Our Taxes: Let’s use our $250,000 to help our city’s economy. NOT to pave the perfect parking lot.

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Will “greening” City Hall’s parking lot attract new residents or help our businesses? According to a Sun News article published on Cleveland.com 10/6/12, Mayor Ed Kelley plans to spend $250,000 of the city’s money to “retrofit” the City Hall parking lot to make it “greener”. At the September 19, 2012 meeting of the Cleveland Heights […]

Map, chart and Meadowbrook-Lee

Foreclosures and vacancies
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Is the proposed Meadowbrook-Lee tax abated project a good fit for that part of town? To help you decide for yourself, I am attaching a map of the foreclosures and postal vacancies in the Cedar-Lee area. This map was created by April Hirsh, Research Assistant at Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Policy and […]

Meadowbrook-Lee: Get your checkbooks out!

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We could debate all day about whether or not developing Meadowbrook-Lee is a good idea. But that is really beside the point. Cleveland Heights City Council is asking for approval from the CH-UH Board of Education for an 11-year 80% tax abatement on the proposed project. Two troubling questions arise that will affect all of […]

Future Heights: Please hold a public forum about Meadowbrook-Lee project

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Do citizens have a say in what happens in their community? To their tax dollars? Cleveland Heights City Council has asked the Board of Education to approve an 11yr 80% tax abatement to a developer to build on Meadowbrook-Lee. Cleveland Heights City Council plans to further subsidize this plan by GIVING the developer the acre […]

Facts do no support another tax-abated project: Meadowbrook-Lee.

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Mayor Ed Kelley was quoted in a Sun Press article saying that the Lee-Meadowbrook development will not go forward if the CH-UH Board of Education will not approve an 11 year, 80% tax abatement.This abatement would apply to both the commercial and residential parts of this property. I am glad Kelley passed the buck to […]

Cuyahoga County Public Library suffers from too much money?

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When I heard that the Cuyahoga County Public Library  was going to spend $12.6 million to build a new library in South Euclid-Lyndhurst and abandon the current library in the Telling Mansion, it did not sound like a particularly good idea to me. But, in order to be fair and to gather the facts about the issue, […]

Bulldozers on Taylor: Children, people with visual impairments and homeowners don’t count.

How will this help the residents of these buildings?
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  The bulldozers are on Taylor Road; these machines are busy digging up and moving dirt, concrete and asphalt. But these bulldozers wouldn’t be there if it were not for Cleveland Heights city officials. They bulldozed over the expressed desires and concerns of the city residents who live along Taylor Rd between Mayfield and Euclid […]

Supercongrats to First Interstate for Superwalmart!

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It’s official. Superwalmart is going to be built on Oakwood and Walmart is leaving Severance Center in Cleveland Heights. Cleveland Heights city officials are fully and completely culpable for this lost economic opportunity. Their inability to understand that a Metropark is an economic driver has cost our region a great deal. Oakwood was for sale […]

Let’s not romanticize the Millikin decision.

Austin Company-last lost part of the greenspace from Severance Estate.
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Kudos to Mosdos Ohr HaTorah for their efforts to purchase Millikin. I only wish they had lent their considerable public relations savvy to saving Oakwood, which, just like Millikin, is also in their backyard. Who knows, if they had lent a hand, maybe their neighborhood would be better off today? But, that is not relevant […]

Oakwood Requiem

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I am finally able to write something about Oakwood. I have been struggling to come to grips with the loss of the referendum which will lead to the destruction of the last large greenspace in our community; this generation will leave no Metropark. If you only want to hear positive and comfortable things about our […]