Placemaking Puts Shaker Residents in the Mix of Van Aken District Plans
From Freshwater Cleveland
Dateline: August 4, 2016 - For decades, Shaker Heights residents considered The Van Aken District as a rapid transit station, a couple of shopping plazas and one behemoth of an intersection. Earlier this summer, however, city officials prompted dozens of residents to consider the possibilities of a different, livelier use of the area.
View the full article, by Brandon Baker, at Freshwater Cleveland.
RTA Rail Crossing Reconstruction at Southington/Shaker Boulevard Begins Monday, August 8
Traffic on Southington across Shaker prohibited during 19-day project
Dateline: August 1, 2016 - All vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Southington Rd. across Shaker Blvd. will be prohibited Monday, August 8 through Friday, August 26 for reconstruction of the intersection’s Green Line rail crossing. There will be no stop at Southington during the three-week construction period. Green line trains will run normally except on August 13-14 and 20-21, when buses will replace the trains, east of Shaker Square.
Discolored Water from Cleveland Water Repairs
Dateline: July 27, 2016 - Residents may notice discoloration in their water, as Cleveland Water crews work to repair a transmission main on Fairmount Blvd. Cleveland Water assures customers the water is safe to drink and use as normal. Crews have been dispatched to flush hydrants to help minimize the impact and will work to complete the repairs as soon as possible.
Fresh Market Closes Shaker Heights Store
Dateline: July 26, 2016 - The City and RMS learned this afternoon from The Fresh Market leadership that their store located in The Van Aken Center in Shaker Heights is closing and they will abandon their plans to break ground at the former Qua Buick location in 2016.
The grocery chain was purchased by Apollo Global Management LLC on April 27, 2016. Since that time, The Fresh Market leadership has worked with RMS and the City to gain site plan and Architectural Board of Review approval for the new store. However, The Fresh Market's new owner instead chose to abruptly close the Shaker Heights store and abandon the Cleveland market altogether. The Shaker store is one of over a dozen store closings and canceled openings by the new ownership team as they assess their brand strategy.
Chef Jonathon Sawyer Joins the Van Aken District
Dateline: July 7, 2016 - Beard Award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer will open a restaurant in the Van Aken District and he’ll be the curator of food experiences for the entire RMS Development. Read more about the announcement online.
Presentation on Proposed Pedestrian Bridge
Dateline: July 14, 2016 - Shaker residents are invited to a meeting at City Hall on July 25 at 6:30 pm to learn about a proposed new pedestrian bridge in Shaker Heights.
The Northeast Ohio Sewer District will present a proposal to close Andover Rd., located at the west end of Green Lake, to vehicle traffic and replace it with a pedestrian bridge. The bridge would span the same area between South Woodland and Parkland. This is being proposed as part of a larger Shaker Lakes Dam Improvement project which is a component of the Regional Stormwater Management program. The project is expected to start in the winter of 2016/2017. We hope you will attend and share your thoughts.
Ingenuity Programming in Moreland Neighborhood to Focus on Artists
Dateline: July 6, 2016 - Ingenuity is offering artist-focused programming as part of a new initiative the City of Shaker Heights has undertaken to revitalize the Moreland neighborhood. The initiative aims to attract target businesses and potential residents to the area, create vibrancy in the neighborhood, and build community. The Ingenuity partnership produces programs that will draw interest in the area.
City Names New Finance Director
Dateline: June 7, 2016 - David A. Pfaff will be the City’s new finance director, effective July 12, 2016. Pfaff joins Shaker from the City of Beachwood, where he served as finance director since 1999. He succeeds former Finance Director Matthew Rubino.
Make It a Shaker Weekend June 17 - 19
Four events over three days celebrate Shaker, the arts, and dads
Dateline: May 19, 2016 - You can Make It a Shaker Weekend Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19 with four Shaker-based events: Shaker Historical Society’s Twilight in the Garden Party and the Gracious Gardens Tour; the Shaker Heights Arts & Music Festival; and Family Connections DadsDay Run. All of the events are open to the public, some events require tickets or registration.
Shaker Heights Named Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community
League of American Bicyclists Recognizes City's Work
Dateline: May 18, 2016 - The League of American Bicyclists announced today that the City of Shaker Heights earned a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award, joining 372 visionary communities from across the country.
Green Lake Dredging Project - Public Meeting May 16
City hosts public meeting for Sewer District dredging project
Dateline: May 4, 2016 - The City invites residents to learn more from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District regarding its Green Lake dredging project at a public meeting, 7-8 pm, Monday, May 16 at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building, 3450 Lee Road. The dredging project will begin in July and run through June 2017.
Landmark Commission Announces Photo Contest Winners
Fourth Annual Contest Celebrates Preservation Month
Dateline: April 29, 2016 - The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission announces winners of the fourth annual Preservation Month photo contest after reviewing 89 entries from 30 photographers. The contest was created in 2013 in honor of National Preservation Month, celebrated each May by preservation organizations across the country.
Lee Road Lane Closure
Dateline: March 17, 2016 - The northbound lane of Lee between Van Aken and South Park will be closed in phases beginning Thursday, March 17 through late July (weather permitting) to accommodate a gas line replacement by Dominion East Ohio. The first phase, beginning Thursday, March 17, will close northbound Lee from Van Aken to just beyond the police station. The southbound lanes of Lee in this section will be used for two-way traffic, one lane in each direction.
Fitch Ratings Affirms City's "AAA" Bond Rating
Shaker achieves highest rating, denoting exceptional creditworthiness
Dateline: February 9, 2016 - Fitch Ratings, a credit rating and research agency, affirmed the City’s “AAA” bond rating as part of its ongoing surveillance of the City’s financial condition. The AAA rating is the highest attainable rating, indicating Shaker maintains an exceptional degree of creditworthiness and easily meets its financial commitments. Shaker is among a small group of local cities carrying an AAA rating from one of three major rating agencies. Fitch Ratings also affirmed the City’s AAA rating in its three previous reports, issued in 2011, 2012, and 2014.