LAKEWOOD, Ohio — There will be a public, joint meeting of Lakewood City Council and the Lakewood City Schools Board of Education on Monday, February 25th at 7:30 p.m., in Garfield Middle School’s Cafetorium. The announced agenda items are:
- Lakewood City School District (LCSD) – Finances
- City of Lakewood – Finances
- LCSD Teaching and Learning
- LCSD and City of Lakewood – Shared Facilities and Services
Garfield Middle School is located at 13114 Detroit Avenue.
LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The City of Lakewood today announced that there will be a meeting of the Community Relations Advisory Commission on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013. The public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Avenue. For the room location of the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission meeting, see the security guard upon arriving at City Hall. No further meeting details were provided today.
Economic Development Compact May Discourage Raiding
Lakewood Ohio Mayor Michael P. Summers has signed an “anti-poaching” economic development agreement with Cuyahoga County government. At its November 7, 2011 meeting, Lakewood City Council passed a resolution authorizing him to enter into an anti-poaching agreement with Cuyahoga County Executive (and former Lakewood Mayor) Edward FitzGerald, who has asked all communities in the county to sign.
According to a press release issued by the mayor’s office today, the agreement “is to encourage responsible, forward thinking economic development activities by communities within Cuyahoga County at no great peril to the livelihood of neighboring communities. The agreement identifies more specific purposes, including:
- Facilitating interactions between the county and communities to promote economic development;
- Establishing a county-based “one-stop shop” for businesses considering location or expansion in Cuyahoga County;
- Expressing the commitment of the participating communities that they will not actively pursue the relocation of a business that has not indicated that it is considering a move from its current location in another participating community;
- And in instances where a business is exploring a possible move, establishing procedures to balance the interest of the business’ home community and other participating communities.”
Stated Summers, “The elements for this agreement lay the foundation for better regional cooperation and advancement in a more equitable manner. I have grown to understand and appreciate that Lakewood, and all Cuyahoga communities, need to transcend from viewing ourselves as being a community in Cuyahoga County towards a community that is part of Cuyahoga County.”
Area Residents, School Students, Church Will Picket Proposed Drive-Thru
Lakewood, Ohio residents living on Woodward Avenue and several other streets are planning two public protests this week. The first will be a demonstration at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 2nd, to protest the building of a McDonald’s restaurant. They will protest at the planned restaurant site, the shuttered Detroit Theatre on the corner of Detroit and Woodward Aves. Group members say they’re concerned about “increased traffic and safety issues that will result from the construction of a double drive-thru, fast-food eatery with two entrances and two exits on Woodward Avenue, a residential street of over 100 households.”
The citizens’ group is planning a second protest prior to the 7:00 p.m. Lakewood Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, November 3rd, outside of Lakewood City Hall at 12650 Detroit Ave. Group members have attended and participated in City of Lakewood hearings and reviews for the McDonald’s restaurant. A spokeswoman for the group added,
“It’s not just Woodward Avenue residents. Neighbors from Hall, Northland and Wagar Avenues may be participating. These streets are also impacted by the McDonald’s construction, as well as Trinity Lutheran Church (at Detroit and Hall), students from Harding Middle School (at Madison and Woodward), and local businesses.”
The planned McDonald’s has been a subject of debate for several weeks in the “Community Forum” on Lakewood Buzz.
Built in 1923, the Detroit Theatre closed its doors in January; it was the last movie house in Lakewood. The building’s owner is asking $695,000 for the theatre and property at 16407 Detroit, according to the grassroots group of residents.