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Mayor Frank Jackson explains rationale behind planned location for new police headquarters

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Friday, December 13, 2019; CLE Small Press Roundtable, Cleveland City Hall, E. 6th and Lakeside: Mayor Frank Jackson explains the rationale behind plans to locate the new Cleveland Police Headquarters along the Opportunity Corridor in the Kinsman neighborhood. Mayor Frank Jackson explains rationale behind planned location for new police headquarters by … Continue reading

Listening Sessions: Residents express concerns about Tax Abatement Policy

Listening Sessions: Residents express concerns about Tax Abatement Policy by Bruce Checefsky       (Plain Press, January 2020)    Residential property tax abatement is an economic development policy that many people in Cleveland find confusing. Who benefits the most from tax abatement? Why raise residential property taxes 200% to 300% in some cases to compensate for an … Continue reading

Reader comments on Cleveland City Council’s examination of tax abatement policy

Reader comments on Cleveland City Council’s examination of tax abatement policy To the editor: (Plain Press, January 2020)  “A tax abatement is a reduction of taxes granted by a government to encourage economic development. The most common type of tax abatement is a property tax abatement granted to a business as an incentive to come … Continue reading

Cleveland Public Power fails to give its customers proper shutoff notices

Cleveland Public Power fails to give its customers proper shutoff notices by Jacie Jones & Delaney Jones (Plain Press, January 2020) This article is the second in a series based on issues that came out of the Cleveland End Poverty Now Coalition’s October 17th public hearing about utility shutoffs through Cleveland Public Power (CPP). The … Continue reading

Working group and public meetings to review current tax abatement policy and incentives for developers

Working group and public meetings to review current tax abatement policy and incentives for developers by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, December 2019)           Councilman Kerry McCormack believes Cleveland’s tax abatement policy and incentives for developers need reform, so he organized a working group to review the existing program and recommend changes. While committed to keeping the … Continue reading

Ward 3 Democratic Club holds November meeting at Tremont Pointe

Ward 3 Democratic Club holds November meeting at Tremont Pointe by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, December 2019)           Joseph Rider, Ward 3 Democratic Club President, was at the Cleveland Democratic Club meeting held at Tremont Pointe on November 19, 2019. Patrick Mahoney, Chairperson of Prescient I, was there. Political candidates Joy Kennedy for Domestic Relations Court … Continue reading

Lively School Board meeting addresses school building plan and other matters

Lively School Board meeting addresses school building plan and other matters by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, December 2019) The November 19th Meeting of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) Board of Education held at East Tech High School included a protest by CMSD security personnel, testimonies about schools slated for closing or getting a reprieve … Continue reading

What impact will Opportunity Zone investments have in the Tremont neighborhood?

What impact will Opportunity Zone investments have in the Tremont neighborhood? by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, November 2019)        The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, with the goal of creating long-term investments in regions of low-income rural and urban communities nationwide, established Opportunity Zones. The Opportunity Zone tax break allows investors to defer … Continue reading

Residents express concern over impact of development on their neighborhoods and the city

Residents express concern over impact of development on their neighborhoods and the city by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, November 2019)        At two recent community meetings, discussion addressed the lack of affordable housing and the prospects of current residents being able to afford to remain in their neighborhoods as property values and rents continue to … Continue reading

Opportunity Zone increases interest of developers and realtors in neighborhood

Opportunity Zone increases interest of developers and realtors in neighborhood by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, November 2019)        What wasn’t emphasized at the Ohio City Community Conversations Community Building Meeting or the Ward 14 Planning 101 meeting covered elsewhere in this issue of the Plain Press is that a good deal of the increased interest … Continue reading

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