CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland investor Alan Glazen offered to put more than $500,000 into the West Side Market, but he said the city is not interested.
Glazen argued the city needs to get with the times to build the dwindling crowds back up to where they used to be.
His nonprofit organization was ready to renovate the nearly empty back wing of the market, and then he was going to pay the city rent to use it.
“There’s a lot of us out there that are not political that want to invest our money and our time just for the good of the city,” he said.
Glazen said he talked to the vendors, and then submitted the proposal to the city last month.
It would have eliminated the vacant produce stands.
Sampling tables, a teaching kitchen and kiosks would replace them.
“Go out for 30 seconds and you see the market is on the verge of collapse,” he said. “Nobody’s doing well.”
Three days ago, the market’s manager came back to him and said Mayor Frank Jackson’s office won’t accept his offer, because it doesn’t fit the “template” for the market.
“It’s kind of disappointing, because it shows that the city really does not have its modern eye glasses on,” Glazen said.
Cleveland 19 reached out to get some clarity on the city’s decision, ad we have not received a reply.