This is a reprint of Fridays 02/20/09 Editorial
PAINESVILLE NEEDS PARTNERS FOR PLAN
Big changes are coming to Painesville.
Three developments caused city planners to approve a master plan that will evolve over the next 10 to 15 years.
Lake Hospital System's closure of LakeEast Hospital at 10 E. Washington St. LHS will open TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township this fall.
Painesville School District has opened new schools and constructing others, including a Harvey High School which will vacate its building at 167 W.Washington St. after the school year.
The private Lake Erie College, 391 W. Washington St.has experienced impressive growth in enrollment, and there are some off-campus sites.
City leaders wnvision Lake Erie College students walking through parks to get to downtown Painesville. Meanwhile, residents neighborhoods will rise where Harvey and the hospital currently stand.
While the city will need money to demolish some buildings, the plan officials have laid out our feasible.
We commend them for not wringing their hands amid signification changes. They're taken the initiative to ask what Painesville should do next.
It will take more than just city government's involvement, however. Lake Erie College has ambitious leaders who will make willing partners to improve the city.
Other groups must step forward to help boost Painesville for the years to come.
Painesville needs to find a rich uncle or a Sugerdaddy to make some of these plans reality. Is the present administration good enough salesmen to sell this vision?
What was meant Painesville must find the money to demolish buildings? Do we demolish something if nothing is being built there?
What about the present economy?