Possible deal for I-90 Avon interchange

12:02 PM, Oct 11, 2007   |    comments
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The city of Avon and developer Dick Jacobs want to build a new interchange at Nagel Road. The Cleveland Clinic wants to build a satellite facility here. But Mayor Frank Jackson, Cuyahoga County Commissioners and Bay Village Mayor Deborah Sutherland who's president of the Cuyahoga County Mayors and Managers Association threatened to block it. They say the interchange would promote sprawl. They demanded a revenue-sharing plan to protect suburbs losing jobs, tax dollars and people. Avon officials felt the project was being unfairly targeted. Senior Political Correspondent Tom Beres has learned details of a possible deal. An 800-acre zone would be established around the interchange. If companies move to Avon from Cleveland or western suburbs, there would be a 5-year 50-50 tax-split. There would also be cooperation on paying for needed road improvements to handle new traffic problems. The deal would last 15-20 years. And the deal would include a commitment to recreate a new Regional Economic Planning Agency. A Friday vote by the transportation planning group NOACA will decide what happens. There were threats that Lorain County might pull out of the group.


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