Noble Road planning study continues
On Oct. 29 and 30, consultants from Camiros, Ltd., a nationally recognized urban planning firm, and The Riddle Company, a real estate and economic development marketing consulting practice, made their first visit to Cleveland Heights to begin a planning study of the Noble Road corridor. FutureHeights commissioned the study with the goals of revitalizing the corridor to enhance the neighborhood’s image and improve residents’ quality of life.
During the two days, the consultants toured the Noble neighborhood and the city of Cleveland Heights, and met individually and in small groups with almost 40 residents and business owners. They also met with members of organizations such as Noble Neighbors, Home Repair Resource Center, Central Bible Baptist Church, Noble Neighborhood Library, and the cities of Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland.
“FutureHeights is working in partnership with the cities of Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland, Noble Neighbors, Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope (NOAH), and GE Lighting on the study,” said Deanna Bremer Fisher, executive director of FutureHeights. “Our hope is that the resulting market study and revitalization plan for Noble Road will enhance the image of the entire neighborhood, improve quality of life for residents, promote placemaking, provide additional jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities, and increase walkability and safety in the neighborhood.”
Throughout meetings and focus groups, the project consultants learned about the history of Noble neighborhood, and about its culture, assets, and challenges, as well as ideas for the future. FutureHeights also convened a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from the various stakeholder groups to help support and guide the project.
“This project will only be a success if we are successful in engaging as many Noble residents and stakeholders as possible throughout the planning process,” said Bremer Fisher. “FutureHeights is working with volunteers from Noble Neighbors and NOAH to facilitate an online survey and a series of focus groups and neighborhood meetings to learn what residents and business owners think are the assets and challenges of the neighborhood, as well as their ideas for the future. These comments will be shared with the project consultants, who will return to Cleveland Heights in January.”
To learn more about the project, see meeting dates and locations, and access the online survey, visit www.futureheights.org or www.nobleneighbors.com. Contact FutureHeights at 216-320-1423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sruti Basu is director of community-building programs at FutureHeights.