Construction started in March within the Cedar Fairmount Business District for a multitude of improvements starting with the replacement of the natural gas pipelines by Dominion East Ohio Gas. The gas line replacement should be completed in July, as well as Phase 1 of the resurfacing of Cedar Road from Taylor to Norfolk. The total project is expected to cost almost $4 Million.
Phase 2 of the Cedar Road Resurfacing/Cedar Fairmount Streetscape project from Norfolk to the intersection of Cedar and Euclid Heights Blvd. is predicted to begin sometime in July. This consists of road resurfacing and new ADA Compliant Curb Ramps, sidewalks, and sidewalk amenities from Fairmount Boulevard to Euclid Heights Boulevard, including new trees, removal of unused electric poles, new flower planters, benches, trash cans, and bike racks. A multi-use pedestrian and bicycle path is almost complete along the Cedar Glen Parkway from Euclid Heights Boulevard to Ambleside Drive in Cleveland. The time table for Phase 2 is approximately 6 – 8 weeks.
The Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement Board of Trustees decided for the safety of attendees, the 16th Annual Cedar Fairmount Festival should be moved to Sunday, October 22nd from noon – 5 pm. It will now be The Cedar Fairmount Fall Festival, which will include many aspects of the Summer Festival. These include an Arts & Craft Show, Children’s Activities, the characters of Moana, Captain Cook, Superwoman, and Superman. Whipples, the Balloon Clown will return, as well as the Euclid Beach Rocket Car, There will be a Bounce House, Children’s Halloween costume contest, Animal Protective League Adoptions, Historical Lecture, Local Authors, great food and more.
Applications for artisan, venders, and non profits is available on line at www.cedarfairmount.org. Those who have sent in applications for the August 20th date will be contacted.
The Cedar Fairmount Fall Festival on Sunday, October 22nd will be a celebration of the “Newly Renovated Cedar Fairmount Business District”! For more information: www.cedarfairmount.org , cedarfairmount/facebookpage , 216 791-3172.
Sal Russo Sr. called the meeting to order on Tuesday July 11th at 9 am at Nighttown Restaurant. Introductions were made.
Present, who signed in, were: Sal Russo Sr., Rob Woycitzky, Gary Hocco, Any Simrak, Dan Monterio, Gwen Bradley, Patty Harwood, Claire Kohler, Ernie Cahoon, Lew Marlette, Bill Stickley, Tawny Ratner, Kari Moore, Kathy Faragalli, Lynn Quintrell, Luke Quintrell, Brendan Ring, Rex Beck, Cheryl Davis, Susanna Nierman O’Neil, Sal A. Russo, Joe Kickel, and Kaye Lowe
Kaye Lowe gave the June meeting secretary’s report in the absence of Lee Cavender. Sal Russo Sr. motioned to approve. Brendan Ring Seconded.
Brendan Ring, treasure reported the Fifth Third Bank account has $39,788.25. We have our second tax assessment installment due for the SID.
Joe Kickel, assistant to Alex Mannarino, Public Works reported:
• East Ohio Gas is completing the installation of the gas line replacements. The connection to the buildings needs to be hooked up. All gas lines work should be completed by the third week in July.
• Perk Construction will follow with the intermediate resurfacing of Cedar Road on the south side. The South side of Cedar Fairmount will be done first with sidewalks and curbs bumped out and sidewalks installed.
• Then Perk will switch to the North Side of the street. Each side will take approximately 6 weeks.
• There will be two lanes of traffic on Cedar Road and Fairmount during construction. Traffic pattern plans were approved by Chief Mecklenburg.
• Parking Meteors will be having bags with no parking printed on them. Meteors will be eliminated when sidewalks are redone. Then replaced with new meterors.
Discussion followed. Suggestions were to do a better job of funneling traffic with more individuals directing and assisting with crossing the streets.
Install new meteors on the north side across from Nighttown and add 4-5 metered spots on the east side by The Fairmount.
There needs to be more signage directing traffic.
The tree stumps are causing a dangerous situation and need to be removed or cut to the ground.
Susanna Nierman O’Neil reported for Tim Boland: A Memorandum of Understanding has been completed with Flaherty and Collins. It is on the City of Cleveland Heights website. The Top of the Hill project will encompass 4 acres. There will be community meetings scheduled in the fall for the project. The project is to be multi-use with commercial on the first floor, apartments above. There
Will be a 500 car garage built for apartment owners and general public use. There will be a new Traffic Study done. Susanna said, “the City is looking for funding to connect traffic signals through fiber optic system.”
“Flaherty and Collins is a strong company financially and design-wise. It has connections to Cleveland with Liberty Development”. There are weekly updates on the City of Cleveland Heights website under road construction.
Parnell Pub from Lee Road is moving into the space vacated by Ten Thousand Villages.
Discussion followed with concerns about the business climate in the neighborhood, the type of businesses, etc. Comments were made about the difficulty locating parking because of Barrio’s after 4 pm. The parking situation has impacted the spaces in front of private residencies. There has been an added noise and trash level. Because of the water leaks and gas line construction Dave’s has lost 1000 customers a week. The audience asked, “What do we want Cleveland Heights and Cedar Fairmount to be.”
Susanna Nierman O’Neil said a Master Plan has been completed by the City. A recruitment of a variety of retail entities is being sought. It was mentioned that most landlords report food type establishments are seeking rentals; not retailers. Community meetings are provided for citizens to hear what the developers are planning and for them to receive opinions.
Summer Festival Update: Festival has been moved to Sunday, October 22 from noon – 5 pm.
The committee is working on events. Letters asking for donations will be emailed and mailed in August. A $4000 Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Grant needs to be matched.
June 22 Concert with Jen Maurer & Anthony Papaleo with the Corn Potato Strings was standing room only. Kaye thanked Brendan Ring for allowing the Stephen’s Green Patio to be used and Jim Wadsworth for assistance obtaining the musicians. Cedar Fairmount paid $500 for the talent.
Fall Focus Ad for $ 125.00 was approved.
Advertising in Heights Observer for September for $215.00 was approved.
Next Meeting is a General Meeting on Tuesday, August 8th at Nighttown in Stephen’s Green.
NOTE LOCATION CHANGE.
Recorder: Kaye Lowe