Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights adopts Master Plan

Cleveland Heights City Council voted unanimously on March 20 to adopt a new Master Plan as a long-term guide for the community’s development and revitalization.

The 250-page plan was prepared by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission during a 16-month period that included three community meetings attended by about 230 people. At its March 20 meeting, CH City Council committed to begin implementing the plan immediately.

Among the plan’s more noteworthy recommendations are the following:

Mayfield Corridor Innovation District. As part of a strategy to increase jobs and tax revenues, the plan proposes targeting the Mayfield Road corridor as an “innovation district,” building off of its connection to University Circle and re-using some of the corridor’s currently under-utilized buildings.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 2:27 PM, 03.22.2017

Cleveland Heights crime rates stable in most categories for 2016

While the number of property crimes in Cleveland Heights continued a four-year downward trend in 2016, the overall number of violent crimes increased last year for the first time since 2012.

Three murders were committed in the city last year, the same as in 2015. Nine rapes were reported, compared to eight the previous year. But there were 83 robberies, up from 53 in 2015; and 55 aggravated assaults compared to 33 the year before.

Police Chief Annette Mecklenburg said citizens shouldn't be alarmed by the increase. "We'd love the rates to keep going down until we're at zero crime, but it doesn't work that way," she said, emphasizing that it doesn't mean the city’s streets are less safe.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 11:30 AM, 03.22.2017

Cedar Fairmount streetscape project to begin in April

After a year’s delay, the Cedar Fairmount Streetscape and Cedar Road Resurfacing project is set to begin in April. The city awarded a $3.99 million contract to Perk Company Inc. in January.

According to Joseph Kickel, assistant to the director of public works for Cleveland Heights, the project was designed as two separate projects with multiple funding sources for each, but was combined into one in order to reduce costs and construction time. Of the total project cost, the resurfacing portion will be $2.95 million and the streetscape $1.04 million.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 4:52 PM, 03.20.2017

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-6-17

MARCH 6, 2017

  • New safety personnel sworn in
  • Public comments
  • Bids for street work
  • Securing power supply rate
  • Liquor control notices
  • Zoning appeals
  • Energy conservation project
  • Non-bank ATM regulations
  • Employee compensation, benefits
  • City manager and design academy
  • Public meetings
  • State budget impact on local government

All council members were present: Mayor Cheryl L. Stephens, Vice Mayor Jason Stein,  Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Kahlil Seren, Michael N. Ungar and Melissa Yasinow.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 04.10.2017

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-21-2017

FEBRUARY 21, 2017

  • Liquor permit
  • Fire department 2016 report
  • Police department 2016 report
  • Loan approval
  • Mutual aid agreements
  • Sanctuary city, rental issues
  • Mayor’s comments

Mayor Cheryl L. Stephens, Vice Mayor Jason Stein, and Council members Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Kahlil Seren and Melissa Yasinow were present. Michael N. Ungar was absent.

The meeting lasted from 7:36 to 8:38 pm.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.10.2017

Noble Road resurfacing project gets underway

Noble Road will be resurfaced from where it begins at Mayfield Road to Cleveland Heights’ northern border with East Cleveland. Cuyahoga County is overseeing the $2.947 project, which is completely funded by the county, including engineering, administration and construction costs.

C. A. Agresta Construction Co. won the contract, and will begin work in April. Construction is expected to be completed by October.

According to Mike Tworzydlo, area construction manager for Cuyahoga County, the road resurfacing will include repairing the underlying structure and replacing curb ramps so that they are ADA compliant. Any broken curbs will be repaired. Although there was some initial discussion about adding bike lanes to Noble Road, this is not part of the project. The road will be re-striped to match what is currently there.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:10 PM, 03.20.2017

CH is advised to create a Community Development Corporation

A special Economic Development Advisory Committee appointed by Cleveland Heights City Council delivered its recommendations to the council’s Committee of the Whole on Feb. 13. Its top recommendation is the creation of a Community Development Corporation (CDC) in Cleveland Heights that will partner with the city and other organizations to promote the city's economic development.

The CDC would focus on revitalizing mixed-use business districts, coordinating Special Improvement Districts (SIDs), and work with the city and civic organizations to create visions and plans for neighborhoods and business districts throughout the city. The CDC would also focus on enhancing the identity of the city and its unique neighborhoods and business districts, and marketing the city throughout the region.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:46 AM, 02.28.2017

Cleveland Heights becomes a 'Welcoming City'

At its Feb. 6 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council declared the city to be a “Welcoming City” by a 6-1 vote on Resolution 15-2017.

Council members considered whether to declare Cleveland Heights a “Sanctuary City” but decided, instead, to declare it a Welcoming City.

In a press release, the city stated, “There had been some discussion regarding the concept of Sanctuary City. After further research, it was determined that Sanctuary City does not have set definitions and has no official government designation. Recent announcements that federal funds could possibly be withheld from these cities made Council look for other alternatives. The goal was to affirm a designation that would uphold the spirit of Cleveland Heights without jeopardizing in any way the financial strength of the City.”

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 4:57 PM, 02.20.2017

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [2-6-2017]

FEBRUARY 6, 2017

  • Public comments
  • Council reaction and welcoming city resolution
  • Other public comments
  • Interim finance director/clerk of council
  • 2017 street repair bids, software proposals
  • Zoning variance
  • Recreation rates and programs
  • National African American History Month and American Heart Month
  • Support of public education
  • Signatories for financial accounts
  • Boss Dog Brewing Company
  • Zoning code amendments
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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 3:28 PM, 02.28.2017

Cleveland Heights proposes zoning code update

Gas stations, car washes, auto sales and auto repair businesses could no longer be built along some segments of Taylor, Cedar, Mayfield, Lee, and Noble roads and Euclid Heights Boulevard under one of a series of proposed zoning code amendments being considered in Cleveland Heights.

Specifically, these auto-oriented businesses would no longer be permitted uses in the city’s C-2 Local Retail Business Districts and S-2 Mixed-Use Districts. The businesses would still be permitted uses, with conditions, in the city’s other main commercial district, the C-3 General Commercial District.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 12:25 PM, 02.20.2017

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights

JANUARY 3, 2017

  • Road resurfacing bids
  • Liquor permits
  • Nuisance abatement update
  • Amendment to wage and salary ordinance
  • Amendment to public hearing ordinance

Council members Cheryl L. Stephens (mayor), Jason Stein (vice mayor), Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Kahlil Seren and Melissa Yasinow were present. Council Member Michael N. Ungar was absent.

The meeting was held from 7:37 to 8:21 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 5:42 PM, 01.17.2017

Center Mayfield demolition is imminent

The building for which the Center Mayfield Business District in Cleveland Heights is named will soon be demolished. On Jan. 9, residents noted that construction fencing and heavy machinery had been put in place. That evening, Allan Butler, housing programs director for the city of Cleveland Heights, confirmed that a demolition permit had been issued to Independence Excavating on Dec. 14, 2016.

In the city of Cleveland Heights, if the owner of a commercial property wants to demolish a structure, he must file for a demolition permit and pay a permit fee of $100, plus $5 per $1,000 value of the property. No city board or commission must review the request before the permit is issued. Independence Excavating paid a permit fee of $128.75.

The Center Mayfield Building, 3907–3927 Mayfield Road, is the most prominent building located in the "Triangle”—the district bounded by Mayfield, Noble and Warrensville Center roads.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 12:24 PM, 01.10.2017

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights

DECEMBER 5, 2016

  • Presentation by Happy 5K
  • Presentation from the family of Sunny Ravi Patel
  • 2017 operating and capital budget
  • Zoning variances
  • Liquor permit transfer
  • Down-payment assistance program extended
  • On-street overnight parking
  • Protected liability self-insurance
  • Reappointments to boards and commissions
  • Items to be discussed at Dec. 12 work session

All council members were present: Cheryl L. Stephens, mayor; Jason Stein, vice mayor; Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Kahlil Seren, Michael N. Ungar, and Melissa Yasinow.

The meeting lasted from 7:42–8:41 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 3:39 PM, 01.02.2017

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights

NOVEMBER 21, 2016

  • Ceremony for fire cadets
  • Voting results for Ballot Issues 51 and 52
  • Liquor permit transfer
  • Budget ordinances
  • Community development grant
  • Commercial loan
  • Nuisance bar on Mayfield
  • Wage and salary ordinance

All council members were present: Cheryl L. Stephens, mayor; Jason Stein, vice mayor; Mary Dunbar; Carol Roe; Kahlil Seren; Michael N. Ungar; and Melissa Yasinow.

 
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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 3:38 PM, 01.02.2017

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 11-7-2016]

NOVEMBER 7, 2016

  • Body cameras for the Police Department
  • Liquor permit transfers
  • Finance and payroll software
  • Computer network infrastructure
  • ODOT bridge inspection program
  • Zoning variance
  • CDBG application
  • Cranksgiving
  • Public health services
  • Nuisance property
  • Election Day and support for Issue 109


Council members Carol Roe and Michael N. Ungar were absent.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 4:02 PM, 11.15.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights for 10-17-2016 [online]

OCTOBER 17, 2016

  • Public comments
  • Banks designated for city’s active deposits
  • Cain Park concessions proposals for 2017
  • Liquor permit application
  • Sanitary sewer engineering
  • CDBG entitlement process
  • Top of the Hill development
  • Trick-or-treating events and other announcements
  • Nuisance property
  • Recent robbery and murder
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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 12:49 PM, 11.10.2016

CH voters to decide on proposed amendments to city charter

Cleveland Heights residents will be asked to vote on two proposed amendments to the Cleveland Heights City Charter when they go to the polls on Nov. 8.

Ballot language for the proposed amendments, Issues 51 and 52, is as follows:

  • Issue 51: Shall Article VII, Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Charter of the City of Cleveland Heights be amended to change the candidate petition filing deadline from 60 to 90 days prior to the election, and change the period in which electors may sign candidate petitions from between 60 and 90 days to between 90 and 180 days prior to the election; and change the filing deadline for write-in candidates from 40 to 72 days prior to the election, and the deadline to file an acceptance of their nomination to office from 55 to 85 days prior to the election?

  • Issue 52: Shall Article VIII, Sections 3 and 4 of the Charter of the City of Cleveland Heights be amended to change the filing deadline from 40 to 90 days for candidates seeking to succeed those members of Council whose removal is sought in the event that a recall election is to be held for more than three members of council; and to change the time frame from 40 to 90 days to 60 to 120 days for which a recall election, or a question as a result of initiative or referendum petitions shall be submitted for a vote of the electors of the city whenever it becomes the duty of the Council to call such an election?
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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 12:44 PM, 11.01.2016

City schedules next Cleveland Heights Master Plan public meeting for Nov. 1

The third public meeting for the Cleveland Heights Master Plan will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., in the Cleveland Heights Community Center, at 1 Monticello Blvd.

The meeting will include a short presentation, a brief question-and-answer period, and an opportunity for attendees to review proposed actions, provide feedback, and set priorities for policies and action steps.

Following the public meeting, [Cuyahoga] County Planning will host an online survey that will mirror the information available at the public meeting.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:07 AM, 10.21.2016

CH announces developer for Top of the Hill project

The City of Cleveland Heights' Top of the Hill Project is taking the next step in the development process at [its Oct. 17] meeting. City Council is expected to consider legislation to authorize the City to negotiate a non-binding letter of intent with Fairmount Properties. [See editor's note.]

"We were very pleased with the results of our Request for Qualifications process. Several excellent development teams were interested in partnering with us to bring a spectacular development to the Top of the Hill," said City Manager Tanisha Briley. "We believe that says a lot about the interest and excitement surrounding this site and in new development in Cleveland Heights."

The Top of the Hill Project refers to the approximately four acres of City-owned property at the corner of Cedar Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard at the top of Cedar Hill. As a highly visible property at the gateway between the Heights and University Circle, developing this property has been a long-time goal of the City.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:59 AM, 10.18.2016

CH crime trends for first half of 2016

Crime rates in Cleveland Heights for the first six months of 2016 have remained steady compared to the same period in recent years.

The data in the charts represents the period January through June 2016; data from previous years represents January through July. The difference in reporting periods results from changes in the communication routine between the Observer and CHPD following personnel changes in the police department earlier this year. The discrepancy will be fixed by the time year-end data is published.

The information is compiled by the CHPD according to federal standards defined by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting system, and is also published on the Cleveland Heights city website.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 12:13 PM, 09.30.2016

Cleveland Heights trials new parking app

Those parking in three Cleveland Heights parking garages—in Cedar Fairmount, Cedar Lee and Coventry Village—can now use a mobile Passport Parking app that they can download to iPhone and Android smart phones.

The City of Cleveland Heights made the announcement on Sept. 23 and has posted information about how to download and use the app at www.clevelandheights.com/parkingapp. The information is also accessible via a Passport Parking icon on the website’s home page.

The parking rate for those using the app is the same 50 cents per hour as for those using quarters, which meters will continue to accept. Parking app users are charged a 35-cent convenience fee per transaction.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:05 PM, 09.23.2016

Trump visits Cleveland Heights; Heights residents speak up

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a “town hall meeting to discuss issues confronting urban America” at New Spirit Revival Center, 3130 Mayfield Road, in Cleveland Heights on Sept. 21.

Fox News Channel convened the meeting, which was taped live beginning at 9:30 a.m. for broadcast that evening. Republican Nominee Donald Trump was the special guest of Pastor Darrell Scott, who has received national attention for his support of Trump.

While Trump spoke inside the church, a counter-event was held across the street in front of the Heights Rockefeller Building. Protesters began lining Mayfield Road when the event began. Immediately after, several elected officials held a press conference at which Cuyahoga County Councilmember Anthony Hairston, Cleveland Heights Mayor Cheryl Stephens, State Senator Sandra Williams and State Representative Janine Boyd spoke.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:30 AM, 09.23.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 9-6-2016]

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

  • Public comments
  • Liquor application
  • Stormwater management
  • Traffic signal project
  • Coventry Road paving
  • Zoning appeals
  • Top of the Hill
  • Dept. of Homeland Security SAFER grant
  • Overnight parking permits
  • Assessment board reports
  • Assessment rates
  • Tax collection
  • Mayor’s report


Council Member Melissa Yasinow was absent.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 1:19 PM, 09.23.2016

CH adds new economic-development experts

Tim Boland and Brian Anderson have both joined the staff of the City of Cleveland Heights to help with economic development. Boland is the city’s economic development director. He replaces Greg Zucca, who left in the spring of 2015. Anderson has been named the city’s business development manager, a newly created position. Both started working for the city on Aug. 8.

“Economic development is a top priority for our city,” said City Manager Tanisha Briley. “For a community like ours, maintaining our excellent services means expanding our economic base through community, housing and business development and redevelopment opportunities.”

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.23.2016

City of Cleveland Heights reports on storm

The City of Cleveland Heights issued the following news release on Aug. 10 regarding the previous night's storm:

Cleveland Heights Fire, Police and Public Works Departments have been out all night due to the storm damage. Today, Public Works is going through the City taking care of downed trees. Residents, who are able, are asked to put tree limbs on the tree lawns. Public Works will continue to go through the whole city and pick up limbs. The City is in contact with First Energy regarding power outages.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 2:14 PM, 08.10.2016

CH Citizen Police Academy invites applications for its community training program

The Cleveland Heights Police Department invites Cleveland Heights residents to participate in the upcoming session of its Citizens Police Academy, set to begin on Aug. 9.

An application can be found on the City of Cleveland Heights’s website (click on City Hall – Police Department – Community – Citizens Police Academy). The application must be submitted before Aug. 1.

According to Cleveland Heights Chief of Police Annette Mecklenburg, “The goal is for police department employees to interact with and educate a group of well-informed citizens regarding Cleveland Heights police procedures, investigations and operations—and to foster a deeper understanding between police officers and members of the community.”

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 11:03 AM, 07.26.2016

Cleveland Heights designates four free-parking weekends for Cedar Lee

In an effort to support Lee Road merchants during the disruption caused by streetscape construction, the City of Cleveland Heights has agreed to designate four free-parking  weekends in the Cedar Lee Business District. Free parking will be offered last weekend of each month, from July through October, and applies only to metered (not permit) spots on the district's streets, in city parking lots and the city parking garage.

The Cedar Lee free-parking weekends are:

  • July 29, 30, 31
  • Aug. 26, 27, 28
  • Sept. 23, 24, 25
  • Oct. 28, 29, 30
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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:54 PM, 07.20.2016

Fairmount sewer project to begin week of July 18

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will begin construction on the Fairmount Boulevard Relief Sewer the week of July 18. 

This project includes the construction of 2,400 feet of new sanitary sewer between Wellington and Idlewood roads. In addition, contractors will re-line 2,250 feet of existing sanitary sewers and rehabilitate manholes along the section.

When the project is complete, there will be additional sanitary sewage capacity and reduced sanitary sewage overflows into Doan Brook.

Construction will occur in the two northernmost lanes of Fairmount Boulevard, closing those lanes to vehicular traffic. Although lane closures will occur, traffic will be maintained in both directions.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:31 AM, 07.12.2016

Preparing for the RNC

In her first months as police chief, Annette Mecklenburg said contingencies for the upcoming Republican National Convention (July 18–21) have been a priority.

While the city isn't anticipating any particular kind of activity, it is planning for an increase in visitors from among the delegates and protestors, and the chance that heightened political passions could result in police calls. 

Most of the work is in reviewing and writing policies with the political convention in mind—for example, a mass-arrest policy.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 4:01 PM, 07.01.2016

Mild winter results in crime uptick in Cleveland Heights

Crimes in Cleveland Heights rose in the first three months of 2016 compared to the same period a year ago, most likely because of the mild winter, according to Police Chief Annette Mecklenburg.

According to data compiled by the Cleveland Heights Police Department (CHPD), 26 violent crimes were committed in the city during the first quarter of the year, compared to 12 a year ago and 24 the year before that. 

There were 201 property crimes in the January to March period—up from 185 in the same period last year, but well below 247 in the first quarter of 2014.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 4:05 PM, 07.01.2016

Residents invited to CH Master Plan public meeting on July 14

A community meeting to discuss the Cleveland Heights Master Plan will be held on Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. in the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Boulevard. The County Planning staff will review the planning process to date and discuss draft policies; the public will be asked to provide feedback and set priorities for policies and action steps.

Following the public meeting, County Planning will host an online survey that will mirror the information available at the public meeting.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 10:03 AM, 07.01.2016

FutureHeights interns stage student event on Lee Road

FutureHeights interns Nathan Merritt and Karen Kearney staged a professional development event for fellow students on April 15 in the Cedar Lee Business District. Both are graduate students at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) at Case Western Reserve University.

“Our goal for the Cedar Lee Community Immersion event,” said Kearney, “was to enable students to learn more about Cleveland Heights and the businesses and restaurants that are located there. We also hoped to get young people more engaged with the community and find out how they perceive it.”

The students met at the BottleHouse Brewery, where they received instructions for a scavenger hunt. Sruti Basu, director of community-building programs at FutureHeights and an MSASS graduate, gave a brief history of Cleveland Heights and the Cedar Lee district. She then surveyed participants to find out what they already knew about the area.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:22 AM, 05.30.2016

Cedar Lee streetscape improvements are underway

Merchants, stakeholders and city officials gathered at the Lee Road Library on April 28 to learn about the highly anticipated Lee Road streetscape improvements. Alex Mannarino, director of public works for the City of Cleveland Heights, and representatives of S.E.T. Inc. led the meeting and answered questions.

The 1.2-mile project, spanning Lee Road from Superior Road to Corydon Road in the Cedar Lee Business District, will be split into two phases. Construction for the first phase, the west side of Lee Road, began May 9 and is scheduled to run for three months. Construction will then shift to the east side of the street.

The streetscape construction will focus on paving roads, lighting (79 light poles), brick pavers, new sidewalks in certain areas, ADA-compliance construction, trees and traffic signals.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:48 AM, 05.17.2016

CH issues RFQ/RFP for Top of the Hill site

In April, the City of Cleveland Heights issued a request for qualification/proposals (RFQ/RFP) for development of the city-owned Top of the Hill property. The site is on the western edge of the Cedar Fairmount Business District and is convenient to University Circle, Greater Cleveland's second-largest employment hub. The city asked prospective developers to submit their qualifications and proposed visions for the site. Because input from the city and the public will help shape the final development plan, conceptual drawings or renderings were not required.

The 3.9-acre site currently comprises a 225-space parking lot and some vacant land. Developers were also invited to consider incorporating any of eight other nearby, but noncontiguous, city properties into their proposals. Some of the other parcels, which cover under two acres in total, are used for parking. Any new development would be required to satisfy its own parking needs and replace any lost parking.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:59 AM, 05.30.2016

Cleveland Heights City Council appoints Michael Ungar to vacant seat

On April 8, Cleveland Heights City Council announced the appointment of Cleveland Heights resident Michael Ungar to fill the unexpired term of former Council Member Jeff Coryell, whose resignation was effective Dec. 31, 2015. Ungar will officially be sworn in as a council member at the next CH City Council meeting, on Monday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m.

According to an April 8 news release from the City of Cleveland Heights, Ungar is a longtime resident of the city who has served on its planning commission since 1993, and has chaired the commission for 16 years. Prior to that, Ungar was a member of the Citizen Advisory Committee.

Ungar is a partner in the law firm of Ulmer & Berne LLP, where he is chair of the firm’s litigation department and a member of the management committee.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 11:42 AM, 04.12.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 3-21-2016]

MARCH 21, 2016

  • Liquor license transfers
  • 2015 CH Police Department report
  • Zoning variances
  • HOME funds
  • Women Out Walking (WOW)
  • Special assessments
  • Bond sales
  • Purchases
  • Pedestrian and bicycle transportation for schoolchildren
  • RNC cooperative public safety services
  • Heights Libraries 100th anniversary


All council members were present.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 11:48 AM, 04.15.2016

CH crime tallies for 2015 show continued improvement

The number of serious crimes committed in Cleveland Heights last year declined by double-digit percentages. It was the third straight year crime was down in the city.

According to data compiled by the Cleveland Heights Police Department (CHPD) to standards established by the FBI, the number of violent crimes in the city was down 17 percent in 2015, compared to a 28 percent drop the year before. The number of property crimes dropped 16 percent last year, compared to a 22 percent drop in 2014.

The number of crimes committed in almost every category declined last year, except for homicide, which remained the same; there were two murders in the city in each of the last two years.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:43 AM, 03.28.2016

CH City Council denies Circle K rezoning request

In a unanimous decision at its March 7 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council denied a request to change the zoning of two residential properties on Vandemar Street to make way for a Circle K. The decision came after a March 3 public hearing that council held on the issue, at which 30 residents spoke in opposition to the project.

Council members expressed their appreciation for the professionalism of the applicant and for the civility of the neighbors, but stated that the disadvantages outweighed the advantages.

At its Jan. 15 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council stated that it had received a petition from the Wellert Corporation on behalf of Mac’s Convenience Stores to rezone 1411 and 1419 Vandemar Street from residential to commercial, to make way for a 16-pump Circle K gas station and convenience store. Both residences are currently occupied.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 12:59 PM, 03.08.2016

CH holds master plan meeting, invites public to take survey

On Feb. 23, the City of Cleveland Heights held the first of three planned 2016 public meetings to discuss the Cleveland Heights Master Plan. Cleveland Heights is one four cities that is currently working with the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission to develop a master plan. (University Heights is another of the four cities.)

The planning commission has posted an online survey at www.tinyurl.com/clevelandheightspm1survey with information from the Feb. 23 meeting, which took place at the CH Community Center. Residents are invited to complete the survey, and share it with neighbors, on or before March 13.

At the meeting, members of the planning commission introduced themselves and provided an overview of the planning process. The commission is working with city staff and an 11-member Master Plan Steering Committee comprising Heights residents selected by city council.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 3:57 PM, 02.24.2016

Twelve residents apply for open CH City Council seat

The City of Cleveland Heights announced on its website on Feb. 11 that it had received 12 applications for the open city council seat vacated by former Council Member Jeff Coryell, who resigned from council effective Dec. 31, 2015.

Whomever council chooses to fill the vacancy will serve out Coryell's remaining term. The term of service is from the time of appointment until Dec. 31, 2017. The seat will be up for election in the next municipal election, in November 2017.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 11:36 AM, 02.16.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 1-19-2016]

JANUARY 19, 2016 

  • Ruffing Montessori School students observe council
  • Rezoning residential parcels
  • Bids and requests for qualifications
  • County sewer maintenance services
  • New police chief
  • “Inspired to Ride” documentary
  • Citizen appointments to architectural board
  • Issue 32 hearing


All council members were present.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.14.2016

Crime continues to drop in Cleveland Heights

Crime data through November from the Cleveland Heights Police Department (CHPD) shows a continued decrease in crimes in all categories since the current method of collecting crime data was implemented in early 2011.

The information is compiled by the CHPD according to federal standards defined by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting system, and is published in a different format on the Cleveland Heights city website. It represents serious offenses defined as "Part I" crimes. It does not include "Part II" minor offenses, such as trespassing or DUI—which the FBI does not seek from local agencies because it would be too costly to report with the same level of detail.

For more information about how the CHPD collects and validates crime statistics, and why the Observer publishes them regularly, see the original article in this series by scanning the QR code or visiting http://tiny.cc/chcrimestats.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 12:40 PM, 01.29.2016

Community invited to Feb. 23 CH master plan meeting

A community meeting to discuss the Cleveland Heights Master Plan will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., in the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd.

The meeting will introduce county planning staff to the public, and provide an overview of the planning process. Current conditions will be reviewed, and the public will be asked to provide feedback and set priorities for Vision Statements and Strategic Development Areas.

As a follow-up to the public meeting, county planning will host an online survey that will mirror the information available at the public meeting.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 10:12 AM, 01.26.2016

CH City Council announces application process to fill vacant council seat

In a Jan. 8 posting on its website, the City of Cleveland Heights announced that it is now accepting applications to fill the council seat left vacant by the resignation of Council Member Jeff Coryell, which took effect on Dec. 31, 2015.

Applications may be accessed online, at www.clevelandheights.com/council-app, or may be picked up at Cleveland Heights City Hall. The application deadline is Feb. 5.

Whomever council appoints will serve as a council member from the time of the appointment until Dec. 31, 2017. The seat will be up for election on Nov. 7, 2017, and whomever is elected then will serve a four-year term.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 1:20 PM, 01.11.2016