The Oakwood development issue is terribly complicated, and we hope to clarify a few important facts.
1.First Interstate does NOT own the Cleveland Heights portion of the Oakwood Country Club. Although First Interstate has stated repeatedly and for many months that it has exercised its option on the Cleveland Heights portion of the Oakwood Country Club, the property HAS NOT changed ownership.
The deed has not been transferred and city officials have confirmed that the Cleveland Heights portion is still owned by the country club.
2. There is NO PROPOSED plan for mixed use buildings, apartments for senior citizens, office space, etc. The drawing that has been used in several articles that includes these uses is very misleading… No plan has been submitted to Cleveland Heights. The only plan for Oakwood is for the part that is owned by First Interstate–the South Euclid part only. The plan is for big box retail, strip retail and outlots with drive thrus.
Is a plan for property you do not own meaningful?
3. First Interstate states they conducted a survey that indicated the residents of South Euclid are in favor of the development. The only survey we know about involved a postcard in which the choices were to say “Yes” or “Yes”.
I have attached that postcard so that you can assess for yourself the value of such a “survey”. You will notice you could vote “Yes” or “Yes”. Perhaps the only thing this “survey” measured was the degree of deception First Interstate is willing to employ in dealing with our community.
This is our best understanding of the situation, perhaps First Interstate has different information, but I feel sure that if you contact them you will find out the above 3 statements are correct.
Our committee feels it is very important to keep everything as clear as possible for South Euclid voters, who will vote on a referendum about Oakwood in November.
Maybe it is more factual to state that South Euclid will be voting in November on a referendum for our entire community and the region.