Collinwood Yards LbNA # 30583
|Placed Date||May 1 2007|
In the 1870s, Collinwood, located about six miles east of downtown Cleveland, became the site of a repair yard for the New York Central Railroad. Until the 1920s, the trains were pulled by wood- or coal-fired steam locomotives used to move trains to and from the terminal downtown. In the late 1940s, the Collinwood Yard repair shops switched from maintaining steam locomotives t o maintaining diesel locomotives.
This letterbox is in honor of those who worked at this site … including my grandfather who was employed by New York Central from December 17, 1902 until June 30, 1951.
In the mid-1990s, the city of Cleveland asked a national panel of experts from the Urban Land Institute to recommend land-use strategies that would benefit the Collinwood community. The report identified Collinwood Yards as the catalyst that would lead to the redevelopment of the rest of the community. The current owner retained Hemisphere to lead the effort of cleaning up and redeveloping the site in a timely and cost-effective manner. Hemisphere was responsible for coordinating all environmental work, negotiating regulatory issues with state officials, securing low-interest public financing and implementing a public relations program.
Jergens Inc., a hardware manufacturing company, purchased 13 acres at the site for a new 90,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The facility, which generated approximately 150 full-time jobs, is part of a 47-acre industrial park located at Collinwood Yards. Seventeen acres of the property was purchased by CSX Transportation for a new intermodal transfer facility, and this has created several hundred jobs and restored the site's status as a premier transportation hub. The Collinwood Yards redevelopment was a finalist in the 1999 Phoenix Award competition for the best brownfield project in U.S. EPA Region 5 and designated by the Urban Land Institute as a National Showcase Brownfield.
Way to go, Cleveland!
This box was carved by "Krait," who has become a master carver. Thank you!!!
DIRECTIONS TO THE COLLINWOOD YARDS LETTERBOX:
Take I-90 East to E. 152nd Street. Turn south on E. 152nd Street. The box is just inside the entrance to the CSX Intermodal yard. You will see three pine trees by the entry sign. Pull just around the corner onto the gravel and find the tree that stands the furthest east of the three. Look about eye-level on the west side of the tree to find your prize. Go back to your car to stamp in and be sure to rehide the box well.
There is not a stamp pad, so be sure and bring a black marker or pad with you.
Nearby letterboxes: Superman & Cleveland is West on The Shoreway (I-90), getting off at Eddy Road. For Lake View Cemetery, take Eddy Road to Euclid Avenue and turn right.