Clear air space over our future home

Removal of utility poles, completed Oct. 22, cleared the air over the gateway to our future home at West 67th Street and Detroit Avenue. Photos by Hans Holznagel

Removal of utility poles, completed Oct. 22, left clear skies over the gateway to our future home at West 67th St. and Detroit Ave. Photos by Hans Holznagel

If we seem unusually excited about a utility project, please understand that the removal of transformers and poles from the edge of West 67th Street north of Detroit Avenue is an important step in clearing the way for construction of Near West Theatre’s new home in the Gordon Square Arts District. A planned power outage in the Gordon Square Arcade Building, described in this earlier post, went as scheduled on Sunday, Oct. 20. Electricity was cut over from the old pole-mounted system to new underground cables and ground-mounted transformers. There was even time left over Sunday for Cleveland Public Power crews to begin the removal of aerial wires and transformers. Today the removal was completed. The air over the site of our future home never looked so clear.

Near West Theatre tips its collective cap to the many workers from Cleveland Public Power who did it all, from street cutting to electrical hookups to transformer installation to jackhammering and removing the utility poles.

More photos of the project are posted in an album at the Near West Theatre Facebook page, here. — Hans Holznagel

Aerial cables across West 67th Street connected the transformers on the west side of the street to the Gordon Square Arcade Building on the east side.

Aerial cables across West 67th Street, seen here on Oct. 11, connected the transformers on the west side of the street to the Gordon Square Arcade Building on the east side.

Wires and transformers were deactivated Oct. 20. Some were removed that day.

Wires and transformers were deactivated Oct. 20. Some were removed that day.

Cleveland Public Power crews had the project covered.

Cleveland Public Power crews, seen here Oct. 21, had the project covered.

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Near West Theatre is grateful for ongoing programmatic support from the Ohio Arts CouncilCuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Greater Cleveland Community Shares.

 

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