East Side Suburb Ramps Up Efforts to Block Oakwood Development (Updated)

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Update IV: The ballot issue failed; Oakwood will remain zoned for development and the project will go forward. No need for heated outlashes, gloating, or poor sportsmanship.

Unless you're South Euclid Council President David Miller, that is, who after the victory, spoke to opponents of the project when he told the Sun Messenger, “Thank you and goodbye. Crawl back under the rock you came from.”

Nice.

He sort of apologized at a later council meeting, according to the paper, but not really.

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Update III: A signature drive and a fresh batch of outrage at the availability of $5 tube socks delivered voters the right to decide whether the former Oakwood country club property would be zoned for development or something more east-sidey, like a park, or 10 mph speed trap. Congratulations. Unfortunately, the latest news proves that the vote itself might not only fail, but it could be completely impotent should it succeed.

The PD reports
that South Euclid mayor Mayor Georgine Welo thinks voters will decide to keep the commercial zoning. Bummer. But beyond that, First Interstate Properties might be able to appeal to have the commercial zoning grandfathered in, regardless of what the voters decide. That, in effect, might be feasible because the commercial zoning was set by council before First Interstate Properties owned the property. Double bummer.

Triple bummer: the South Euclid law director says the pending vote won't stop the developer from proceeding with work before citizens head to the ballot-box.

(For some awesome history on the country club itself, check out this post from Cleveland Area History.)

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Update II: Last we checked in with the fight against the rezoning of the former Oakwood Country Club, Citizens for Oakwood had had their petition ruled invalid on a super minor technicality: they handed off the paperwork to a South Euclid clerk instead of the city finance director. First Interstate Properties pounced on the error, hoping to prevent the referendum from hitting the ballots in November and expediting their plans to build.

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