Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-5-2015

JANUARY 5, 2015

  • Labor agreement
  • Public works
  • Alcazar conversion
  • Loan agreement for Medusa property
  • Council vacancy

All council members were present; there was one vacancy as Janine Boyd, former council member, took office in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Labor agreement

Council gave final approval for the compensation rates and benefits proposed by the tentative labor agreement with the National Production Workers Union Local 707 of Cleveland for the time period covering Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2017. This agreement was ratified by a supermajority of the public works union on Dec. 16, 2014. Council Member Jeff Coryell commented on the importance of the collective bargaining process, stating that this agreement was a great example of how it works properly.

Public works

Public works projects for 2015 and 2016 include:

  • The Lee Road streetscape from Dellwood Road to Superior Road.
  • Mayfield Road signals, for which funding was previously obtained through the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA).
  • The repaving of Cedar Road in 2016.
  • Noble Road repaving in 2016, which has been granted funding by Cuyahoga County.

Alcazar conversion

Kirt Montlack of The Alcazar, 2450 Derbyshire Road, is planning to convert The Alcazar from 62 apartments and 122 lodging units into 96 apartments. Zoning laws would require an additional 34 enclosed parking spaces, which is not possible. With Council Member Cheryl Stephens abstaining, council approved a variance. Parking permits will be available in nearby city lots and protected bicycle parking will be provided. Council Member Jeff Coryell noted that a target population for the rentals would be staff and students of Case Western Reserve University and other University Circle organizations who may be less dependent on cars.

Loan agreement for Medusa property

Council authorized an agreement with GMG Cleveland, LLC, to issue a loan of approximately $470,537 to assist its acquisition of commercial property located at 2930 and 3008 Monticello Blvd. Council had determined in 2012 that renovation of this commercial property—the “old Medusa property”—would eliminate a blighted condition in the neighborhood. At that time, a loan was authorized to Medusa Holdings, LLC, for $500,000, under the city’s Commercial Revolving Loan Fund Program to renovate the old Medusa property. However, the holding company was unable to meet the terms of that loan, so it was terminated and a new agreement made with GMG Cleveland, the real estate holding company of the Motorcars Group. The agreement includes a promise to create or retain on its own behalf, or through its tenants, 15 full-time equivalent permanent jobs with a minimum of eight of those jobs to be held by low-to-moderate-income persons within one year of the closing of the loan.

Council vacancy

Applications for the council seat vacated by Janine Boyd, who has joined the Ohio state legislature, would be accepted until Jan. 15.

LWV Observer: Blanche Valancy.

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