blast latest Parcel E proposal
By Jeff Gallatin
Published May 11, 2005
store is scheduled to open later this year on the controversial
Parcel E property near Brookpark Road. (Photo by Larry Bennet)
residents think developers have missed the mark with their proposal
to move a building back 60 feet in the multi-million-dollar Target
project being built on the controversial Parcel E property near
Officials at Carnegie Management, the firm developing the project,
said they are seeking the change to accommodate requests of tenants
who are slated to move into the building. However, residents in
the nearby neighborhood think the building and development are getting
too close for comfort to their homes. City Council's Building Zoning
and Development Committee is set to consider the matter Monday.
"It's not fair to the residents," said Angelo Skoulis, president
of the Park West Homeowners Association. "Moving that building 60
feet is getting it entirely too close to the residential property
line and the people on Linda Drive. Those people are upset about
it and I don't blame them."
However, Bob Berryhill of Carnegie Management said the proposed
change shouldn't cause problems for the neighborhood.
"We've worked closely with the residents throughout the development
of this project to try and prevent problems," Berryhill said. "There
will be an eight-foot mound with screening and a buffer zone which
should keep the area more private and away from the residential
neighborhood. The residents shouldn't even be able to see the building
or offices at that level."
Skoulis said the residents are also upset because of a change in
plans at this point in the project which has already been under
construction for several months.
"We've been talking about this property for 17 years," he said.
"So there's a long history with the Parcel E property and we went
along with this developer and the proposal because we were getting
tired of fighting it and it seemed like a good plan. But they've
tried to make changes after the fact and we don't think its right
that they're trying to make another change at this point in time."
Berryhill said the change is being sought because the tenants felt
the other location didn't provide adequate room for the needs of
business. He said the proposed move would allow for additional parking
closer to Brookpark Road.
"They wanted better access for the people coming into the businesses,"
Berryhill said. "Some of the tenants and businesses felt they would
have some customers like senior citizens coming in who would need
better parking facilities and closer access. This would allow for
that. We respect the residents and have worked to try and accommodate
them. But we also need to make sure that we provide a good environment
for the tenants and businesses coming into the project."
Berryhill said the developers still plan to have the anchor Target
store open later this year with additional offices and retail structures
scheduled to open next year.
"Target has made it pretty clear that they wanted their store to
open this year," Berryhill said.
Skoulis said the residents are afraid the good project they initially
endorsed is slipping away.
"They had a lot of good ideas, but it seems to be becoming just
another strip center," Skoulis said. "The residents are concerned
because they want to preserve the residential neighborhood. If they
keep getting nearer the neighborhood, it's going to affect the value
of the homes and the area."
Ward 4 Councilman Dean McKay, whose ward includes the Parcel E and
neighborhood area, said the city needs to protect the rights of
"People in that area are very wary because they've seen a lot of
proposals and ideas come and go through the years when it comes
to Parcel E," McKay said. "They wanted to see something which would
not harm the neighborhood but still be good for the city. I think
they have a right to be concerned because what we're seeing come
back from the developers in this proposal is not what everybody
agreed to at first. You can't keep trying to change things after
the fact in an agreement."
McKay said it's late for any major changes.
"We've been talking about this particular project for two years,"
McKay said. "They need to have their plan and stay with it."
Mayor Thomas O'Grady said the city needs to be able to strike a
balance between the needs of the residential neighborhood and that
of the businesses.
"We need to be aware of the residents' concerns and ensure that
they have a good neighborhood," O'Grady said. "But we also need
to be able to provide for the concerns of the businesses so that
they can run a successful enterprise. They need to be able to operate
and provide the best services and products possible."