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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Forum News Release

“Bailey Building & Beyond – Downtown Lakewood’s Renaissance

Forum to Feature Downtown Lakewood Revitalization Progress and Potential

LAKEWOOD, OH October 21 - LakewoodAlive, a nonpartisan economic development corporation, announces its next community forum, “Bailey Building & Beyond – Downtown Lakewood’s Renaissance.” The forum will be held on Tuesday, November 9 at 7p.m. at the newly rehabilitated Bailey Building, located at 14725 Detroit Ave., Lakewood.

Marking Lakewood’s five-year milestone as a Main Street™ community, the forum panelists will note revitalization progress-to-date and present information about future development potential in the downtown business district. Input about pending development activity will be solicited from audience members. Speakers include:

• Joyce Barrett - Executive Director, Heritage Ohio

• Nathan J. Kelly – Director of Planning & Development, City of Lakewood

• Mary Anne Crampton – Executive Director, LakewoodAlive

• Trish Rooney – Executive Director, Lakewood Christian Service Center

The former site of the Bailey Department store, the Bailey Building is the beneficiary of a major rehabilitation investment by the development partnership of Kowit-Passov, which is also upgrading the attached six-story INA Building. The forum will offer attendees the first opportunity to preview the unfinished historic space at the corner of Detroit and Warren Avenues.

“As exemplified by the Bailey Building renovation, our community has much to celebrate, but there is still much work to be done, “said Jenni Baker, LakewoodAlive board president. “It is important that residents have the opportunity to be informed about and to influence redevelopment pursuits in the heart of the city.”

The forum is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.

The Main Street Four-Point Approach™ is a disciplined, volunteer-based program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in use by communities across the USA to revitalize and preserve historic downtown districts. Heritage Ohio, based in Columbus, is the oversight organization of the Ohio Main Street Program.

LakewoodAlive is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501-(c)(3) economic development corporation whose mission is to improve the quality of life of residents by creating alliances with community leaders, leveraging community assets and expanding the pool of available resources in order to facilitate economic stability and growth in the City of Lakewood. Visit


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