City of Cleveland Daily News Updates – #389

The City of Cleveland today made the following announcements:

City of Cleveland Planning Commission Adopts Vision for the Valley Plan

The City of Cleveland today announced that the Cleveland Planning Commission voted to adopt the Vision for the Valley plan, which aims to reimagine and repurpose the Cuyahoga River Valley and allow Cleveland to realize its full potential as a waterfront City.

The City of Cleveland, Cleveland Metroparks, the Port Authority, Flats Forward and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) lead a cross section of community and agency stakeholders to realize a unifying vision that addresses transportation (maritime and land), land use, public space and other key opportunities.

“The Vision for the Valley initiative symbolizes our desire for creating “One Cleveland” by linking east to west together to make Cleveland a seamless and more sustainable city,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Building on our waterfront assets will be key to reposition for a vibrant future.” 

Since the founding of the City of Cleveland over 200 years ago, the Cuyahoga River valley has served as the geographic center of the city and a catalyst for economic growth. The river has been known as a place of commerce connecting Cleveland to national and international trade markets. However, the future of the Cuyahoga River is becoming more dynamic.

The Cuyahoga River represents an opportunity to integrate its commercial history with a future that includes recreation, housing, and transportation all converging along a transportation corridor that features maritime, bike, pedestrian, and rail transportation. This convergence creates new challenges and new opportunities. The Vision for the Valley Initiative also calls for the linking and integration of existing and planned investments taking shape along the Cuyahoga River Valley.

“If Cleveland is to realize its full potential as a waterfront City, we must leverage both our lake and river front assets,” said Cleveland City Planning Commission Director Freddy Collier Jr. “The Vision for the Valley initiative is an effort that not only provides a framework for connecting physical assets, this effort will help create the human and agency connections needed to carry out the vision. This framework plan provides the foundation for the strategic coordination of many efforts taking shape in the Cuyahoga River Valley.”

Vision for the Valley is a collaborative effort. Read more from the Cleveland Metroparks, the Port Authority and Flats Forward:

“We’ve seen the transformative power of what connecting people to the lakefront can do for the community and are pleased to be part of the Vision for the Valley Partnership with the City of Cleveland, Port of Cleveland, Flats Forward, and NOACA to proactively plan for the future of the Cuyahoga Riverfront. This partnership helps unify priorities to balance public access and greenspace, industry, environment and development to create a vibrant, connected framework for the future of the river valley.” – Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian M. Zimmerman

“NOACA is proud of the comprehensive planning work completed as part of the Vision for the Valley TLCI, which facilitated stakeholder efforts and community engagement to envision connectivity to and within the river valley. Reimaging a sense of place that integrates land use with a network of travel modes, while encouraging development, is transformative and capitalizes on the unique assets of our region. “We are celebrating this milestone and excited that this study is being recognized as an important community investment.” – Grace Gallucci, NOACA Executive Director-CEO

“The Port of Cleveland supports Vision for the Valley which shall serve as a framework for industry, recreation and development to coexist on and around the Cuyahoga River.” – Port of Cleveland President and CEO William Freidman

“The Vision for the Valley (VFTV) plan is a wonderful first step to help guide decisions that will contribute to a diverse, flourishing and sustainable Flats neighborhood.  –Flats Forward Chairman Robert J. Zadkovich

To view the Vision for the Valley final report and the City of Cleveland Planning Commission presentation, click here. To learn more about Cleveland’s Vision for the Calley initiative, visit To view a standalone version of this release, click here.

Reminder: Special Joint Commission & Committee Meeting on Sherwin-Williams Proposal to Occur July 20

On Tuesday July 20th, a special joint meeting of the City Planning Commission, Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee, Landmarks Commission and the Warehouse Historic District Design Review Committee will be held to hear the concept proposal for the Sherwin Williams headquarters.

The meeting will be held in the Mercedes Cotner Committee Room, City Hall Room 217 at 601 Lakeside Avenue. Due to room limitations, attendance at the meeting will be limited to commissions, committee’s, presenters, and staff. The meeting will be live streamed on TV20, City of Cleveland You Tube Channel, and the City of Cleveland website.

To view the full posting, which includes the agenda and original release, click here.

Pipeline Infrastructure Improvements Update—East 161st Street and Parkgrove Avenue

On Wednesday July 28, 2021, Dominion Energy Ohio’s gas pipeline infrastructure replacement project will begin on the following street:

  • East 161st Street – From Grovewood Avenue to Burbank Court
  • Parkgrove Avenue – From East 161st Street to East 164th Street
  • Huntmere Avenue – North side from East 161th Street to East 164th Street, South side from 15614 Huntmere Avenue to 15908 Huntmere Avenue

The improvements include replacing the old steel mainline with a new plastic mainline in the sidewalk area. A work zone will be established which will allow two-way traffic with traffic control personnel present to help direct traffic flow. Access to adjacent driveways will be maintained throughout construction.  All work zones will be removed at the end of each work day. The work on the project will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This project is scheduled for completion September 2021.

Should there be any questions, please contact Matt Lenke – Hill International at 330-353-7111.

Editor’s Note: Road construction invariably presents hazards to the public. All travelers are urged to use caution in construction zones. Public safety and the safety of workers is a top priority.

Cleveland Department of Public Health Releases (CDPH) COVID-19 Case Summary

CDPH has been notified of 29 new coronavirus cases in city residents for July 4 – July 10. This brings the total to 33,648 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 513 fatalities. Click here to view the entire COVID-19 case summary.

Other Important Reminders

City of Cleveland Division of Emergency Medical Service Now Hiring EMTs/Paramedics

The City of Cleveland Division of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is now hiring EMTs/Paramedics. Applications are now available at and are due no later than July 22, 2021. To view the full flyer, click here.

For more information, please contact Cleveland Public Safety Recruitment at 216-623-5233, or via social media: @ClevelandPublicSafetyRecruitment on Facebook and @CLErecruitment on Instagram and Twitter.