January 13, 2013
SHAD's Annual Meeting
Square Area Development Corporation (SHAD) held its
annual meeting on January 13, 2013. It was in the same room at Our Lady
of Peace school where eleven months before SHAD's former president
ended the meeting saying that it would be closing its doors
in two weeks.
The annual meeting was
democratically run by SHAD's new president, George Palda, who had
previously served as president from 2001 - 2004. The Bylaws were amended and new board
members elected. SHAD had retained two experienced employees. moved to
smaller quarters in the Reid Robbins Building, and resumed publication of
The Connection newspaper. Amazingly - the result
of tough cost controls and some fundraising - SHAD had broken even financially.
February 24, 2013
Buckeye Area CDC wants to take over Shaker
Though SHAD is working
hard, as we write this
on February 24 our view is that its prospects are
cloudy at best. We say that after reading Mark Naymik's report in today's Plain Dealer.
He tells us
that the Buckeye Community Development Corporation (BADC)
moving ahead to take over the SHAD service area. It has changed its
name to the Buckeye - Shaker Square Area Development Corporation.
(The Ohio Secretary of State database shows the name changed on August
Federal and state
funds pass through the city for allocation among the CDCs. We expect
that the Buckeye area CDC is taking steps to re-direct to itself the
share that now would go to SHAD. Councilman Ken Johnson will
support that; he has always been close to the BADC. (For
run his annual leaf collection campaign which uses city-provided funds intended for
community-building, not vote-getting, with trucks bearing his name
in big letters driving around in the weeks before elections.) With the foundation funding that flows from
Neighborhood Progress Inc. already cut off, and with the end of funds
that flow through the city, SHAD will probably have to close.
What will that mean
for the Square? We expect that SHAD's employees will be absorbed into
a new combined Community Development Corporation (CDC).
A strong, well funded Buckeye -
Shaker Square Development Corporation can be an advantage for the
Square. We hope so.
But history gives us
caution. The History page on this website shows how Friends of Shaker Square was established.
It was in 1976, when there
already was a CDC for the combined Buckeye - Shaker Square area.
Those who cared for
the Square, hundreds of them living in Shaker Heights, felt strongly
that the Square was being neglected. They formed Friends of Shaker Square
(FOSS). Years later FOSS became a
community development corporation, changing its name to SHAD, its
service area being carved out of the Buckeye CDC's service area.
(Little-known fact: BADC's
recent name change was a reversion to its original name!)
Bottom-line: with only
one-third of the combined CDC's board from the Shaker Square area and no
assurance of that share continuing, we think
many of the Square's needs are going to be ignored, as they were
answer is to welcome the combining of the two CDCs. While doing that,
let's start an organization that doesn't try to do the hard work
of a CDC, but focuses on bringing people to Shaker
Square and building community.
We might even call the
new organization Friends of
Arnie Berger February
Most people who live near Shaker Square
are Clevelanders, but in the Shaker Heights school, library and recreation district. They
pay city taxes to Cleveland and school taxes to Shaker Heights. (The
result is Ohio's highest property tax rate.) To
learn how that happened more than 100 years ago,
To read Mark Naymik's
report on the Plain Dealer website ,