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6-3-06 I 90 Nagel Road Interchange

7-5-06 $10 million from Jacobs et al for a Nagel Road interchange?

7-15-06 Avon Planning Commission OKs rezoning of 218 acres of Jacobs land near I-90 ramp

9-26-06 Public not privy to Jacobs plans

The Chester/Middleton option was presented during the Sept. 29 [2005] stakeholders meeting by David Maxwell of the Willow Creek subdivision near I-90.

"Why not create a split interchange?" Maxwell asked in September [2005]. "Half the traffic would exit at Jaycox and half at Nagel and meet in the middle. It would be less of an impact ...

[The Chester/Middleton option would require a "vehicle access" (no private driveways) Middleton from Jaycox to Nagel as a south marginal road to be paid for as part of the interchange project. Middleton could be continued east to connect with Avon Road.

Chester/Just Imagine would be the north marginal road and would be expanded to five lanes to adequately serve Avon's industrial area, the cost being included in the cost of the interchange. Chester/Just Imagine should be connected to Clemens in Westlake.] ...

Avon resident George Bliss again questioned why the city of Westlake is not more involved in the discussions ...

Taylor "Jack" Smith, president of the Avon Historical Society, asked Swartz if consideration has been given to a commuter rail line from Lorain through Avon and continuing through Cuyahoga County. "A commuter rail line ... would cost millions of dollars." Swartz said.

[In other words, the impact of a commuter rail line from Lorain through Avon and continuing through Cuyahoga County has not been considered and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.] ...

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David Maxwell wrote:

``Based on last night's [1-19-06] Open House for the Avon I-90 Access Study I have updated my previous submittal ...

  • The Route 83 improvement should continue all the way into Avon Lake stopping at Pin Oak Parkway ...

  • The option to place the I-90 interchange between Jaycox Rd. and Nagel Rd. is chosen. At this time, reference the attached sketch to review the details involved.

     I90
interchange proposal

    I 90 interchange proposal by David Maxwell

    North-south roads feeding the interchange are shown in aqua.

    Click here for a larger view.

  • This option creates a new Rd. called Maxwell Way that will connect Chester Rd. and the future Middleton Rd. Eventually, Maxwell Way could be extended North of Chester Rd. to intersect with the proposed Avon Commerce Parkway.

  • This option allows for Jaycox Rd., Nagel Rd. and the proposed Napa Blvd. to evenly disperse the traffic coming out of Avon from the South.

  • Conversely, it will allow Jaycox Rd. and Nagel Rd. to evenly disperse the traffic coming out of Avon Lake from the North.

  • This would relieve the burden on the Sweetbriar Estates development from being used as a cut through which is presently happening and causes great concern for the residents of said development.

  • The Willow Creek development, in Avon, also benefits from this selection since it will deter the commercial creep that would be associated with putting an interchange East of Nagel Rd. The residents of Willow creek do not want our development to turn into a short cut much like the Sweetbriar Estates development, in Avon Lake, experiences now.

    Putting the interchange at any one "street" (Jaycox Rd., Nagel Rd., Napa Blvd.) does not allow for even distribution of traffic. It concentrates the traffic onto one road. By concentrating traffic on to one road we are committing the same mistake that affects Crocker Road ...''

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    Taylor J. Smith, president of the Avon Historical Society, said Detroit Road, with many homes more than a century old, needed to be preserved.

    ''Regardless of where the new interchange is located, the important thing is not to destroy Detroit Road,'' said Smith. ''The key to solving the problem is having alternative ways to go from Jaycox to Nagel, besides Detroit.'' [south marginal -- Middleton - Avon Rd.; north marginal -- Chester - Clemens; both interchange marginals opening on Bradley.]

    [Susan Swartz suggested that a Nagel Rd. interchange would serve Westlake while the Crocker Rd. interchange was being rebuilt as a SPUI (Single Point Urban Interchange). If that happens, access at Bradley Rd. will be critical; otherwise interchange traffic from Crocker Rd. will have to move along Detroit to Nagel. By that time, Crocker will also be a direct connection between I-90 and I-480. Traffic from Bay Village would have to move south on Bradley to Detroit.]

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 2-28-06, by SCOT ALLYN, Morning Journal Writer

    ``Avon picks Nagel I-90 interchange

    AVON -- ... City Council last night [2-27-06] voted to accept a recommendation to build a new highway access at Nagel Road.

    Avon's transportation consultant, Dublin-based TranSystems Corp., recommended the Nagel Road interchange over six other options at last week's City Council meeting.

    TranSystems has estimated that construction on a new interchange, no matter where it is located, probably would not begin for three years under the most favorable conditions.

    After council's vote, Rick Rockrich, a TranSystems vice president, said the firm would submit its report to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency to ensure the project is placed on the agency's Transportation Infrastructure Plan, which would help with funding.

    The city will now be required to hire another consulting firm to conduct an environmental study of the area. Rockrich said TranSystems will bid to do that study ...

    Some residents in attendance were displeased by council's vote.

    ''I question the judgment of rushing it through,'' said Bentley Park resident Brian Parsons. ''Why do they have their foot on the gas here? Last week they said they would take their time, but now they've accepted the conclusion (that Nagel Road is best).''

    Several residents of the Willow Creek subdivision protested council's vote as an emergency measure, saying not enough time was given to review the expert's report. Willow Creek is the closest residential neighborhood to a possible Nagel Road interchange.

    Eileen Sullivan, who said she has lived in Willow Creek since 2003, said she was disappointed with council. ''I want council to do some critical analysis,'' said Sullivan. ''They need to look at the opinions of all residents who might be affected. There was no discussion and no debate. We didn't get any feedback from council.''

    Willow Creek resident Linda Rouse said she was one of the first to move into the neighborhood, almost three years ago. Rouse asked City Council if the members had seen the complete report from TranSystems.

    ''We, the residents, haven't seen the full report of every option,'' said Rouse. ''If the council hasn't seen it, why accept the expert's conclusion?''

    Pelfrey replied that part of the consultant's job was to summarize the results and make a recommendation.

    ''We hire experts to give us guidance,'' said Pelfrey. ''We trust them to give us a synopsis. Tonight we're just giving them the go-ahead for the next step."''

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 3-8-06, By Julie A. Short

    ``Council passes resolution to more forward with Nagel Road [I 90 interchange]

    AVON -- Formal discussions regarding an I-90 interchange in Avon have been going on for more than two years. In 2003, the city commissioned Dublin-based TranSystems to conduct an Access Study for the purpose of deciding if Avon warranted an interchange at all and where it might be located. The first public stakeholder meeting was conducted on Oct. 30, 2003 and several more occurred after. A public open house was held on January 19, 2006 where public input was sought.

    TranSystems rendered a conclusion and presented its findings to city council on Feb. 20 [2006]. As reported, the findings of the study concluded that a new access point should be pursued and the proposed new access point should connect to Nagel Road.

    On Feb. 27 [2006], council members voted to accept TranSystems' findings and move forward with the Nagel Road location. The vote did not sit well with a handful of Willow Creek residents who felt council should have discussed the issue even further and not pass the resolution by emergency to allow for three readings.

    "You've had about one week to digest this whole report," Eileen Sullivan said. "Is this how you want to conduct public policy? Laura Rouse then asked council members if they were presented the complete report, which specifies with every option for the interchange location.

    "We hired an expert to give us guidance," Council President Clinton Pelfrey said. "There have been numerous public meetings on this topic. What it boils down to is that Nagel Road is the preferred location."

    Willow Creek resident David Maxwell, presented the Chester-Middleton option during a stakeholder meeting last year, also questioned council's decision to move forward. "By declaring it an emergency and not allowing the ordinance to be processed through its normal three readings showed that this council has marching orders that are coming from the private interests that are pushing for this interchange," Maxwell said after the meeting.

    "Avon city council understands that they have sealed the fate of this project in the hands of the developers including being its sole source of funding [and the TIF tax abatement if it is to be completed by 2009]. Therefore, if at any time this council even entertains the notion that they expect the taxpayers to help pay for this project it will be their last ill-conceived plan." The Chester-Middleton option would provide a new interchange between Jaycox and Nagel roads ...

    "Their (Willow Creek) concerns were addressed," Planning Coordinator Jim Piazza said ... According to Piazza, TranSystems is in the process of summarizing the final report and plans to summit the entire study to the city within the next two weeks.

    "At that point, the study is reviewed by the Federal Highway Association, ODOT and NOACA," Piazza said. "We then need to begin the environmental and preliminary engineering studies to determine exact layout and extent of improvements. This could take 12-18 months. Then we submit the information to NOACA and they place it on their list of future projects. All the parties will then review the engineering and if everything is order, approvals will be granted. Construction plans will then be designed and any acquisition of property will take place. At that point, we can begin construction."

    A copy of TranSystems' Access Study presented to council is available at www.cityofavon.com.

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun, 3-9-06, By Mary Davies, Staff Writer

    ``I-90 ramps will lead to changes

    AVON -- No one is sure what kind of development will sprout at a new Interstate 90 interchange at Nagel Road.

    Ward 2 Councilman Dennis McBride said he thinks some zoning changes are probable, but don't expect legal brawls between the city and developers, he said.

    "Any land use planner will tell you that there will be rezoning along with an interchange. It's inevitable," said McBride, whose ward includes the proposed I-90/Nagel Road interchange ...

    Most of the land north of Interstate 90 is zoned for industrial and office uses, and property between the proposed interchange site and Detroit Road is residential. Some retail stores sit at Detroit and Nagel roads. The city must look carefully at the impact an interchange will have on nearby Holy Trinity and Avon East elementary schools ...

    City Council members on Feb. 27 [2006] voted unanimously to proceed with plans for an I-90 interchange at Nagel Road, which is about halfway between exits at Westlake's Crocker Road and Avon's State Route 83 ...''

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun, 6-8-06, By MARY DAVIES, Staff Writer

    [Council Legal Committee to consider charter amendment for rezoning]

    ``AVON -- City Council's legal committee soon will begin discussing possible support for the Avon Citizens Committee 2006's push for a charter amendment requiring citizen vote for some rezonings [to commercial] ...

    A recent ACC survey showed nearly 90 percent of more than 700 respondents citywide will support a charter amendment requiring voter approval of requests to rezone residential property to commercial use. Exactly what a proposed amendment would include has yet to be decided ...

    ACC leaders expect to talk with Council Legal Committee members about the possibility of applying charter amendment protection to all residential property south of Interstate 90. [Mayor] Smith proposed residential land south of Detroit Road ONLY ...''

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle Telegram, 5-27-06 by Brad Dicken

    ``Avon seeking aid for interchange work

    AVON -- The city will not use government funds to build a new Interstate 90 interchange, but instead will rely on donations from private companies, grants and loans.

    Mayor Jim Smith said if the city were to wait for funding from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency to become available, the project wouldn't be completed until 2014 ...

    By paying for the $12 million to $14 million project through other sources, the interchange at Nagel Road could open in the first half of 2009 ...

    Smith estimates that private donations could total 60 percent to 70 percent of the total project cost. The city is currently discussing donations with companies, but so far none has committed to the project. Even with grants, though, the city will likely take on debt to fund the project, Smith said ...

    Avon Planning Coordinator Jim Pizza said the 2009 date is ambitious, but if no obstacles crop up it could happen. "Right now if everything goes right, we'll have shovels in the ground in early 2008," he said.

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 6-3-06, By Julie A. Short

    ``Second phase of interchange study ready to begin

    AVON -- It's been three months since city council accepted Dublin-based TranSystems Corporation's recommendation of Nagel Road as the location for the proposed I-90 interchange. Since then, negotiations are being finalized with the firm to begin the second phase of the interchange study. The company was responsible for the initial phase of the project, which included gathering data and providing options for the location of an interchange.

    "The next step in the process is to begin the environmental and preliminary engineering studies to determine the exact layout and extent of improvements," Avon's Planning Coordinator Jim Piazza said ...

    According to Piazza, the study will indicate how much property the city will need to construct the interchange, as well as pinpoint where the ramps will line up. "If we find that there is a problem, it could move things 50 feet one way or the other," he said. "That's what this study is for. It's the most time consuming part right now."

    The study, costing approximately $585,000, will take 12-18 months to complete. "NOACA is not involved in this portion," Piazza said. "They will review the study when it's done to make sure it complies with federal engineering regulations."

    Piazza stated that during this phase of the interchange project, at least two stakeholder meetings will be held, including one open house. In January [2006], TranSystems held a public open house for residents to review interchange alternatives. TranSystems Cleveland office will be conducting the field engineering.

    Mayor Jim Smith is hoping to speed up construction of the interchange by soliciting funds from businesses and landowners of property near the interchange. "I'm hoping for 60-70 percent of the $14 million will come from private companies," Smith said. "With a combination of city money, private funding, grants, TIF (tax incremental financing) monies and bonds, we should have enough that we won't have to wait on federal funding."

    If the city is able to come up with the funds, Smith hopes to have the interchange complete by 2009. If federal funding is needed, 2014 is the timetable ... When Avon is fully built out, we're looking at a population of about 47,000."''

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Cleveland Free Times, Posted by Webmaster on Feb 21, 2006, By Michael Gill

    ``No Exit: Opposition to the Innerbelt project grows, but ODOT drives ahead.

    ... THE RED PIN PRICK of the laser pointer danced over the map as ODOT's Innerbelt project manager Craig Hebabrand and director Gordon Proctor took turns explaining how rebuilding the busiest section of roadway in the state with fewer exits will help the city thrive ...

    "Early on, the belief was that this was a very local issue," says Midtown Cleveland executive director Jim Haviland, who has spearheaded concerns of businesses and community development corporations affected by the project. 'But we were saying from the beginning that this will affect not just midtown, but downtown, University Circle, and the region. In an urban area that now has multiple convenient access points, having them eliminated leaves us at competitive disadvantage.'

    The most telling sentence of the morning was spoken as an aside, a footnote to an answer about why the agency hasn't yet finished an economic development study that was promised six weeks ago. On the way to explaining, Proctor said simply, 'This is the first and only economic development study ever done by ODOT. We don't have a deep history of studying economic development impacts of highway projects ...

    Some critics are concerned that reducing the number of downtown exits will help motorists bypass the city completely, which -- in tandem with proposals for new exits far out in the suburbs -- further dilutes the strength of the central city.

    By coincidence, a group of businesses in the city of Avon recently released a new study to urge the state to build a new interchange at Nagel Road, between Crocker Road and Route 83, about one mile into Lorain County. The land owners want the exit to support their plans for new housing, office buildings and industrial sites -- the same kind of argument Midtown Cleveland's Haviland and others are making to keep the Innerbelt exits. Haviland, who once worked for the Jacobs Group, knows what new exits do for development ...''

    mgill@freetimes.com

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Plain Dealer, 7-5-06, by V. David Sartin, Plain Dealer Reporter

    [$10 million from Jacobs et al for a Nagel Road interchange?]

    ``AVON -- Landowners lobbying for construction of a new Interstate 90 interchange - some of them hoping to create major developments - could pay as much as $10 million under a deal being worked out.

    "The interchange is gold," Avon Mayor James Smith said of the proposal at Nagel Road in the eastern part of the city.

    "Everybody benefits. I don't see anybody not benefiting from this."

    Smith and other Avon officials are drafting a financing plan for the interchange that could spark development on about 600 acres on the east edge of Lorain County, near Westlake.

    Early estimates show the four-lane interchange will cost between $12 million and $15 million.

    Smith said local landowners, including Richard E. Jacobs Group Inc., would pay up to 70 percent of that cost.

    The rest of the money under the plan the city is putting together in cooperation with the developers would be covered by a combination of state grants, money borrowed by Avon and tax increment financing offered to developers.

    Tax increment financing [TIF] would allow part of the real estate taxes collected on the new development to be spent for the city's share of the construction costs.

    Traditionally, tax money allocated by the Ohio Department of Transportation and federal highway money pay for the largest share of highway projects.

    Avon officials and property owners are now working out details of the financing plan. Agreements could be in place in about 12 months for landowners to help pay costs, said James Piazza, Avon's planning coordinator.

    Construction could begin as early as the spring of 2008 and be completed by August 2009, he said.

    Developers rarely pay for a significant share of intersections along interstates, said Ken Wright, an ODOT district planner ...

    Without large contributions from local sources, like landowners, such an expensive highway project would wait at least until 2013 for state money, said an ODOT spokesman.

    Smith describes the property owners' cost as a bargain. Land prices within a few hundred yards of the interchange will climb to $350,000 to $500,000 per acre, Smith predicted.

    Lorain County records show Jacobs bought more than 200 acres near the intersection in 1999 for $25,000 per acre.

    Representatives for the Jacobs Group and several other landowners did not respond to requests for comment.

    However, Jacobs and other nearby owners are paying more than $800,000 in consultants' fees and engineering studies for the proposal, said Piazza.

    Environmental studies are under way to help engineers pinpoint the location of the interchange and determine if the largely open land would be damaged by the new road.

    Smith believes the interchange could be completed by 2009. But ODOT planner Wright called that timetable aggressive.

    If Avon sought traditional funding - mostly from state, city and federal taxes - the project would wait in line for money.

    Piazza fears the project would see long delays if the town relied on traditional funding.

    "We may never get funding," he said.''

    To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: dsartin@plaind.com

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 7-7-06, by Joe Medici

    ``AVON -- ... Avon officials are also looking to add an interchange at I-90 and Nagel Road to help expedite traffic and development on Detroit Road, [Mayor] Smith said. The $14 million to $15 million project would likely be subsidized by local business owners who want to pull more traffic to their storefronts.

    Officials are still developing a plan for the interchange, Smith said. Construction on the project could begin in 2008 and it could be completed in 2009.''

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun, 7-13-06, By Mary Davies, Staff Writer

    [I-90 Interchange proposal worries Willow Creek residents]

    ``AVON -- Private funding of the proposed Interstate 90 interchange at Nagel Road has residents of the nearby Willow Creek subdivision fearing their quiet existence might give way to heavy traffic and the perils of commercial development.

    No one is sure what will be built at that new intersection, which could be completed as early as 2009. City officials have said there will be development there, and the land would be exempt from a proposed law [charter amendment] requiring certain voter-approved rezonings.

    Residents of Willow Creek, a newer development still under construction less than one mile from the proposed interchange, want commitment from Avon officials that they will work to minimize any detrimental effect development near the new interchange might have on their neighborhood.

    "We haven't gotten any assurance at all," said Laura Rouse, who has attended meetings on the interchange issue and sends a newsletter to Willow Creek residents informing them of the project's progress.

    Several companies are expected to jointly invest up to $10 million to help finance the estimated $13 million to $15 million cost to build the interchange, said Mayor Jim Smith. "We're hoping to get 60 (percent) to 70 percent of the interchange funded privately," Smith said ...''

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 7-20-06, by MEGAN KING, Morning Journal Writer

    [Avon Planning Commission OKs rezoning of 218 acres of Jacobs land near I-90 ramp]

    ``AVON -- The Avon Planning Commission sent a recommendation to City Council that 200 acres [218 acres of Jacobs land] by Nagel Road, Just Imagine Drive and Interstate 90 be rezoned to industrial and commercial use.

    The recommendation seeks more flexible zoning so the land can be developed for commercial use in anticipation of the planned I-90 interchange at Nagel Road.

    The land is now zoned for heavy industry, and the recommendation is to allow industrial and commercial development. [Industrial jobs pay more than commercial jobs.]

    The zoning change request had critics, including people concerned about noise and spot zoning ...

    Michael Johnson represented owner JG Avon LLC, which sought permission to add commercial use for the property ...

    One person who voiced concerns was Vicky Schweneman of Cleveland, who spoke on behalf of her mother, who has a home in the area. Their concerns included sound barriers between the future interchange and homes and how the changes would affect the value of her mother's property ...

    [Planning Coordinator Jim] Piazza told her sound barriers must be requested through the Ohio Department of Transportation, and he acknowledged that the changes will affect property owners ...

    The recommendation will now go to Avon City Council, which will consider it at three work sessions and three regular meetings. There will be another public hearing before City Council's vote, expected to take place in September [2006], Piazza said.''

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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR of The Plain Dealer, 7-18-06, by Patricia Carey

    ``Take a regional approach to land-use development

    Developers and Avon officials have a plan to spur economic development with a new interchange on Interstate 90: Kick in enough local money to entice state and federal governments to pay the rest (Plain Dealer, July 5, 2006). It's a "build it and they will come" dream.

    But where will "they" come from? Most likely, the "new" businesses - with the jobs and tax revenue they produce - will come from Lorain, Cleveland, Akron, even Medina or Westlake. Research across the country has shown that highway-induced development tends to come at the expense of other communities in the same region, where homeowners are left to pay more for schools, road maintenance and other necessities ...''

    Patricia Carey, Cleveland

    Carey is Northeast Ohio director of Greater Ohio.

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    ARTICLE From Cool Cleveland contributor Roldo Bartimole, 7-06, RoldoLINK

    ``Pony Up Again For Dick Jacobs

    Every so often, it takes a little time to screw the public. In the end, however, the dirty deed usually gets done.

    Developer Dick Jacobs -- who has taken Cleveland for more free goodies than nearly anyone in its history -- has won the battle to put 'big box' development into Chagrin Highlands apparently.

    In other words, Jacobs has screwed the public again.

    Isn't that wonderful. After some $150-million dollars in road construction, including an I-271 interchange, made the City of Cleveland's land in the suburbs even more financially attractive, Jacobs gets what he wants - big box development - quick, easy and very profitable, no doubt ...

    With 'big boxes' the city gets businesses that don't add much to the economy and likely less to the city since it shares in the land sales at Chagrin Highlands and also the income taxes generated by the development. All those $6 an hour retail jobs really don't help the region's economy ...

    Now in 2006 here come the 'big boxes' - Value City Furniture, Bed, Bath & Beyond, OfficeMax and a Filenes's Basement discount clothing store - as the Plain Dealer reports in a story headlined: "Retail wins long battle over site." ...

    It's not what was envisioned for this valuable land. The developments were supposed to be for offices and corporate locations bringing jobs and income tax revenue for the City of Cleveland. Cleveland shares half of tax revenue collected in the various suburbs.

    In the late 1960s, Mayor Carl Stokes wanted to develop a new city there with housing available for families of different income levels. When the Chagrin Highland concept of office/corporate headquarters was being proposed in the late 1980s, Stokes said, "We will see more of the same kind of humdrum development that competes with Cleveland's downtown everywhere in our region."

    Now the economic situation here in Northeast Ohio AND downtown Cleveland is even worse ...

    To give some historic perspective to the Chagrin Highlands issue, the following is a column i wrote in the Free Times, July 31, 1996, entitled ''Keep Your Eye On The Figgie Deal''. It follows:

    "If City Council members were upset about a 15-hour summer marathon in June and a 12-hour endurance test in July, just wait for the surprise as Council President Jay Westbrook and Mayor Mike White have in store for them in August.

    NO, I am not talking about more multi-million-dollar bailout legislation for that old tax sponge Gateway, though that may be on the agenda, too.

    However, a bigger deal is awaiting Council's blessing. For a second time. Westbrook will ask Council in mid-August to wrestle with a new big, billion dollar issue, which was riddled with secrecy and deception the first time Council dealt with it in 1989. At that time, Council voted to develop 630 acres of city-owned land. Now because of a lawsuit recently settled, and some changes, Council must vote again ...

    But no one, including Forbes, Figgie, Jacobs, then Mayor George Voinovich or any member of his administration, ever informed Council of the deal as they voted to allow the development of some 630 acres of prime land owned by the city in the Chagrin Corridor, a desirable office and retail center outside Cleveland.

    It was a historic deception. Council now will be asked to overlook this, and anoint the deal a second time in what leadership will undoubtedly prefer to be a one-day Committee of the Whole so that Council again will be voting essentially blindfolded ...

    Mayor, now Gov. George Voinovich, with connections through his former law firm, Calfee& Halter, brought Figgie into the deal for the city's land, and Forbes who had forged a relationship with Jacobs, brought Jacobs into the deal ...

    The deception by Forbes had less to do with Figgie than with keeping Dick Jacobs' name out of the deal. Jacobs had already hit the subsidy jackpot: $3.5 million (not yet paid back) for the Galleria; some $120 million in tax abatements and nearly $20 million in Urban Development Action Grants (UDAG) for Society Center (now Key Bank building) and other goodies were on the way, Gateway ...

    The deal probably is in the $1 billion range and the studies suggest that the profits will be 14.9 percent -- that's nearly $150 million. And this doesn't even take into consideration that various Jacobs's enterprises will be doing various tasks of the development from legal to architectural ..."''

    From Cool Cleveland contributor Roldo Bartimole, roldo@adelphia.net

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 9-26-06, by MEGAN KING, Morning Journal Writer

    [Public not privy to Jacobs plans]

    AVON -- With City Council approval yesterday [9-25-06], more than 200 acres of land near the anticipated Interstate 90 interchange at Nagel Road have been rezoned to allow commercial development.

    The new zoning, which covers 218 acres near Nagel and Chester Roads, north of I-90, will allow the land to be developed in anticipation of the interchange, tentatively scheduled to open in 2009. The land had previously been zoned for heavy industry, and its owner, JG [Jacobs] Avon LLC, sought permission to allow commercial uses in addition to industry.

    At a public hearing in July, Michael Johnson, an attorney representing the owner, said his clients hoped for a mixed-use development that would include retail, office space and light industry.

    Jim Piazza, Avon's planning coordinator, said yesterday the new zoning designation is necessary to properly develop the land around the new interchange.

    ''We need to be looking at this area in terms of proper zoning based on proper planning principles,'' Piazza said.

    The only comment offered at the public hearing before last night's council meeting was a question from Linn Schwendeman, whose family owns a home on Chester Road. He asked if the public was privy to the developer's plans for the land. Council President Clinton Pelfrey said they would not be made available for purposes of the rezoning discussion.

    Piazza said yesterday that the city hopes to begin construction on the interchange in the spring of 2008. The interchange is currently in the second phase of a study that examines environmental, ecological and engineering issues, Piazza said.''

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    NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 9-27-06, By Rebecca Turman

    ``AVON -- The Jacobs Group received approval from the Avon City Council to rezone 218 acres of land in the vicinity of Nagel and Chester Roads, north of I-90, from M-1 to M-1/C-4 overlay at the September 25 regular meeting of council.

    Bill Fullington, the media spokesperson for Jacobs Group, said it's too early in the game for the group to publicly announce its plans, since nothing has been set in stone yet.

    With the M-1 to C-4/M-1 overlay, the Jacobs Group is "basically looking for options," ways to work with the acreage they have, Fullington said. And with the soon-to-be new I-90 interchange in Avon on Nagel Road, options can include anything from industrial to hotels, restaurants or retail.

    Though there were rumors of a Cleveland Clinic going in on the Jacobs Group land, Fullington said, "They are just that -- rumors." "Before it's all said and done, you'll hear a lot of rumors," he said.

    Initially, some residents expressed concerns about Jacobs Group getting the "go-ahead" from planning commission, especially not knowing what the group would develop on the 218 acres, but once they were informed that they could rezone their land as well, many expressed an interest. In fact, a few residents/ landowners with land close to the soon-to-be interchange have followed the Jacobs Group's lead and have requested rezoning as well.

    At the August 16 [2006] planning commission meeting of, Robert Barto, owner of Cut-Shot Driving Range at 3455 Chester Road, requested a rezoning from O-2 to O-2/C4 for his 19.42 acres of land. The golf range has been in business in Avon since 1989, but having the ability to overlay the zoning will give the owner more opportunity to develop the land if he feels the need to. There will be a public hearing on the rezoning of the Cut-Shot Driving Range on October 10 at 7:15 p.m., before council puts it to a final vote.

    More recently, John and Karen Ebert requested rezoning approval for Westlake Auto Body at 1370 Nagel Road from M-1 to M-1/C-4 overlay at the September 20 Planning Commission meeting.''

    More Documents Relating to the June 8, 1998, Decision Against Avon

    Newspaper Record of XXXXX/Jacobs in Avon

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