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Benefits and risks of development discussed at MetroHealth Community meeting

Benefits and risks of development discussed at MetroHealth Community meeting by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, March 2020)   Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana circled the rotunda of the South Branch Library on January 27, 2020 hugging her constituents as the MetroHealth community meeting was about to get under way. When she stepped up to the microphone, … Continue reading

Reaching Lincoln Heights proposal outlines aland use plan for Lincoln Heights neighborhood

Reaching Lincoln Heights proposal outlines aland use plan for Lincoln Heights neighborhood by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, March 2020)    During the third and final community meeting held at South Branch Public Library for the Reaching Lincoln Heights proposal, Cory Riordan, Executive Director of Tremont West Development Corporation, reminded the twenty or so neighborhood attendees … Continue reading

How greedy can Sherwin Williams be? Wealthy company looks for handout to stay in Cleveland

How greedy can Sherwin Williams be? Wealthy company looks for handout to stay in Cleveland by Roldo Bartimole You may have heard or read that the paint company Sherwin Williams is looking for a new home. They have been in Cleveland for 150 years or so years. The years don’t make a difference to the … Continue reading

Draft of Reaching Lincoln Heights Land Use Plan to be presented to Lincoln Heights Block Club at February 10th meeting

Draft of Reaching Lincoln Heights Land Use Plan to be presented to Lincoln Heights Block Club at February 10th meeting by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, February 2020)         During the third and final community meeting at South Branch Public Library for the Reaching Lincoln Heights proposal, Cory Riordan, Executive Director of Tremont West Development Corporation, reminded … 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

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

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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