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Leaders in Seven Hills are exploring the possibility of revising the City's master plan, last updated in 2002. Members of the Planning Commission agreed to discuss the plan each month.

Insurance company AmTrust Financial Services announced that it will bring its offices to downtown Cleveland. The company plans to relocate 245 jobs from Seven Hills and create up to 800 new jobs over three years. AmTrust will make at least $20 million in upgrades to the Key Center tower at Superior Avenue and East 9th Street. It purchased the building in July for $7.1 million.

Seven Hills Village Council voted to establish a municipal land bank.

The West Creek Preservation Committee is interested in building a multipurpose trail in Seven Hills and Independence.

The City of Seven Hills may create a tax increment financing district to help fund improvements along Broadview Road.

Planning for a 75-acre lifestyle center in Seven Hills is continuing. Formerly known as Rockside Terrace, the development is now named Sora Hill. Developer Steiner + Associates of Columbus became a partner in the project in 2007, and hopes to finalize the plans once the economy improves.

Election recap

Broadview Heights
Issue 16 (residential rezoning): passed

Brooklyn Heights
Issues 17-25 (liquor law): passed

Fairview Park
Issue 31 (church rezoning): passed
Issue 32 (office rezoning): passed

Seven Hills
Issue 43 (Rockside Road rezoning): passed

Solon
Issue 44 (senior housing rezoning): failed

Strongsville
Issue 46 (Cook Avenue rezoning): passed

For complete Cuyahoga County results, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections or Cleveland.com.

Construction of the Lake to Lake Trail in Middleburg Heights has begun, and it should be finished in November 2008. The Cleveland Metroparks project will connect Lake Isaac and Lake Abram. In Brooklyn Heights, the Eagle Glen Connector Bridge in the Village Park was installed. It eventually will be part of a trail linking Brooklyn Heights to the Towpath Trail. In Seven Hills, a new mile-long trail behind City Hall opened to the public.

The City of Seven Hills has begun experimenting with permeable paving in an effort to reduce runoff and flooding.

Westlake voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on three rezoning issues in November, including an advisory issue for the Bradley Road property owned by the Westlake Board of Education, and another regarding a proposed expansion of Crocker Park. In Seven Hills, voters will decide a rezoning issue for the Rockside Terrace development.

In multipurpose trail news:

Mayor DePiero of Parma feels that the Census Bureau population estimates overstate the City's loss of population.

The City of Seven Hills approved spending $75,000 and opening bids for the construction of a mile-long multipurpose trail that will eventually link to the West Creek Greenway. Construction of the $800,000 trail should be completed this summer. Meanwhile, Broadview Heights officials are applying for grants that would permit them to examine the feasibility of building trails.

The City of Seven Hills, the Parma Board of Education, and developers were able to reach a financing agreement for the proposed Rockside Terrace mixed-use development. The next phase of planning will "determine the location of the roads and the buildings, how open space is utilized and the needed public improvements." Mayor Bentkowski hopes for a fall groundbreaking.

The Parma School Board did not vote on a tax increment financing package for the planned Rockside Terrace development, disappointing the project's developers. Seven Hills City Council unanimously approved the agreement at a special meeting on December 31.

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