Court: City can finally demolish former Howard Johnson

2:52 PM, Oct 5, 2009   |    comments
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Months of stalemate between the City of Cleveland and the developer, Lakeview 2006 LLC, are over, city council members said.

Back in May, City Council members expressed their frustration with McMonagle, regarding the issuance of a temporary restraining order on the already-in-progress demolition of the blighted Howard Johnson building.

The temporary restraining order was issued at the request of the property owners -- Lakeview 2006 LLC.

A City Council press release states that the building has been a "vacant, blighted, haven for crime for more than a decade."

At a hearing in July, Lakeview 2006 LLC was granted more time to provide evidence of a development project.

By Friday, there was no evidence presented that the development was going forward and McMonagle lifted the restraining order.

"I am thrilled that the Court has finally decided to allow the City to move forward with the demolition of the Howard Johnson building, which has been a community eyesore for years and grateful to the City's Law and Building & Housing Departments for their hard work," said Ward 8 Councilwoman Shari Cloud.

"The building had stood vacant for a long time and caused a perpetual safety issue. We can now move forward and clear the way for positive development."

The City's Building & Housing and Law Departments put relentless time and energy into successfully fighting to demolish the dilapidated structure and make way for development.

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's interest in spurring development at the Howard Johnson property and surrounding area in order to complement the relocation of their operation is overwhelmingly supported by the community, bearing with it the promise of job creation and economic stimulus.


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