Cedar Lee Meadowbrook Comment Form
March City Council Meeting
March City Council Meeting
- GREEN SPACE IN BUSINESS DISTRICTS IS GOOD. The haphazardly placed picnic tables were regularly used during the summer and the scruffy grass that remains after the old parking lot was demolished provides a great outdoor space for the neighborhood.
- I am a recent transplant to Cleveland Heights. My love for this neighborhood comes from the appreciation for old houses, quaint and unique businesses, and strong character. Please foster the charm of the neighborhood and create a safe, usable space for the residents
- As planners often say, "When you plan space for cars, you get cars. If you plan space for people, you get people."
- We want green spaces! The covid-19 pandemic highlighted a need for green spaces in business districts. Turning the "park" at Lee Meadowbrook into an actual PARK will attract more residents and visitors and encourage them to spend more time and money at our existing businesses. I saw so many people eating and being outside at the couple of picnic tables this summer - encourage this! DO something other than scruffy grass in a bare lot.
- I truly think the city should use the spaces for more entertainment (fine dining, small shops, non-fast food restaurant, art, culture) I currently live in this area and my husband and I are looking to buy a home particularly in this area because of the entertainment/business in the area. I also like the grassy area occupied by the picnic tables. It gives residents a space to eat or hangout during warmer months and a little greenery is always good. I think inviting property investors to use this area for condos or apartments is a great disservice to this area and takes aw
- It would be great to maintain some amount of green space. Maybe a dog park
- Green space and plant trees never can have too much of that! No tax abatements
- Would love to see some EV charging stations and a nice greenery space as well (like a local sit-down park area).
- I would like to see more of an open, walkable, and relaxing atmosphere that slows things down and encourages people to gather and enjoy each other. Please include trees and green space and space for families. I hope that the city will maintain this space and that it won’t get overrun with trash or a heavy police presence.
- I believe this should be left as green space. Beautify the area, put in a small flower garden, add some picnic tables, and invite food trucks. We do not need any more developments in Cleveland Heights
- People in this neighborhood are looking for green space, a place to gather (without having to buy something if they can't/don't want to), a place to share, to learn, to discover. Whether it's a park, a co-op, a rotating roster of food trucks (look how great Doug Katz is doing with his pop ups!), a beer garden, a skating rink, etc., there are so many options that could offer really valuable assets to residents and visitors.
- I do not think either option is good for the neighborhood. There needs to be more green open space for the community. We do not need an additional 20,000 sf of retail space, there are so many vacant storefronts. What does the community/residents get? The project wants 100% tax abatement and to have the city just give the property to them and what are they giving back to the community? This appears to be extremely unbalanced in favor of the developers.
- This city needs a dog park, and Cedar-Lee is greatly lacking in green spaces. In this pandemic summer when indoor dining wasn't allowed/was dangerous, outdoor options were key, and Cedar-Lee didn't have much to offer. To support our businesses, a green space for families to gather will improve the district. Plus, a dog park brings MANY people to the area, given there aren't any within a 20 min drive. People with dog’s swarm to the closest dog park. The one in Lakewood has 20+ owners and their dogs there every time I go. Let's bring more traffic and more families!
- I would like a more developed park space, with a dog run to be considered, but I am sure there are other options to make the city more appealing.
- I would like to see the 1-acre portion saved as at least a partial green space. Maybe a simple playground with some swings? Something like turtle park? Plant some trees, more picnic tables/benches? It’s a great area to spend time with a coffee from stone oven or Phoenix. Or at a picnic table with to go food from one of the restaurants. The community gathers there during the candy crawl around Halloween and after the Homecoming parade. I would love to see it developed more thoughtfully as a park, to be better used for those times as well as others to build community, like the seating area near peace park at Coventry
- I'd love to see some green space maintained as a small park as well as the retail space developed into something like Van Akan district. Younger folks like myself enjoy heading over there for the variety of food and community feel amongst the vendors. I hope the development and blend nicely with the look and feel we have on Lee Rd currently
- An urban park is the best use of this land. Cleveland Heights must protect its reputation as a creative and innovative community. Urban parks generate economic activity. Taxes in Cleveland Heights are very high as compared to surrounding communities—we need more amenities for our money
- No matter what happens, I hate the idea of the existing green space along Lee going away (although it’s completely useless right now). This space could be designed to be an actual park with a small stage for events. An 4-6 story building here would destroy the feel of the Cedar Lee business district. While the same building BEHIND the theater wouldn’t stick out as much
- Please do not use either of these proposals. I think they will destroy the character of Lee, which is the reason I bought a house on Fairfax in the first place. I think the area should be used for outdoor community space. At the meeting where we discussed the uptick in gun violence in the city, the main takeaway to combat that was getting to know your neighbors and building up a community. That won’t be achieved with those developments. I just spent 10 years living in a small town that excelled in that area. They used their Main Street and green space for community events - Friday night concert and food/drinks, Photos with Santa, movies outdoors in the summer, food trucks, art fairs, etc. All these activities would encourage more people to support the businesses before and after and would build up the community. Putting in a huge, out of place development that drives no tax support for years, is not what Lee needs. Is this space underutilized? Absolutely, but more can be done with less destruction. People want the community feel. If they wanted overdevelopment, they would live in other communities. Please don’t ruin Lee Road with these developments.
- I like so many of my neighbors are strongly against these proposals for a variety of reasons including how little this will do for the existing community. It will all in all likelihood harm the existing community. Many wonderful ideas to preserve the space as an outdoor space for community use have been floating on the neighborhood app that should be considered.
Comments from Resident March 2021 Petition
Sent to City Council
Sent to City Council
- "Green space is needed to maintain the charm of this area. This will also increase foot traffic to area businesses."
- "I’m opposed to more development just for taxes! The city needs to become more attractive to home buyers and less to renters!"
- "It's an excellent idea--a chance for a balance to the shopping emphasis on Lee Road, a neighborly idea."
- "I agree that the proposed project is being rushed. We should wait until the new mayor and council members are elected. The top of the hill is just being built despite tepid public support. Let’s see how that goes before hastily pushing through another project."
- "This neighborhood needs a park"
- "I love this concept! I could see this giving our local businesses a huge boost as well! Further, cut through the red tape to allow a short list of food trucks to situate themselves there and, this neighborhood would become a foodie destination!"
- "The more earth space that can be kept green, the better for all species, animals and plants. This site has sat pretty much neglected for years, except for the kids' wonderful mural. It's time to help it develop into a park. There are many Heights residents who would work to see this happen."
- "This space is perfect for a park and the city needs it badly."
- "I’ve always thought that a park should go there!"
- "I am signing this because we absolutely need green space to convene. To encourage a vibrant community there needs to be an intertwining of commerce and green space. Moreover, we as a community talk a lot about celebrating diversity, however we lack in gathering spaces for people of different socioeconomic/ethnic backgrounds to come together. A park allows this opportunity, while also supporting existing businesses in Cedar Lee as the park itself becomes an attraction and draws people to the area. While also offering a safe outdoor setting to enjoy the foods of Lee road. We absolutely do not need another development that a limited few can enjoy. It’s exclusive and does NOT serve or enhance the lives of a huge swath of our community. Please think this through and look to other progressive cities like Brooklyn NY and LA that are realizing the vital importance of community green space. By far and away a greater asset than another irresponsibly, poorly thought through development. Thank you."
- "I grew up in that area and frequent it now!"
- "I would love to keep this space green and welcoming for everyone!"
- "We don’t need another monstrosity like Top of the Hill!"
- "Another development would be wasted on this parcel of land"
- "This is a beautiful and much needed use of space in the community"
- "Children need a safe space to play. Adults need a green destination to walk and talk. Support a new park."