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Takes Shape

New plans have been unveiled providing a detailed vision of RMS Investment's proposed Van Aken center project. See the details.

Shaker Heights in the News

Shaker sign Fresh Water Cleveland explores the combination of savvy startups, an emerging mixed-use district, and a global population that's helping Shaker bridge old world charm with the City's vision for the future.

Photo credit: Bob Perkoski

First Probable Case of West Nile Virus in 2015 Reported in Lakewood

Dateline: July 29, 2015 - A nearby West Nile Virus case serves as a reminder that this is peak season for exposure. Read about precautions you can take to lower your risk.

Entrepreneurs Compete for $20,000 in Shaker Heights Win-Win Business Challenge

Local business competition enables expanding small businesses to fill available space in Chagrin-Lee area

Dateline: July 27, 2015 - Local entrepreneurs seeking storefront space can apply now to compete in the Win-Win Business Challenge, a small business education program and grant competition that will help drive development in the Chagrin-Lee area of Shaker Heights. A total of $20,000 in grant funding – a combined $10,000 from the City of Shaker Heights and $10,000 from Huntington Bank – will be awarded to the winner(s) for purchases and capital improvements to an office or retail space in the Chagrin-Lee area.


RTA Rail Crossing Reconstruction at South Park/Shaker Boulevard Begins Friday, July 24

Traffic on South Park across Shaker prohibited during 15-day project

Dateline: July 13, 2015 - Traffic on South Park Boulevard across Shaker Boulevard will be prohibited Friday, July 24, through Friday, August 7, for reconstruction of the intersection’s Green Line rail crossing. The project is part of the RTA’s continuing improvements to Rapid rail crossings in Shaker Heights.


Road Closure: Shaker Boulevard Eastbound

Dateline: June 25, 2015 - Shaker Boulevard eastbound between Warrensvile Center and Belvoir will close Friday, June 26 at 9 am for the Arts and Music Festival taking place this weekend.

The road will reopen Sunday, June 28 at 10 pm.

The event and the road closure will take place rain or shine.

Shaker Life wins APEX 2015 Grand Award

Dateline: June 16, 2015 - Shaker Life, a quarterly publication of the City of Shaker Heights, has been awarded the APEX 2015 Grand Award in Design and Illustration for the feature “Living (in) History,” which appeared in the magazine’s Winter 2014 issue.


Beer Garden Popping Up this Summer in the Van Aken District

First event Friday, July 3, 6-10 pm

Dateline: June 15, 2015 - Savor the summer and get a taste of the new Van Aken District at the Van Aken Beer Garden popping up on alternate Fridays this summer in Shaker Heights.

Beginning Friday, July 3 and continuing every other Friday through September 11, from 6-10 pm, 8,000 square feet of the parking lot at Van Aken Center becomes a lively beer garden.


Shaker Heights Arts & Music Festival Returns June 27 & 28

New Temporary Location: Shaker Middle School

Dateline: May 18, 2015 - The Shaker Heights Arts & Music Festival promises a weekend packed with great food from local restaurants and food trucks, beer and wine, a juried art show, phenomenal musical entertainment and activities for children. Admission is free.


Landmark Commission Announces Third Annual Preservation Month Photo Contest Winners

Dateline: May 5, 2015 – The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission announces the winners of the third annual Preservation Month Photo Contest. The contest was created in 2013 in honor of National Preservation Month, which is celebrated each May by preservation organizations across the country. This year, 97 entries were received from 51 different photographers.


Eastside Greenway Presents Final Plan in May

Public is invited to learn details of the plan at four public meetings

Dateline: April 24, 2015 – Next month, the Eastside Greenway project team will present the final greenway plan, which was shaped by input from the public. You are invited to attend any one of following meetings to learn more about the plan:


Lee/Van Aken RTA Station Reconstruction

Dateline: April 21, 2015 - Please visit Construction Zone for updated information on train service suspension and upcoming 24-hour work cycle.

Resurfacing and Other Improvements Impact Traffic Patterns

Expect delays on City's east and west sides at Chagrin/Warrensville Center and Lee/Van Aken

Dateline: April 2, 2015 - Van Aken Blvd. westbound is closed between Lee Rd. and South Woodland Rd., as part of a four-phase resurfacing project. Drivers should follow posted detours. This phase of resurfacing is expected to end mid-May. The final phase will end in the fall.


Patricia Speese Named Director of Public Works

Served as Interim Director beginning in December 2014

Dateline: April 1, 2015 - Patricia Speese has been appointed Director of Public Works, Mayor Earl M. Leiken announced today. Speese has served the City's Public Works Department since 2001 and as Interim Director since December 2014, after the retirement of her predecessor William Boag.


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