McDonald's Out, MetroHealth In at Ohio City Hollywood Video Site


[image-1]Crain's Cleveland, in a story published this weekend about investment along Lorain Avenue, reported that MetroHealth had purchased the Hollywood Video site on Lorain between W. 38th Street and Fulton Road.

"The Dec. 6 sale...defuses the bitter debate between neighbors and plans to install a McDonald's restaurant on the site," wrote reporter Stan Bullard.

City Councilman Kerry McCormack was not immediately available for comment. Nor was Ohio City Inc. Executive Director Tom McNair.

But MetroHealth's Media Relations Manager Tina Arundel confirmed the report in a phone call with Scene and reiterated that though there aren't many details yet, MetroHealth is "committed to working with the neighborhood, elected officials, and community partners" to determine the scope of services at the new facility. She said more details would be made available soon.

Arundel said that in light of the recent controversy over the proposed McDonald's at that location, MetroHealth will be especially attentive to residents' concerns and wishes.

Former Cleveland City Councilman and current Global Cleveland President Joe Cimperman cautioned back in 2013 that McDonald's, which was denied a conditional use permit on the site because it failed to meet the requirements of a Pedestrian Residential Overlay (PRO), wasn't quite "Ohio City-istic" enough.

The jury is still out on whether a MetroHealth facility will align with the aesthetic and spiritual essences of the neighborhood in its current form.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.