Do you see any historic preservation in this contract?

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The Cuyahoga County Public Library signed this purchase agreement to sell Telling Mansion-the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library- for $755,000; the Library also agreed to pay $50,000 to redo the parking lot for the new owner. And, the Library will put $20,000 in to escrow for the new owner to use for capital expenses.

I see no historic preservation provided for Telling Mansion in this purchase agreement. Do you see any historic preservation? If you do, please let me know.

  • Because no federal dollars were ever spent on the structure, Telling Mansion has no protection. To quote from the website:
  • ” a property owner can do whatever they want with their property as long as there are no Federal monies attached to the property.”
    •  If you follow the links from the page you will see that a property owner “doing whatever they want”  includes tearing the building down.
  • The Library Board and director stated they would work with the Cleveland Restoration Society on preserving Telling. The Library took none of the Cleveland Restoration Society’s recommendations, as seen in this document.
  • Nor did the Library Board put the raingardens along Euclid Creek that are located behind Telling Mansion into a conservation easement.

The way I see it, the Library Board is trying to sell this valuable building for pennies on the dollar and did not keep their promise to preserve it.  In any way.

Do you agree?

The Committee to Save the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Mansion Library has an injunction in appeal.

Please do whatever you can to stop this fiscally irresponsible decision.

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Telling Mansi

on Purchase Agreement (executed) (02189202) – 10.7.13

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