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Cleveland Heights Council Declares Former Pick-N-Pay, Medic Building Nuisance

The property once housed a Pick-N-Pay and most recently was a Medic drug store, but it has sat vacant for more than a decade. Council passed a resolution to abate the commercial building.

Cleveland Heights City Council declared the building at 2920 Noble Road, a former Pick-N-Pay and Medic drug store, to be a nuisance, and authorized that the building be demolished as soon as possible at its meeting Monday, Oct. 15.

The vote was 5-0, as Mayor Ed Kelley was absent and Council Member Cheryl Stephens recused herself.

The property operated as a Pick-N-Pay for a number of years and most recently was a Medic drug store, said Council Member Jason Stein. But it has sat vacant for more than a decade, and is a safety hazard and a "blighting and deteriorating factor in the neighborhood," according to council documents.

Council ordered the owner since 1994, David. F. Bolger Trust, to raze the commercial building. But if the owner does not comply, the city will be authorized to demolish the structure at an estimated cost of $40,500, and assess the cost of abatement against the land.

Though the building's interior has not been used in a number of years, its exterior received a face-lift recently. The outside of the building was decorated with a series of soup can murals in the spring of 2011.

According to a memo from Rick Wagner, Cleveland Heights housing programs manager, the building had 39 interior and 41 exterior violations in 2002, and the structure has continued to deteriorate since that time.

Richard Hollis October 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM
That would be a good building for Harbor Freight or some similar company. It is certainly large enough and has plenty of parking.
Paula Kalamaras October 18, 2012 at 01:24 PM
It could also be renovated to house a number of small businesses, or become an antiques mall or a party center. However, if they do raze it, they need to dig it up entirely and make a green space a small park that would enhance the neighborhood. That's quite a lot of land, and it's a shame to let it go to waste.
Garry Kanter October 18, 2012 at 01:27 PM
If it had commercial value, it would be in use. I agree with your Green idea. I favor small commercial farms, wherever we have unused land.
Chad Fox October 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM
YES! I've been calling for this eyesore to be torn down for years. Yes, my mom shopped there when I was a kid, and yes, there are memories attached, but it is nothing but blight on an area that is actually quite lovely once you step onto the streets off of Noble. My idea is this: bulldoze the place, and create a huge community garden, half of it reserved for the CHUH schools, particularly Noble, which is a block away. Name the entire thing The Hillside Farm as a nod to the area's industrial/agricultural past. It could be the crown jewel of North Cleveland Heights, and be an intregal part of the revitalization of Noble Road, which needs to start at Mayfield and work its way down to Nela Park. The current condition the property is in is absolutely unacceptable, and I find it astounding that the good people of this neighborhood have tolerated it as long as they have.
Richard Hollis October 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM
The Council does not seem to like green. It would be nice if someone would come up with a use for the building. Recently I heard that it was going to be used for indoor soccer.
Katrina Heinzen October 19, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I always wished someone would turn it into a roller skating rink -- but that's just because of my own childhood memories of what we did decades ago in a small town far from here. Down the hill we're trying to turn a lot from a razed house into a community garden and it takes a lot of money. The city can't help with that. Anyone wishing to make a park or a garden there needs to be ready to do some fund-raising. I think those are absolutely worthy goals and worth the work. And I think it can be done if there are people with the time to do the fundraising.
Fran Mentch October 21, 2012 at 04:21 PM
THAT PROPERTY IS BRINGING IN $40,000 IN TAXES EVERY YEAR. Tear down homes that are vacant, delinquent and eyesores. You have just taken $40,000 of reliable income OFF THE TAX ROLLS to replace it with what? Many vacant houses in the area are providing NO TAX INCOME! You are going to charge the owner the $40,000 to pull the building down. That is the best deal he could ever get. It will save him from paying taxes ever again and now the city has to do something with it. WHY DIDN'T YOU ASK THE COMMUNITY WHAT WE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS? And, that public art on the building should be preserved.
Garry Kanter October 21, 2012 at 04:38 PM
The mayor and council passed emergency legislation to spend $250,000 to "retrofit" the city hall parking lot to make it "Green". Whatever on Earth that could mean. All they had was the latest buzzwords as explanation. I would hope they could throw a few nickels your way. If not, I'd like to hear the explanation. You should speak out at a council meeting about your wonderful project. They need to wake up and start doing smart things, for the right reasons.

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