Parma News Archive
18 April 2013
31 January 2013
General Growth Partners, the owner of Beachwood Place, would like to rezone 11 parcels along Richmond Road from residential to retail. The rezoning could be the first step in an expansion of the mall, but the company hasn't presented any plans. The mall was last renovated in 2007.
In North Olmsted, Westfield Great Northern officials announced plans for a 55,000-square-foot expansion that includes a 10-screen movie theater, three new restaurants, and a new main entrance. They're scheduled to open in December.
In Parma, the redevelopment plans for Parmatown Mall include the construction of six outbuildings along West Ridgewood Drive.
Update: the work at Parmatown Mall will include the demolition of the Dick's Sporting Goods store and the former Macy's store. A Sun News editorial said it "seems real progress is being made".
Update 2: Demolition is underway at Great Northern.
16 December 2012
Phillips Edison & Co., the new owner of Parmatown Mall, is assembling a design team to develop plans for the mall. The company expects that the redesign and redevelopment process will take three years.
Update: the company's plans include indoor mall and exterior-facing storefront components.
19 November 2012
The City of Parma and the Cleveland Metroparks received a $149,164 state grant for a constructed wetland project in the Big Creek Reservation. The Metroparks plan to design the wetland this winter and create it next summer.
The Cleveland Metroparks are nearing completion of the Watershed Stewardship Center at the West Creek Reservation in Parma. Work on the $11.37 million improvement project began in March 2011. The park also opened three new bridges along a trail, and the West Creek Conservancy finalized its purchase of a small lot at the park's southern end.
20 August 2012
The West Creek Preservation Committee soon may purchase a 60,800-square-foot lot near the southern end of the Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation in Parma. Adding the property to the park will create more options for extending the West Creek Greenway Trail.
14 February 2012
Participants in a recent City Club panel discussion talked about state budget cuts and ways that local governments can achieve efficiencies by sharing services. In a Plain Dealer op-ed, Mayor DeGeeter of Parma highlighted his city's participation in regional collaborations.
Update: the latest Civic Commons radio show also explored the subject.
07 January 2012
Macy's announced that its store at Parmatown Mall is among five locations it will close this spring. The 288,000-square-foot store opened in 1960.
Update: Parmatown's court-appointed receiver says it could make the mall more attractive to developers.
30 August 2011
13 July 2011
11 July 2011
06 April 2011
24 February 2011
Within two weeks, the Cleveland Metroparks will begin construction of a multipurpose trail, a visitor center, and other improvements at the West Creek Reservation in Parma. Work is scheduled for completion in fall 2012.
Update: groundbreaking is scheduled for March 7 (PDF).
20 December 2010
A Plain Dealer editorial supports Cuyahoga County Executive-elect FitzGerald's call for increased municipal collaboration. Mayor DePiero of Parma also backs the idea.
18 November 2010
Parma Heights City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the Big Creek Watershed Balanced Growth Plan, a document completed earlier this year by the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization.
Update: Parma City Council also passed a resolution of support. The plan recommends preserving an 168-acre greenspace in southern Parma.
Update 2: It also makes recommendations for the Brook Park portion of the watershed.
21 October 2010
Under the terms of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and 14 states, the old General Motors will commit $773 million for the environmental cleanup of 89 former manufacturing sites. Five plant properties in Ohio will share $39 million: $25.8 million will go to the facility in Moraine, $7.3 million to Elyria, $3 million to Mansfield, $2.6 million to Toledo, and $746,000 to Parma.
07 October 2010
The Parma Planning Commission approved expansion plans for the Wal-Mart store at Parmatown Mall. The store will become a supercenter, and the 10,034-square-foot addition will increase its size to 161,840 square feet.
01 September 2010
Information about some planned demolitions in Greater Cleveland:
22 July 2010
The City of Parma is using its federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds to purchase and demolish an additional 14 houses. The City of Berea has also started demolishing distressed houses.
02 June 2010
The Plain Dealer looked at the history of the Cleveland Metroparks' West Creek Reservation in Parma and the projects underway at the park.
Update: the Parma Sun Post published more details about the planned $14 million of improvements.
27 May 2010
More than 150 sites were selected to participate in a two-year pilot program for the Sustainable Sites Initiative. The interdisciplinary initiative is an effort to establish a national rating system for sustainable landscape design. The projects in Ohio are at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland, the West Creek Reservation in Parma, and the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland.
Update: the Plain Dealer published more details about the Botanical Garden's participation.
Update 2: the Parma Sun Post described the project at the West Creek Reservation.
07 May 2010
The Ohio EPA awarded grants for restoration of stretches of the Chagrin River and Little Cuyahoga River (PDFs). The Geauga Park District received $400,000 and the Lake Metroparks received $349,584 for projects along the Chagrin River, and the City of Akron received $400,000 for work along the Little Cuyahoga River.
Update: the Akron Beacon Journal published more information about the project in Summit County and WKSU has more details about the Geauga County work. The Ohio EPA also awarded a $394,000 grant (PDF) to the West Creek Preservation Committee.
06 May 2010
RMS Investment Corp.'s plans for Parmatown Mall include the construction of five freestanding buildings in the parking lot around the mall, and a 10,034-square-foot expansion of its Wal-Mart. The Parma Planning Commission approved a portion of the proposal.
28 April 2010
The final report (PDF) of the American Institute of Architects' Sustainable Design Assessment Team for Parma makes a variety of recommendations that cover topics including land use, economic development, historic preservation, and transportation. The report is the result of work conducted in 2008. Related documents are available from the AIA.
23 February 2010
Parma City Council approved a rezoning that will allow the construction of the planned senior housing development on State Road. It's the first time the City has used its new mixed-use zoning classification.
24 January 2010
The proposed senior housing development on State Road in Parma includes two 50-unit apartment buildings and 12 duplexes. Franciscan Communities hopes to begin construction in 2011.
14 January 2010
17 December 2009
Five ordinances introduced in Parma City Council were developed by students in the sustainability program at Baldwin-Wallace College. The legislation would establish a mixed-use zoning classification, legalize rain barrel installation, permit green roofs, allow bicyclists to use the sidewalks in some areas, and enhance recycling in City buildings.
08 December 2009
Leaders in Parma are considering the creation of a mixed-use zoning category. It is one of several recommendations from students in the sustainability program at Baldwin-Wallace College.
06 October 2009
Citing a lack of support from residents, the City of Parma canceled the planning study for the proposed Avon-Juniper Multipurpose Trail.
23 September 2009
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.
28 August 2009
URS Corp. prepared a feasibility study for the proposed Avon-Juniper Multipurpose Trail in southern Parma. It identified several possible routes for a trail that would connect the Big Creek Reservation with the West Creek Reservation. However, many residents object to the concepts because of worries about privacy and crime.
14 August 2009
The City of Parma and the West Creek Preservation Committee will acquire and preserve a 2.78-acre wooded lot at Brookdale Avenue and West 16th Street. $63,000 of the $95,000 purchase price was provided by the Clean Ohio Fund.
Update: a Parma Sun Post editorial concluded that the "partners certainly are demonstrating their commitment to preserving natural green space, something that future generations of residents will appreciate for many years to come."
11 August 2009
13 February 2009
Parma and Parma Heights leaders continue to work with Baldwin-Wallace College on a proposal to combine the cities' fire departments. The College is expected to present a recommendation within 30 days.
18 December 2008
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded a $27,000 grant to the City of Parma from the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund. It will be used for the acquisition of a 2.85-acre riparian site near West Creek.
05 December 2008
Although the proposed regional fire district has dwindled from seven cities to two, Mayor Zanotti of Parma Heights intends to proceed with the concept. He hopes that Parma and Parma Heights will be ready to implement the plan in January 2010.
01 December 2008
The proposed seven-city joint fire district is down to two communities now that Brook Park has pulled out of the the study. The Cities of Parma and Parma Heights are the only remaining participants.
13 November 2008
The Veterans Administration announced plans to build an outpatient health clinic on the site of the Brookpark Golf Driving Range on Brookpark Road in Parma. Construction of the $7 million, 67,000-square foot building is expected to begin in the spring and end in mid-2010. The Brecksville outpatient clinic will be closed.
03 November 2008
31 October 2008
The AIA Sustainable Design Team's visit to Parma last week culminated in a public meeting where they presented information about their process, the City's assets and challenges, and their suggestions (PDF, 13.2 MB). The team will prepare a final report for the City.
24 October 2008
The Parma Sun Post reports on the public meetings held earlier this week with the AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team.
16 October 2008
Architects and planners from the AIA's Center for Communities by Design will return to Parma next week for a series of round-table visioning sessions about practical sustainability ideas. The public is invited to participate (PDF) in the focus groups and town hall meetings (MS Word). The Sustainable Design Assessment Team will present their recommendations at a meeting on October 22.
10 October 2008
The partners working on the proposed Big Creek Trail and Neighborhood Connector hope to select a preferred alignment next month. About 100 residents attended an August public meeting about the trail.
27 August 2008
Several potential routes have been identified for the planned Big Creek Trail and Neighborhood Connector, and residents are invited to provide input about the proposals at a public meeting this evening in Brooklyn City Hall. The greenway would link the Cleveland Metroparks Big Creek and Brookside Reservations by running through Parma, Brooklyn, and Cleveland.
30 June 2008
Members of an AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team visited Parma last week to learn more about the City. Earlier this year, Parma was selected as one of ten cities to receive technical assistance. The team will return in October to share their recommendations.
22 May 2008
In a class called "Parma 2.0: Re-thinking the Suburb", 15 Kent State graduate architecture students envisioned creative ways of remaking the aging inner-ring suburb. Their projects are on display at Parmatown Mall.
21 April 2008
The City of Parma was one of ten cities selected by the American Institute of Architects to receive technical assistance under the Sustainable Design Assessment Team program in 2008. The City intends to develop a sustainability plan.
(via Blog on the City)
11 April 2008
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.
25 March 2008
The City of Parma will study the concept of creating a Ukrainian Village along State Road between Brookpark Road and Grantwood Avenue.
14 March 2008
07 March 2008
A Plain Dealer editorial says that the Strickland administration "must commit the resources to back up its rhetoric about urban areas," and in a second editorial, says that Parma would be wise to enact a proposed assessment to maintain the City's infrastructure.
08 February 2008
04 December 2007
The West Creek Preservation Committee recently purchased five acres of forested land off of Parkhaven Drive in Parma. The area will be leased to the Cleveland Metroparks and used to expand the West Creek Reservation.
20 November 2007
The City of Parma is working to redevelop vacant retail properties, including the planned construction of a new Giant Eagle on the site of former Tops and Circuit City stores on Day Drive.
07 September 2007
With funding in place, work on the first phase of the Big Creek Watershed Management Plan is beginning. It's expected to continue through spring 2008.
24 August 2007
20 July 2007
In multipurpose trail news:
Mayor DePiero of Parma feels that the Census Bureau population estimates overstate the City's loss of population.
11 July 2007
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.
11 May 2007
The City of Brooklyn will apply for a $75,000 TLCI grant to conduct an alignment study for a proposed trail linking the Cleveland Metroparks Big Creek and Brookside Reservations.
20 April 2007
23 February 2007
Last week, representatives from the Global Country of World Peace unveiled plans for a $7 million "Peace Palace" at the intersection of Huffman and Stumph Roads in Parma. The site is currently zoned for retail.
29 January 2007
08 January 2007
Some people in Northeast Ohio are leery of Maharishi's plans to build Peace Palaces in Brecksville, Mayfield Heights, Parma, and Strongsville because of poor experiences with properties he formerly owned in North Randall and Avon Lake.
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