Fighting City Hall

77-year-old woman leads fight against retail development

A five-foot-two, 77-year-old woman is leading a suburban Cleveland neighborhood's fight against a retail development. Irene Toma says a proposed Dollar General store in Maple Heights will increase traffic and noise in the neighborhood. She's helped gather 150 petition signatures opposing the store and has also hired a lawyer. She's upset that the board of zoning appeals has already given the developer permission to put the store within ten feet of her property. Toma has an entire neighborhood mobilized, including Mike Shott who says City Hall has to answer to them. The developer, H- David Howe Junior Architect Incorporated, of Beachwood, has declined to comment. Tennessee-based Dollar General didn't respond to calls seeking comment.