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Delay?: Another delay for the Cleveland Medical Mart

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A citizens group wants to delay the groundbreaking of Cleveland's Medical Mart.

Two months before the scheduled groundbreaking of the medical mart, a citizens group is saying they want independent experts to take a closer look and re-evaluate the project.

 "There's no reason to have a ground breaking in October, there's no purpose. They don't have a site technically, they don't have a budget, they have no drawings," Tom Kelly Citizens Reform Association.

Tom Kelly tells 19 Action News that he says they have no financial interest slowing the process his group just wants it done right.

"We don't want contracts, we don't want jobs, we have no dog in the fight."

Kelly says projections on the number of people the Medical Mart will attract are over inflated. For example, San Diego hosts the most medical conventions at 17 a year so how does Cleveland expect to host 60 a year as promised?

Kelly says, if the plan goes through as is, it will be this regions version of the gulf oil spill.

"Instead of oil, this thing will leak money and instead of 3 months, it'll do it for 20 years."

Commissioners promised Friday to review the new concerns.

Kelly says the October groundbreaking is just not realistic.

He thinks the commissioners want to do the whole silver shovel/hard hat thing before they leave office so they can say they finished what they started.

 

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