President Donald Trump has pardoned Cleveland parking lot operator and real estate trader James Kassouf (”President Trump pardons Cleveland developer James Kassouf in 1989 tax situation,” cleveland.com, Dec. 24). Who cares? Kassouf did his time and compensated his again taxes as well as fines. In the serious criminal offense, briefly mentioned at the end of the short article, Kassouf was the sufferer.
Cleveland Mayor Michael White tried to use eminent domain to seize Davenport Bluffs from Kassouf for a Forest Town housing challenge. The courts subsequently dominated Kassouf’s programs for the property fulfilled zoning specifications.
Kassouf understood he would in no way be equipped to recognize his improvement desires and had to settle for a lot less than the optimum and finest use of the assets. He bought parcels to WKYC Channel 3 and the Normal Providers Administration for use by the FBI. Neither entity needs that type of really desirable serious estate to carry out its company. The web final result is that the FBI and WKYC, entities that purport to serve the desires of the common community, now occupy land that could have generated considerably larger property tax revenues.
It is a usual Cleveland story recurring far way too lots of moments.