July 23, 2016

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Medina city may buy Moose parking lot

MEDINA — City Council is considering buying a parking lot on the southeast corner of Elmwood Avenue and Liberty Street.

Medina City Council will consider buying a parking lot at the corner of West Liberty Street and South Elmwood Avenue at tonight's meeting. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

Council is expected to vote tonight on an agreement that will allow the city to purchase the lot for $220,000 from the Medina Moose Lodge 647 Loyal Order of Moose.

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said the city administration wants to buy the parking lot because expanding the Medina Municipal Court will take up some spaces in the court’s lot, so additional parking will be needed. Also, he said the city’s parking lots are filling up during the day.

Plans to expand the municipal court have not yet been finalized, but city council has discussed it.

“To help support the businesses we’re trying to make sure there is adequate parking and also plan for the future,” he said.

Council is expected to take action on the purchase at tonight’s finance committee meeting, which consists of the all council members, which will meet at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular council meeting at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 132 N. Elmwood Ave.

Another agreement, also on the agenda, will allow the city to be considered first to buy the Lodge’s building, should a developer be found for the property in future years, Hanwell said.

Hanwell said the agreement “gives us a right to assist and help control future development.”

That agreement will expire at the end of 2015.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.