Tuesday, May 7, 2013
As construction of the first phase is under way — and all 17 units are sold —developers are hoping to build a few more townhomes on the former Irish Cottage property across the street.
The proposal to expand the Clifton Pointe townhome development was sort of kept in a holding pattern following a couple of votes at the city council meetin on Monday. First, city council decided to allow the mayor's office to petition the Ohio Department of Development to consider extending the 2011 “Community Reinvestment Area” to the second phase of the development. As construction of the first phase is under way — and all 17 units are sold —developers are hoping to build a few more townhomes on the former Irish Cottage property across the street. But, council also held off voting on the issue of rezoning to wait for a decision from the city’s board of zoning and the architectural board of review. “Council is looking to make sure that …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Lakewood City Council is taking a look at the city’s boards and commissions and reviewing their effectiveness — and whether they’re still needed at all.
For the past several months, Lakewood City Council has taken a close look at the city’s boards and commissions. The idea is to see which ones are working… and which ones aren’t. Council president Brian Powers said council is examining the boards and commissions to see how they’re working; how they can be improved; and whether they’re still needed at all. Among those on the chopping block are the dealers license and appeals board (related to local gun regulation) and the fair employment wage board, which hosted its last meeting in 2007. Both of those are no longer in operation, and no longer needed. On Monday, council’s ad hoc committee looked at the Lakewood Animal Safety and Welfare Committee, formed in 2005. Council members agreed that …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The proposal for the second phase of the high-end townhomes took another step forward on Monday. But that didn’t sit too well with neighbors.
The proposal for a second phase of the Clifton Pointe development on Sloane Avenue took another step forward on Monday. As construction of the first phase is under way — and all 17 units are sold — Lakewood City Council is considering a measure that would extend the 10-year tax break to the second phase of development. The second portion of the project would also require a zoning change. But the development proposal hasn’t come without opposition. About a dozen neighbors of the proposed, high-end townhomes along Sloane Subway attended a couple of council’s committee meetings to speak out on Monday. Many of those residents shared concerns that included the “size and scope” of the project; parking; landscaping; a possible impact on property …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The designation would waive property taxes on all new, residential units for up to 10 years, and offer abatements at 100 percent of property tax increases resulting from improvements made by the homeowner within that period.
Lakewood City Council is considering a measure that could eventually extend the tax abatement for the Clifton Pointe development proposal to a second phase across from Sloane Subway. Some neighbors of the proposed development shared a few of their concerns with council’s housing committee on Monday night. “We’re not against the project,” said one neighbor, however, he added a few concerns including additional traffic and parking concerns. Others shared concerns over the safety of pedestrians with the addition of new townhomes. The committee may wait to see what the planning commission does first — with regard to zoning changes. “I am not sure if this committee is going to pass something not knowing what the planning commission is going to …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
If OK’d, the $124,500 project would replace the nine existing “cobra-head” lights with those resembling early 1900s lamps along the street from Hilliard Road to Detroit Avenue. But the residents of the neighborhood will pay for it.
The proposal to install 14 “historically correct” streetlamps on Arthur Avenue took another step forward at the Lakewood City Council meeting on Monday night. Council members voted to recommend a "resolution of necessity" for adoption. The next step is an ordinance that would assess new taxes to the residents of the street. If OK’d, the $124,500 project would replace the nine existing “cobra-head” lights with those resembling early 1900s lamps along the street from Hilliard Road to Detroit Avenue. Organizers say it will beautify the neighborhood, highlight the historic homes and could potentially raise property values. “For me this goes beyond the aesthetics,” said Bryan Evans. “It shifts the way we look at our streets and the lighting.” …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
City officials already have contracting authority and some projects completed. Now, they need council’s go-ahead to pay for the projects.
CORRECTION: Not all of the $6.4 million council is consdering is for new projects. Finance director Jenn Pae explains: "The $3.9 million in Bond Anticipation Notes are for work projects completed in 2011 and 2012, which included the projects you listed as well as streets projects and Detroit Ave. signalization. The city is in essence refinancing this borrowed money for another year but all of the projects are done. The 'new' money totaling over $2.3 million is for the projects listed on the Fiscal Officer Certificates and Ordinances. This is our capital program for 2013." Lakewood City Council is considering a measure that would give the administration the green light to fund several projects around the city. Some of them are already done…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
From the recreation department to school safety, the school board and city council are looking at several ways to cooperate.
Lakewood City Schools and Lakewood City Hall are looking to cooperate a little more. From support of the upcoming school levy to sharing some of the responsibility with the recreation department, officials are looking to see how they can share services and facilities. For the first time in three years, the school board and city council officially got together for a joint meeting at Garfield Middle School on Monday. Following several presentations made by each side, city and school officials discussed ways they could work together. One of the topics covered was the school-district-run recreation department. City council president Brian Powers pointed out that Lakewood is one of a handful of recreation departments in the state run by the …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Legislative bodies set to discuss sharing services and facilities — among other items — at a special meeting on Monday.
Usually, Lakewood City Council and Lakewood School Board meet at the same time, at different places. That makes it nearly impossible to attend both. The legislative bodies are making it a little easier to do just that — even if it’s just for one night. The city and the schools are hosting a joint meeting to go over a few issues in the cafetorium at Garfield Middle School at 7:30 p.m. Monday Included on the agenda are: finances for both the schools and the city, and sharing services and facilities.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Each year, the city analyzes the streets and sets out to repave the ones in roughest shape during the summer. A few of those streets have already been announced.
Last week, Lakewood City Council OK’d capping the cost of the city’s summer repaving projects at $1.5 million. City officials already have an idea of some of the streets that need to be paved the most. We thought we’d ask you to weigh in: What streets are the worst? Each year, the city analyzes the streets and sets out to repave the ones in roughest shape during the summer. There were several listed in the ordinance, but Joe Beno, the city’s public works director, said that they are subject to change. And usually do by the time repaving season rolls around. The streets that will be paved are: Marlowe Avenue; the Arthur Avenue extension; Lewis Drive, from Detroit to Franklin; Summit Avenue, between Clifton and Lake Avenue; Lakeland Avenue, …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
City officials expected to present the revised plan to Lakewood City Council this spring.
It’s been 20 years since Lakewood’s had a new Community Vision. In 1993, the most important issues facing the city were image, housing, economic development and physical environment. While those issues are still important, city officials set out last year to update Lakewood's Community Vision, a document that outlines the state of the city and provides an outlook for the future. The issues that were highlighted for the new vision include safety, mobility, housing, education & culture, community wellness and commercial development. And this time around, city officials hope to put the document into practical use. The city's planning commission recently reviewed — and OK'd — the new document. Lakewood City Council is expected to vote on …