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Noble Road Medic Drug Mart Demolished

Building had been vacant for several years and was once decorated by a mystery muralist

It was two years ago nearly to the day that soup can murals appeared on a vacant Noble Road building when it was demolished last week.

Now the city will seek developers to make use of the space.

"The City is interested in proposals that will serve the neighborhood and the community well,” Mayor Ed Kelley said.

The former Medic Drug Mart and Pick-N-Pay at 2920 Noble Road had been vacant for over a decade, and in 2002 was found to have 80 building violations. The building was declared a nuisance and its owner ordered to raze it in October 2011, six months after someone erected murals with polictical messages written on soup cans on the exterior.

The city of Cleveland Heights and the Cuyahoga County Land Bank collaborated on the demolition, according to a press release issued by the city.

In 2011, city council noted that it would cost about $40,500 to demolish it, which the city would assess against the property if the owner did not comply with its nuisance order.

We never found out who the mystery artist was.

Garry Kanter April 08, 2013 at 06:58 AM
Somehow the Cuyahoga County Land bank came to own the property. The city bought it from them for $100,000. And the city & the land bank split the $60,000 cost of demolition. http://www.cleveland.com/cleveland-heights/index.ssf/2013/04/cleveland_heights_demolishes_l.html Which means the city paid just about the same for this unfit Noble road property - $130,000, as they agreed to sell the vital Lee-Meadowbrook property for - $125,000. (Not to mention the $4 MILLION in tax abatements.) This can happen when no one bothers to get appraisals. CH taxpayers paid $590,000 for the Lee-Meadowbrook properties the city council sold for $125,000. The US EPA spent $400,000 to remediate on of the 5 parcels and the Ohio PUC spent about $150,000 to remediate another of those parcels. So the city, without an appraisal, sold the Lee-Meadowbrook property for about $1 MILLION below cost. Or, about the same as the city, without an appraisal, paid Councilperson Stephenson's employer for the Medic property - $130,000. From the link above: "Councilwoman Cheryl Stephens, who serves as the land bank’s director of acquisitions, dispositions and development, spearheaded the city’s purchase of the site. Land bank president Gus Frangos was on hand for the start of demolition." ... "“We have a very active relationship with Cleveland Heights,” Frangos said. “In Cleveland Heights, we have all the prongs of our organization in play.”" continued...
Garry Kanter April 08, 2013 at 07:01 AM
continued... I wonder if the councilperson recused herself from the vote to purchase the property? It doesn't ring any bells.
John H. April 08, 2013 at 04:36 PM
This building should have been torn down years ago. Ideally, it would be best if the City could find a redeveloper for that Mayfield-Noble-Warresville triangle. Preferably one that would build office sites for new companies and start-ups. Retail we have.
Garry Kanter April 08, 2013 at 05:36 PM
I am not aware of any such plans or interested developers. Are you?
Garry Kanter April 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Well, early on in this story, yes, councilperson Stephenson *did* recuse herself from a vote. Here's the story from 2011, where the city declared the site a nuisance. http://clevelandheights.patch.com/articles/cleveland-heights-council-declares-former-pick-n-pay-building-nuisance The land bank didn't own it then, but she recused herself. I suppose that means the land bank, her employer, had begun talks about acquiring the property from the owner. Which took place on November 12, 2012. Over a year later. For the $100,000. As of today, the property has not been transferred to the city of CH.
Garry Kanter April 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM
And councilperson Stephenson recused herself from the December 3, 2012 vote to purchase the property from the land bank for $100,000. Such a transaction is not reflected in the county's property database.
Richard Hollis April 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Do we have a new councilperson "Stephenson" that no one knows about?
Heather April 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM
What about the eyesore across the street from that lot? They tore down part of the ugly public works building only to put up a hideous shed. The entire Noble Mayfield area needs help. Plant some trees, make a green space. We have enough Walmarts and Dollar Generals.
Glinda Smith April 12, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I'm just glad that eyesore is gone. It should've been torn down long ago.
Garry Kanter April 12, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Well, it should have happened at the property owner's expense, without the taxpayers having to waste good $ on a distressed property.

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