The ‘mistake on the lake’ gets a retake as agency seeks to re-envision Lakeside Center
The MPEA said it is seeking new ideas that would lead to the redevelopment of all or parts of the 51-year-old building.
Cleveland is the Mistake on the Lake. As an Ohioan, I resent this cultural appropriation of an historically Buckeye appellation.
I thought Cleveland was the Mistake on the Lake.
Anyhow, $400,000,000 in repairs needed, and a "requirement that any Lakeside Center exhibition space that’s lost in this venture would have to be rebuilt elsewhere by the new operator." Yet Lee Bey states in the article that "The mistake can’t now be corrected by demolishing the building, nor should it be." That seems shortsighted.
Seems like good money after bad and a lost opportunity to regain lakefront.
I think it is an okay building, but not everything can be saved, and the money savings and lakefront gains by removing it might be worth the upfront demo costs, and whatever services are lost can be replaced by the new exhibition space (if I recall correctly, the newer parts of McCormick Place have some dependency on the Lakeside building).
You didn't hear it from me, but rumors are that Rainforest Cafe is going to take over the whole place.
Tear it down and build a park. Save $400 million.
Right by the Burnham nature corridor, and across from Northerly Island preserve. Could be absolutely beautiful instead of this eye sore of a box.
“We don’t have any preconceived notions” for the building’s future, said MPEA CEO Larita Clark. “We are really open to all ideas at this point.”
"The mistake can’t now be corrected by demolishing the building, nor should it be. But the MPEA’s move, if done with care and deliberation, represents an intriguing — and far better — alternative."
...are contradictory statements.
I never hated that building as much as many do, but it absolutely could be demolished, and if its useful life has passed -- not to mention the utility of most in-person conferences -- returning that space to a more natural state should at least be on the table.
I don’t understand why it “can’t “ be demolished. A ribbon of park there would be best use.