LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Nearly two weeks after Lakewood announced it reached an agreement to part ways with Carnegie Management and Development Corporation regarding the proposed $72 million mixed-use One Lakewood Place development, city officials are talking about the decision.

“We’re paying Carnegie $255,000 to avoid future litigation, which could tie up the site for years to come,” Lakewood Mayor Meghan George said. “We believe this was in the best interest of the city.

“My focus is to ensure that we’re in the best position to move forward. The outcome of this settlement allows the city to begin a new chapter with a new developer on this site. We’re looking forward to that.”

The mayor noted the agreement includes the city retaining Carnegie-completed market studies, surveys and geotechnical reports that will provide value for any future developer.

“It’s disappointing that this partnership fell through,” Lakewood City Council President Daniel J. O’Malley said. “We wanted to have some finality about the matter, so we reached a settlement with Carnegie. It’s very important that that site not be encumbered by any litigation or potential litigation. It bought our freedom.

“You have cities that have these sites tied up for 30 years with litigation. This allows us to avoid that. We’re also conscious of the fact that lawsuits are expensive, even if you win. The settlement amount we reached with Carnegie is a fraction of what we’d likely spend on attorney fees alone.”

Located on the 5.7-acre site of the former Lakewood Hospital at the corner of Detroit and Belle avenues, One Lakewood Place included 200 apartments and 12 townhomes with retail and office spaces.

The mayor noted resetting the project could bring changes to the next development.

“This provides us an opportunity to re-examine the site,” George said. “There are some things that

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, spoke Wednesday about the prospects of a stand-alone bill for airline relief, as President Trump continued to walk back his own retreat from negotiations on a broader coronavirus relief package and to push for more narrow legislation.

During a conversation in the morning, Mr. Mnuchin asked about the possibility of a stand-alone bill, as a critical payroll program for airline workers lapsed last week and airlines have warned of tens of thousands of more furloughs and layoffs without federal intervention.

Ms. Pelosi noted that Democrats had already thrown their support behind such a measure and reminded Mr. Mnuchin that Republicans had objected to unanimous passage of such a bill in the House on Friday, a spokesman for Ms. Pelosi said. She asked Mr. Mnuchin to review the legislation, championed by Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee.

A Treasury spokeswoman confirmed that the call took place but would not say what was discussed.

The two talked again for about 20 minutes on Wednesday evening and agreed to talk again on Thursday, according to Drew Hammill, the speaker’s deputy chief of staff.

Since approving nearly $3 trillion in economic relief this spring, Congress and the White House have failed to reach agreement on another package, despite warnings from economists, including the Federal Reserve chair, Jerome H. Powell, that follow-up aid is needed to maintain the country’s economic recovery.

“A long period of unnecessarily slow progress could continue to exacerbate existing disparities in our economy,” Mr. Powell said

Door-maker Steves & Sons Inc., one of San Antonio’s oldest businesses, began as a lumberyard near the Alamo.

Edward Steves started the enterprise in 1866 after emigrating from Germany.

He was bringing in “cypress from Louisiana and longleaf pine from Florida” by the late ’70s, and had relocated the business “near what would become the Sunset Station railroad tracks” and shipped his wares, according to San Antonio Express-News archives.

There is “not a habitation in southwest Texas or northern Mexico … that has not got one or more planks about it from the yards of Steves & Sons,” a local newspaper reported at the time.


The company eventually branched into doors and windows.

Employees produced aircraft propellers for the Army Air Corps during World War I and worked on Liberty ships during World War II. After the war, the business gave its profits to the government as thanks for the Steves sons’ safe return from military duty.

After the war, the business went back to making products for homes and continued to expand.

Today, Steves & Sons operates plants in San Antonio; Richmond, Va.; and Lebanon, Tenn. It employs between 1,100 and 1,400 people companywide, including about 800 workers in San Antonio.

The business recently began construction on a 100,000-square-foot addition to its Humble Avenue facilities.

The expansion and new equipment will help it ship more products and manufacture upward of 16,000 doors per day in San Antonio.

We talked to Sam Steves and Edward Steves, fifth-generation owners and brothers, about the biggest challenges facing the industry and how the coronavirus has affected the company. Sam is president and chief operating officer of the company, and Edward