Friday, September 16, 2011
The Cleveland Heights neighborhood could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the city will host an information session Sept. 27
Landing a spot on the National Register of Historic Places can help cities acquire federal money and residents qualify for tax benefits. But for Cleveland Heights residents, the designation is primarily a source of pride. Though it can take a year or more to conduct research and complete the application, residents have volunteered throughout the years to have their neighborhood honored on the list. The National Park Service is now reviewing the application for what could be Cleveland Heights’ eighth historic district, Shaker Farm. Kara Hamley O’Donnell, historic preservation planner for Cleveland Heights, said cities normally hire people to handle the lengthy, complicated process. “What’s happened in Cleveland Heights, which I think is …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Tour features five Cleveland Heights homes and four gardens
Tickets are now on sale for The 34th Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour, presented by Heights Community Congress. The event features five Cleveland Heights homes, four gardens and a historic mansion, and will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Tickets, which are $20 each and $25 the day of the tour, can be purchased online on the Heights Community Congress website or at several local businesses including Phoenix Coffee on Coventry, Stone Oven, Zagara’s Marketplace, Appletree Books and Bremec on the Heights. Tickets can also be purchased at City Hall in the Community Relations Department. Proceeds from the tour benefit HCC, a fair housing agency and community organization based in Cleveland Heights that also supports and sponsors …
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Readers share photos of their flowers and yards
We asked readers to share photos of their gardens in Cleveland Heights, and they responded. Browse the beautiful yards that are right here in our community, and thank you for participating.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Thanks to a federal grant, the city has transformed homes that were vacant, abandoned or foreclosed
Thanks to a federal grant, the City of Cleveland Heights is tackling the foreclosure crisis a few homes at a time. The city received $2 million through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which grants money to local governments to buy abandoned, vacant and foreclosed homes, repair them and turn them around for sale. The city will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday to show potential buyers the most recent homes it has renovated through this program. The following homes are for sale and open Sunday: A city representative and real estate agent will be at each home to answer questions and give people a tour, said Rick Wagner, manager of housing programs for the city. There are eligibility requirements for buyers because the homes …
The hardware store has been an establishment on Coventry Road for a century
The Coventry Village Business District has changed greatly since its development at the turn of the 20th century. But one business has been a constant throughout the district's transformations from a strip for the elite, to a bustling Jewish commercial district, to the gathering place for Cleveland's hippies and counterculture. Heights Hardware has been in the same location — though not under the same ownership — since 1911. Owner Andrew Gathy believes it will survive because he stocks items for the older homes so numerous in Cleveland Heights.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Cleveland Heights Patch requested that readers send in photos of their gardens. We have some, but we need more to complete the gallery
We asked Cleveland Heights Patch readers a few weeks ago to submit photos of their gardens for a gallery we will create soon. Thanks so much to those of you who have — we appreciate your help. We need just a few more to showcase the beautiful variety of yards we have here in Cleveland Heights. Whether you grow flowers or food, provide fountains for birds or embellish your yards with statues and other decorations, we want to see your gardens. You can snap close-ups of your plants or shoot from a distance to show us your whole yard. It's up to you. Please email your photos to Cleveland Heights Patch Editor Michelle Simakis at Michelle.Simakis@Patch.com, and thank you for your help. Browse the few we received already and those we have shot …
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Quick facts about obtaining permits in the city
1. Cleveland Heights residents need building permits for most construction projects, including window replacement, electrical, plumbing and heating upgrades, concrete work and asphalt resurfacing. In addition, if residents want to build a deck or pool, they must have a permit. A permit is not necessary for minor repairs and painting, for example, but the city suggests homeowners call 216-291-4900 before beginning any work to make sure. A ton of useful information is also available on the city's website. 2. Homeowners can pick up permit applications at City Hall during the specified permit hours, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or they can mail a request and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Forms…
Thursday, August 4, 2011
The foreclosure rate has slowed and conditions favorable for both buyers and sellers
When “For Sale” signs sprout like toadstools in front yards, prices fall and buyers rejoice. Today, 4.5 years after skyrocketing foreclosure rates pierced the housing bubble, Northeast Ohio buyers are still rejoicing. “Buyers are getting reasonable prices and if they’ve been protecting their credit, they’re getting very reasonable interest rates,” said Carl DeMusz, CEO of the Northern Ohio Regional Multiple Listing Service. But he’s parsed the statistics and foresees a more balanced market for sellers and buyers next year. He bases his projection on two factors charted by the NORMLS: “The majority of those contracts will go to closing, so this is a good sign” that supply is tightening, DeMusz said. “If the trends continue, next year is …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Cleveland Heights Patch is asking readers to submit photos of their gardens to help create a photo gallery
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
This hot weather and rain have been tough on people, but not so bad on plants. Gardens around Cleveland Heights are green, lush and abundant. You are invited to share photos of your gardens and yards for a future photo gallery on Cleveland Heights gardens. We welcome photos of gardens with flowers, plants, food and fountains. The more variety, the better. Email your photos to Cleveland Heights Patch Local Editor Michelle Simakis and make sure to include your contact information including the name of your street and who should receive the photo credit. We'll post your submissions in a photo gallery soon. Thank you in advance for participating.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Always be prepared with the equipment to put a fire out, according to Ohio Fire Marshal Larry Flowers
Some of the best things about celebrating the Fourth of July are the most dangerous. So, to stay safe this holiday, the Ohio Fire Marshal shared information on how to celebrate without getting hurt. The following information was provided by State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers: Campfire Safety Grilling Safety More Fourth of July safety tips: Fireworks Safety Tips from State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers.