Forum on Severance future is Oct. 21

The former Walmart space at Severance Town Center. Photo by Vince Reddy.

FutureHeights invites those interested in the future of Severance Town Center to attend a public forum on the topic on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd.

Attendees will hear about the history of the site, its current legal and ownership status, and the land use and zoning regulations affecting the property. Additionally, presenters will discuss examples of redeveloped properties on comparable sites in other cities, and provide a summary of thoughts gathered from local developers regarding the site’s potential. Participants will have the opportunity, both at the forum and afterward, to express their opinions on the future of this important community asset.

The purposes of the forum, titled Reimagining Severance, are to provide information and start what will most likely be an extended conversation on how this asset may be transformed. Participants should understand this is only the beginning of a discussion of the future of a property that is privately owned but also subject to the land-use regulations of the City of Cleveland Heights.

While the focus of the discussion will be on the future of the shopping center on the interior of Severance Circle, a city street, its relationship to properties outside the circle and in surrounding neighborhoods will also be considered.

Severance Town Center will be a key site to consider in the upcoming Cleveland Heights master-planning process. Cleveland Heights citizens and others who may be interested are invited to share their thoughts and be a part of working out the future of Severance.

Kathleen Tark

Kathleen Tark is a member of the FutureHeights Board of Directors.

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