Final community meeting on Noble Road project is June 20
On June 20, 7 p.m., FutureHeights will host the last in a series of community meetings to share plans for, and gather input about, the Noble Road commercial corridor.
At the meeting, which will take place at Central Bible Baptist Church, 2285 Noble Road, project consultants Camiros LTD and The Riddle Company will present to the community their final iteration of research and ideas. This final presentation will encompass ideas and feedback gathered from the community over the past several months.
Noble Road is the most significant street in the northeast section of Cleveland Heights, giving its name to an area known as “Noble neighborhood.”
FutureHeights, in cooperation with several community partners, kicked off a planning study of Noble Road in fall 2018. The study comprises 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’ fourth visit to Cleveland Heights, and the third and final community meeting about the project.
At the last two meetings, held on Jan. 17 and April 4, the consultants proposed strategies for corridor revitalization, infrastructure improvements, place-making ideas, infill development opportunities, potential business recruitment programs, and market research. 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.
“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.