Why is Our Library for Sale? MEETING TOMORROW!

Why is the Cuyahoga County South Euclid-Lyndhurst Mansion Library for sale? South Euclid city officials have been salivating over it for years. Read on.

If you tell someone that the Cuyahoga County South Euclid-Lyndhurst Mansion Library is for sale, they usually ask, “Why”

We have a logical theory that answers that question:

The city of South Euclid wants the Library and the surrounding land to be developed into mixed use and residential buildings.

How can we support this statement?

With 2 public documents. The first is a 1/12/09 draft report Review of PURD ordinances and potential development sites. The properties adjacent to the Library were identified by city officials as a potential development site. The references to the Library are highlighted in the document.

The second document: An analysis of residential market potential: Methodology appendix tables dated 11/08 makes 19 references to the “Library Site”. (Hit Ctrl F to search the document for the term.)

Local officials say they cannot force the Library Board to keep the Library in Telling Mansion-the law does not give them that power. That’s true, but irrelevant. Citizens depend on elected officials to use their political influence to bring about what is the best for our communities.  

There is NO evidence that any elected official has done so. We appreciate and thank the officials who have said they do not like the idea, and we urge them to do something to save Telling Mansion. To the best of our knowledge only one official, Mr. Ward, has been quoted in the media in support of keeping the Library in Telling Mansion.

When you talk to them about Telling, and they say they can’t do anything, ask them “What have you tried?”

It’s clear that South Euclid officials want to develop the Library and the surrounding land. The city has a history of threatening land owners with eminent domain; they did so with Cedar Center. They want developers to build upscale housing, but moving the Library out of Telling Mansion is removing an amenity that attracts buyers of upscale housing.

PLEASE JOIN US TOMORROW 11/19/12 at 7pm for a public forum at the South Euclid Community Center, 1370 Victory Drive (behind the Giant Eagle on Mayfield Rd.) 216-291-0771.

Please wear something RED.



And, please contact:

County Councilwoman Sunny Simon: 216-241-0040 simonsunnys@aol.com.

Mayor Joseph Cicero: 440-442-5777. cicero@lyndhurst-oh.com.

Mayor Georgine Welo:  216-381-0400. mayor@seuclid.com.

And let them know how you feel.



Thanks to the authors of South Euclid Oversight  Emilie DiFranco and Dave Furry for the 2 documents used in this email.

Thanks to Nancy Dinger Aikins for her beautiful photos.

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Garry Kanter November 19, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Great job by everyone in sleuthing this thing! *Nothing* in politics ever "just happens". There's always a reason, usually having to do with $, fame/glory, and/or favors. Every now and again, roughly on the same schedule as Haley's Comet, a politician will be motivated to serve We The People. There's usually an oversight or error responsible, whenever that happens.
Fran Mentch November 19, 2012 at 01:11 PM
The meeting is TODAY, Monday, November 19, 2012. At 7pm TONIGHT. Please help save Telling Mansion. Because no federal money was spent on Telling no law protects it. The new owner could do anything, include tear it down. People assume that because Telling is on the National Register of Historic Places that it is protected. Cleveland Restoration Society verified that Telling is NOT protected. See you tonight.


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