Summit parking discussed
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Nov 26, 2013 | 655 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Parking and upgrades at the Summit downtown once again were topics of discussion for the Cleveland City Council.

City Manager Janice Casteel said a meeting is being set with the owner for January.

Casteel said she hopes to have representatives from various departments at the meeting to discuss issues.

“He understands and he’s aware of the parking issues, and he agrees it is about 12 spaces,” Casteel said.

She said the owner has also mentioned upgrading the elevator.

At-Large Councilman George Poe said the elevator needed to be larger because an ambulance stretcher will not fit on the current elevator.

At-Large Councilman Richard Banks said residents of The Summit should also be invited to the meeting.

The Cleveland City Council heard a report from Tad Bacon of Cleveland Utilities on a utility pole a potential business owner said is blocking the entrance to a newly purchased building.

“We believe the pole was installed in 1993 by a contractor,” Bacon said.

He commented this predated the city’s agreement with Cleveland Utilities. Why the pole was placed on the site is unknown, Bacon said.

The building had been used as a restaurant, but has been vacant for years. Located at the intersection of Inman and Edwards streets, a utility pole connecting power to the nearby traffic light is in the middle of a doorway.

Owner Tim Arthur has not explicitly expressed what he plans to put on the site. The City Council took no action on the issue.

A similar issue in the past was solved by moving the pole at the landowner’s expense. Moving the pole would cost approximately $8,431. Bacon said there is room to move the pole to a more suitable location.

First District Councilman Charlie McKenzie also questioned whether the building had enough parking spaces for a future business or apartment building. Some parking spots had been used in the past through an agreement with a nearby business. A property line ends halfway through some parking spots.

According to Jonathan Jobe, director of development and engineering services, no permits have been requested in relation to the site or a future business.

Fourth District Councilman David May said if the Council decides to offer any assistance with moving the pole, there should be some limitations on use of the site. The building is in the historic Downtown District.

The issue may be discussed in the future after Arthur shows a firmer business plan for the site.

Progress on the south Local Interstate Connector is reaching its final stages.

Jobe said the last portion of the project to be completed is the installation of some guardrails. Work on the northside LIC being constructed in connection with the Spring Branch Industrial Park will begin soon.

Casteel said the Council would be receiving updates on the project at future meetings.

Second District Councilman Bill Estes asked Casteel and Assistant City Manager Melinda Carroll to research the possibility of putting a little league field near Mosby Park.

Carroll said a full-sized field would not fit, based on a study. However, she said she would look into placing a smaller field on the site.