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Economic Development Department

The Economic Development Department’s goal is to bring the character and quality of Shaker Heights’ neighborhoods into the commercial districts. The department works with professional and retail businesses to grow their companies in Shaker Heights and acts as a single point of contact for businesses interested in moving into the community. Programs like the Vision Fund are in place to incentivize property owners to make building improvements. Developers and brokers are encouraged to look to the economic development department as a resource in working with their clients. The Shop Shaker program encourages residents and businesses to support the Shaker business community.

Primary concentrations of commercially zoned property:

  • Van Aken/Warrensville: A master plan is in the works for this 60-acre commercial district to redevelop it into an extraordinary and vibrant mixed-use town center district, equal to any in the United States. The district is the terminus of a major light rail line, which runs west eight miles to downtown Cleveland, and is one of the five busiest crossroads in greater Cleveland.
  • Shaker Town Center at Chagrin and Lee: This area includes a broad mix of commercial uses, civic buildings, a transit station, and a variety of housing nearby. Exciting redevelopment efforts are complete or underway, including 170+ new housing units, façade improvements at the 120,000 square foot shopping center, street improvements, public art, a new fire house, and complete redevelopment of a property that currently has 85,000 square feet of retail space.

For more information including a listing of available space, demographics, financial assistance, zoning and permitting, transportation and other infrastructure information, visit Work-Live-Shaker Heights, or contact us:

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3400 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120-3493
Office hours: Monday-Friday
8:30 AM-5 PM

Thursday, February 11, 2016