City to Host Symposium on Best Practices in Zoning

The City of Cleveland Planning Commission and Urban Land Institute will host a one-day symposium on Wednesday, October 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm at the Global Center for Health Innovation to explore how the needs of building and development have changed since implementation of the city’s current zoning code in 1929.

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In addition, the symposium will focus on how the City of Cleveland can adopt new zoning tools that will draw from best practices and create attractive, walkable, healthy, and sustainable communities.

The symposium will feature a conversation with civic leaders, city staff, Community Development Corporations, private developers and other known stakeholders about their experience with the current zoning code and related regulatory procedures. Several nationally renowned speakers will outline the principals, benefits, and practical challenges of modern zoning regulations.

Speakers will also discuss strategies and specific regulatory tools that can be implemented to incentivize the development of healthy, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods that offer a variety of transportation and housing options for all citizens. Scheduled session for the forum include: Making Safe Streets, Form-Based Codes 101, Planning as Politics, as well as many others.

To register for the symposium or for more information, visit

Registration Open for the 2015 Cleveland Senior Walk

The Department of Aging is proud to announce open registration for the 11th Annual Cleveland Senior Walk! The Cleveland Senior Walk is a free, outdoor, community event that encourages good health and physical activity for older adults. Senior Walk participants receive a free t-shirt, healthy snacks, and valuable resources to maintain an active lifestyle.

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 23, at 10:00 am on Mall C in Downtown Cleveland. To register, please fill out the bottom part of the flyer below or visit the Cleveland Department of Aging online.

For more information, call the Cleveland Department of Aging at 216-664-2833.

11th Annual Cleveland Senior Walk Registration Form 

Senior Walk Flyer 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Resurfacing Project

On Tuesday, August 25, weather permitting, work will commence on the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard resurfacing project between Buckingham Avenue and Shaker Boulevard.


One northbound and one southbound lane of traffic will be maintained at all times for the duration of the project. This project includes asphalt milling, pavement base repair, asphalt resurfacing, and installation of ADA compliant ramps. Access to all businesses, residences and side streets will be maintained during construction. Motorists will need to be alert for lane shifts and barrels used to direct traffic.

This project is scheduled for completion by October 2015. This will complete all work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Resurfacing Project.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson Reflects on the Stokes Era in Cleveland

“It is not often that someone is able to come along and impact the history of a city and nation as Congressman Louis Stokes did.


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The City of Cleveland’s success, history, and people were profoundly influenced by his work as a public servant. Cleveland’s progress as a city is directly tied to Congressman Stokes’ leadership and his career acts as a model for many on how to serve with integrity and dignity.

The best way to honor Congressman Stokes is to remember the Stokes Era in Cleveland that he began along with his brother, the honorable Ambassador and Mayor Carl B. Stokes. Theirs is a legacy that is embedded within the past and future of Cleveland.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Congressman Louis Stokes during this difficult time. Cleveland and the nation has lost a true champion of the people and I have lost a friend.”

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Mayor Jackson Swears-In Interim Director of Port Control and Interim Commissioner of Streets

Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the oath of office to Fred S. Szabo, who will serve as the city’s new Interim Director of Port Control. This position manages the operations of the Department of Port Control, which includes Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Burke Lakefront Airport, and the city’s lakefront properties.

Since 2001, Mr. Szabo has served as the Commissioner of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport where he manages all daily airport operations including the implementation of Federal Security Directives and Federal Aviation Administration Regulatory Directives.

Prior to his role as Commissioner, Mr. Szabo served in many leadership and staff positions with the Department of Public Safety including Assistant Director of Public Safety, Acting Commissioner of Cleveland Emergency Medical Services, and Administrator of the Office of Professional Standards.

Shortly afterwards Mayor Jackson administered the oath of office to Frank Williams, who will serve as the city’s new Interim Commissioner of the Division of Streets.  This position manages the operations of the Division of Streets, which includes street repair, street cleaning, illegal dumping, snow removal, graffiti removal, and guard rail repair.

Prior to his role as Administrative Manager in the Division of Streets, Mr. Williams served the City of Cleveland as a Radio Operator, Accident & Safety Inspector, and apprentice of the Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Street Maintenance.

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Cleveland Police Announce Annual Gun Buy-Back

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams proudly announce that the 2015 City of Cleveland Gun Buy-Back will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., at the Third District Police Headquarters  located at 4501 Chester Avenue. The Cleveland Division of Police has partnered with the Cleveland Police Foundation, ArcelorMittal, Cleveland Gladiators, Burt Saltzman owner of Dave’s Supermarkets, the Lake Erie Monsters, and the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association to proudly make this year’s buy-back possible.

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In exchange for operable handguns or semi-automatic rifles, citizens will be given a $100 gas or food gift card per handgun or a $200 gas or food gift card per semi-automatic rifle. In addition, every participant will receive two tickets to an upcoming Cleveland Gladiators or Lake Erie Monsters game.

“This community partnership will help us prevent a tragedy in the City of Cleveland,” said Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams. “This is a strategy that the City of Cleveland and the Division of Police have employed previously. As a result of the Gun Buy-Back someone’s life will be saved.”

“ArcelorMittal is proud to partner with the Cleveland Division of Police on the gun buy-back program. It is a natural extension of our commitment to make Cleveland a safer place for our employees and neighbors. After the guns are collected, we are pleased to melt down the weapons and recycle them into new steel which will eventually become consumer goods that improve the quality of all our lives,” said Eric Hauge, Vice President & General Manager, ArcelorMittal Cleveland.

How to Participate:

  • Bring a working handgun or semi-automatic rifle (assault rifle) to the Third District Police Headqaurters located at 4501 Chester Avenue on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • The weapon must be unloaded in a clear plastic bag inside a second container (gym bag, backpack, etc.)
  • Transport the unloaded and properly bagged weapon locked in the trunk of your vehicle.
  • Pack ammunition separately. Non semi-automatic rifles and shotguns can be turned in but NO incentive will be given.
  • Cleveland Police Officers will inspect the weapon to ensure that it is operable.
  • After officers determine that the weapon is operable, a $100 gift card will be given to those who turn in a handgun and a $200 gift card to those who turn in a semi-automatic rifle.
  • Everyone surrendering a gun will be provided with a ticket voucher for a pair of tickets to a Lake Erie Monsters or Cleveland Gladiators game.