5/22/2006

Meeting On Use Of Eminent Domain In Flats Gets Heated: Newsnet5.com (Cleveland OH), 4/21/06

Board Passes Resolution For Use Of Eminent Domain In Flats Development

Tempers are flaring about a new plan aimed at revitalizing the Flats.

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County [OH] Port Authority Board met Friday morning to discuss the use of eminent domain. Ownership of the 21 pieces of property owned by 11 companies would be transferred to developer Scott Wolstein.

The land would be used for Wolstein's $225 million proposed residential and retail development.

But the use of eminent domain is not sitting well with some members of the community, and tempers boiled over during the meeting.

Norm Edwards, of the Black Contractors Association, was one of those who object to the plan, and he made it clear during the meeting.

His outburst prompted him to be escorted out of the meeting.

The board passed the eminent domain resolution, which now goes to Cleveland City Council.


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