Two Euclid City Council members are holding a public meeting to gather community input on the rezoning of the property formally home to Ss. Robert and William Church.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m., Sept. 20, at the corner of East 238th Street and Lakeshore Shore Boulevard as Ward 7 Councilwoman Maria Jukic and Ward 5 Councilwoman Christine McIntosh want to gain as much community feedback as possible before they go forward with a plan for the property.
Euclid purchased the former Ss. Roberts Parish campus for $674,000 in 2011, under former Mayor Bill Cervenik. St. Williams and St. Roberts had merged in 2009, creating the 7.6-acre site, at 23802 Lake Shore Blvd.
The buildings on the campus have since been demolished while the city has been unable to fully realize plans for the grounds. Officials said the purpose of this meeting is to gain residents’ input so that they can form a cohesive plan for the property that will benefit the people they serve.
“We had momentum to get this rezoning done and find contractors that would propose new concepts for mixed use, residential, or commercial projects,” McIntosh said. “When we had community meetings there was a lot of resistance to the former Russell Erwine Elementary School being rezoned so we set that aside along with St. Roberts because we felt like we needed to have more community input which is exactly why we are having this meeting.”
McIntosh said that early concepts pushed for higher density with concepts of town homes to pack more living space into the acreage. She said that these concepts were widely rejected by residents according to previous feedback.
“We need the community’s help to fully see what we should do with this property,” McIntosh said. “The meeting will provide people a platform to voice their concerns, ask their questions and give us direction on what is best for the property and the city as a whole.”