Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 1-23-2018

JANUARY 23, 2018

  • Public Education Week
  • Lease for storage
  • Update on Top of the Hill project

President James Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Talisa Dixon, Treasurer Scott Gainer, Cleveland Heights City Manager Tanisha Briley, and Cleveland Heights Director of Economic Development Tim Boland were also present.

Public Education Week

Heintz presented a resolution in recognition of Public Education Week, which the board approved.

Lease for storage

The board approved an agreement for a two-year lease space to store materials from Roxboro and Monticello middle schools.

Update on Top of the Hill project

Briley reviewed the history of the property at the top of Cedar Hill. The city owns the parking lots where Doctors Hospital was demolished in 1968. The city has entered into a public-private partnership with Flaherty & Collins to build 200 luxury apartments, 15,000 square feet of commercial retail space, a boutique hotel and 525 parking spaces. The city and contractors are asking for tax increment financing (TIF) to complete this project. Flaherty & Collins is investing $75 to $80 million. They are asking for 100 percent deferred taxes for 30 years on the new valuation. At present the schools get $21,218, which they will continue to receive. After 30 years, the schools will receive $421,000, based on the currently estimated valuation of the project, as well as 100 percent of any new levies. Gainer will work with David Seed, the Board of Education’s legal adviser, and Boland, to develop an agreement to bring back to the board.

Upcoming meetings are a work session on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and a regular board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20. All meetings are at 7 p.m. at the Board of Education offices.

LWV Observer: Adele Cohn.

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