CLEVELAND -- For the Cleveland Clinic, it's an obvious and logical business decision.
But for Clinic critics, it's the latest in an ongoing script of abandoning parts of Cleveland.
The Clinic is moving 700 jobs from the old Parker Hannifin complex in Cleveland's Euclid Park neighborhood.
The jobs will relocate to the soon-to-be-empty Bank of America building in Beachwood. One thousand positions are being eliminated there.
Councilmen Mike Polensek and Jeff Johnson are sharply criticizing the Clinic, accusing its leaders of thoughtlessly abandoning a Cleveland neighborhood, where the complex is a neighborhood cornerstone whose workers support community businesses.
"When it comes to the civic responsibility to communities that have supported them for years, it's 'hasta la vista baby, we're out of here,' " Polensek said.
Mayor Frank Jackson's team learned of the move more than three and half weeks ago but did not publicize it.
Chief of staff Ken Silliman said he and the mayor were "disappointed" by the news but are continuing to hold meetings with the Clinic and Councilman Eugene Miller about the complex's possible future.
The Clinic will try to find a new owner, hopefully a major manufacturer. Asked about the likelihood of that, Silliman said, "Stranger things have happened."
Polensek and Johnson cite the recent closing of Huron Road Hospital and move of IT jobs from the complex to Brecksville as examples of the Clinic abandoning the Northeast side of Cleveland.
Johnson said, "We think it's unfair and disastrous to the community. CIty Hall needs to bring Dr. Cosgrove and his leadership team to City Hall to discuss options. ... This is unacceptable."
The Clinic points to almost $2 billion dollars spent on new buildings and job creating projects in the city over the last five years and another half billion on the way.
That includes new cancer and neurological centers, a medical school, hotel and more.
Spokeswoman Eileen Sheil said the Clinic remain committed to Cleveland and investing in Cleveland.
Thirty suburbs have tax-sharing deals with Cleveland, requiring revenue sharing if they get jobs from the city. Beachwood does not.
Jackson negotiated those arrangements whereby Cleveland offered to pay for water system infrastructure in exchange for the understandings about taxes.
But asked if the Mayor considering asking Beachwood or the Clinic for some compensation for the expected tax loss, Silliman said, "We're not going to do that."
Beachwood Mayor Merle Gorden said what's good for the Clinic's operation and financial health, "is good for Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and all Northeast Ohio. ... We don't celebrate any city's loss."