Learn about revitalization plans for Noble Road on April 4
On April 4, FutureHeights will host a community meeting to share plans that are taking shape for the Noble Road commercial corridor, and gather community input. At the meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. at McGregor Home, 14900 Private Drive in East Cleveland, the project consultants—Camiros LTD and The Riddle Company—will present their research and ideas to the community.
Noble Road is the most significant street in the northeast section of Cleveland Heights, giving its name to an area known as the “Noble Neighborhood.” FutureHeights, in cooperation with several community partners, kicked off a planning study of Noble Road in fall 2018. The study will comprise a market analysis and revitalization plan for the commercial/mixed-use districts along the Noble Road Corridor. The many goals of the study include revitalizing the corridor, enhancing the neighborhood’s image and improving residents’ quality of life.
“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 study will result in a revitalization plan for Noble Road that is both exciting and actionable. Noble Road is the ‘front door’ to a charming neighborhood. A revitalized Noble Road should attract new residents and businesses to the area.”
This will be the consultants’ third visit to Cleveland Heights, and the second community meeting for the project. At the first meeting, held on Jan. 17, the consultants presented broad directions and preliminary ideas. Follow-up small-group meetings, along with an online survey on the FutureHeights website, have enabled residents to give feedback on the proposals. In addition, FutureHeights has convened a 13-member steering committee, comprising residents, business owners and other stakeholders.
At the April 4 meeting, the consultants will present revised strategies for corridor revitalization, including proposed infrastructure improvements, place-making ideas, infill development opportunities and potential business recruitment programs.
“This project will only be a success if we are able to engage 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 online surveys, focus groups and neighborhood meetings to hear from residents and business owners to understand the assets and challenges of the neighborhood, as well as their ideas for the future.”
Sruti Basu is the director of community-building programs at FutureHeights.