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Woodland Cemetery gatehouse will be reconstructed
Cleveland's three historic cemeteries are getting a $2 million rebuild
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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The pile of stone that was once Woodland Cemetery's gatehouse will rise again. It’s the latest project to be funded in a $2 million restoration of three of the Cleveland's historic cemeteries. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
Woodland Cemetery gatehouse to be reconstructed

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The gatehouse was dismantled in 1995, and a lack of funding kept it from being reconstructed.
In 2011, the City of Cleveland announced reconstruction plans for the gatehouse, plus restoration of Woodland's intricate stone entrance. Similar work is getting underway now at the Erie Street and Monroe Street cemeteries.

Michelle Day of the non-profit Woodland Cemetery Foundation never thought she’d see the rebuilt gatehouse at Woodland, where three generations of her family are buried.

“The City of Cleveland did appropriate $1 million to restore the gatehouse and anything that’s going to be a cost overrun, they will pick up. They’re going to re-do the front fencing and landscaping along Woodland Ave. along with it, and that could be part of the bid process.”

Day says bidding closed late last month, and a contractor should be announced by April. But the work itself will take at least year due to the scope of reconstructing the gatehouse, which was built in 1870.
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