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Economic Development



Brian Gleisser, Economic Development Director






The City’s Department of Economic and Community Development is committed to cultivating and enhancing our business-friendly environment as we strive to help our community grow.  With the unique benefit of being home to the Cuyahoga County Airport, having more than 32 acres of buildable greenfield land across from the airport, being home to the Curtiss Wright  Business Park with modern office and industrial space available, being just minutes away from I-271 and I-90 and  being just minutes away the City of Cleveland and its countless attractions, we  are truly one of greater Cleveland’s most spectacular gems!
The cost of doing business in Richmond Heights is comparatively low and we do offer certain beneficial incentives to businesses expanding or locating here, including our Enterprise Zone and our Community Reinvestment Area.

Send Brian Gleisser an email or call 216-486-2474.

In the News

February 2019
Richmond Town Square Apartment Development
DealPoint Merrill has created a website for their proposed mixed use project on the former Sears Department store site.  The link is:

The website includes a listing of the project team, project schedule, community questions/answers, floor plans for one and two bedroom apartment units, and an open contest to name the project!  

The planning and design phase has just begun and will continue through 2019.  Thus the website will evolve as detailed plans are created and reviewed.  Demolition of the Sears building is projected for the end of 2019, construction of Phase I apartments would begin in the first quarter of 2020 with completion of Phase I projected for summer 2021.

August 2018
Dollar General

Described as America’s neighborhood general store, Dollar General has opened its newest store in Richmond Heights. The 7,512 square foot store, constructed at a cost of approximately $350,000, is located at 26180 Chardon Road just east of Richmond Road. The store, which employs 10 people who assist customers by delivering low prices on items including food, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, family apparel, paper products and seasonal items, opened in August. Dating back to its inception in 1939, Dollar General is a national company today operating more than 15,000 stores in 44 states. 


June - September 2018
Conversion of Former Macy's Store Underway

Construction has begun on the conversion of the former Macy's Department Store at Richmond Town Square into a secured, climate controlled 1,082 self-storage unit facility that will also include up to 37,000 square feet of retail on the first and second floors.  Dealpoint Merrill, a fully integrated national real estate investor and developer headquartered in Los Angeles, California, has acquired the 162,000 square foot former department store and is investing almost $10 million in the Richmond Heights project.  Cube Smart, the third largest self-storage owner in the country, will oversee day to day operations.  The Cube Smart facility is projected to open in early 2019.
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November 17, 2017

            Here at Sands Company Jewelers with owner Steve in 
        Richmond Heights getting ready for "Shop Local Saturday"

Shop local. Support our City, and remember, when you spend at least $50 at participating Richmond Heights retail businesses on Saturday, Nov. 25, take your receipt to Richmond Town Square that same day, spin the prize wheel, and possibly win $500 or a number of other prizes!

August 1, 2017

The Department of Economic Development partnered with the Richmond Heights Police and Recreation Department on August 1 to host the second annual National Night Out community-building campaign, which also featured a Centennial Bike Ride. Thanks to all who attended and helped make the event a success!

May 4, 2017

City representatives attended the Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on May 4, 2017, helping build business connections and communicate to area organizations all that Richmond Heights has to offer. 


Enterprise Zone:

The City’s Enterprise Zone provides qualifying businesses with real and personal property tax abatement opportunities for manufacturing, warehousing, research and development.  Businesses that are in the Enterprise Zone and choose to take advantage of this program must agree to retain or create employment and establish, expand, renovate or occupy a facility.  Richmond Heights has locations available for development and/or expansion in the Enterprise Zone.

Community Reinvestment Area

The City’s Community Reinvestment Area provides qualifying businesses and homeowners with real property tax abatement for residential, commercial and industrial projects that take place within a Community Reinvestment zone.

The Eastside Greenway Project

A partnership of local and regional organizations and planners including LAND studio, are working to connect 19 Greater Cleveland communities with the Eastside Greenway. With planning currently underway, the project team will be hosting a second round of public meetings to share project updates and solicit feedback from the community. We invite you to share your thoughts on the project at a meeting or through taking a survey. 
About the Eastside Greenway 
Read more about the Eastside Greenway in the article by Steve Litt or on the website.