Greater Cleveland Partnership Metrohealth and El Mercado programs secrets along W. 25

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 03/03/2018 - 17:34.


GCP Support of State Capital Bill Projects

This is the list of projects submitted as "wishlist" for state monies-El Mercado is a not a priority and should never have made the capital budget bill.  The secrets deals on West 25th need to be exposed for who the real players are along this "Scenic By-way."


 Thirteen projects totaling $11.65 million recommended by the Greater Cleveland Partnership made it into the bill:

  • Phase II of Restoring the Irishtown Bend: $2.5 million ($5 million requested)
  • MetroHealth West 25th Street neighborhood innovation: $750,000 ($1.25 million requested)
  • El Mercado business incubator: $100,000 ($250,000 requested)
  • Karamu House $700,000 ($2 million requested)
  • Glenville Arts Campus: $300,000 ($350,000 requested)
  • Cleveland Clinic outpatient children's therapy: $750,000
  • University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Interventional Cardiology Suite: $350,000
  • Severance Hall Transformation: $1.25 million
  • Reshaping History campaign for Cleveland Museum of Natural History: $2.5 million
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum 2.0 "Remixed and Remastered": $400,000
  • Playhouse Square Theater improvements: $850,000
  • Cuyahoga County Mental Health Jail Diversion Treatment Facility: $700,000
  • Flats East Bank Development (performance stage): $500,000

The capital budget also allocates $13 million for renovations at Cleveland State University and $13.5 million for structural concrete repairs at Cuyahoga Community College.

"Among those earmarked in the bill: $350,000 for Applewood Jones Home renovation and $1 million for a Bellfaire JCB expansion."


I am just going to be honest and say that I am terribly depressed for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County by several published articles from this past week.

First, taxpayers learned that we helped subsidize trips to Columbus by the Cuyahoga County Executive's Chief of Staff - so she could complete her degree and start up a company, the Unify Project - that is intended to use data for "social good." Some of the IT staff involved with the Chief of Staff are under a corruption investigation. Here is the "exciting" secret project that was being hatched: and the planned featured discussion at

Then, Metrohealth released the latest "plans" for the "campus transformation."

Another exercise in delusion and smoke-and-mirrors, the Metrohealth expansion fails to generate private investment and fails to capitalize on the economic potential for a campus that connects two large facilities Metrohealth Main Campus and the Metrohealth Deaconess and Spinal Center- with greenway connections to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Stillwater Place, Ariel Event Center and a Lower Big Creek connector to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Cleveland has several amazing events planned this summer. The Cuyahoga River is the cleanest it has been for decades. We have an amazing Cleveland Metroparks and cultural attractions that rival offerings in New York, London, Paris and Rome. We have young talent and young energy, but we also have an entrenched "old guard," hobbling Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh is defining how a city is responsive to residents and working with their talent to attract international attention and possibly Amazon's second headquarters. Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak describe this energy in the The New Localism.

I am very sad this week. I can't see how our region can shake off the yoke of oppression we have in our dysfunctional city and county government. I welcome anyone to cheer me up.

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