Independence News Archive
01 March 2012
Plans for several local housing subdivisions have been in the news:
07 January 2012
The NOACA Governing Board approved the addition of 15 projects to its long-range transportation plan. Eight of the projects are in Cuyahoga County, including the planned redecking of the I-480 bridge in Valley View and Independence.
04 October 2011
Several local residential projects are under construction or being planned.
27 October 2010
18 August 2010
01 December 2009
Through the West Creek Confluence Project, the West Creek Preservation Committee is reclaiming eight acres of urban wetlands where West Creek meets the Cuyahoga River in Independence (PDF).
11 September 2009
22 June 2009
Independence officials say that the proposed Hemlock Trail could be completed in the next few years. Federal and state funding will cover most of the costs, with the City paying for ecological and environmental studies.
06 May 2009
17 April 2009
The Sun Courier has additional information about Issue 5, the proposed zoning overlay for 151 acres in downtown Independence. It will appear on the May 5 ballot.
25 March 2009
The proposed zoning overlay for downtown Independence will appear on the May ballot as Issue 5. Mayor Kurtz recently spoke about the plans at a meeting of the Independence Homeowners Association.
06 February 2009
The Sun Courier has more details about the proposed downtown zoning overlay district that will appear on the May ballot in Independence.
16 January 2009
Independence City Council is considering legislation to put a downtown zoning overlay district on the May ballot. The overlay would permit retail and multi-family development, including senior housing. Multi-family housing is not currently allowed in the City. Last year, the City surveyed Independence seniors about their preferences.
Update: the overlay district will appear on the May ballot.
12 December 2008
The lack of oversight at the closed 40-acre Schaaf Road Landfill in Brooklyn Heights and Independence continues to trouble local officials.
07 November 2008
31 October 2008
24 October 2008
The developers of the rejected Oak Knoll subdivision are suing the City of Independence. A judge dismissed two of the developers' claims, but a third suit is still pending.
16 October 2008
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.
15 August 2008
Independence leaders are surveying seniors to learn about their housing needs in order to develop a plan for senior housing in the downtown district.
01 August 2008
Plans for the redevelopment of downtown Independence may have a senior housing component. City leaders intend to develop a master plan for the area, and may ask voters to approve the senior housing next year.
24 July 2008
The National Park Service published an environmental assessment for the rehabilitation or replacement of the Fitzwater Truss Bridge and the Waste Weir Bridge over the Cuyahoga River and the Ohio & Erie Canal in Independence. The report's preferred alternative calls for replacing both bridges on a new alignment that would create a four-way intersection at Canal Road. Public comments on the document will be accepted through August 28.
Update: the Sun Courier has more details.
14 July 2008
Close to 200 people attended the concrete-breaking ceremony for the West Creek Confluence Project on Friday. The restoration of the ten acre site in Independence will be completed in three to five years.
11 July 2008
The Gund Foundation announced its latest round of grants, which include $50,000 to the West Creek Preservation Committee for the West Creek Confluence Project.
27 June 2008
A concrete-breaking celebration (PDF) for the West Creek Confluence Project will be held on July 11 in Independence.
Update: the Plain Dealer supplies more information.
28 March 2008
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.
14 December 2007
A senior housing issue will not appear on the March ballot in Independence. Although the City had planned on the March vote, Mayor-elect Kurtz said that the City was not yet ready to go to voters.
11 December 2007
Work will begin next summer in restoring a 10 acre site at the confluence of West Creek and the Cuyahoga River in Independence. The City of Independence and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are also planning Hemlock Trail, a 1.5 to 1.7 mile long multi-purpose trail through Independence and Valley View that would connect the Towpath Trail to Brecksville Road.
19 September 2007
18 September 2007
A U.S. District Court judge stayed the lawsuit by St. Maron's Church against the City of Independence until December 12. City officials have until then to decide if they will authorize the construction of a new church at the Marycrest site on Brookside Road. If the City refuses, then the case will proceed in December.
24 August 2007
14 August 2007
St. Maron's Church is suing the City of Independence, charging that municipality's planning and zoning code discriminates against it. City officials have not granted permission for a new church at the Marycrest site on Brookside Road.
20 July 2007
In multipurpose trail news:
The Independence Planning Commission is continuing its attempts to reconcile the differences between the two plans for a senior housing district. While senior housing has been a controversial issue in Independence, it has been readily accepted in other Cuyahoga County suburbs.
13 July 2007
Independence officials are working to resolve the differences between two competing plans for a senior housing development. The Independence Planning Commission hopes to reach a compromise by December so that the issue can appear on the March ballot.
29 June 2007
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District committed $3 million for the construction of the planned Watershed Stewardship Center at the Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation in Parma. Meanwhile, the City of Independence purchased the former Seaman's Furniture Warehouse at the confluence of West Creek and the Cuyahoga River. The structures on the 10 acre property will be demolished and the site will be used for parkland, open space, riparian restoration, and flood control.
15 June 2007
Independence City Council is considering taking the Marycrest site on Brookside Road by eminent domain to prevent St. Maron's Church from moving to the property. The Planning Commission tabled the Church's request for a permit to build, and the Church's attorney says they will sue the City if it isn't granted.
08 June 2007
The Independence Planning Commission recommended authorizing the creation of a senior housing district behind Concordia Lutheran Church, if the proposal is approved by voters. The land is currently owned by the church, and the proposal also requires the approval of church members.
07 June 2007
St. Maron's Catholic Church's proposed move from downtown Cleveland to Independence is opposed by neighbors of the Independence site. St. Maron's wants to build a church, a youth activity center, and a social center at the 22 acre former Marycrest site on Brookside Road. Residents are concerned about possible flooding and traffic congestion.
01 June 2007
11 May 2007
The Senior Coalition in Independence supports the proposed senior single-unit housing overlay ordinance that is under consideration by City Council. The Independence Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the proposal on June 5.
20 April 2007
Some Independence residents are unhappy about the recently-introduced senior housing legislation, because it would bypass the requirement for voter approval by not including provisions for multi-family housing.
30 March 2007
Leaders in Independence introduced legislation that would designate the area behind Concordia Lutheran Church and the Independence Technology Center as a senior housing district. It will go before the Planning Commission on Tuesday.
02 March 2007
Indexco Properties will seek approval from the Independence Planning Commission to build a 12 house subdivision off of East Ash Road. The homes would be built (PDF) on lots ranging from 0.6 acres to 1.6 acres.
16 February 2007
11 January 2007
In Independence, the Downtown Master Plan Task Force (PDF) submitted a draft plan to municipal leaders for review. City Council and the Planning Commission will hold a joint work session to discuss the plan's recommendations.
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