For those who read this blog, you may know that the neighborhood I live in has a community development corporation called Northeast Shores. Yesterday, January 16, 2018, it had their membership meeting at the Collinwood Recreation Center on Lakeshore Blvd. In a surprisingly full room, local residents, merchants, and representatives of such groups as the Hospice of the Western Reserve learned what has been going on with the local development corporation. There were elections for new board members, and the candidates got to tell the crowd a little about themselves. Many of them seemed to have moved to the area in the past decade. That is an encouraging sign but also means that there were very few people I knew in that room.
Another thing on the agenda was a short speech by the owner of an accounting firm doing their books. He stood up to tell everyone that they should have their report ready by the next meeting. It would be interesting to see since Northeast Shores has had to let go most of its’ staff last year and move into space given by the Hospice of the Western Reserve to which the executive director, Camille Maxwell (who became director last year after her controversial predecessor left), is sincerely grateful.
What would a community meeting be without of few words from Mike Polensek? The councilman gave give everyone the run down on what has been going on in the ward. while I heard half of it before, such as Cleveland’s police officer shortage, Mike did talk about some of the major projects in the neighborhood such as the ongoing LaSalle Theater renovation and the new Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary School under construction. He also said a few words about how people should be supporting the development corporations and try to make them as strong as ones elsewhere in the city. Last but not least, the Power Point presentation showing the new marquee of the LaSalle Theater, all lit up at night, drew a lot of applause from the audience. I can’t wait to see the LaSalle when it’s finished.
Last night was kind of encouraging. I keep telling people that it’s a toss-up on what’s going on here but there are a lot of committed people who seem to be investing a lot into the future of North Shore Collinwood and that’s wonderful. Now, if we can City Hall to give us our income tax increase money’s worth this year, as in more police patrols and funds for home repairs for residents, that can be a great boost.
When I drove home, I had to stop at the light at East 185th Street and LaSalle. There across the street from me was the theater and its’ brand new marquee. This is something people would notice driving in from Lake County to dine at the Standard or get a beer at the Cleveland Brewery. It also shows that our development corporation managed to pull this project off and it’s something the staff should be proud of. So should Councilman Polensek. There will be more news about the neighborhood to come.
Photographs taken by James Valentino