City News Update

Your Cleveland Heights City Government

Next ARPA Meeting

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 pm

Caledonia Elementary School, 914 Caledonia Avenue


TIF proposal introduced for

Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook project

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- City Council has introduced a proposed tax increment financing (TIF) agreement for the Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook development, for first reading only.

The tentative deal could include some additional incentives for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District -- which also needs to approve the TIF proposal -- with new perks such as a possible "50-50″ split on city income taxes collected from construction workers at the project site.

Earlier projections placed that “one-time influx” of construction wage tax revenues at a total of $310,000 (roughly $155,000 apiece for the city and schools), although that amount dates back to the development agreement signed in December 2021 and may need some adjustment...

With a projected PILOTs threshold of up to about $1.25 million a year, a “33.88 percent” split for the school district at that amount would mean more than $424,000 annually for 30 years, totaling over $12.7 million.

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Dave’s Markets to Acquire Zagara’s Marketplace in Cleveland Heights


Zagara's Marketplace bowing out, Dave's moving in

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- For two local family grocers, it's the end of one era and the beginning of a new one. Dave's Markets announced today (Oct. 7) their acquisition of Zagara's Marketplace at Lee and East Overlook roads...

“Zagara’s has been a part of Cleveland Heights for nearly 35 years, so it’s disappointing to see them go,” Mayor Kahlil Seren said.

“Dave’s is a local, family-owned business with its own history of providing healthy, fresh food in Cleveland Heights. They will be investing in our city and improving the Lee Road store, and no one will be fired or laid off.”

Seren added, “If a community institution like Zagara’s is going to be acquired by another company, this is a good way for it to happen.”

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Important Facts         

Zagara’s Marketplace will close on Friday, October 21, and reopen as Dave’s Market and Eatery on Saturday, October 29.

Dave’s at Cedar-Fairmount will close on Monday, October 25.

Dave’s at Severance will continue operating.

When it reopens on 10/29, the Lee Road Store will have extended hours across the store and new food offerings.

Dave’s Markets will make a substantial investment in the Lee Road store and has preliminary renovation plans for 2023 to improve the shopping experience.

Every employee at Zagara’s and Dave’s Cedar Fairmount store will be offered employment at the Lee Road store or another Dave’s location.

UFCW Local 880 will continue to represent Zagara’s and Dave’s employees.

Cities Apply for Funding for Heights Regional Greenways Project

At its Monday, October 4, 2022, meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council passed legislation authorizing Mayor Seren to submit to the Northeast Ohio Area Wide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) a joint application with the Cities of University Heights and South Euclid for grant funding for the Heights Regional Neighborhood Greenway Project as part of their efforts to implement the recommendations of the Eastside Greenway Project.


The Heights Regional Neighborhood Greenway Project will build buffered bicycle lanes, connector pathways, and wayfinding signage to help create a unified network of “bicycle boulevards” connecting neighborhoods to employment centers, transit, and existing parks and green spaces.


If funded, the Heights Regional Neighborhood Greenway Project will be the pilot effort for the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission’s Greenways Network, “a blueprint for linking neighborhoods, parks, Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River, and public transit through a comprehensive countywide network of trails that are safe and welcoming for people of all ages and abilities.”

The Cuyahoga Greenways Executive Summary is available as an interactive story map. Download the Cuyahoga Greenways Plan here.


We’ve included a fun short video from the Portland (Oregon) Bureau of Transportation describing neighborhood greenways

The 2022 Cleveland Heights

Happy 5k/10k Race was a Huge Success!

Total Raised for Youth Recreation Scholarships



10K Fastest Overall

Joanna Line

Jeremiah Fitzgerald


10K Fastest CH Residents

Sarah Fuller

Greg Tulley


5k Fastest Overall

Lara Lillibridge

Alex Richard


5K Fastest CH Residents

Aimee Sheetz

Jonathan Fairman


Largest Merchant Team

The Wine Spot


Registrants: 466

Runners: 368

Merchant Teams: 16


Race Sponsors

The Wine Spot

Deluxe Outdoor Services

Fleet Feet Cleveland

Thomas Hodgkiss-Lilly/Howard Hanna

Luna Bakery & Cafe

City Architecture


Race Organizer

Run The Land


The City of Cleveland Heights has entered into a new recycling contract. The City's new recycling vendor will audit residents' recycling habits during the next few weeks to establish the rate the City will be charged.

Plastic bags foul recycling machinery. The City is charged more when residents include plastic bags with their recycling. 

To keep the City's recycling costs down, please place recyclables loosely in your recycling cart and DO NOT USE PLASTIC BAGS.

Neighborhood Traffic Calming Update

The response to Cleveland Heights’ new Neighborhood Traffic Calming program has been overwhelming! Eight streets have successfully petitioned for traffic calming and are in the queue for traffic studies.


The City of Cleveland Heights has limited capacity to conduct traffic studies and can only undertake two studies simultaneously. As a result, the City is temporarily no longer accepting new applications for neighborhood traffic calming so it can focus on those streets that have already applied. 

To be notified when the Traffic Calming application process reopens, please go to the City's Neighborhood Traffic Calming page and enter your name, email address, and the name of the street you would like to petition for traffic calming.

Community Shredding Day

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 9:00 AM–12:00 Noon

Community Shredding Day is Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon in the City Hall parking lot (40 Severance Circle). Please enter Severance Circle off Mayfield Road.


Bring your old financial statements, receipts, invoices, or other unwanted personal documents to be shredded. Please remove paper clips and rubber bands that might foul or damage the machines. Staples do not need to be removed.


There will be two shredding trucks on-site. Each person may shred a maximum of ten boxes.


A crew will repair a sewer lateral at 968 Quilliams Road on Monday, October 12 through Wednesday, October 14. Work will take place from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, during which time Quilliams will be closed to traffic from Noble Road to Randolph Road. During these hours, motorists are advised to use Randolph Road and Nobleshire Road to access Quilliams. One lane on Qulliams will be open after hours for access.

Next Cleveland Heights City Council Meetings

The next full City Council meeting will be held on Monday, October 17, 2022, at 7:30 pm, immediately following the Council Committee of the Whole meeting, which will be held at 6:30 pm.

All of these meetings will be streamed live and may be viewed on the City's YouTube channel. The agendas for the meetings may be found on the City's website.

This Week at Cleveland Heights City Hall

October 10, 2022

Municipal Services and Environmental Sustainability Committee

10:00 am, Executive Conference Room

Administrative Services Committe

11:00 am, Executive Conference Room

Council Committee of the Whole

6:00 pm, Executive Conference Room


October 11, 2022

Council Committee of the Whole

5:30 pm, Executive Conference Room

October 12, 2022

Racial Justice Task Force - Housing and Economic Opportunity Subcommittee

7:00 pm, Online


October 15, 2022

Shredding Day

9:00 am to Noon, Cleveland Heights City Hall Parking Lot

Trick-or-Treating 2022

Will be held

Monday, October 31

from 6:00–8:00 pm

NEW!! Israeli Dance Class

Looking for a possible new experience? Learn modern Israeli dances as danced today in Israel!

This is a GREAT starting point to learn Israeli Dance. No experience is required, the dances are fun, and it's a good aerobic workout. Students ages 8 and up are welcome and the pace will be slow and easy with circle and line dances to keep everyone moving.

Instructor: Stuart Meyer (teacher, performer, and artistic director)

Day: Tuesday

Time: 6:00–7:30 pm

Dates: October 25–December 6; 6 classes—No program 11/8 

Location: CH Community Center Aerobic Room

Cost: $45 Resident/$50 Non-Resident

The "Lake Eerie" Gohio

Car(bon) Free Challenge is On!

It’s scary! Outdoor air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization.

Help Northeast Ohio air quality by replacing a car commute with a carbon-free/reduced trip, like biking, using transit, or carpooling, or by remote working during the “Lake Eerie” Gohio Commute Challenge. 

Join today by creating an account at Gohio Commute and log your trips through the month of October to be eligible for weekly and overall prizes. Stay up to date on real-time standings using the challenge leaderboard.

Express Yourself!

ARPA Feedback Still Needed

The City continues to ask people to fill out a public input form to prioritize different possible areas of investment and suggest specific ways ARPA funds might be spent.

If you haven't filled out the public input form, please share your thoughts with the City today!

 Fill out the ARPA Public Input Form 
Learn more about the City's ARPA Funding and Process

 Draft Severance Town Center Vision Statement

The Cleveland Heights Board of Control is asking for feedback on a newly drafted Vision Statement for Severance Town Center.


Severance Town Center is located in the heart of Cleveland Heights. Its history, first as a private estate, then as a ground-breaking regional mall, and most recently as a struggling retail center, is reflective of the history of the City itself.

This status quo is no longer acceptable, and its future is of the utmost importance to the City. The City is committed to working diligently toward a vision for the redevelopment and re-imagination of Severance Town Center.


As the heart of Cleveland Heights, Severance Town Center demands redevelopment and re-imagination to assure dynamic, cutting-edge development, spaces, and uses that:

  • Create an Intentional City Center with a Mix of Civic, Green, and Other Uses
  • Are Transformational and Not Incremental
  • Are Economically and Environmentally Sustainable over the Long-Term
  • Pump Energy and Activity out into the City’s Neighborhoods
  • Are Consistent with the Values of Cleveland Heights, but also Forward Looking
  • Are Unique and Reflective of the Diversity of Cleveland Heights
  • Create a Sense of Place Attractive to Residents, Visitors, Shoppers, Business and Property Owners, and Others
  • Include a Resilient Group of Uses and Users
  • Will be Enjoyed and Accessible to all Ages and Abilities
  • Are Based Upon Innovative Zoning that Allows Wide-Ranging, Strategically Appropriate Possibilities

Please provide any feedback you have or ask questions at Severance Town Center Vision Statement.

Provide Feedback on the Severance Vision Statement

 The Sewer District Wants Your Thoughts About

Doan Brook and Horseshoe Lake

As the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District works on restoring Doan Brook, it wants to hear your vision about what the park should look like after restoration takes place.

To find out more about the Sewer District's plans, read this slide presentation and watch the video below.

Then take the Sewer District's survey to tell them what you want to see at the park and what you think would make this the preeminent park space in Northeast Ohio.

Take the Doan Brook/Horseshoe Lake Survey


Heights Halloween Festival—Dobama Theatre

Dobama Theatre will hold the second annual Heights Halloween Festival on Saturday, October 15, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Cedar Lee District of Cleveland Heights.

The Heights Halloween Festival, presented by Dobama Theatre, is a free event and open to Halloween lovers and trick-or-treaters of all ages. The festival includes character meet-n-greets side stages where attendees can get photos, autographs, and candy from costumed actors at various stops in the grassy area near the Meadowbrook/Lee intersection.

Circus performers, costumed actors, large-scale puppets, and more will stroll the district for everyone’s entertainment. Face painting, free games, and prizes will also be available. Music will be performed from the Meadowbrook/Lee stage for dancing and a festive atmosphere.

The Heights Halloween Festival also includes the traditional “candy crawl” along the Cedar Lee District, where local businesses hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, with many employees dressing up for the holiday.

More information

Lake Erie Ink Fall Programs


The City of Cleveland Heights is Hiring!

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Job openings in the Police Department, City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and other departments may be found on the Cleveland Heights Job Opportunities webpage.

-- All Are Welcome --


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