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    Monday, February 04, 2008

    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.

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    Comments on "Waterway Coming to Ohio"


    Blogger Matt said ... (6:29 PM, February 04, 2008) : 

    It's like the people who buy a house next to a highway, then complain about the noise. Makes no sense.


    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:34 PM, February 05, 2008) : 

    Isn't Walgreens a convenience store? (24 hours as well) How about the 3 CVS stores (Cedar Center, Fairmount Circle, Cedar Road)? I can understand what you are saying about the fact that there already was a commercial district there, but I am not sure anyone would have anticipated a car wash ever being built there given the fact that Al Paul is .2 miles away and on the same street and BP is located at Fairmount Circle.


    Anonymous Vicni said ... (9:17 AM, February 06, 2008) : 

    Perhaps you miss the little difference between a Whole Food type of establishment and a gas station and car wash. Redevelopment and new investment means to take the opportunity to improve a neighborhood (as it has been successfully done with the Cedar Center area), not the other way around. And, as much as I can respect the folks at Waterway and their business model, I don't perceive planting a gas station right in the middle of a residential zone as a fine development. Finally, I don’t think that the folks who bought houses in Lansdale signed any waiver of their right to democracy. As long as they do so in a democratic and lawful form, they have all the right to make their voices heard. Certainly more than superficial and irrelevant comments about highways and noise.


    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:33 AM, February 06, 2008) : 

    Is it zoned residential or commercial? If it's commercial and has been, buying house in or immediately adjacent to a commercial area is a bit of "crap shoot" at best. Clearly businesses come and go; what did the home owners expect? Of course there's democratic process recourse, but that doesn't mean it is necessarily reasonable recourse.


    Blogger Audient said ... (1:14 PM, February 06, 2008) : 

    Walgreens is not exactly a convenience store. For one thing, you can't get a loaf of bread there. Now, there is an aisle there that says "bread," but no actual bread.

    Interesting that Cedar-Warrensville can support two drug stores (Walgreeen's and CVS), two sub shops (Quizno's and Subway), three pizzerias (Geraci's, Rascal House, Georgio's) and until the very recent South Euclid rebuild of its side of Cedar Center, two Chinese restaurants and two kosher restaurants --- yet having two car washes is somehow out of the question.

    The BP at Fairmount Circle is a mile away from Cedar-Warrensville -- putting it two miles out of your way if you aren't driving that direction for anything but to get gas.

    I am not saying that the residents on Lansdale don't have a right to freedom of speech. But whether their property ownership should interfere with the rights of another property owner is another matter. I think they are fooling themselves if they think that their street isn't already used as a pass through from Washington to Whole Foods, by way of the Dollar Bank parking lot, or as a passthrough to Macy's and Target, etc. etc. I can't be the only one who does it. I drive down Lansdale almost every day for exactly those purposes.

    And of course, the Lansdale residents do know it, or they wouldn't have put those "For Rent" signs out in all their yards in protest. It would have been an empty act if no one drove down their street to see the signs. But all sorts of people drive down that street -- the fact that it is an effective demonstration underscores the point that the street is already a very busy street.


    Anonymous Loyola Gent said ... (5:48 PM, February 06, 2008) : 

    We already have a car wash. What we don't have is a tittie bar. JCU girls gots to pay tuition, and it ain't cheap.

    If Waterway can't build, they should sell to the guys that own the Executives Den and Cleveland PM's. Or Bugsy's.


    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:00 PM, February 07, 2008) : 

    To: Audient

    I guess you are right--Gas Station/Car Washes ARE known for their wonderful selection of BREAD!


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