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The reforestation process is underway at the Cleveland Metroparks' new Acacia Reservation in Lyndhurst. It may take 40 years for the 155-acre park to mature. A Sun News editorial called it "exactly the best outcome for the Acacia property."

The Cleveland Metroparks commissioners voted to accept the 155-acre Acacia Country Club property from the Conservation Fund. The gift includes the clubhouse building and as much as $500,000. They hope to finalize the transaction in December. The land in Lyndhurst will be preserved as "part of an inner Emerald Necklace". The Metroparks can learn about restoring the golf course from the Geauga Park District, whose Orchard Hills Park is undergoing a similar reclamation and reforestation. A Plain Dealer editorial called the Metroparks "the ideal partner to make Acacia an island of nature for everyone to enjoy."

Update: the Metroparks and the Conservation Fund completed the transfer.

Shareholders at Acacia Country Club in Lyndhurst approved a sale of the property to the Conservation Fund for $14.75 million. The 160-acre property had been considered a prime development site. Mayor Cicero opposed the sale, saying that development on the site would increase the City's tax base. The nonprofit Conservation Fund pledged to preserve the property as greenspace, and may donate it to the Cleveland Metroparks. Acacia members described the process as "emotional and stressful", but a Sun News editorial said they made the correct decision.

Update: Mayor Cicero said he's "glad the Metroparks are involved."

The Ohio EPA declared that brownfield remediation has been completed at the 21-acre Midland Steel property on Madison Avenue and at a 6-acre property at the second phase of the Midtown Tech Park on Euclid Avenue. The agency is also considering a request for an Urban Setting Designation at the former Penguin Cleaners site on Mayfield Road in Lyndhurst. The property was redeveloped as a Key Bank branch in 2010.

Acacia Country Club shareholders narrowly rejected a $12 million purchase offer from the Visconsi Companies. The retail developer does not plan to make another offer for the 160-acre property in Lyndhurst.

The Visconsi Companies, a local shopping center developer, is offering to purchase the Acacia Country Club property in Lyndhurst for $11 million. Members rejected a $10 million offer in 2010.

Lyndhurst boards and commissions and City Council approved plans for the Acacia Country Club Estates subdivision. Construction is expected to begin in September. A long-running legal dispute about the property was resolved in April. A Sun Messenger editorial says it "will be an exciting development for Lyndhurst because there is not much buildable land left in the city."

An unidentified suitor submitted an offer to purchase the 160-acre Acacia County Club property in Lyndhurst. The club's shareholders will discuss the proposal.

Update: there are three parties interested in buying the club.

Area communities reacted differently to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's new stormwater management program. Mayor Cicero of Lyndhurst was disappointed, and the City of Hudson may join Summit County's lawsuit against the sewer district. Mayor Elliott of Brook Park, on the other hand, thinks the program will help the city alleviate and prevent flooding problems. David Beach called it "one of the most important developments for local water quality that I have seen in the past 25 years."

The Ohio Department of Development awarded a $3 million Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grant to the City of Lyndhurst for brownfield remediation at the northeast corner of Mayfield and Brainard roads. The site will be redeveloped as a Key Bank branch. Cuyahoga County also received a $2.5 million grant for remediation at the Ben Venue Laboratories expansion in Bedford. The State awarded a total of 16 grants.

Members of Acacia Country Club regained control of the property when a judge dismissed a court-appointed receiver who had been pursuing a sale of the property. Last summer, members began to explore the sale of the 160-acre country club in Lyndhurst.

Members of Acacia Country Club in Lyndhurst are considering whether to dissolve the club and sell its 160 acre site for development. Brokers speculate that the property at Cedar and Richmond Roads could be sold off in parts for residential, retail, and office construction.

The Lyndhurst Planning Commission was disappointed by the preliminary designs for a proposed Aldi supermarket on the site of the demolished Richmond Theatre on Mayfield Road. The City is currently under a six month development moratorium that was enacted in November.

The South Euclid-Lyndhurst Board of Education decided to not join the Hillcrest Heights Area Recreation Council "at this time", instead choosing to concentrate on passing an operating levy in March.

Lyndhurst City Council enacted a development moratorium on all non-residential parcels of one acre or larger for at least the next six months, while the City's master plan is being updated.

Mayor Welo assured South Euclid residents that the Hillcrest Heights Area Recreation Council will not build a proposed recreation center if they are unable to align grant funding.

Mayor Welo of South Euclid offered to personally pay the startup fees for the South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District's entry into the Hillcrest Heights Area Recreation Council. This fall, the mayors of Richmond Heights, South Euclid, and University Heights will meet with Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones to discuss funding sources. They hope to build a new recreation center without the use of local tax dollars.

Financial concerns may prevent the South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District from joining the Hillcrest Heights Area Recreation Council. The Cities of Richmond Heights, South Euclid, and University Heights have agreed to establish the council of governments.

On June 25, South Euclid City Council is expected to vote on a proposal to create a council of governments with Richmond Heights, University Heights, and the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Board of Education to study the feasibility of a regional recreation center. University Heights passed similar legislation on June 4, while Lyndhurst leaders reiterated that they were not interested in participating.

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