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Cuyahoga County awarded nearly $1.5 million in competitive municipal grants. The CDBG-based funding includes $350,000 for infrastructure improvements in Maple Heights, $350,000 for sewer separation in Newburgh Heights, and $150,000 to Parma Heights for a connector trail.

The Maple Heights City School District is seeking public input on its school reconstruction plans. Residents are invited to sign up for committees on each of the schools.

The City of Maple Heights is dropping out of the regional Northeast Ohio Sourcing Office. It's the first government entity to leave the group, which was co-founded by former Mayor Michael Ciaravino.

Six new single family houses for seniors are under construction at the Jennings Center for Older Adults in Garfield Heights. In Maple Heights, a developer has expressed interest in building apartments for seniors on a three acre site near St. Andrew Eastern Orthodox Church.

Maple Heights City Council expressed an interest in using Rockside Elementary School as a city hall or senior center, if voters approve the school construction bond issue.

In March, Maple Heights voters will be asked to approve a tax issue to raise $53.5 million for the proposed school construction project, which calls for replacing the high school, the middle school, and three elementary school buildings. A pair of public meetings will be held this week.

The Maple Heights City Schools asked the state for $55.6 million for a school construction project. The funds require a match from the district. If approved, it will be the largest construction project ever in Maple Heights.

Maple Heights City Council may hire Cleveland State professor Robert Simons to conduct a study that would identify opportunities for economic development brought by the expansion of the Norfolk Southern intermodal terminal.

Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis answered questions from Washington Post readers about his recent piece on the foreclosure crisis. The Economist also looked at the crisis in Maple Heights, describing it as "a community in collapse."

(via Callahan's Cleveland Diary)

The New York Times took a close look at how the foreclosure crisis is harming Maple Heights, describing it as the epicenter of subprime mortgage meltdown.

The City of Maple Heights and Norfolk Southern reached a court-mediated settlement regarding the expansion of the intermodal terminal south of Broadway Avenue. The railroad will pay the City at least $70,000 in lieu of permit fees, pay for the majority of infrastructure improvements, and add landscaping.

Homeowners in the Maple Heights portion of the Valley Ranch subdivision are also unhappy about work left unfinished by Ameri-Con Homes.

Developer Dennis Oransky purchased three acres on Maplepark Drive in Maple Heights, and hopes to build single or multi-family housing on the site.

By a vote of 3-2, the Maple Heights Planning Commission recommended that the City should permit billboards on all city-owned land, regardless of zoning, unless the billboards would be "viewable by residential districts."

Maple Heights officials want Norfolk Southern to use the Greenhurst Road Extension for additional truck traffic instead of opening a new entrance on Broadway Avenue, which the railroad is planning as part of their intermodal terminal expansion. The City has filed a suit in federal court, asking the court to effectively serve as a planning commission.

Maple Heights leaders continue to fight the expansion of the Norfolk Southern intermodal terminal. The railroad is adding 10 acres near the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Rockside Road and 15 acres near the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Libby Road.

The Maple Heights Planning Commission is considering a proposal to allow billboards on all municipally owned land, including residential areas. Some members feel that the proposal is too broad.

In June, the Maple Heights Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals will be combined into a new Planning and Zoning Board as the result of a charter amendment approved by voters in November.

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