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Trail projects in Brooklyn Heights and Cuyahoga Heights were among the 15 Ohio projects awarded grants through the Recreational Trails Program.

Update: one of the planned trails is a portion of the West Creek Greenway and would connect the Henninger House in Parma to Brooklyn Heights Village Park.

The lack of oversight at the closed 40-acre Schaaf Road Landfill in Brooklyn Heights and Independence continues to trouble local officials.

The Supplemental School Revenue Committee in Valley View agreed on a proposal for replacing lost income to the Cuyahoga Heights Schools caused by the move of Safeguard Properties. The agreement, which will be presented to Village Council, calls for sharing income taxes collected from the company.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting $100,000 Flood Risk Management Studies for the Cuyahoga River valley communities of Brooklyn Heights, Independence, Valley View, and Walton Hills. Congressman Kucinich said that the studies will create a better understanding of the causes of flooding and approaches to flood risk mitigation.

Plans have bogged down for a $25 million retail/office complex at Tuxedo Avenue and Granger Road in Brooklyn Heights, but Mayor Procuk said that the "deal is not dead in the water."

Valley View Village Council approved a tax break for a company it hopes will move from Brooklyn Heights. Mayor Procuk of Brooklyn Heights appears to have dropped his objections.

Update: Mayor Procuk said he has "cooled down a bit".

The mayor of Brooklyn Heights accused the mayor of Valley View of stealing a business by offering the company a tax break to relocate to Valley View. The Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association approved a nonbinding no-poaching resolution in 2006. Valley View Village Council is scheduled to vote on the incentives on Tuesday.

Update: a Plain Dealer editorial encourages the public and local leaders to pressure Valley View officials to drop their plans.

The developers of the proposed retail and office project and at Tuxedo Avenue and Granger Road in Brooklyn Heights have modified their plans to include two office buildings instead of one. They are still seeking tenants for the development.

Work on the West Creek Confluence Project in Independence is scheduled to begin this summer, and the restoration of the site should be completed by 2010. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is also involved in several related projects in Parma and Brooklyn Heights.

Now that Brooklyn Heights voters have approved a liquor law, the Krone Group will begin preparing site plans for its proposed retail development on Granger Road.

Election recap

Broadview Heights
Issue 16 (residential rezoning): passed

Brooklyn Heights
Issues 17-25 (liquor law): passed

Fairview Park
Issue 31 (church rezoning): passed
Issue 32 (office rezoning): passed

Seven Hills
Issue 43 (Rockside Road rezoning): passed

Solon
Issue 44 (senior housing rezoning): failed

Strongsville
Issue 46 (Cook Avenue rezoning): passed

For complete Cuyahoga County results, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections or Cleveland.com.

The West Creek Preservation Committee and the Village of Brooklyn Heights are working to gather funding for a trail that will head east out of the Village Park. The trail will form part of the planned West Creek Greenway.

The Plain Dealer presents information about the proposed retail development in Brooklyn Heights. The proposal has been met with mixed reactions from residents.

Developers of the proposed retail center at Granger Road and Tuxedo Avenue collected enough signatures for a liquor referendum and are preparing to file the petitions with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. If the Board of Elections approves the petitions, the issue will appear on the March 4 ballot in Brooklyn Heights.

Construction of the Lake to Lake Trail in Middleburg Heights has begun, and it should be finished in November 2008. The Cleveland Metroparks project will connect Lake Isaac and Lake Abram. In Brooklyn Heights, the Eagle Glen Connector Bridge in the Village Park was installed. It eventually will be part of a trail linking Brooklyn Heights to the Towpath Trail. In Seven Hills, a new mile-long trail behind City Hall opened to the public.

In response to feedback from Village Council and residents, developers revised the plans for the proposed retail and office project at Granger Road and Tuxedo Avenue in Brooklyn Heights.

Developers in Brooklyn Heights will soon begin the petition process for getting a liquor referendum on the March ballot. The issue is seen as a key component of the proposed retail development at Granger Road and Tuxedo Avenue.

The Village of Brooklyn Heights will hold a public meeting about the proposed $25 million retail development along Granger Road, but the time and place have not yet been determined.

The prospects for a proposed retail development on a 16.3 acre site on Granger Road in Brooklyn Heights are dependent upon voters approving a liquor referendum. The entire Village is currently dry.

Brooklyn Heights' leaders plan to use the Cuyahoga Valley, the Village's central location, and the Towpath Trail (including the West Creek Greenway) as the linchpins of the Village's redevelopment plans.

In multipurpose trail news:

The Village of Brooklyn Heights will hire Nerone & Sons of Warrensville Heights to build the Eagle Glen Connector Bridge and Hiking Trail for $174,700. Construction of the bridge is scheduled to begin in October.

The Village of Brooklyn Heights is soliciting bids for the construction of the Eagle Glen Connector Bridge and Hiking Trail over West Creek. It will connect the Village Park to Seven Hills and eventually with the Towpath Trail.

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