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