"IMAGINE" john lennon
Imagine your Downtown Painesville.
A resent poster claimed I was miserable living here in Painesville. As I explained to them I was far for miserable and bewildered seem to be a better impression of what I see around town.
Look many things that seem cut and dry to me just aren't viewed the same with others around here especially people who are in charge.
One example is the Barnes Ave. property rezoning that went in front of the Planning Commission instead of the Zoning Commission? Then after Planning passed or O.K.ed legislation 5-0 to make those properties R1 the motion went before council and even after explanations and photographs three members of council believed for some reason or another this measure should pass? thankfully three on council showed good common sense to leave this property zoning alone.
The speed in which at home built in 1836 that presently isn't bothering anyone must face the axe. Maybe a savior will be found and if not many of the structural pieces could give another old home life.
Everything from the old hotel that went back and forth between the city and the port authority as to why Painesville regained possession of the property with no explanation, to the constant changing goals of the old hospital site.
Never mind council people voting on 30/50 year electric deals that have millions of dollars at stake all of them with probably the same knowledge of electricity as the average Painesville resident. You flip a switch or check a breaker box if that doesn't work you call someone to fix it. Who advised that council on these deals?
People in city leadership positions go on a national news show and welcome legal as well as illegals to Painesville... and when they come it's their fault?
Now comes the deal of the "NEW"Century Downtown Painesville Streetscape. Was this project brought forward as a way to get people here to forget about losing the hospital? Attending the "stakeholder Meetings" it sometimes appeared we were building Disneyland instead of a revitalized downtown. How many times have we done this since the 1960's?
The many Painesville residents who approached council and the city manager at that time that Rite-Aid who was building at State and Erie would spend the same amount of money to move the building if the city provided the property. (Check city council minutes) Now we have an empty building for how long with a price tag of $500,000 that has never been used for nothing. The $500,000 price is a pipe dream.
$1,300,000 for the revitalization of Main St.? Yes I know a large portion was Grant money but still.
Now I find out the rumor had some fact behind it appears 154 Main St. is for sale all 6,700 sq.ft . @ $174,900. Here all along I thought the idea was that streetscape would promote growth in our downtown area.
"Your guess is as good as Vine"?
Recently at a meeting outside of town a Bowling Green student asked me about Lake Erie College? There statement was pretty blunt. "There just wasn't anything there for me she claimed, not even a coffee shop". My short answer we have a Dunkin' Donuts. I love D.D coffee! She just sighed.