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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 BIG misconceptions about Oakwood.

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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]