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By J. Patrick O’Leary

Everyone’s anxiously watching the City of Edgewater build its new civic center, but we may see changes in ownership, use or even appearance of the current city hall, 2401 Sheridan Blvd., and the old city hall, fire station and library at 5845 W. 25th Ave.

The city sent out Request for Qualifications and Proposals for the Sale and Redevelopment of the two city-owned properties on March 6. Proposals are due by noon on April 6.

In its request, the city said it wants a qualified, experienced developer to purchase the city hall property, which includes 10,000 square feet of land, an office building and parking area, and redevelop it as a retail sales-tax-generating use. Offers are expected to be at or near fair market value.

While the city said it is willing to consider retail property uses that may not maximize sales tax generation, it wants the property to remain zoned C-1, and does not want mixed-use. Development proposals must meet commercial parking requirements, comply with the 25-foot height limit along Sheridan Boulevard, and meet other applicable zoning and design standards.

The same criteria applies to the other parcel.

The city will hold an open house and site visit for developers interested in the city hall site on March 26, 10 a.m.; an open house and site visit for the old city hall, firehouse and library takes place the following day.

For more information, visit www.edgewaterco.com and click on the links under “RFQP for Sale/Redevelopment of Properties.”

Lawsuit Over Lakewood Growth Initiative Stalled

Half a year after Lakewood resident Steve Dorman filed a lawsuit challenging a citizen petition to place a growth restriction initiative on the November 2017 Lakewood municipal ballot, no trial, hearing or mediation dates have been set to settle the matter, according to public court documents. As the Neighborhood Gazette went to press, the judge had yet to rule on Dorman’s motion to kick the entire matter back to Lakewood City Clerk Margy Greer to rule on the petition’s validity after one of the two required petition proponents withdrew her name.

Dorman filed the legal challenge on Sept. 19 last year, after Greer ruled the petition met city requirements, and seeks to overturn her decision. Greer, the City of Lakewood, and the two proponents of the initiative – Cathy Kentner and Anita Springsteen – were named in the lawsuit.

Springsteen notified the city clerk that she had withdrawn as proponent of the petition sometime after the lawsuit was filed.

Now making an additional argument that the city code requires a petition to have two proponents to be valid, Dorman filed a Motion to Remand (send back) to the City Clerk on Nov. 16, and moved to dismiss Springsteen from the lawsuit on Dec. 6. A flurry of responses and replies were filed through Dec. 20.

Nearly three months later, no ruling has been issued on the Motion to Remand, and no case management conference, hearings or trial have been scheduled.