January 18, 2022
Shaker Square is so much more than a shopping area. It is the
heart of a diverse neighborhood. It is a transportation hub, where
bus and light rail lines meet. It is a walkable area: by day we can
get our groceries and prescriptions, and by night eat or drink
casually or dine elegantly. During a Saturday Farmers Market, or a
summer evening concert, it is at its best — an urban village
Shaker Square, once
owned by The Coral Company, is in receivership. If our city takes no
action, foreclosure will start. It's a lengthy process with the great
risk of turning over control an important and historic place to an
irresponsible owner. Severance Town Center is a
nearby and unhappy example of what can happen in foreclosure.
There is a clear path
ahead, described in the report of the two respected non-profit
organizations who drafted bill 1038-2021. The bill is supported by
statements from those who know Shaker Square and testify to the need
for early action.
Our city's investment in
Shaker Square will help the Square rise again and make one of our
largest neighborhoods stronger.
Cleveland needs a strong Shaker Square. Shaker Square
needs a responsible, visionary owner. I ask Ward 4 Councilwoman
Deborah Gray to endorse bill 1038-2021 and help it pass.