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Walmart May Be Anchor Store at Oakwood

What do you think about the possibility of a Walmart at Oakwood Commons?

A Walmart may be on its way to Oakwood.

The former Oakwood Country Club site, which sits in both Cleveland Heights and South Euclid, could be "anchored by a 180,000-square-foot-Walmart," according to a promotional brochure created by Goodman Real Estate Services Group.

Cleveland Heights resident Fran Mentch, who fought the development of Oakwood, said the brochure was posted on the Cleveland company's website but later removed.

First Interstate Properties, the Lyndhurst-based commercial development company behind Steelyard Commons and Legacy Village, owns the land and plans to create a mix of parkland, retail and residential properties and call it "Oakwood Commons." According to an article in The Plain Dealer, First Interstate president Mitchell Schneider said an agreement with Walmart is not yet finalized.

Mentch is president of the Severance Neighborhood Organization, the nonprofit that created the group Citizens for Oakwood and tried to stop First Interstate from building on the land. South Euclid residents voted in November to sustain South Euclid City Council's unanimous vote to rezone the land to make development possible.

Mentch is concerned that the Walmart at Severance Town Center will close if one opens less than a mile down the road.

The Plain Dealer reported that a Walmart could bring 85 new jobs, not including those that would potentially move from a nearby store.

What do you think about the possibility of a Walmart in Oakwood Commons? Tell us in the comments section below.

Fran Mentch February 25, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Sandra, You wrote: "Allow me my vote without your insults." Just a friendly reminder that you were able to vote only because a citizens group fought for it in the Ohio Supreme Court, twice. Your city council and the developer tried to stop this from going to the ballot. The developer stated publicly that " the referendum was moot". That is what the developer and your city government thinks of your right to vote. If it were not for Citizens for Oakwood and their supporters, you would never have had the right to vote. I am very glad that Oakwood made it to the ballot. It is too bad that all the citizens in the affected area could not have voted on it, but what is done is done. City governments in the area did not work to protect their constituents' interest and South Euclid city officials duped their residents into voting against their own best interest. The people have spoken. So be it.
Garry Kanter February 25, 2012 at 06:07 PM
CFO, aided by the Kramer Legal Clinic at Case, had to prevail FOUR times for Sandra to exercise her right to vote: The signatures had to be collected and approved, the developer challenged their standing twice, and then, "Environmentalist" and SE city councilperson Jane Goodman filed that implausible complaint with the OEC, using the developer's own lawyers!!! CFO was 4 - 0 going into the referendum. They got outspent $450,000 to almost nothing. Thank you, everyone at CFO, for giving our community a chance to know the truth, and for providing the good citizens of SE a chance to right this horrible wrong at the ballot box. Your selfless efforts should be celebrated, long and loudly!!! And yet, I maintain this doesn't have to be "Game Over", yet.
Garry Kanter February 25, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Here's the PD's ringing endorsement, one week before election day: http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/10/oakwood_project_deserves_suppo.html
Garry Kanter February 26, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Al Norman, of Sprawl-Busters renown, has posted a new article about this "Walmart Village featuring Goodman Pahhk @ Oakwood" fiasco. http://www.sprawl-busters.com/search.php?readstory=3940
Laura Luxenberg February 26, 2012 at 07:43 PM
It is so sad to me that this short-sighted development is going ahead. I contributed to the fight against it. I think that many of the people who believed the developer's "yay hooray, this will be great for you!" PR spin will regret it as well once the reality of the concrete and asphalt is poured.......all too late. Laura Luxenberg

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