Locavesting means putting our money where we live

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Like many Americans, I have my retirement savings in 401 (k), 403 (b) and other investment accounts, and every once in awhile, I meet with my financial planner to assess performance and make adjustments. “Diversify,” “invest for the long-term” is the mantra. As I look at my portfolio, there’s very little that seems tangible to […]

If you care about taxes you should care about Oakwood

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The fight to save Oakwood kicked up a notch this week when South Euclid City Council voted unanimously to rezone it to make way for big box and “value-oriented”retail. If you have followed the news about Oakwood, it documents South Euclid City Council doing the developers bidding. At the last meetings council asked First Interstate […]

Oakwood: First Interstate’s Tax Abatement

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We asked Shakespeare if he thought First Interstate donating their 7 acre stormwater management system was a tax abatement. He said “Yes!” and went on to explain why: What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. (Updated version: No matter what you call it…a tax […]

South Euclid City Council will vote on rezoning Oakwood at Monday June 27th meeting.

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South Euclid Zoning and Planning Committee meeting was held last night and they voted to send the Oakwood rezoning proposal to South Euclid City Council. South Euclid City Council will probably vote on the Oakwood rezoning at Monday’s City Council meeting, June 27th at 8pm in South Euclid City Hall. The Oakwood proposal states: “The development will […]

Stop the Oakwood Rezoning Now

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What is the big hurry to develop the Oakwood Property? There are plenty of other uses that could benefit the region much more… Instead of rushing to develop a piece of land that only comes along once-in-a-century (or really once-in-history), why don’t we pool our resources and show a little imagination? Let’s show the world […]

Oakwood Quiz: Did the traffic study for Oakwood consider Cedar Center?

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No!   Cedar Center is going to be developed. Cedar Center is 6 blocks from Oakwood.   The traffic study for Oakwood did not take Cedar Center into consideration.   University Heights just approved a McDonald’s to be built about 3 blocks from Cedar Center.   The traffic study done for McDonald’s did not take […]

Oakwood Quiz: What school district is Oakwood in?

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What school district is Oakwood in? 1. Cleveland Heights-University Heights 2. South Euclid-Lyndhurst 3. Half South Euclid and half Cleveland Heights If you answered #1 you are correct! ALL of Oakwood and ALL of Cedar Center is in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District. South Euclid city officials say they want to rezone Oakwood to […]

Transcript and summary of Oakwood Public Hearing May 25, 2011

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Citizens for Oakwood provided this summary and transcript. Summary of South Euclid Public Hearing (May 25, 2011) on Rezoning of Oakwood land The Citizens for Oakwood organization commissioned a court reporter to make a transcript of the public hearing which took place in Council Chambers of South Euclid City Hall on Wednesday, May 25, 2011. […]

Some last words before South Euclid approves the Oakwood rezoning

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In the real world, how often do you get the chance to ask: If we could do anything, what would it be? That’s the essence of my objection to what’s happening at the former Oakwood golf course today. While I’m not in favor of the proposed development that is likely to be carried out on […]

What stores will be put on Oakwood?

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The developer has stated clearly and repeatedly that the plan is for Oakwood to become one of First Interstate’s “Commons”. The developer has stated clearly and repeatedly that this means “value-oriented” retail. So, Oakwood will have stores comparable or identical to the ones at Creekside Commons. But, Oakwood will be more than 4TIMES LARGER. Creekside Commons […]