Oakwood moves forward: Now prove that it’s really a win-win

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South Euclid voters have had their say, and by a 55%-45% result, have approved commercial rezoning of the portion of the former Oakwood golf course that lies within their city. In a year or so, we’re all going to have another large plaza to visit, filled with minimum-wage employees and merchandise manufactured in Chinese sweat […]

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 […]

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 […]

Trying to get the details right in print – but not always succeeding

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It’s the little things that make writers, editors and columnists crazy – like when a small change in punctuation or wording makes a big change in the meaning of what the writer is trying to say. In the May edition of my monthly Heights Observer column , I wrote about our policy for accepting advertisements. […]

Would you want Big Box built 50 ft from your property line?

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The South Euclid Planning Commission approved a plan for a Big Box store to be built 50 feet from the Oakwood property line. We took the attached pictures 5/1/11, at the Severance Walmart, of Binxie and her owner standing at a 50 ft marker. We carefully measured 50 ft from the back of the Big […]

Rumor: Oakwood rezoning traded for Cedar Center bailout

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Please help by checking out this rumor however you can. Help us find the truth. We were told by a supporter that the developer and his global investment group worked a deal with South Euclid City Hall. The deal? Trade the rezoning of Oakwood for paying off the city’s $20 million debt on Cedar Center. […]

Oakwood developer objects to community forum

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Submitted to the Heights Observer on behalf of Mitchell Schneider: Dear Heights Observer – Attached  you will find a letter from Mitchell Schneider, President of First Interstate Properties, objecting to the recently announced FutureHeights Forum currently scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 7.  The forum is set to discuss “the issues and long-term implications […]

Oakwood: The developer is starting to sound angry

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The rhetoric around the Oakwood project is starting to get silly. Opponents of the development are distributing information that says it will destroy the community, which strikes me as hyperbole. And they’ve declared that because nobody is denying a rumor that Wal-Mart will occupy the space, then it’s a done deal that Wal-Mart will occupy […]