South Euclid News Archive
18 April 2013
02 October 2012
Local residential projects in the news:
Update: Solon City Council approved the preliminary plat
for the Neptune Oval Estates subdivision.
09 June 2012
Several local construction projects celebrated milestones:
Update: The Ohio Department of Transportation began work
on bicycle and pedestrian improvements to the
22 March 2012
First Interstate Properties confirmed that the Oakwood Commons retail development in South Euclid will include a 177,000-square-foot Wal-Mart superstore. Construction of the store is scheduled to begin in September.
Update: Wal-Mart verified that the supercenter will replace its store at Severance Town Center in Cleveland Heights.
28 February 2012
Plans for the Oakwood Commons shopping center under construction in South Euclid include a 180,000-square-foot Wal-Mart supercenter. Wal-Mart currently operates a store less than a mile away at Severance Town Center in Cleveland Heights. At GreenCityBlueLake, Marc Lefkowitz explored redevelopment and retrofitting examples that could be employed if Wal-Mart closes its Severance Center location.
09 November 2011
Tuesday's election included the following issues:
Visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections for complete results.
In Lorain County, voters rejected a quarter-percent sales tax increase. The county will institute cuts that include reducing its contribution to Lorain County Transit from $100,000 to $50,000. Avon voters approved a charter amendment that establishes a minimum lot size for residential areas.
27 October 2011
South Euclid City Council approved the sale of approximately seven acres of the Cedar Center property to developer the Coral Co, and company president Peter Rubin revealed some of the tenants coming to the redeveloped shopping center. The City also recently sold an outlot to Bob Evans, and the GFS Marketplace store held its grand opening.
30 September 2011
The November 8 ballot includes several planning and zoning issues in Cuyahoga County communities.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has a complete list of issues
(PDF) and an absentee ballot application
In Avon, voters will decide a charter amendment that would establish a minimum lot size.
22 September 2011
The Coral Co. plans to begin construction of 60,000 square feet of retail space at Cedar Center within 30 to 60 days. The company intends to complete the first phase of the redevelopment project in South Euclid by the end of 2012.
08 September 2011
02 September 2011
The News Herald reported on sustainability programs in three east-side Cuyahoga County suburbs: the stormwater management project at Mayfield Heights City Hall, the Mayfield Village Greenway Corridor, and the City of South Euclid's Green Neighborhoods Initiative.
09 August 2011
In July, opponents of the planned Oakwood Commons development submitted a petition for a referendum on the rezoning of the property. On Monday, South Euclid City Council rejected the petition, saying that petitioners failed to file a certified copy of the ordinance with the City prior to its circulation.
Update: City Council rejected the petition because the certified copy was submitted to the clerk of council instead of the finance director.
Update 2: a citizens group is challenging the decision. A Sun News editorial says that residents "should be given the chance to speak their minds at the ballot box."
29 June 2011
South Euclid City Council unanimously voted to rezone 40.7 acres of the former Oakwood Club for developer Mitchell Schneider's proposed Oakwood Commons shopping center. Schneider hopes to break ground in September. Opponents want to to place a referendum on the November ballot.
23 June 2011
Developer Mitchell Schneider told South Euclid City Council that he intends to increase the amount of permeable pavement at his proposed Oakwood Commons retail development and that he would pay the City $12,000 per year for maintenance of the undeveloped portion of the property. He also shared two conceptual designs (PDFs) for the project.
10 June 2011
27 May 2011
03 May 2011
The South Euclid Planning Commission discussed the Coral Co.'s plans for the redevelopment of the north side of Cedar Center. Developer Peter Rubin said he will incorporate the feedback into the plans. A GFS Marketplace store at the western end of the site was approved in January, and Gordon Food Service purchased 1.4 acres of the property for the store in February. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in April.
16 April 2011
11 April 2011
06 April 2011
The City of Cleveland Heights completed work on four houses it was renovating through the use of Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding. The houses are now on the market, and proceeds from the sales will be used to renovate or demolish other neglected houses. The City of South Euclid is finalizing the sale of the first house renovated through its Green Neighborhoods Initiative.
Update: information about renovated homes in 11 Cuyahoga County cities is available through the Ideal Homes Program.
11 March 2011
More than 150 people attended a meeting of the South Euclid Planning Commission on Thursday to discuss the proposed Oakwood Commons retail development. Most of those who spoke opposed the project. Consultants with McKenna Associates recently completed a review of the rezoning proposal. Earlier in the week, developer First Interstate Properties announced that it is exercising its option to purchase the 90-acre Cleveland Heights portion of the property. The company has not finalized its concept for the land in Cleveland Heights. Blogger Bob Rosenbaum considered the rhetoric surrounding the proposed development.
Update: the Sun News summarized the report from McKenna Associates.
Update 2: the Sun Messenger continues to support the proposal.
21 January 2011
Nepali refugees from Bhutan are settling in Cleveland Heights and South Euclid. The Northeast Ohio community may eventually exceed 1,000 people.
11 January 2011
South Euclid City Council referred the proposed rezoning for the Oakwood Commons development to the City's Planning Commission. Residents at the City Council meeting expressed their objections to the proposed big box retail. Community Services Director Keith Benjamin believes the area can support additional stores, and Ward 4 Councilwoman Jane Goodman supports the project. Oakwood Club leaders are satisfied with the sale to First Interstate Properties.
Update: Thursday's Sound of Ideas program was devoted to a discussion of the issues. Fresh Water asked if the area can support more retail, while a Sun Messenger editorial backed the proposed development.
06 January 2011
30 December 2010
Developer First Interstate Properties of Lyndhurst is purchasing the 154-acre former Oakwood Club site. It paid $1.8 million for 62 acres in South Euclid and has a contract to buy the other 92 acres in Cleveland Heights. The company plans to develop the property as Oakwood Commons, which would consist of 22 acres of apartments around the former clubhouse building, 63 acres of retail with 500,000 square feet of stores, and 69 acres of parkland. The Cleveland Heights portion is zoned for residential use, and would require a rezoning. Neighbors of the property are trying to preserve the entire site as a park, and say that the development would destroy too much greenspace.
Update: many residents are opposed to the development, although not as vehemently as in the 1990s. They shared their concerns at at Cleveland Heights City Council meeting, which drew about 75 people. Blogger Hank Drake considered whether the area has too much retail.
09 December 2010
The future of the former Oakwood Club site remains in question. The Trust for Public Land had a 90-day option to purchase the property in Cleveland Heights and South Euclid, but it expired at the end of October. The 150-acre site is again for sale, with an asking price of $5.95 million. Neighbors would like to see it preserved as a public park.
02 November 2010
The Ohio EPA declared that brownfield cleanup has been completed at a site on Euclid Avenue (PDF) in Cleveland and at Cedar Center in South Euclid. The agency is also considering an expansion of the Urban Setting Designation in Cleveland (PDF) to cover the entire city. The designation (PDF) would would reduce groundwater cleanup requirements in the brownfield remediation process.
14 July 2010
In a Plain Dealer op-ed, Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis said that the Cuyahoga County Land Bank is "the most effective and comprehensive program in the country to deal with vacant properties due to its entrepreneurial transactional capabilities and funding." Officials in South Euclid are pleased with the Land Bank's recent agreement with HUD. Next American City cited Cleveland's experience with HUD as an example of "the real danger of this newfound culture of thrift and austerity in Washington."
07 July 2010
The City of South Euclid is continuing its Green Neighborhoods Initiative with the purchase of three additional distressed houses. Using green building techniques, the City will renovate the bungalows on Warrendale, Colony, and Lambert roads.
27 May 2010
19 May 2010
11 May 2010
24 February 2010
05 February 2010
The cities of South Euclid and University Heights are collaborating on the Nine Mile Creek Green Street Project, an effort to improve water quality and reduce runoff by installing stormwater bioretention cells.
15 January 2010
11 January 2010
Members of Oakwood Club and Mayfield Sand Ridge Club voted to combine the two country clubs. The 144-acre Oakwood Club property in Cleveland Heights will be put up for sale. The nearby Acacia Country Club property in Lyndhurst may also be available.
23 December 2009
The City of South Euclid's Green Neighborhoods Initiative is underway. The program's first house is on Wilmington Road, and its renovations should be finished by spring.
20 November 2009
The City of South Euclid intends to renovate five to seven houses through its $800,000 Green Neighborhoods Initiative, and will apply green building and universal design techniques. The City is also preparing to establish its first community garden at a previously vacant lot on Warrendale Road.
14 August 2009
Notre Dame College in South Euclid opened its new South Hall last week. The four-story residence hall will accommodate 208 students. In January, the College opened its new North Hall. They are the first new dormitories at the campus since 1968.
30 July 2009
South Euclid City Council unanimously approved a new development agreement for the north side of Cedar Center. In order to obtain financing, the redevelopment project was split into four phases. Phase one construction could begin early next year. Councilwoman Jane Goodman said that it will be "a magnet for new residents looking to be part of a revitalized neighborhood and city, and a reason for longtime residents to stay."
09 July 2009
The City of South Euclid will use a $270,000 First Suburbs Development Council grant to purchase, rehabilitate, and sell abandoned houses. The City will concentrate on five streets north of Cedar Center and the Bexley-Rowland area.
26 June 2009
South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo, University Heights Councilman Kevin Patrick Murphy, and Cleveland Heights Councilman Mark Tumeo spoke at a panel discussion on regionalism last week.
12 June 2009
The redevelopment of the South Euclid side of Cedar Center is happening as fast as it can, said developer Peter Rubin. He expects the project will take about three years to complete.
13 February 2009
The City of Euclid has joined the City of Cleveland in asking HUD to demolish distressed houses it owns instead of reselling them. Euclid intends to use its $2.6 million federal Neighborhood Stabilization Funds award to rehabilitate 24 homes and demolish 65 others. Meanwhile, South Euclid City Council authorized officials to purchase properties at up to $25,000 without prior approval from City Council. Officials say that they will use only dollars from grants for the purchases.
02 February 2009
Last week, consultants for the City of South Euclid presented an analysis of the City's market potential. They examined lifestyle indicators and determined that in the near future, the City will be most appealing to younger couples and childless singles. The methodology (PDF) and indicator descriptions (PDF) are available for download. South Euclid officials are also seeking funding for a concept for renovating the City's bungalows.
29 January 2009
The tight credit market may prolong the mixed-use reconstruction of the north side of Cedar Center in South Euclid. The Coral Company, the project's developer, has modified its plans to include market-rate apartments in place of condominiums.
02 January 2009
12 December 2008
South Euclid City Council authorized the expenditure of $1.8 million to raze the north side of Cedar Center. Demolition is expected to begin later this month.
07 November 2008
On Monday, South Euclid City Council unanimously approved the creation a community reinvestment area encompassing the entire city. The City of Brooklyn passed similar legislation last month.
21 October 2008
The conversion of the Langerdale Retention Basin in South Euclid has been completed. The concrete channelized drainageway along Nine Mile Creek was replaced with a man-made wetland. The 10 acre, $1.2 million restoration will reduce flooding and provide new habitats.
16 October 2008
While market conditions have forced the cancellation of some proposed retail projects, developers of the upscale Twinsburg Fashion Place in Summit County and the Cedar Center redevelopment in South Euclid are proceeding with their plans.
29 September 2008
In this month's Cleveland Magazine, Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs writes about the longevity and evolution of her South Euclid neighborhood.
10 September 2008
The City of South Euclid's purchase and demolition of nine Greenvale Drive duplexes in 2006 has had the desired effect of reducing crime, and the City continues to maintain the vacant lots. However, the City lacks the funds to repeat the process in other areas.
18 August 2008
The planned redevelopment of the South Euclid side of Cedar Center will require public investment, thought the precise cost has yet to be established. The Cuyahoga County Department of Development is assisting the City with the environmental cleanup of the property.
15 August 2008
The Francis Court Gables townhouses in South Euclid are not selling well, and only one building has been constructed. Developer Jim Teresi wants the City to adopt a residential tax abatement measure. In addition, the proposed Stoneridge Place subdivision and Liberty Court condominiums are on indefinite hold.
18 July 2008
South Euclid City Council was informed that it is too late to amend or rescind the exterior point-of-sale home inspection ordinance it passed last November. The City had a 30 day window to alter the law after residents submitted a referendum petition in December. The issue will appear on the November 4 ballot.
11 June 2008
30 May 2008
21 April 2008
04 April 2008
On Monday, Notre Dame College in South Euclid broke ground on a new dormitory. Work on a second new dormitory is scheduled to begin in May.
28 March 2008
The last tenants in the South Euclid side of Cedar Center will leave by the end of May, and demolition might begin in June or July. The shopping center will be replaced with a 240,000 square foot mixed-use district with retail, office, residential, and civic space.
08 February 2008
Attendees at a South Euclid Planning and Zoning Committee meeting suggested that the City consider expanding its plans to create a Mayfield-Green mixed use district in order to create a Crocker Park-like development that would complement Cedar Center. City Council may act on the rezoning proposal at its February 25th meeting.
01 February 2008
Mayor Welo of South Euclid is optimistic about the future of the Hillcrest Heights Area Recreation Council, and hopes to obtain federal or state funding for the proposed regional recreation center.
25 January 2008
This week's Free Times summarizes the history of South Euclid's plans to redevelop the north side of Cedar Center, as well as the adverse repercussions it has had on the shopping center's merchants.
18 January 2008
South Euclid leaders are considering a plan to designate the entire City as a community reinvestment area. Homeowners who reinvest in their properties would be eligible for a property tax reduction. New construction would also qualify for the reduction.
04 January 2008
South Euclid residents opposed to the City's new exterior point-of sale home inspections submitted referendum petitions late last month. The City will verify the signatures and then send the petitions to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
21 December 2007
The City of South Euclid may create a mixed-use district in the Mayfield-Green commercial area. City Council's Planning and Zoning Committee will discuss the proposal at its January 28 meeting.
14 December 2007
07 December 2007
South Euclid officials intend to focus on greenspace issues next year. They plan to adopt a greenspace plan, update the City's master plan, hire a consultant, and investigate the best uses for several undeveloped City-owned properties.
04 December 2007
Last week, South Euclid City Council unanimously voted to institute exterior point-of-sale home inspections. Residents opposed to the inspections hope to challenge the ordinance via referendum.
19 November 2007
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.
23 October 2007
An agreement with Orion Capital Partners expired this summer, and yesterday, South Euclid City Council approved a development agreement with the Coral Company to redevelop the north side of Cedar Center as a mixed-use project. Demolition of the shopping center is expected to begin in fall 2008.
(Update: this week's Sun Messenger has more information.)
18 September 2007
11 September 2007
Several municipalities in Cuyahoga County are attempting to address stormwater issues in different ways:
Meanwhile, grass-roots efforts are spurring different approaches
as illustrated by South Euclid's and Broadview Heights' examination of "green infrastructure" methods such as rain barrels
and Brecksville's construction of a stormwater facility
07 September 2007
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.
Demolition of the South Euclid side of Cedar Center is expected to begin this winter. The City is attempting to obtain grants for environmental cleanup of the site.
31 August 2007
The recently formed South Euclid Land Conservancy has held two meetings, and members are discussing ways to preserve greenspace in the City.
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.
20 August 2007
30 July 2007
A South Euclid councilwoman and resident formed the South Euclid Land Conservancy, which met for the first time last month. The organization's second meeting will be held on August 22 at 7:00 p.m. in South Euclid City Hall.
15 June 2007
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.
08 June 2007
Several former residents donated two undeveloped properties near Green Road to the City of South Euclid. City Council plans to place the properties in a land back.
18 May 2007
14 May 2007
The City of South Euclid selected Orion Capital Partners of Little Rock, Arkansas to redevelop the north side of the Cedar Center shopping strip. The company offered $17 million for the property, and wants to redevelop it as a retail/residential mixed-use project. The company has 45 days to reach a deal with the City, which will require City Council approval.
04 May 2007
A survey of South Euclid residents found that their top concerns are "neighbors not keeping up their properties" and "loud neighbors". The City's Good Neighbor Committee recommends supplying a "Good Neighbor Guide" to residents, among other suggestions.
30 April 2007
Cuyahoga County Probate Judge John Donnelly ruled against a group of Cedar Center tenants who sought to keep the City of South Euclid from acquiring the northern half of the shopping center. The City will purchase the property for $16.4 million and select one of the four developers interested in redeveloping it as a mixed-use project.
13 March 2007
Two tenants in the north side of the Cedar Center shopping center are in court this week, challenging the City of South Euclid's plans for a mixed-use redevelopment of the site. Judge John Donnelly toured the property yesterday.
02 March 2007
Four developers have expressed an interest in redeveloping the South Euclid side of Cedar Center. The City should take ownership of the properties around March 12, and officials expect to choose a firm in two or three weeks.
26 January 2007
Some South Euclid residents continue to advocate for a citywide vote on plans to introduce point-of-sale exterior home inspections. A City Council committee is reviewing the legislation, but was cold to the idea of a ballot issue.
11 January 2007
South Euclid City Council unanimously voted to issue up to $17 million in bonds for the purchase of the north side of Cedar Center. Some storeowners remain opposed to deal, and the City is continuing to negotiate with developers.
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