In their new book, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, co-authors Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube "paint a new picture of poverty in America as well as the best ways to combat it." The book explores the reasons behind the growth of suburban poverty in the United States and offers examples of promising policy models to address the issue. Their research presents profiles of metropolitan areas, including Greater Cleveland (PDF), and they highlight the challenges facing the City of Lakewood. Meanwhile, the Urban Institute posted a mapping tool that displays changes in poverty and race in metropolitan areas between 1980 and 2010.
Lakewood News Archive
12 August 2013
30 June 2013
West Life looked at how Lakewood's Birdtown neighborhood has become home to independent businesses and an urban farm. Lakewood City Council is considering a proposal to create a mixed use zoning overlay for the neighborhood.
Update: residents and city officials discussed neighborhood issues at a community meeting.
29 May 2013
Mayor Summers of Lakewood and Mayor Clough of Westlake participated in a recent League of Women Voters forum (PDF) on regionalism. While they agreed on some aspects like service delivery, they offered different views on topics like tax-base sharing and the role of the central city.
27 May 2013
The cities of Westlake and Lakewood continue to advance their bicycle planning initiatives. Westlake's draft Citywide Bike Plan (PDF, 10.3 MB) was approved by the Westlake Planning Commission, and identifies potential on-road and off-road routes for a citywide bicycle network. Lakewood is implementing its Bicycle Master Plan (PDF, 4.7 MB), adopted last year, by introducing a Bike Rack for Business Program and making infrastructure improvements. At the regional level, NOACA recently adopted an update to its Regional Bicycle Transportation Plan (PDF, 71.0 MB).
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.
24 March 2013
27 February 2013
When members of the Lakewood Planning Commission voted in a 3-3 tie, the Heideloff/Sly mansion on Edgewater Drive was not designated as a historic landmark. A group of neighbors is appealing the decision.
Update 2: the house's owners put it up for sale.
02 January 2013
Lakewood officials are considering two requests concerning an Edgewater Drive mansion. Its owners have submitted a demolition request, while neighbors are seeking a historic landmark designation. The Lakewood Planning Commission determined that it's eligible to be named a landmark, but the owners hope to postpone a decision. In 2011, a developer proposed demolishing the mansion and building townhouses on the site, but eventually abandoned the plans. Meanwhile, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge upheld the City's landmark designation of the former First Church of Christ, Scientist building.
16 December 2012
Cuyahoga County residential development projects in the media:
- Local developers plan to convert a cluster of buildings at West 25th Street and Church Avenue in Ohio City to the West 25th Street Lofts, 70 market-rate apartments. They hope to begin construction in March.
- The mixed-use Intesa project in University Circle could include 80 micro-apartments, small units between 300 and 600 square feet.
- Cleveland Heights City Council unanimously approved a development agreement for a planned $11.4 million mixed-use project on the vacant city-owned property at Lee Road and Meadowbrook Boulevard. The four-story, 17,000-square-foot building will include ground-level retail below 77 apartments. The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board approved an 11-year, 80% tax abatement for the development.
- The Cleveland Metroparks commissioners authorized development in a portion of the easement that the park system holds on the Mandley-Vetrovsky Funeral Home property in Fairview Park. The agreement enables Abode Living to proceed with plans for a townhouse project.
- As an alternative to a proposed 11-house subdivision, 12 acres of wetlands along Bishop Road in Highland Heights may be preserved as open space.
- Abode Living is considering plans for a second phase of its Clifton Pointe townhouses in Lakewood.
- The Zaremba Group dropped its plans for an apartment complex on the former Locust Grove golf course site at Cedar and Lander roads in Mayfield Heights.
- A proposed apartment building in Rocky River is attracting interest from seniors.
- A proposed cluster home development would add single-family houses at Center Ridge and Crocker roads in Westlake.
The final public meetings for the Clifton Transportation Enhancement Program were held in November. Revised plans for the corridor include new bus shelters in Cleveland and Lakewood. The Cleveland portion will gain a landscaped median and will be widened by one foot in each direction. Construction could begin as early as spring 2013.
18 September 2012
08 August 2012
Greater Cleveland residential projects in the news:
- Forest City Enterprises is considering a plan to convert the Halle Building in downtown Cleveland to 200 apartments.
- The City of Cleveland Heights selected the Orlean Company to redevelop the vacant lot at Lee Road and Meadowbrook Boulevard. The proposed $11.4 million project calls for a four-story building with apartments over retail. The City is seeking an 11-year, 80% tax abatement agreement from the school district.
- Lakewood City Council heard an update on the Rockport Square development. The future of the project remains unclear. Meanwhile, the Lakewood Architectural Review Board approved small changes to the Clifton Pointe townhouse project.
- The developer of the proposed Quarry Park subdivision withdrew his plans after the North Royalton Board of Zoning Appeals denied a request for a zoning variance. The project had been tabled indefinitely last year.
- The Rocky River Planning Commission approved preliminary plans for a 274-unit apartment building on the site of the former Giant Eagle store at the Rockport Shopping Center. Wald & Fisher plans to redevelop the other half of the shopping center.
- The Solon Planning Commission approved plans for the Lake Neptune Estates subdivision, a 13-house development proposed for the southwest corner of Neptune Drive and Miles Road. City Council is considering the plans.
- In Strongsville, work on the Cedar Creek Estates subdivision continues and City Council approved plans for the seven-house second phase of the Siedel Farms subdivision.
- Westlake voters will decide a rezoning issue on a proposal to build 22 apartments above the former Borders store at The Promenade.
Update 2: Cleveland Heights Patch has more information about the plans for the Meadowbrook-Lee development.
30 July 2012
For the second time, the Cleveland Landmarks Commission rejected a demolition request for the Euclid Avenue Church of God. The Cleveland Clinic has offered to purchase the property if the building is demolished. In Lakewood, the California-based owner of the former First Church of Christ, Scientist building is challenging the City's landmark designation of the property, filing an appeal in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
22 July 2012
"What would cities around Cleveland look like if we grow the number of cyclists from hundreds to thousands traveling on its streets daily?" asked GreenCityBlueLake's Marc Lefkowitz. Meanwhile, Lakewood City Council approved funding to add sharrow markings to Detroit Avenue.
29 June 2012
Fresh Water looked at how new investments in downtown Lakewood are creating a liveable neighborhood with a sense of place.
09 June 2012
More bicycling news:
- Cleveland City Council voted to adopt a bicycle safety ordinance. It requires motorists to give cyclists three feet of space and makes driving or parking in a bike lane illegal. City Council also approved a "don't block the box" ordinance and designated the former East Ohio Gas Building on East 6th Street as a Cleveland Landmark.
- Legislation introduced in Lakewood City Council would provide funding to develop a municipal bikeway system. It calls for sharrow markings on Detroit Avenue.
- As a followup to its Pop Up Rockwell project, Kent State's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative released a final report (PDF, 29.7 MB) and posted a video about the complete and green street experiment.
Several local construction projects celebrated milestones:
- Developers broke ground in Lakewood for the 17-unit Clifton Pointe townhouse project. Three Sloane Avenue houses were demolished. The first units are scheduled to be ready next spring.
- The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland broke ground on a 20,000-square-foot expansion. When completed, it will provide space for an additional 17 families per night.
- The celebration of the West Side Market's centennial began with the opening of the renovated Market Square Park.
- Cleveland's Croatian community dedicated the new Croatian Cultural Garden in Rockefeller Park.
- In South Euclid, developers and officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Oakwood Commons shopping center.
- Solon officials formally broke ground on Solon Village Plaza, the redevelopment of the former Solar Shopping Center.
- A topping off ceremony took place for the 18-story office tower, the main component in the first phase of the Flats East Bank development. It's scheduled to open next year.
26 May 2012
19 May 2012
Lakewood officials are focusing on maintaining the quality of the City's housing stock. They recently completed a citywide housing survey, which rated the condition of 12,661 homes (PDF). They also held a community forum to discuss the City's housing strategy and assistance programs available to residents. The fourth annual Old House Fair took place earlier this month, as well.
08 February 2012
Planners in Lakewood are discussing the City's housing strategy and revisiting the City's 20-year-old community vision document.
18 January 2012
Lakewood City Council approved the City's bicycle master plan on Tuesday. The City will start implementing the plan by adding sharrows and bike racks. Michael Gill said the plan "is good news for cyclists and the city."
Update: the Sun Post-Herald has more details.
12 January 2012
Giant Eagle increased the size of its proposed new Strongsville supermarket from 92,600 square feet to 110,000 square feet. It would be the first Northeast Ohio store to carry the retailer's Market District name. The first of three public meetings about the plans will be held on January 18 at St. John Neumann Church. Giant Eagle also may be interested in building a Market District store in Lakewood.
Update: more than 200 people attended the public meeting.
16 December 2011
The Cuyahoga Land Bank and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development renewed their agreement for a second one-year term. HUD will continue to transfer low-value properties (PDF) to the land bank for $100.
The land bank will also partner with the International Services Center in the new Discovering Home program (PDF). Through the program, the land bank will provide houses to refugees settling in the county, and the refugees will participate in renovating the houses. The first house in the program is on Hopkins Avenue in Lakewood.
18 November 2011
15 November 2011
The City of Lakewood issued a draft of its its Bicycle Master Plan (PDF). It's meant to "establish bicycling as a main means of transportation and accommodate current bicyclists' needs through policies, programs & projects." Officials will present the plan to the Lakewood Planning Commission on December 1.
Update: the City continues to gather public input.
04 November 2011
Despite protests by residents, the Lakewood Planning Commission unanimously approved plans for a McDonald's restaurant on the current site of the closed Detroit Theater. The company plans to begin work immediately. City officials hope to install a traffic light at the intersection of Detroit and Woodward avenues.
Update: the Sun Post-Herald has more details.
26 October 2011
The City of Lakewood is completing its comprehensive bicycle study, and plans to release it in November. City officials hope to create a more bike-friendly environment.
21 October 2011
A traffic study conducted for the proposed McDonald's in Lakewood said that the restaurant would not have an adverse impact on traffic. Neighbors were not satisfied with the report's recommendations. The City's Planning Commission postponed its vote on the proposal to build the McDonald's on the site of the closed Detroit Theater.
14 October 2011
The Lakewood Architectural Board of Review approved revised plans for the townhouse development on Sloane Avenue. The project has been renamed again, and is now called Clifton Pointe. A spring groundbreaking is planned.
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.
08 September 2011
The Lakewood Architectural Board of Review approved designs for a McDonald's restaurant on the site of the closed Detroit Theater. The City's Planning Commission may discuss the plans in October.
Update: Lakewood Patch has more information.
31 August 2011
12 August 2011
09 August 2011
Four smaller local sewer systems are developing plans to reduce combined sewer overflows. Systems operated by the cities of Avon Lake, Elyria, Euclid, and Lakewood currently discharge 274 million gallons of untreated wastewater per year. The work is addition to the plans of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and the City of Akron.
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial says that the improvements are worth the expense.
18 July 2011
At a Lakewood Architectural Board of Review meeting, McDonald's representatives shared a conceptual site plan for a restaurant on the site of the closed Detroit Theater. Members of the board had several concerns about the design. The company is expected to formally present plans at the board's next meeting on August 11. Michael Gill said that board members will need courage as the process proceeds.
11 July 2011
Representatives of McDonald's will present conceptual designs for a restaurant on the site of the closed Detroit Theater at a Lakewood Architectural Board of Review work session on July 14. A group of residents is trying to save the theater.
Developer Andrew Brickman shared preliminary renderings of his proposed riverfront townhouse project in Lakewood. Tentatively named Metro Luxury Townhomes, the 19-unit Sloan Avenue development would include three-story buildings with units ranging in size from 1,600 to 3,000 square feet.
Update: the Plain Dealer provided more details.
Update 2: the City of Lakewood wants to designate the site as a community reinvestment area.
29 June 2011
The City of Lakewood is using GIS to make its housing inspections and other municipal services more efficient.
16 June 2011
In late May, McDonald's informed the City of Lakewood that it was interested in building on the site of the closed Detroit Theater. More than 150 people attended a public forum on Wednesday evening, where City officials described the issues and the process. The residents in attendance overwhelmingly opposed demolition of the theater.
27 May 2011
Plans to demolish the former St. Paul Lutheran Church on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood for a CVS store are proceeding through the review process. Meanwhile, Michael Gill looked to Cleveland's Hessler Road and Collinwood neighborhoods for ideas about saving the closed Detroit Theater from possible demolition. Several construction projects are also planned for the West 117th Street corridor along the Cleveland-Lakewood border.
19 May 2011
The City of Lakewood received one response to its RFP for the redevelopment of the former Spitzer dealership on Detroit Avenue, a proposal for low-income senior housing from the NRP Group. The proposed $7.8 million Parkwood Pointe development would be three stories tall and include 40 rental units.
Update: Lakewood Patch published a brief article about the proposal.
10 May 2011
Michael Gill is concerned that Lakewood may lose buildings that contribute to its architectural character. He considered the abandoned plans to demolish the Heideloff House and the proposals to raze the former St. Paul Lutheran Church and the closed Detroit Theater, which could be replaced with a CVS store and a McDonald's, respectively.
22 April 2011
13 April 2011
On Tuesday, the Ohio Transportation Review Advisory Council approved $70 million for new transportation projects (PDF), making several changes to the draft recommendations it approved in December. In addition to the controversial withdrawal of $51.8 million from the Cincinnati streetcar project, the TRAC rejected the $7.1 million it earlier recommended for the Clifton Boulevard Transportation Enhancement Program in Cleveland and Lakewood. Local projects that were funded include the Pearl Road widening project in Strongsville and the planned widening of I-271 in southern Cuyahoga County.
11 April 2011
The City of Lakewood issued a request for proposals for the the redevelopment of the 1.5-acre former Spitzer dealership on Detroit Avenue. The City will "entertain redevelopment proposals of this site for commercial, mixed use or residential and the proposal should not be limited solely by the existing zoning designation."
31 March 2011
Officials from RTA and the City of Lakewood met last week, and agreed to proceed with a scaled-back implementation of the Clifton Boulevard Transportation Enhancement Program. The City's financial contribution will be reduced from $486,000 to $50,000. Approval from the Ohio Transportation Review Advisory Council is required.
Update: the Plain Dealer looked at the situation in more detail.
21 March 2011
18 March 2011
Developer Andrew Brickman dropped his plans to build the 14-unit Townhomes of Edgewater in Lakewood. City officials said that the property's current zoning would permit no more than 12 units on the site, and the developer decided that the project would not be feasible with fewer than 14 units. Mayor Summers said that he "would welcome the opportunity to work with Mr. Brickman in the future."
11 March 2011
02 March 2011
Developer Andrew Brickman would like to demolish an Edgewater Drive estate in Lakewood and build the Townhomes of Edgewater on the 2.6-acre site. The new development would consist of 14 detached 1,800 to 2,000-square-foot townhouses. Lakewood officials are also considering a proposal to raze the former St. Paul Lutheran Church on Detroit Avenue to make way for a new 14,000-square-foot CVS store.
26 January 2011
30 December 2010
LoveLakewood.com shares the latest ideas to emerge from the plans for Madison Avenue streetscape improvements, offers a critique, and looks to the future.
21 October 2010
07 October 2010
Ohio Department of Transportation officials presented plans for the Opportunity Corridor (PDF) at six public meetings in Cleveland this week. Residents in Central and Kinsman were skeptical about the project's benefits, while Slavic Village residents expressed mixed opinions.
Update: Lakewood residents who were unable to attend the workshop can still provide input.
06 October 2010
18 August 2010
The City of Lakewood continues to gather public input on community planning initiatives, and recently held the second public work session for the Clifton Boulevard Enhancement Project. On August 21, a Birdtown Madison Community Action public meeting will take place.
Update: the Sun Post-Herald summarized the Clifton Boulevard work session.
06 August 2010
In their first months of operation, RTA's two Weekly Shopper Service routes have seen very few riders. The shuttle buses in Lakewood and West Park supply a portion of the service formerly provided by community circulator routes.
21 June 2010
The Lakewood Planning Commission approved a Historic Preservation Designation for St. James Church. The designation covers its exterior and interior, and it is the first time the City has protected a building's interior. St. James Parish will hold its final Mass on June 26.
08 April 2010
The first public meeting for the Clifton Boulevard Transportation Enhancement Program took place on Wednesday in Lakewood. The stimulus-funded project's process will refine streetscape enhancement concepts first identified in a 2006 plan (PDF, 28.7 MB). One attendee shared her reactions.
18 March 2010
RTA's first Weekly Shopper Service will serve Lakewood and Cleveland's Clifton-Detroit neighborhood. The route, a successor to the canceled community circulator, will operate on Fridays and will begin on March 26. RTA is paying for half of the route's costs, and the two cities will supply the other half.
23 February 2010
11 January 2010
Officials in Lakewood and in several Cleveland neighborhoods are working with RTA to identify potential routes for its new Weekly Shopper Service.
28 December 2009
Lakewood City Council approved legislation that expands the City's historic preservation ordinance to include publicly-accessible building interiors. City officials say that it's not targeted at any particular building.
23 December 2009
A group of Cleveland State University graduate students prepared the Birdtown Flight Plan, a guidebook for the historic Lakewood neighborhood. "It seeks to identify assets and build upon them, as well as introduce proposals that will highlight Birdtown/Madison East's historic uniqueness, and bolster the quality of life for those who call it home."
17 December 2009
The City of Lakewood may establish a special improvement district for solar energy.
15 December 2009
Lakewood City Council is scheduled to vote next week on legislation that would strengthen the City's historic preservation ordinance. It could be used to protect St. James Catholic Church, which is scheduled to close in June 2010.
02 November 2009
20 October 2009
Officials in Cleveland, Euclid, and Lakewood have expressed interest in RTA's proposed new Weekly Shopper Service, a once-weekly shuttle that would succeed its discontinued community circulator routes. RTA will organize a series of community meetings.
10 September 2009
Lakewood City Council is considering legislation that would expand the City's historic preservation ordinance to cover the interior of historic structures.
08 September 2009
25 August 2009
The Ohio EPA is considering a proposal to address erosion issues at Lakewood Park by rehabilitating a retaining wall and expanding the breakwater.
30 July 2009
26 June 2009
24 June 2009
The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $311,000 to the City of Lakewood for the implementation of some components of the Detroit Avenue Streetscape Plan.
30 May 2009
17 April 2009
The story of a Lakewood house illustrates the difficulties in breaking the cycle of foreclosure and disrepair, as well as one possible solution.
Update: Susan Condon Love wrote more about the house.
02 April 2009
The owner of the deteriorating Hilliard Square Theatre in Lakewood hopes to sell the building to someone who would restore it.
25 March 2009
09 March 2009
11 February 2009
06 February 2009
The City of Lakewood may join Cleveland in allowing residents to raise chickens in their yards. City Council discussed the proposal on Monday.
Update: the Lakewood Observer has more details.
09 January 2009
26 November 2008
13 November 2008
The Lakewood Observer has a summary of Mayor FitzGerald's proposed housing initiative. It focuses on encouraging homeowners to reinvest in their properties and on strengthening the City's housing enforcement activities.
16 October 2008
The newly formed Madison Avenue Business Association in Lakewood is working to promote independent retailers and enhance the street's historical character.
15 October 2008
22 September 2008
Lakewood officials are considering the creation of an arts district zoning overlay (PDF, p. 35) that would be applied to the areas surrounding the Beck Center for the Arts, Birdtown, and Virginia Marti College.
09 September 2008
03 September 2008
25 August 2008
Steven Litt of the Plain Dealer critiqued the new Lakewood Public Library. He feels that architect Robert A.M. Stern's neoclassical building "is convincing in many ways, and full of passionate conviction. It's also emotionally cool to a fault and strangely anachronistic, as if the building could have been built 60 to 100 years ago." Construction was completed earlier this year, and the library was rededicated in June.
08 August 2008
With assistance from the Grow Lakewood Housing Fund, a Lakewood resident is performing the City's second conversion of a duplex to a single-family house. Work on the Cranford Avenue house may be completed in a few months.
01 August 2008
The Lakewood Planning Commission approved the placement of buildings for phase three of the Rockport Square development. The preliminary plans call for the construction of office space, a parking deck, and a restaurant, but not the condominiums that were previously part of the plans.
30 July 2008
30 June 2008
The Plain Dealer began a new series about the "finest elements of Cleveland's stylish history" with a look at the history of the Lake Shore in Lakewood.
23 June 2008
While the Lakewood City Schools planned to build or renovate seven elementary schools in its school construction program, the Ohio School Facilities Commission will only commit to funds for six, citing projected declines in enrollment. The District will form a task force to determine if residents want to independently fund construction of the seventh school.
10 June 2008
The slow housing market has delayed the start of work on the Cliffs on Rocky River condominiums in Lakewood. Developer Rick Foran now hopes that the first units will be ready for occupancy by 2010.
Update: the Lakewood Sun Post supplies details about the extension of the TIF agreement.
27 May 2008
The sluggish residential real estate market is making it difficult for developers to sell new condominiums in inner-ring suburbs. Several cities are offering incentives to spur investment, and developers are trying to entice buyers. Rysar is offering a free Smart car to purchasers at the Bluestone development in Cleveland Heights. Other developers have pulled out of projects. Al Neyer canceled the Terraces on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. Experts predict that the market will rebound.
21 April 2008
Leaders in Lakewood are working to devise a strategy for dealing with the foreclosure crisis.
03 April 2008
The Lakewood Observer reports that Lakewood officials signed a memorandum of understanding last year to sell Kauffman Park to developers, but that the new mayoral administration considers the agreement to be "off the table".
27 March 2008
08 February 2008
18 January 2008
11 January 2008
14 December 2007
The conversion of a Bunts Road duplex to a single-family house has been completed. The property is being marketed for sale at $185,000. Lakewood officials hope that this pilot project will be replicated at other duplexes in the City.
13 November 2007
The City of Lakewood is planning to make the Detroit Avenue and Bunts Road area an eastern gateway to its central business district. The former Giant Eagle at the intersection's southwest corner will be demolished and replaced by new commercial and residential development, along with a parking deck. Preliminary recommendation in the Detroit Avenue Streetscape Study include making improvements to transit waiting environments.
06 November 2007
Lakewood Planning and Development Director Tom Jordan reassured residents that the future of Kauffman Park will be determined by a public process with due diligence.
26 October 2007
23 October 2007
16 October 2007
The new RTA Red Line rapid transit station at West 117th Street opened at 9:30 this morning. Its official name is the W. 117th St.–Madison Avenue Highland Square Rapid Station. RTA officials also announced that bicycles will now be allowed on the rapid during rush hour.
Construction of the Cliffs on Rocky River was approved by Lakewood and Cuyahoga County officials. The condominium development has grown from a planned 46 units to as many as 60 units. A new access road should be completed by next spring, with the first units ready for occupancy in late 2008.
(Update: the Lakewood Sun Post has more details.)
01 October 2007
26 September 2007
The Plain Dealer depicts the Rocky River Harbor neighborhood in Lakewood and Rocky River as a quirky and colorful place.
31 August 2007
Developers are interested in purchasing Lakewood's Kaufmann Park for use in the redevelopment of a neighboring shopping center. They want to build a new shopping center that would be set back further from Detroit Road. The City hired consultants to prepare a study of the park, and it should be finished in September.
31 July 2007
20 July 2007
12 July 2007
Lakewood's Birdtown neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Birdtown Historic District.
First Federal of Lakewood and the City of Lakewood are partnering to convert a Bunts Road duplex into a a single-family home. Work is scheduled to be complete in late summer.
10 July 2007
29 June 2007
Construction of the new West 117th Street rapid station is nearing completion, and the main entrance and parking lot reopened earlier this week. The new station will be called Highland Square at West 117th Street, and a reopening ceremony is scheduled for mid-September.
25 May 2007
The Lakewood Historical Society established a preservation fund to preserve and protect historic structures. It will first be used in an attempt to raise $30,000 to move the threatened Hall House.
11 May 2007
26 April 2007
Real estate investor Sako Satka is close to completing a renovation of the historic Faerber/Morse House on Lake Avenue in Lakewood. An attempt by the home's previous owner to dismantle and auction its architectural details promted Lakewood officials to establish a waiting period for demolitions and to consider creating a landmark designation program.
26 March 2007
As part of the reconstruction and repaving of Lake Road in Bay Village, Rocky River, and Lakewood, ODOT will incorporate some recommendations that have been gathered through traffic studies and area stakeholder outreach, including traffic calming, streetscaping, and pedestrian amenities.
16 March 2007
Officials from Lakewood and Rocky River are discussing alternatives for improving water quality by reducing combined sewer overflows. Prices for the options range between $1.3 million and $3.1 million.
09 March 2007
A group of Cleveland and Lakewood stakeholders have begun discussing the possibility of joint developments along the West 117th Street corridor. Kent State's Urban Design Center is helping to prepare a conceptual plan. Meanwhile, the fate of the former Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist on West 117th Street is again in question, because the option on the historic building held by Marous Brothers Construction will expire by the end of the month. Cleveland officials are meeting with Marous.
08 March 2007
28 February 2007
LakewoodAlive will host a forum on the idea of a Lakewood arts district on March 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Beck Center Armory. The panelists will be Art Falco of the Playhouse Square Association, Tom Schorgl of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, Daniel Cuffaro of the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Kathleen Cerveny of the Cleveland Foundation.
16 February 2007
Lakewood officials have proposed adding preservation districts to the City's zoning code in order to preserve the character of neighborhoods. It would permit the City to implement design guidelines to "protect the integrity of the structures within the designated areas" and encourage restorations.