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Lakewood Downtown Development Update
Earlier this month, City Council authorized Mayor George and her Administration to begin negotiations with CASTO & North Pointe Realty for the development of the former Lakewood Hospital Site by approving the Term Sheet. The entire month of April was devoted to reviewing the Term Sheet. if you have any questions regarding the development, I highly recommend that you either watch the Committee of the Whole meeting or review the minutes of those meetings that took place on April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, and 28th. You can find the minutes at https://www.lakewoodoh.gov/minutesandagendas/ and you can view the videos of the meetings at https://www.lakewoodoh.gov/councilvideos/.
Future negotiations between the City and the developer will primarily involve Mayor George and her Administration. However, City Council wanted to ensure that our priorities are fully considered during the negotiation. That is why we attached Council’s Downtown Development Priorities (https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:9c1e1dd5-3a5c-3a6a-8c7d-5c903435fce7#pageNum=4as) an addendum to the Term Sheet.
We look forward to working with Mayor George and the developer to create the best possible use of the former Lakewood Hospital property.
Lakewood Alive Services Contract Renewed
The City awarded a $155,000 contract to LakewoodAlive to continue providing operational and program support to improve the local economy and our community’s quality of life by growing its Housing Outreach Program, Pride Fund, Bed Bug Support Services, Small Business Support, and Rent Support. Lakewood Alive provides home paint rebates, lead paint assistance, and a low-income loan program as part of its Housing Outreach Program. LakewoodAlive has also become more involved in Housing Court by assisting residents with addressing housing code violations. Lakewood Alive will be billing the City for their various initiatives, with the $155k figure being a cap on what they can earn.
Police Body Cameras/Body Armor
A $165,000 contract for the support and maintenance of police body cameras and a $32,000 contract to purchase new police body armor were both approved by the Board of Control. Body cameras are issued to each Police, Animal Control, and Parking Enforcement Officer and video storage for each is available for up to a year on evidence.com. Police body armor is warrantied for 5 years and must be replaced at the end of that period per industry standard. 26 vests and carriers will need to be replaced by the end of 2022.