A Petition to Open Bids for Central Park Proposals
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WHEREAS, the City of Eastlake owns approximately seven acres of property behind the Eastlake Community Center, known as "Central Park,"
WHEREAS, the majority of Central Park is not utilized by residents because Central Park is predominately covered by five softball fields not used or maintained for at least two years and in need of repair,
WHEREAS, the City asserts that Central Park is "blighted" and no local softball leagues are capable of making the necessary repairs to the fields at Central Park,
WHEREAS, the City of Eastlake has negotiated a lease agreement under which the American-Croatian Lodge, Inc., ("ACL") will pay the City One dollar ($1) a year for at least 15 years, to build and operate a soccer facility for the use of the ACL and affiliates on Central Park,
WHEREAS, the City did not publicly advertise for alternate proposals for the redevelopment of Central Park to ensure that publicly-owned property continues to serve the public interest,
THEREFORE, WE DEMAND, the City (1) reject or table Pending Legislation 03-08-(01) authorizing City officials to enter into a lease agreement with the ACL, (2) advertise publicly for proposals to redevelop Central Park for at least five weeks, (3) fully consider all proposals and public comment related to any proposal, and (4) select a proposal that most benefits the public.
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