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Amazon's new fulfillment center in North Randall is ENORMOUS

Amazon's new fulfillment center in North Randall is ENORMOUS

NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - The main structure of the new Amazon fulfillment center in North Randall is just about complete and it is ENORMOUS. Clayco Construction company has been working on this project since August 2017. 

Aerial Photo of the NEW Amazon Fulfillment Center in North Randall, Ohio

Aerial Photo of the NEW Amazon Fulfillment Center in North Randall, Ohio

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Below are some photos shot earlier in the planning stages of the project. 

Before the entire Randall Park Mall was Demolished. Taken in July 2017

Before the entire Randall Park Mall was Demolished. Taken in July 2017

As the project was getting started. Photo taken in October 2017

As the project was getting started. Photo taken in October 2017

Aerial Photo of Randall Park Mall in the 1970's.

Aerial Photo of Randall Park Mall in the 1970's.

This new operation is bringing 2,000 new full-time jobs to the former Randall Park Mall location. 

Amazon currently employs more than 4,500 full-time hourly associates at its two existing Ohio fulfillment centers in Etna and Obetz.

Amazon employees at the more than 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship smaller customer items such as electronics, toys and books.

“Words cannot begin to express what Amazon’s commitment to the development of its fulfillment center means for the Village of North Randall,” Mayor David Smith said. “This is a generational project that not only redefines the future of our community but the future of more than 2,000 Cuyahoga County residents who will be employed at the facility.”

Read full article by: Darcie Loreno of Fox 8: Amazon planning new fulfillment center in North Randall, bringing 2,000 full-time jobs

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A 10-story hotel built by mall developer DeBartolo Corp. in North Randall in 1973 on a site next to the former Randall Park Mall has been acquired by an affiliate of Industrial Commerce Properties Corp. of Solon and Industrial Realty Group of California as part of the massive Amazon warehouse project.

Through S.L. North Randall Site One LLC, developers Chris Semarjian and Stuart Lichter, respectively, closed on the purchase of the property at 4600 Northfield Road from the Village of North Randall on Friday, Oct. 6, according to Cuyahoga County land records available online Monday morning, Oct. 9.

Semarjian said in a phone interview the pair plan to raze the hotel and sell sites on the five-acre parcel to food-related and other retailers that might be attracted by the $177 million fulfillment center that the Seattle-based e-commerce firm is having built next door.

The center is expected to employ 2,000 people when it opens, perhaps as early as the second half of next year.

Asked why the redevelopers of former corporate headquarters and industrial plants were willing to undertake such a task, Semarjian said, "Amazon will be a very large neighbor that wanted to see the hotel go away. This made them more comfortable with the site."

Read the full strory about this hotel by Stan Bullard: North Randall hotel sold for Amazon-linked redevelopment

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Watch the video below to see our perspective of the Randall Mark Mall demolition. 

Progressive Field Renovations

Progressive Field Renovations

The Indians home opener is on April 10th against the Detroit Tigers. It's essential that the bullpens are completed by then and the Indians say construction is on schedule. 

Space for five neighborhood-themed areas behind the main concourse from center field to right field has been cleared. The areas will resemble Cleveland neighborhoods such as Ohio City and Tremont.

A Whiffle ball field and batting cages will be constructed behind the mezzanine level.

The old visitor's bullpen in the right field corner is being turned into a multi-level section of seats. There will be seats from the bar area on top of the bullpen with a staircase leading to field level seats.

Here are some recent photos of the renovations:

The Drones Are Coming...

The Drones Are Coming...

As consumer drones begin to gain momentum and popularity, the 2015 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) was held this week in Las Vegas showcasing some of the new and  exciting advances in modern UAV technology. The drones are coming and they range in many different shapes and sizes from heavy-lift, professional-cinematography drones to wrist-wearing, selfie-taking quads. Continue reading to see some of the drones in action at CES 2015.

CES 2015: Welcome to the drone zoo

By: Lance Ulanoff, Mashable

LAS VEGAS — Drones: They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are palm sized, while others would cover your dining room table. They all share some key attributes, like four rotors, an array of sensors and, usually, cameras for shooting the ground below and even the occasional drone selfie.

And at CES 2015, they’re pretty much all caged. Outside the show floor, drones fly freely, but deep in the far reaches of the South Hall’s lower level, they’re clustered together in the sexily-named “Unmanned Systems” zone. If the drones are flying, unless they’re very, very small, they’re behind fully enclosed nets or even glass enclosures.

They’re also attracting quite a crowd. Showgoers clustered around the drone demonstrations. Even when the drones weren’t flying, CES attendees were trying to get close to them. Considering how new the market is, that’s not necessarily surprising, but there is a buzz (pun intended) around this nascent robotics industry. Most of the companies I talked to had entered the consumer drone market in just the last few years.

The Consumer Electronics Association puts the global market for consumer drones at $130 million this year and anticipates a $1 billion drone industry by the end of this decade.

Even though the drone market is quite new, most of the products I saw at CES 2015 looked fairly polished. This is in stark contrast to just a few years ago when every drone I saw looked like it was built from Erector set parts.

The Hubsan FPV X4 Pro in its flying cage.

Image: Mashable, Lance Ulanoff

Hubsan’s X4 Pro is a good example. It has the clean lines of a Frog Designs product. But looks are deceiving. Hubsan CEO Sam Lee told me his company was originally in the hobbyist helicopter market, but ultimately found they were too hard to build (and too complicated to fly for consumers). His drones, on the other hand, are easier to assemble, but more difficult to design, and, especially program. Hubsan exited the hobbyist helicopter market in 2012 and now sells a full line of drones that range in price from $50 to $300, though pricing for the powerful X4 Pro has not been set.

Stunt drone

Hubsan's tiny FPV X4 can fly free

Image: Mashable, LanceUlanoff

All the drones on display can fly, hover and have some kind of remote control, but they also each have their own gimmick or extra bit of technology that sets them apart. In the case of the X4, it’s 4G-capable. Lee told me he can use his phone in China to control an X4 in the U.S, I tried to explain to him that this was not exactly a comforting concept, but Lee, who spoke halting English, didn’t get the joke.

There were also a surprising number of drones that could follow you. Again, this sounds creepy, but actually has some utility.

Trace.com’s Flyr1, for example, can follow any standardized pattern. First you train it on one pattern, maybe a logo on the back of your shirt, then set the angle of flight and how far away from you want it to fly from you and then it can track you and stream video of your activities to your mobile device for 35-to-40 minutes of battery life.

Trace Flyr1 uses a special vision system to track patterns.

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Company spokesperson Josh Stanbury told me the drone was invented, in part, by Paul Beard (father of, among other things, the DVR) and that it could be useful for athletes who are training. He also thinks that this purpose sets Flyr1 apart from the rest of the Drones at CES.

“A lot of drones here are for people who just want to fly them. We’re here for people who want to create content,” said Stanbury.

It’s a subtle knock on the enthusiast craze that’s driving the creation of all these new drones and companies. People talk all the time about wanting drones, but what, exactly, will they do with them?

Even when they do get them, many consumers can’t seem to find something constructive to do with their drones. There are regular reports of people flying their drones too close to buildings, monuments and, especially, airports.

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I asked Hubsan’s Lee about this concern. His drones are designed to not stray too far from the controller devices – they stay within a 45 kilometer circle, which is actually quite far. However, Lee assured me that his drones would use their GPS to recognize that an airport is approaching and automatically slow down and even land before they get into the wrong airspace.

When I asked if he was concerned about additional FAA regulations shutting him down, he sidestepped and said that “This product, we delayed for one year because of a safety issue.” In other words, he considered public safety a priority.

See me, film me

Airdog drone follows its leader's wrist.

Image: Mashable, Lance Ulanoff

Following their owners is a bit of a drone trend. Like Trace, Airdog, which just exited Kickstarter and will go on sale in the second quarter for $1,300, can follow you. However, instead of using pattern recognition, Airdog, which can fold up and fit in your backpack, uses a special wristband to track your location and position. Wherever that wristband is, it will follow and capture HD video of your activities.

Torquing Group's Zano drone can operate in swarms and help you take drone selfies.

Image: Lance Ulanoff

The tiny Zano drone ($270) from Torquing Group takes following a bit further. It can lock in on you, hold still in mid-air and take a selfie. They promote it as the drone that’s “Taking selfies to new heights.”

“It’s really just a tag line,” said Torquing Marketing Director Reece Crowther. In fact, Zano is one of the more intelligent drones on display and has a hardcore military background.

Torquing actually started as a military technology company in Australia and then the UK. Nearly two years ago, they decided to take all that knowledge and apply it to consumer drones.

Zano includes GPS, sonar, infrared and barometric sensors. In addition to autonomous flight, Zano drones can fly in a swarm, meaning that multiple Zano can be controlled via one device and work together.

Like Trace.com’s Stanbury, Crowther is somewhat dismissive of the hobbyist movement.

“What sets us apart [from the other drones] is that they’re hobbyist and enthusiast drones. Zano is for everyman (and woman).”

Ehang Ghost Drone

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Not every Drone has a built-in camera. Ehang’s sleek-looking Ghost drones sells for $375 or $599 with the optional gimbal that holds a, naturally, GoPro camera. It’s a mid-sized drone that uses an iOS app for control. Similar to Parrot’s Bebop Drone (also exhibiting), it has one-button lift-off. You simply select a destination on the map and either set a route or let Ghost, which has a range of 1,000 meters, make its way there.

As I looked at all the drones flying in their cages, I thought of a zoo. These autonomous vehicles are like those exotic species we ogle though glass, behind heavy bars and across protective moats. They’re powerful, sleek and still a bit unknowable.

Read more great articles from CES 2015 at http://mashable.com

Randall Park Mall demolition aerial photos

Randall Park Mall demolition aerial photos

At the time of its opening in 1976, Randall Park Mall was the “world’s largest shopping center” boasting 2 million square feet of retail space. Developer Edward De Bartolo built the mall on the site of the Randall Race Track in the village of North Randall, Ohio. At the time of its opening, North Randall’s population was 1,500 and the mall’s employee population was 5,000. After decades of decline the mall was officially closed in March 2009. Today it stands abandoned, a relic of the past.