We have enough

In November, Axiom wants the residents of Pepper Pike to vote on rezoning nearly 70 acres to a mixed use-overlay district. If the property is rezoned, Axiom plans on building a maximum of 40,000 square feet of retail (there is no minimum) and a proposed 155,000 square feet of commercial/office (there is no listed maximum).

The area I am referring to is from Interstate-271 east to SOM Center Road and Cedar Road south to Harvard Road. Within this area, there is Legacy Village, Beachwood Place/La Place, Village Square, Eton, Pinecrest, Chagrin Boulevard strip, Landerwood Plaza, multiple office buildings and a couple of small retail groups.

Currently, we have 91 clothing stores (women’s, men’s and children’s), four dry cleaners, seven exercise facilities (yoga, barre, gyms), 12 clothing accessory shops, 13 banks, 12 exercise stores (clothing, shoes, equipment), two ice cream shops, 12 gift and home accessory, 10 optical shops, 6 grocery/markets, 17 hair salons (not included are the 20 cubicles at Salon Loft), four coffee shops, 11 jewelry stores, 14 makeup and personal care stores, eight nail salons (not including ones inside the hair salons), nine spas/massage, four bakeries (may serve sandwiches), two juice bars and 52 restaurants (fast food and sit down). In addition, this small area has 68 other stores including shoe repair, florist, vitamin, four furniture stores, paint, art gallery, do-it-yourself art, alterations, pet supplies, framing, wellness center, car rental, teacher supply, and closet organization. Many of the more than 350 stores are small locally owned. Talk about a cornucopia, an abundant of riches.

Beachwood Place/La Place has 13 retail spots open and three restaurant spaces available. Chagrin Boulevard strip has two retail spaces open. Eton has seven retail and three restaurants empty. Landerwood Plaza has space for two retail and a restaurant. Legacy Village has 12 retail and two restaurants empty. Pinecrest has eight retail spaces and one restaurant. Orange Place has two closed and available restaurants. Village Square has one large retail space open. That’s 45 retail and 11 restaurants spaces vacant.

Pinecrest has 160,000 square feet of office space which is what Axiom proposes at Beech Brook. Within the area described, there are 16 office buildings of which 15 have a “space available” sign. These are freestanding buildings and does not include available office space at Pinecrest. Just the other side of Interstate-271, Beachwood has a plethora of office buildings with space available.

With this abundance, why do we need more? More shops? More offices? More commercial? More concrete? More traffic? More traffic circles? More stress on current infrastructure? Do we? No, nope, nada, zip, nyet, ochi, nahin, nein, ne.

Lou Ann Graham

Pepper Pike

Look for solutions

I recently read a Chagrin Valley Times story about a proposed plan to stage a Black Lives Matter walkout at Kenston High School. I question what your expectation is as a result of a walkout? And, while I admire a student’s interest in politics, I would not support a school walkout for several reasons.

Schools are centers for education, not for political rallies.

Politics are better left at the school house door and practiced off hours at a town hall or township meeting room unless you have a problem with something the school is doing.

Class should be attended at every opportunity, to learn. Theoretically if you skip class, you get an “F” for that class, that day. Not Good.

Rallies and staged protests rarely have any impact on the condition under protest. Instead, protesters use chants or talking points with no detail of a workable solution.

Successful change occurs incrementally and on a well-focused person or group causing the problem you perceive.

If you have a problem with something our local police have done then talk to our local police. If you have a problem with something some other group or agency has done, then talk to that group or agency – focus on the problem and where it occurred.

Define your motivation well, no generalizations, no talking points.

I bet that your school administrators would be quite willing to help set up such a meeting. Just be sure to concisely define your problem. Also, most important, come prepared with realistic problem-solving alternatives.

I believe that defining the problem and offering problem solving alternatives to the group you want to change has a chance of resulting in positive change. A walk out is here today and gone tomorrow and normally results in nothing changing. What are your expectations?

James Kadunc

Chagrin Falls

Readers deserve facts

Conrad Foley’s speculative interpretation of my letter to the editor regarding the deficiencies in information being provided to the public by the media and our federal agencies does a serious disservice to CVT readers. His mathematical assumption by his extrapolation of the U.S. COVID-19 case fatality rate is both flawed and impossible. He also appears to have missed my main point of how the media and others are playing COVID-19 statistics to reinforce a political agenda. In essence, Mr. Foley’s commentary creates the same sensationalism. His admitted assumption is flawed and his speculative calculation of an overall death toll for the U.S. of 10 million dead due to COVID-19 is both impossible and inflammatory. First, he misapplied the 3.3 percent case fatality rate to the entire U.S. population. A case rate cannot be applied to an entire population because no pandemic has ever affected an entire population and COVID-19 is no exception. There have now been several published scientific estimates that conclude the infected population is about 10-fold higher which in turn would mean the case fatality rate would actually be 10 times lower because essentially every person who dies in the U.S. is tested for COVID-19 regardless of their cause of death. The absurdity of Mr. Foley’s exaggerated calculation of 10 million deaths can be further demonstrated based on annual U.S. deaths from all causes having ranged from 2.4 million to 2.8 million deaths over the past 20 years which includes the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 when we didn’t offer testing to the entire U.S. population.

Mr. Foley also misinterpreted my letter as me saying public health measures are useless. I never said that. My point was specific only to masking and informing the public that the effectiveness of wearing masks remains scientifically unproven and to let people know that relying on masks that leak like a sieve is not a reliable personal strategy. I never said people should not wear masks, or not apply social distancing or avoid handwashing. A better-informed public was my goal to help individuals apply whatever measures they believe is best for their own protection and health.

In closing, Times readers deserve accurate scientific facts and information, not speculative assumptions.

Marc Kolanz

Chagrin Falls

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