WHO LET THE VULTURES IN? WOOF, WOOF

Submitted by Roldo on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 11:16.

Here’s how honest Jeff Jacobs is.

 Back in the late 1980s when his dad, Dick Jacobs, was taking millions in subsidies thanks to George and George, I learned that Jeff wanted to take over Lakeview Terrace, a public housing project overlooking Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. It fit his Flats plans.

 

I called one of his aides, James Rusnov, and asked about Jacobs’s interest in the property to expand his Flats developments. Yes, I was told.

 

A minute later I called Jeff Jacobs.  Ah, he denied it.

 

“We’re neighbors,” Jacobs, the vulture, said coyly.

 

Nothing’s going on “officially or unofficially,” said Jacobs. A lie.

 

Lakeview Terrace is a low income housing project was once called “one of the best public housing projects in the country” and “a milestone in American architecture.” Probably not anymore. But strategically located and “notable” for its adaptation of site, according to Eric Johannesen’s “Cleveland architecture - 1876-1976.”

 

It sits on a sloping area between Lake Erie and the Detroit-Superior

bridge to downtown.

It was, as I reported, a stone’s throw from the Flats where Jeff Jacobs had been developing nightclubs and planned a hotel (familiar?) and other recreational facilities (familiar?)

 

As I said then, “It’s prime land and sitting on it are poor people. What a shame.”

 

But what can one expect from the grasping DNA of the Jacobses.

 

As I wrote back in 1988, Jacobs likely believed he had a “leg up” on the deal. He had friends in convenient places.

 

“The law firm of Jim Carney, named by Forbes to the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), represents daddy Jacobs in legal matters pertaining to the Galleria. CMHA controls Lakeview. And when the city leased two prime lots downtown to Daddy Jacobs, he then chose System Parking to operate the lots for parking with Systems represented by Forbes’s law firm on some matters. Carney and Forbes also are business partners,” I wrote in Point of View, my newsletter. It’s Vol. 20, No. 11 at the library if you want the whole disgusting article.

 

See how the links go. “Friends” in corruption of public decisions.

 

There’s so much to say.

 

Of course, the plan suggests that the Jacobs’s casino (let’s not be coy about in whose interest it is) will be on property proposed for the Med Mart & Convention Center.

 

That means on public land.

 

Already it has been scheduled for tax exemption. What, ask a Jacobs to pay property taxes? Are you mad?

 

The Pee Dee quotes Jacobs as this humorous guy thinking about the city and its people. Honesty in the Pee Dee would be like sinfulness in heaven.

 

Here’s the Pee Dee: “’A dollar-a-year gaming czar. How’s that?’ a laughing Jacobs asked, adding that he could personally introduce local leaders to gambling company executive who would love an opportunity to develop an Ohio casino with little nearby competition.”

 

And, “I have no economic agenda here.”

 

“I have an interest in continuing what I have been doing for downtown Cleveland for 25 years and that is to help make it a better place,” the Pee Dee quotes Jacobs saying. Oh, my. Isn’t that wonderful.

 

They write it straight-faced. Such naiveté. Or is it just inbred dishonesty, no longer even intentional.

 

 The Pee Dee uses a rendering sent out by Jacobs in a press release. Of course, it looks wonderful. Economic development reaches out from the page.

 

And the Pee Dee conveniently places another piece of propaganda announcing the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association endorsement favoring a change the Ohio Constitution to allow casinos. It is placed right next to the Jacobs’s rendering of a hotel and casino. Helpful, no?

 

How compliant of the Pee Dee. Little news but lots of propaganda. Free!

 

Well, Mayor Frank Jackson, did you know that when you sold the old Convention Center property and opened up the Mall for a pittance that you were also giving over property for a casino and hotel, all on public property, all tax free?

 

Either the Pee Dee knew what it was doing or you were too dumb to protect the citizens of Cleveland. Editors, where are your ethics? Why not some critical comments?

 

We can also thank the contemptible Tim Hagan. One sees his hand in this move with his slimy workings for MMPI, the Chicago firm of his Kennedy family, now in charge of the development of the Medical Mart.

 

Medical Mart? Or Casino Mart?

 

Maybe there will be a floor at the Med Mart for the treatment of the gamblers gone mad. That might be at least amusing to taxpayers now shelling out a $1 billion or more for the project via the 40 year sales tax increase given us by Hagan and Jimmy Dimora.

 

There will be more as this debacle blooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is the press release

coast guard station a la Jeff Jacobs

Based on the way Jeff Jacobs and his partner, Robert Corna treated the US Coast Guard Station, I wouldn't give them a nickel to build a doghouse.

A dog house, maybe. A

A dog house, maybe. A casino, a hotel or anything bigger than a dog house, no, no, no.

Lakeview Terrace

  Roldo--I have not visited Lakeview Terraces recently.  The RTA circulator used to provide access. 

This is a story worth pursuing.  It's most likely gone the way of other west side public housing estates--demo'd for future yupped up, tax-abated development. 

We know all about the Hope IV concept  (see NRP Denison Senior Housing) and the new social contract in NEO (see Demos for Developers/Vacant Property Solutions), especially on the near west side. 

And, "contemptible" is the perfect word to describe our local leadership.  Can you exempt anyone, Roldo?

From:

Atlanta Is MakingWay for New Public Housing, New York Times

By ROBBIE BROWN Published: June 20, 2009

 

A large majority of displaced residents settle in 10 of Atlanta’s poorest ZIP codes, according to an analysis of housing authority data by Creative Loafing, an alternative newspaper. Only about 20 percent return to their communities once the property becomes a mixed-income development, Mr. Boston said.

“Until you have alternative housing that is affordable, available and appropriate, you have no business going into these communities and destroying them,” said Anita Beaty, the executive director of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. “To disperse these people without giving them alternatives is wrong.”

The real winners, Ms. Beaty said, are business developers who make fortunes once the projects are torn down and the neighborhoods gentrify. For years, wealthier Atlantans, frustrated by long commutes, have been moving closer to their jobs downtown and, critics say, displacing poorer residents to outlying suburbs.

“Very much intertwined in all of this is the issue of race,” said Deirdre Oakley, a professor of sociology at Georgia State University. “The people being affected are almost all poor African-Americans.”

So, why are we criticizing Jacobs for wanting in on the game?  Who's dealing out the cards?

 

(and BTW--taxpayers demolished/dismantled shoddy construction on Standford Ave. in Ward 15 Aberdeen Investments--Robert and Lillian Goff.  Check out the lien applied  and they retain the property.  Nice.)

113-04-015  ABERDEEN INVESTMENTS INC      DEVON  CLEVELAND 
113-04-079  ABERDEEN INVESTMENTS INC      DEVON  CLEVELAND 
113-04-018  ABERDEEN INVESTMENTS INC      LAKE SHORE  CLEVELAND 
113-04-080  ABERDEEN INVESTMENTS INC      LAKEPORT  CLEVELAND 
113-04-078  ABERDEEN INVESTMENTS INC      LAKEPORT  CLEVELAND 
113-04-021  ABERDEEN INVESTMENTS, INC.  17653    LAKEPORT  CLEVELAND 
014-10-032  ABERDEEN INVESTMENTS, INC.  3520    STANFORD  CLEVELAND 
014-10-033  ABERDEEN INVESTMENTS, INC.  00000    STANFORD  CLEVELAND 
014-10-034  ABERDEEN INVESTMENTS, INC.  00000    STANFORD  CLEVELAND 
011-19-132  Aberdeen Investments Inc 
M221020-Demolition Prior year tax - 2008 4,542.00 0.00 4,542.00