, would host over 100 concerts and events a year. Renderings showed several features, including a courtyard surrounded by a tall iron fence to provide security access within an L-shaped structure in the shadow of the pitch-roof industrial building.

Nautica hopes to get approval for both the renovation of the Globe Iron building and for the demolition of several surrounding buildings, including a four-story structure adjacent to the main Globe Iron building that has been listed national historic site since 1994.

Globe Iron was founded in 1853 by several people that include Samuel Lord, whom was the brother of pioneering real estate developer and Ohio City Mayor, Richard Lord, according to the Cleveland Historical. The main building with the pitched-roof was known as the Foundry, while neighboring four-story building, which dates back to 1886, was known as the Patterns Building.

During the company’s last appearance before the commission in August, it argued that the Patterns Building could not be saved, was unsafe and was a challenge to find buyers and investors.

Commission members were skeptical that nothing could be done to save the Patterns building, which they deemed “a part of the city’s industrial heritage.” Though the commission approved of demolishing two other buildings, the four-story structure has been Nautica’s hardest sell.

The commission urged Nautica to bring back more evidence as to why they should approve the demolition.

Nautica’s presentation submitted in advance of Friday’s meeting said there would be improvements in safety, walkability and appearance of the location with the removal of all the buildings. It noted that it was willing to delay the decision about Patterns to no later than May 2024.

Megan Sims covers real estate for cleveland.com. See previous work at this link.

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