CLEVELAND — Greenlighted green-light projects that could bring new golf courses to the city’s golf course district could be on the horizon.
The district, which includes portions of Lake Erie, Lake Erie and Cleveland, has been seeking green-lighting for nearly two years for projects ranging from the development of an amphitheater to a community-focused golf course, among others.
In the meantime, several projects are in the works, including a green-lights for the expansion of the U.S. Cellular Center, the Cleveland Browns’ practice facility, and the proposed redevelopment of a former U.C.L.A. sports-practice facility.
“It’s kind of hard to see it all going through, but there are definitely opportunities for the future to see that we can be a city that wants to play golf,” said Mark Phelan, a member of the city council who is also a member in good standing of the golf course board.
Phelan said he was particularly interested in the development on the property that has been vacant for years.
The property has been an unused site since 2008, when the Cleveland Cavaliers vacated it.
Pavlina Piotr-Korotova, the president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Association of Governments, said in a statement the association would be looking to the U,C.C., the UCP, the UPMC and the city of Cleveland to ensure that golf facilities are being constructed to the highest standards.
“We hope to see green lights for these projects, and that they are going to serve the community well and help the environment,” Piotrc-Kotova said.
“This is our backyard.
We have been working for decades to make it the most environmentally-friendly place to play a golf course.”
The U.P.C.’s Piotrs and Korotova declined to be interviewed for this story.
The U.K.’s UCP said it would be in touch with the city to make sure that the project was in the best interests of its members.
The golf courses are also home to the Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Browns, which will begin their first tour in 2018.
“What I really hope is that the people who own the golf courses will realize that the community has always wanted to be in the center of things, and not be relegated to being the last place to do something,” said Jim Schoettle, a spokesman for the Cleveland Board of Parks and Recreation.
“The community has been a part of it for generations.
It’s been here since the first tee shot.
The community has grown up here.”
But there are questions about whether the development will bring the golf-course district any benefits.
For example, Piotras and Korots, who are both former UCP members, are facing lawsuits from developers who say they have not paid property taxes on their land.
The board of trustees last month approved a $30 million bond issue to fund a variety of projects, including green-lit green-lifts for the amphitheaters and community-oriented golf courses, which would be located at the U CP site and at a former warehouse on Lake Erie.
The bonds are funded with a portion of the $250 million golf-district bond that the city has been using to develop green-grounds projects, said Piotra and Koros.
A separate $100 million golf development in nearby Canton, Ohio, is under review, but Piotre said he did not know if the Canton project would be green-listed.
Piotras said that if he was asked to advise a future golfing project, he would look at a number of factors, including the impact on the environment.
“If we had to choose one, I’d say, ‘Do we want a green light from the board of golf to build an amphitheatres or a greenlight for a community golf course?'”
“There’s always going to be those who will say, OK, this is a good thing for the golfers, but it’s not a good development for the environment.”
Phelans said he hopes the projects will be greenlights, but that if they are, he will be sure to ask the board to make a recommendation to the City Council.
“The golf course is a great place for people to enjoy golf, but you have to balance the environmental impact of that,” Phelans added.
“It’s also a good investment for the community.
It has helped a lot of our community and the people that live there.”
Piotrs said that he hopes that the golf development will be a catalyst for other community projects that might benefit the golf community.
“I think that it will give us a chance to make our neighborhood more attractive and to bring more people in,” Pietrs said.