City of Cleveland Heights announces planned development agreement for Meadowbrook-Lee project is off

On April 26, the City of Cleveland Heights announced in a news release that "it has decided not to extend the development agreement with The Orlean Company for the Meadowbrook-Lee project"—a mixed-use development plan for rental apartments and retail space.

"Everyone worked hard to make this development happen," said Mayor Ed Kelley, "and it is disappointing to all of us that The Orlean Company needed an extension. Council and staff agreed that it was time to move on."

In 2012, Cleveland Heights City Council approved the development agreement, after asking the CH-UH Board of Education (BOE) to approve an 11-year, 80-percent tax abatement for the property. The BOE voted to approve the tax abatement at its meeting on Nov. 5, 2012.

The news release gave no reason for the decision against extending the approved agreement with The Orlean Company.

In the same release, the city announced that it has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the property, which it said can be viewed online at or picked up at city hall.

Kim Sergio Inglis

Kim Sergio Inglis is editor-in-chief of the Heights Observer. She lives in the Shaker Farm Historic District in Cleveland Heights.

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