March Block Club Meeting

I just got back from the March Professor/​Thurman/​Valley View block club meet­ing. Councilman Cimperman was present to lis­ten to our con­cerns and to tell us a bit about what is go­ing on with Steelyard Commons and oth­er items of Tremont in­ter­est.

As for Steelyard Commons the de­vel­op­er has to break ground by May 31st, and even once the ex­pan­sion is com­plete ap­par­ent­ly it will be around a year be­fore good roads can be built to ac­co­mo­date traf­fic flow. The Councilman has un­der­stand­able prob­lems with that. He stressed that it is a tough bal­anc­ing act to at­tract new re­tail busi­ness with­out putting lo­cal places out of the run­ning. Now that Wal-Mart is out, the de­vel­op­er is still look­ing at big box re­tail, per­haps Costco, which doesn’t car­ry per­ish­able items.

Other stuff about that floor-space re­stric­tion leg­is­la­tion:

• The leg­is­la­tion was pulled be­fore Wal-Mart’s re­jec­tion of the site
• The eight-year mora­to­ri­um be­fore ex­pan­sion in­to gro­ceries was ac­cept­able to Wal-Mart.
• The let­ter The Councilman re­ceived from Wal-Mart con­tained three para­graphs as­sur­ing him that his pro­pos­al didn’t af­fect their de­ci­sion, but then said they didn’t think it was good pub­lic pol­i­cy. A bit of dou­ble­speke.

Also, ap­par­ent­ly the de­vel­op­er of­fered to pay for an Economic Impact Study but it nev­er hap­pened which is why The Councilman felt it was a nec­es­sary evil to pop up with this sud­den leg­is­la­tion to pro­tect lo­cal busi­ness. He al­so men­tioned the mag­ic num­ber of 1800 jobs, which made me won­der if he has seen Bill Callahan’s most re­cent post.

That is re­al­ly all I caught about the Steelyard Commons. I’m not too good at the on-the-spot jour­nal­ism stuff. Or any­thing even ap­proach­ing any type of jour­nal­ism.

Tremont spe­cif­ic stuff:

• The Jefferson Branch of the li­brary is go­ing to be open on Saturdays, if it hasn’t start­ed al­ready. This is be­cause we use it so of­ten.
• Gospel Press is go­ing to be do­ing some ren­o­va­tion of their build­ing and the va­cant lot across from the Flying Monkey is go­ing to be turned in­to a park­ing lot, at least tem­porar­i­ly, which will re­lieve the stress from oth­er neigh­bor­ing streets. In the fu­ture, some apart­ments might be stilt­ed above it.
• A gen­tle­man that lives across the street from me was found by his up­stairs neigh­bor, dead of ap­par­ent OD on al­co­hol and pills.
• Hot Spot re­port forms for drug deal­ers can be found at Lucky’s Café and can be faxed to TWDC.
• Valley View is sched­uled for de­mo­li­tion in late spring or ear­ly sum­mer. Once con­struc­tion [which should take 3 years or so] is com­plet­ed around 200 dif­fer­ent types of home, run­ning the gamut from low-in­come to full mar­ket home own­er­ship, should be avail­able for peo­ple to move in.
• If that hap­pens we will like­ly be able to keep Tremont school around, pro­vid­ing that it sur­vives the next round of clos­ings.

Some things I heard about that might be use­ful to re­mem­ber:

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
Tremont Social Services
Ohio Citizen Action [who will be at the next block club meet­ing to talk about air qual­i­ty]

I didn’t get to bring up my idea for street clean­ing or the Tremont blog be­cause the meet­ing ran on so long and peo­ple were anx­ious to leave. I’ll just keep work­ing on it and bring it up at the next meet­ing on April 12th, at 7:00pm, at Lucky’s.