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CITY OF UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS TOWN HALL MEETING Hosted by: Mayor Susan Infeld ACQUISITION OF THE FORMER FUCHS MIZRACHI SCHOOL PROPERTY Monday, March 12, 2012.

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1 CITY OF UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS TOWN HALL MEETING Hosted by: Mayor Susan Infeld ACQUISITION OF THE FORMER FUCHS MIZRACHI SCHOOL PROPERTY Monday, March 12, 2012 ~ 7:00 p.m. Wiley Middle School Auditorium City of University Heights 2300 Warrensville Center Road University Heights, Ohio (216) ~ Produced by the Mayor and staff at City Hall

2 ACQUISITION OF THE FORMER FUCHS MIZRACHI SCHOOL PROPERTY  Are you aware of the City’s desire to purchase the former Fuchs Mizrachi School property for the purpose of creating a public park?  What do you think of the idea?

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4 Community Name Number of Parks (w/out playfields or playgrounds) Community Name Number of Parks (w/out playfields or playgrounds) Community Name Number of Parks (w/out playfields or playgrounds) Bay Village5*Highland Heights1Richmond Hts3* Beachwood1Highland Hills1Rocky River6* Bedford1*Hunting Valley1Seven Hills3* Bedford Heights1*Independence2*2*Shaker Heights3 Bentleyville1*Lakewood8*Solon2* Berea4*Linndale0South Euclid4* Bratenahl2Lyndhurst4Strongsville2* Brecksville2*Maple Heights2University Heights0 Broadview Heights0Mayfield Heights1Valley View1* Brook Park12*Mayfield Village2*Walton Hills3* Brooklyn4*Middleburg Hts3*Warrensville Heights1 Brooklyn Heights1*Moreland Hills1*Westlake7* Chagrin Falls3Newburgh Heights1*Woodmere0 Cleveland97*North Olmsted4* Cleveland Heights5North Randall0 Cuyahoga Hts2*North Royalton4* East Cleveland5Oakwood2* Euclid7*Olmsted Falls0 Fairview Park3*Orange Village1 Garfield Heights4*Parma19* Gates Mills1*Parma Heights7* Glenwillow1Pepper Pike1 * Denotes Reservation/National Park located and accessible to community [Sources: City’s websites; city survey;

5 ACQUISITION OF THE FORMER FUCHS MIZRACHI SCHOOL PROPERTY  “Urban parks and open spaces are valuable resources. They can help improve the quality of life in urban areas, have essential environmental functions and, by increasing the attractiveness of places in which people live and work, can have economic benefits.” (The Economic Value of Open Space: Implications for Land Use Decisions, Paul Anton, Wilder Research, St. Paul MN)  “Open space has a statistically significant positive impact on the sales price of neighboring residential properties.” (The Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK)

6 ACQUISITION OF THE FORMER FUCHS MIZRACHI SCHOOL PROPERTY  “With the demand for increased protection of parks and natural open space in urban areas, many have questioned the benefits and costs these areas bring to the community and local government. Some view natural open space as underutilized, while others value it as a component of the quality of life in a neighborhood. More recently, natural open space benefits for stormwater management, habitat protection, recreation, groundwater capture, water and air quality improvements, and non-motorized transportation have been considered.” (Deborah Currin and Faculty of Law and School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and Smart Growth, British Columbia)


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