Four projects in Cleveland and one in Chagrin Falls received awards in the 10th round of the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program. In Cleveland, the Fairmont Creamery redevelopment received a $3.12 million tax credit; the final phase of the St. Luke's Hospital redevelopment received a $506,600 tax credit; and residential conversions of two adjacent buildings on Huron Avenue in downtown Cleveland, the Starr Gennett Building and 1220 Huron, received tax credits of $422,001 and $3.55 million, respectively. The Spillway project in Chagrin Falls received a $1.65 million tax credit.
Chagrin Falls News Archive
22 August 2013
18 April 2013
Local housing news:
- The City of Berea will work with the Cuyahoga Land Bank to demolish three vacant houses.
- Chagrin Falls Village Council approved plans for phase two of the River Walk condominiums on West Orange Street.
- An Ohio City developer plans to rehabilitate the former Jay Hotel as market-rate apartments.
- The City of Highland Heights authorized the construction of 18 additional houses in the Aberdeen development.
- Construction of the Clifton Pointe townhouses in Lakewood is on schedule. The 17-unit first phase sold out, and developer Abode intends to proceed with plans for a five-unit second phase. Lakewood City Council is considering a request for a 10-year tax abatement. Some neighbors have concerns about the project.
- A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge upheld Olmsted Falls' zoning regulations, ruling that the City's refusal to rezone a 54-acre site from industrial to residential did not constitute an illegal taking. The property owner is considering his legal options.
- A New York developer plans to build a 125-unit apartment building for seniors on Huffman Road near Stumph Road in Parma. The Parma Planning Commission approved a rezoning for the property.
- The City of Parma plans to raze nine vacant houses that City Council recently designated as nuisance properties.
- The City of South Euclid and the One South Euclid community development corporation started three programs intended to address distressed housing issues.
- The Strongsville Planning Commission approved plans for 15 single-family houses in the Westwood Farms subdivision.
13 February 2013
Developers of the mixed-use Spillway project in Chagrin Falls hope to begin construction by mid-summer. They expect the construction and renovation work will take about one year.
30 August 2012
14 August 2012
The former Ivex mill in Chagrin Falls was added to the National Register of Historic Places, listed as the Adams Bag Company Paper Mill and Sack Factory (PDF). It is being redeveloped as the mixed-use Spillway project.
Meanwhile, the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board recommended four Cuyahoga County sites for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places: the former Richman Bros. factory (PDF) on East 55th Street in Cleveland, the Neal Terrace and Oppmann Terrace (PDFs) apartments, both located on Detroit Avenue in Cleveland, and the Euclid Heights Historic District (PDF) in Cleveland Heights. It would be the City's 11th historic district.
04 October 2011
Several local residential projects are under construction or being planned.
- Chagrin Falls residents are closely watching the development of the River Walk townhouses on West Orange Street.
- The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization is renovating the 22-unit Sylvia Apartments on Franklin Boulevard.
- Ohio City's landmark Franklin Castle was sold last month to a European artist. Plans call for renovating it as three residential units.
- A developer wants to fill 1.2 acres of wetlands and streams in Independence for a residential development.
- Lakewood City Council approved a community reinvestment area for the planned Metro Townhomes on Sloane Avenue.
- In Strongsville, work is underway at the Westwood Farms subdivision and at the Cedar Creek subdivision.
30 August 2011
The Chagrin Falls Historical Society may purchase Linden Hall, the sole remaining Windsor Hospital building. The building on East Summit Street otherwise may be demolished.
Update: developers of the Falls Walk subdivision withdrew their demolition request.
20 January 2011
With the help of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, the Village of Chagrin Falls acquired 9.9 acres of greenspace near Whitesburg Park. The land was formerly owned by the Spillway developers, and will be used for passive recreation.
20 December 2010
The Plain Dealer has more details about the removal of the Euclid Creek dam under the Highland Road bridge in Euclid. In Chagrin Falls, officials are preparing bid specifications for modifications of the Chagrin River dam at the Spillway site.
Update: for more information about the dam removal project, visit the Euclid Creek Watershed Program.
06 October 2010
Plans for the first phase of the Spillway project in Chagrin Falls have been scaled back. The initial redevelopment of the former Ivex mill is currently slated to include a microbrewery, a restaurant, offices, and some additional retail space.
19 August 2010
26 July 2010
Work on the Chagrin Falls Region Alternate Transportation Study is nearing completion. A final public meeting took place on July 6, and a final stakeholders meeting will be held on August 4.
11 June 2010
Consultants have prepared a preliminary concept plan for the Chagrin Falls Region Alternate Transportation Study. The study should be completed by August or September. Two public meetings have been held, and the final one take place on July 6.
07 May 2010
The Chagrin Falls Board of Zoning Appeals approved Spillway LLC's plans to lower a Chagrin River dam as part of its redevelopment of the former Ivex mill. Village Council is expected to vote on the proposal on Monday.
Update: Village Council also approved the plans.
26 April 2010
Chagrin Falls officials and consultants with Behnke Associates have begun work on the alternative transportation study for a group of Chagrin Valley communities. The first public meeting will be held on Tuesday evening.
15 April 2010
Chagrin Falls Village Council unanimously voted to adopt new architectural guidelines.
19 March 2010
Chagrin Falls Village Council voted to accept a $68,000 TLCI grant for the Chagrin Falls Region Alternative Transportation Study. The $85,000 study will be conducted by Behnke Associates.
29 December 2009
The Chagrin Falls Region Alternative Transportation Study was one of the 13 projects awarded a TLCI planning grant earlier this month. The study will begin in January, and will develop a plan for a trail network in eastern Cuyahoga County and western Geauga County.
17 December 2009
Chagrin Falls Village Council approved the sale of a Village-owned property on West Orange Street to developer Robert Vitt for $467,000. He intends to incorporate it into a planned 11-unit residential development.
14 November 2009
05 October 2009
The developer of the planned Village View project in Chagrin Falls was unable to obtain financing for the mixed-use development, and a new developer now wants to acquire the properties on West Orange Street and build 11 condominiums.
26 August 2009
If they receive a Clean Ohio conservation fund grant, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy will purchase and preserve 10 acres along the Chagrin River from the developers of the Spillway project. It would eventually be used the expand the Village of Chagrin Falls' Whitesburg Park.
Update: the Chagrin Valley Times offers more details.
26 June 2009
Chagrin Falls Village Council is considering an ordinance that would establish a Village land bank.
17 April 2009
Mayor Brick of Chagrin Falls would like to create an ad hoc committee to advise the Village on bicycle and walking trail issues. The committee would facilitate planning for multipurpose trails that would connect with networks in Cuyahoga and Geauga counties.
The developer of the planned Village View condominiums in Chagrin Falls is continuing to pursue the project, and hopes to begin construction "during this building season."
13 April 2009
Developers of the Spillway project in Chagrin Falls have nearly completed designing the mixed-use development, and are working to align financing and tenants.
04 February 2009
20 January 2009
Steven Litt likes the plans for redeveloping the Ivex complex in Chagrin Falls. He says that the "project looks like a no-brainer," and concludes that "it could make Chagrin Falls both a better place to visit, and a better place to live."
16 January 2009
Neighbors of the former Ivex mill in Chagrin Falls are concerned about the potential impacts of its proposed redevelopment. Residents will vote on a rezoning issue for the project in a special election on February 3.
19 November 2008
Developers of the proposed subdivision on the 21-acre Windsor Hospital property have named it Falls Walk. The development in Chagrin Falls would consist of 38 single-family houses.
14 November 2008
07 November 2008
24 October 2008
The Chagrin Falls Planning Commission unanimously approved a rezoning for the proposed mixed-use redevelopment of the Ivex mill. Some of its neighbors strongly object to the project, and developers have requested a special election on the rezoning.
28 September 2008
Chagrin Falls leaders say they need more information about the plans for the former Ivex mill before voting on a requested rezoning.
22 August 2008
Alcoa completed the sale of the Ivex Paper Mill complex in Chagrin Falls to a group of local developers for $400,000. They plan to renovate as many of its 28 buildings as they can.
Update: the Chagrin Herald Sun supplies more details.
11 July 2008
Alcoa accepted a bid from a partnership of three Chagrin Valley residents for the historic Ivex mill in Chagrin Falls. The price was not disclosed. They plan to convert the 1841 building to a community center featuring a hotel, theater, and microbrewery.
12 May 2008
11 April 2008
The Chagrin Falls Board of Zoning Appeals tabled developer Larry Shibley's plan for the commercial portion of the property at Williams and West Orange Streets because it lacked sufficient parking. The BZA approved his condominium plans in February.
The Board of Zoning Appeals also approved a variance for the residential development at the Windsor Hospital site, authorizing the construction of 38 houses instead of the permitted 31.
04 April 2008
Although Alcoa is pursuing permits to demolish all 28 buildings of the Ivex complex in Chagrin Falls, including the 1841 mill, the company says its intention is to sell the buildings and property for an adaptive reuse of the site. Alcoa is also planning to lower the height of the Chagrin River dam and stabilize the riverbank.
Update: Alcoa revised its application to remove references to demolitions of historic structures.
28 March 2008
Chagrin Falls Village Council voted to change the Board of Zoning Appeals from a decision-making body to an advisory one. In Chester, the Township Trustees voted to create a five-member architectural review board.
01 February 2008
The Chagrin Falls Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved a set of variances for the planned Village View condominiums on West Orange Street.
14 December 2007
- For the third time, Chagrin Falls Village Council tabled a request for water and sewer connections for the proposed 24 unit Madison Woods development in Bentleyville.
- Developers of the proposed ten house Chagrin River Ridge subdivision in Moreland Hills decided to not proceed with the development. No reason was given.
- The Preserve at Hathaway Farm is a proposed 23 house subdivision on the 13.2 acre site of the old Walcher farm just west of Valley View Village Hall. Officials are concerned about additional stormwater runnoff from the development.
- A spring groundbreaking is scheduled for Casa Romana, an eight unit luxury condominium building on Warren Road in Cleveland near St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Cathedral. Developers are targeting an October 2008 completion date.
26 October 2007
27 July 2007
Chagrin Falls Village Council unanimously approved a set of revisions to the Village's historic preservation regulations. The changes were designed to remove subjective language and make the rules more defensible in court.
03 July 2007
Recent Plain Dealer editorials say that "Greater Cleveland would benefit tremendously" from an expansion of the Continental Airlines hub at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, that the new Presidents' Council report on regionalism and equity is a "reminder that one of the most important goals of regional cooperation should be to improve the lives of as many people as possible," and that the planned Chagrin Falls arts district should make the Village "even more irresistible."
29 June 2007
21 June 2007
The newly formed Chagrin Foundation for Arts & Culture announced plans to establish an arts and entertainment district in downtown Chagrin Falls. They established a partnership with the Chautauqua Institution of New York, and proposed renovating the historic Township Hall as the centerpiece of the five-block district.
(Update: WCPN offers more details.)
27 April 2007
The Village of Chagrin falls has received three proposals for the redevelopment of city-owned land along West Orange Street. Two are resubmissions of previous proposals, and a third calls for the construction of two four-unit townhouses.
06 April 2007
The Paper Mill Vision Committee in Chagrin Falls supports the adaptive reuse of the former Ivex Paper Mill on Cleveland Street, and submitted four recommendations to Mayor Brick. They also suggested lowering the dam to reduce liability and remove it from ODNR's jurisdiction. The Trust for Public Land is also interested in preserving greenspace at the site.
30 March 2007
A Chagrin Falls resident created Preserve Chagrin Falls and started a petition to gauge the level of concern in the community about proposed changes to the Village's zoning code that he says could lead to a rise in mansionization and teardowns.
JETA, Inc. wants its 24 unit cluster home development on Chagrin River Road in Bentleyville to tie into the Chagrin Falls wastewater treatment plant. Chagrin Falls has had a moratorium on connections outside the Village since 1996.
02 February 2007
At a public meeting in Chagrin Falls on Monday, architect Craig Cawrse offered an inn surrounded by houses, cluster homes, or a "learning institution campus" as possible new uses for the Windsor Hospital site. He also presented several suggestions for ways that the 6.8 acre Ivex Paper Mill site could be redeveloped.
26 January 2007
On Sunday, architect Jonathan Sandvick made a presentation about the potential for adaptive reuse of the closed Ivex Paper Mill in Chagrin Falls. The Village formed an ad hoc committee to study its possible reuse, and developers may be interested in rehabilitating the 147 year old building. It will discussed at a public meeting on January 29 at Chagrin Falls Township Hall, where plans for the redevelopment of the Windsor Hospital site will also be unveiled.