Mayor Frank G. Jackson Statement on Giant Eagle and GetGo Buckeye Road Closure

February 3, 2017

“It is disappointing to see Giant Eagle and its GetGo Gas Station closing at Buckeye Road and East 116th Street. These closings mean customers must travel several miles for grocery shopping. It also means that over 120 jobs have left the neighborhood. The city is, however, working with the Buckeye Plaza owners and other grocers who are interested in taking over the space left vacant. We are hopeful the doors of this store will open again soon bringing with it more jobs and a convenient location for families in this neighborhood to do their grocery shopping soon.”

SCRANTON ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

February 3, 2017

Fairfield Road to Carter Road – ROAD CLOSURE

(2 to 3 month closure anticipated)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Scranton Road will be closed while receiving several upgrades and improvements between Fairfield Road and Carter Road beginning February 8, 2017, weather permitting, with the exception of local traffic. Local traffic ONLY will be maintained at all times. Local businesses north of the Lorain-Carnegie overpass will utilize Carter Road to access Scranton Road. Local businesses south of the Lorain Carnegie overpass will utilize the Train Avenue and Fairfield Road intersections at Scranton for access.

Motorists will need to be alert for lane shifts and barrels used to direct traffic. This closure is anticipated to last from two to three months. A public notification will be provided when the road closure is lifted.

The scope of this project includes: new concrete pavement, concrete drive aprons, curbs and walks for Scranton Road (Fairfield Road to Carter Road) and on Carter Road (from Columbus Road to Scranton Road); resurfacing of the Columbus/Carter intersection; new drainage facilities for both Scranton Road and Carter Road;  installation of ADA compliant curb ramps at all intersections; miscellaneous water works such as hydrant relocations; relocation of utility poles; new striping and signs; and the addition of exclusive bike lanes and parking lanes on Scranton Road.

Should there be any questions or comments about this project please contact the City’s Chief Construction Inspector, Ms. Traci Hartnett-Mercado at (216) 244-5636.

Please Note: Road construction invariably presents hazards to the public.  We urge all travelers to use caution in the construction zones. Your safety and the safety of our workers are our greatest concern.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this important public improvement project.

The City of Cleveland Celebrates Black History Month: Cleveland Hometown Heroes, Poverty to Power

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This year the City of Cleveland has a full schedule of events to celebrate Black History Month, February 2017. Many of them are taking place right here in City Hall’s Rotunda, including the Opening Ceremony Luncheon – A Salute to Hometown Heroes –  which was held on February 1st.img_145web

 

The City’s Black History Month Flag Raising ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 4 on the steps of City Hall. A full list of City of Cleveland, Black History Month events here.

 

Mayor Frank G. Jackson recently participated in the Stokes Commemoration Event, “In Their Footsteps.” This event is one in a year-long series celebrating the life and legacy of two of Cleveland’s Hometown Heroes, Carl and Louis Stokes. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Carl B. Stokes becoming the 51st Mayor of the City of Cleveland.

As Cleveland’s 51st mayor, the Honorable Carl B. Stokes changed the course of the city’s history. His achievement not only set a standard for elections in major metropolitan communities but also established an agenda to meet the needs of Cleveland residents regardless of their racial and ethnic background. He was mayor for all of Cleveland, and during his two terms in office from 1967-1971, he accomplished much that serves the city steadfastly even today.

In reflection of Carl Stokes’ success, Mayor Jackson told the audience, “…Never forget where you come from and always go back home to remind yourself of what you’re supposed to be doing…”  He explained that in his early years, there was a limited pathway for those who came out of the Central neighborhood, where African Americans lived. And that with the Civil Rights movement and the contributions of many African Americans, that pathway became broader and more choices became available. He said, “Me and almost all other African American elected officials and even females, would not be here today if it wasn’t for Mayor Stokes and the struggles he went through.”

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Mayor Jackson’s work has followed in the footsteps of Carl Stokes. He states, “A great city will be measured by the condition and well-being of its people, in particular, the least of us – not in terms of welfare and charity, but whether everyone is able to participate in the prosperity and quality of life that we create as a community.”

While we at the City of Cleveland celebrate the achievements of all members of our community daily, Black History Month allows us all to reflect on the important contributions of African Americans throughout history and beyond, especially here in Cleveland.

More information regarding the Stokes’ commemoration can be found at stokes50cle.com.