Waterway Coming to Ohio
|One of the things that has been missing from my neighborhood is a conveniently located gas station and convenience store. That may soon change.|
Waterway is a chain of stores offering gas and full service car washes. They have stores in St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, and very soon, University Heights. They are looking to build on Warrensville Center between Lansdale and Bushnell -- or in other words -- between Whole Foods and Geraci's. Right now there is a run down old plaza, which is mostly vacant, especially since Hold It moved to Solon after Christmas.
I am excited that University Heights continues to see new development and new investment. I am glad to see that this old plaza may give way to something new. I'm glad that there may soon be a gas station closer than Fairmount Circle, Cedar-Green, or Lee-Silsby.
But apparently some folks who live over on Lansdale don't like it so much. Never mind that they all bought homes right next to the commercial district, they are complaining all the same. I myself looked at a home on Lansdale, but when I saw the backyard overlooked the Cedar Center parking lot, that weighed into the reasons I passed on it. I've looked at their website and their blog. Sorry neighbors, but I am unmoved. You live next to the commerical district, and it has been a commercial district for years. Yet you seem surprised that other city residents are unmoved by your complaints -- complaints over redevelopment and new investment in existing commercially zoned property.
They taped a flier on my door yesterday, trying to round up local residents to go to the city council meeting tonight to complain. If I were to go at all, I'd speak in favor of the project. And while I probably won't go and witness the angst personally, I did email the mayor and city council expressing my general approval of the project.