By Rachel Dissell
Here’s what happened last week in local public government meetings covered by the Cleveland Documenters:
September 7, 2021
Documenters: Emily Anderson and Jenna Thomas
The committee approved eight ordinances at this 25-minute meeting that will allow several commercial and residential developments to move forward.
The committee approved an ordinance authorizing tax increment financing to assist with the development of an 80-unit apartment building on East 105th Street along the Opportunity Corridor in Fairfax. The plan is to build 56 market-rate apartments and 24 units with lower rent called “workforce rate.”
The committee also approved tax increment financing for the Waverly & Oak apartments coming to Detroit-Shoreway on the former site of Club Azteca, a former Mexican-American social club.
Furthermore, the committee approved an ordinance that allows the city to enter into loan agreements with Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development to continue the Centro Villa25 project, a development project at West 25th Street and Clark Avenue which creates retail and community space.
September 9, 2021
Documenters: Mildred Seward and Keith Yurgionas
The Greater Cleveland RTA (Regional Transit Authority) hosted a lively Community Advisory Committee meeting. The committee’s role is to be “the pulse of the community,” according to RTA’s website. The committee does not hold decision-making authority, but does make recommendations to the RTA Board of Trustees on a variety of issues including fare changes and bus routes.
Consultant David Jurca, of Seventh Hill, presented to the committee about Vision Zero, a national initiative working to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries to zero. He showed a map of the Cleveland streets with the highest traffic fatalities. Community meetings on the topic are coming next month.
The Waterfront Line will be closed until 2023 because of an unsafe bridge, RTA’s José C. Feliciano Jr. told the committee. The group suggested bringing in busses and trolleys for events. RTA’s Joel Freilich told the committee that the agency’s “emphasis is not on our buses to get people to events,” but getting people to work, education, and healthcare, Documenter Keith Yurgionas wrote. Since the bridge was completed in 1996, some committee members recommended RTA reveal the company that built the bridge to “gain trust with the public.”
“That’s a good point,” Feliciano said.
Later, committee members debated RTA’s decision to eliminate the 15A and 48A bus lines and only run the 15 and 48 lines. Feliciano eventually ended the meeting saying the conversion was not productive anymore, Documenter Mildred Seward wrote.