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^^ (my quoting isn't work - darn work computer!) I would argue that Home Depot, not Wal-Mart put Seitz out of business. People do still buy hardware, they just go to Home Depot. I admit I am 100% guilty of this - I always got my home improvement items from HD.Also, I remember the old Severance Mall as I grew up two blocks away, so I was a frequent visitor. I went to many a baseball card show when they would fill the public areas of the mall with stands for sellers. They had a bowling alley, food court, and if I recall correctly, 2 movie theaters - TWO!!! Does anyone else remember this or am I mistaken? I do know that I saw my first R-Rated movie there - American Me - needless to say after watching that movie I was horrified of prison.
Here's the problem. You can't selectively enforce zoning against one particular store/business. However, Mayor Welo and council members sold this project to the voters on the notion that it would get filled with 'mid-size' chain retail. Now, after talking with someone intimately familiar with the dealings (due to their own personal interests), I've learned that Wal-Mart was always planned as the anchor tenant. They just knew that throwing that name out there would work against them in the re-zoning. Regardless, I think that Schneider would have been able to prevail in the courts if he didn't at the voting booth.
As for the Severance Wal-Mart, it is unfortunate, but it won't be crushing to CH. Most jobs there are minimum wage and the City gets nothing from sales tax. The property taxes for the new Wal-Mart will still go to the CH-UH school district.
I'm interested to see what happens with the space at Severance. I doubt WM owns that land or the building. Certain stores might not survive without the Wal-Mart up there. Home Depot will be fine, but the others may lose out on the foot traffic WM generated. I suppose one option would be to put a Sam's Club in that spot so that the City and WM can save some face (not that WM really cares).
City Council person Jason Stein signed last night and so did CHUH School Board member Eric Coble.
What is now Severance is all First Interstate knows how to do. That's what they're building at Oakwood.
In the end, I will try to look on the brighter side - Severance in its current state is pretty much an abomination. The chance to remake it into something more suited to the area is something to think about, though an incredible challenge.
http://www.sprawl-busters.com/search.php?readstory=3940"Ironically, in late January, the city of South Euclid became the 18th community in Cuyahoga County to approve an ‘anti-poaching' agreement. Under this agreement, individual communities agree not to actively pursue or encourage re-location of businesses now located in other Cuyahoga communities. The agreement also calls on cities and towns to notify one another if they learn of a company planning to relocate. This kind of anti-pilfering agreement--had it been in place before the Oakwood Commons project--would have made it much more difficult for the South Euclid City Council to steal Cleveland Heights’ Wal-Mart store."
Anyone else have a lump in their stomach over the recent Super Walmart confirmation. This one bothers me a lot more than it probably should. From being the first local country club to allow jews to being an absolute treasure to residents (the jewel of the city!!!) to this mess...is just incrediby upsetting and an example of how our country just gets more sh!t-ty with each passing year.
Recently I read a report about how a large percentage of wal mart's revenue comes from the Grocery Section. Their store out at Goldengate has no grocery department and no land to expand the building on. I wonder how long it'll be before they ditch that location and build a new store even further out. SMH.
I think people are going to be pleased with the ideas that are being tossed about to remake Severance. In the end, the circle will be better off with the Walmart
Getting back to the Oakwood property though, I remember a few years ago South Euclid, Lyndhurst and Richmond Heights were talking about joining forces and building a recreation center. At least a part of the Oakwood property would have been a good option to build a new center on to serve those cities. South Euclid's current rec center is a converted prewar single family house. Obviously a rec center wouldn't make sense for the soon to be abandoned Walmart in Cleveland Heights' as they already have a great rec facility on Monticello and Mayfield.
Remember, money is the root of all evil and Mitchell is dancing in cash because now he has another Wal-Mart in his pants. He'd make for a great politician. Ya know the whole "liar" stereotype fits him perfectly. I'm still hoping the other parcel is going to be all the new retailers looking to locate in the area. Ya know, the promise he made, along with all the new jobs created.. err, I mean siphoned.. but we all know a Sam's Club would look so much more sexy.
all 3 are very well done.
This is easily one of the most ridiculous, duplicative, destructive developments under construction right now. I'm guessing they are basically rebuilding Severance practically around the corner from Severance, destroying greenspace in the process and eventually leaving a huge vacancy filled retail center.