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Economic and Community Development


 

   


Brian Gleisser, Economic and Community 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 ext. 229

In the News

October 2020

Belle Oaks at Richmond Road

 Planning continues for the Belle Oaks at Richmond Road residential and retail mixed use project proposed for the Richmond Town Square mall site.  Design review by the city has been completed and approved for Phase I, located at the north end of the mall. Phase I would occupy a 23-acre site that requires demolition of the existing vacant former Sears department store and use of the surrounding Sears parking lot.  Design approval of Phase II, encompassing the rest of the mall south of the Sears building, is still pending. Demolition is now scheduled for the first half of 2021. The city and developer, DealPoint Merrill, are in discussion regarding the public and private aspects of financing the $250 million project, as well as negotiating a Development Agreement to guide the development of the project. In anticipation of selling bonds to finance the project, City Council authorized the creation of the Belle Oaks New Community Authority (BONCA) to act as a third party for the sale of bonds so as not to impact the city’s bond rating or debt limitations. The BONCA Board of Trustees, which held their first meeting this past July, is comprised of four members appointed by City Council and three members appointed by the developer.  DealPoint Merrill has created a website for their proposed mixed-use project. Belle Oaks at Richmond Road

 

September 2020

FlexJet Global Operations Center

City Council approved recommendations by the Planning Commission in support of the site plan for a new Global Operations Center to be constructed by FlexJet at Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights.  The Global Operations Center will be the nerve center for tracking and monitoring all FlexJet operated corporate aircraft worldwide 24 hours a day, seven days a week. FlexJet, the city’s second largest employer, expects the $15 million Operations Center to bring an additional 200 employees to the FlexJet campus located at the County Airport.

 

 

 

September 2020

Aladdin Baking Company

City Council also approved zoning recommendations by the Planning Commission to allow Aladdin Baking Company to locate their bakery facility in a vacant warehouse/manufacturing building on Curtiss Wright Parkway.  The new bakery is moving from an obsolete facility in Cleveland and will be bringing ten new jobs to Richmond Heights and anticipates adding ten more jobs as the bakery operation expands.  This facility provides baked goods to its downtown retail store, as well as other grocery stores in the U.S. and Canada. There will not be a retail store at the Curtiss Wright Parkway location.

 

August 2020

New Accessible Community Playground Installed

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded the city a $120,712 NatureWorks Local Project Grant to provide funds for the replacement of an obsolete playground in the City Community Park with a state-of-the-art playground for children aged infant to 12 years old.  Combined with approximately $40,000 of city funds, the new playground was installed in August.  The new playground includes climbing apparatus, double swings for toddlers and parents (that includes a holder for cell phones to take selfie pictures!), multiple slides, new benches and trash cans, and a new walkway through the playground. Mayor David Roche, City Council President Eloise Henry and members of City Council participated in the ribbon cutting to open the playground.  Improvement of community playgrounds had been identified as a goal in the 2018 Richmond Heights Master Plan.

   

May 2019

Renovations to Lower Level of Kiwanis Lodge Community Center

The City applied for and received a $150,000 Community Development Block Grant from Cuyahoga County for the renovation of the lower level of the Kiwanis Lodge Community Center.  The City appropriated an additional $46,700 towards the project.  The renovation project, following an earlier grant from Cuyahoga County which constructed an exterior handicap ramp to the Kiwanis Lodge lower level, includes a new kitchenette, a renovated storage room, two new bathrooms, two new showers, a new utility room, and handicap power assisted doors.  The inclusion of showers in the project will allow the lower level to be used as a temporary emergency center if needed, in addition to its regular usage for improved community programming.

   

 





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 Cleveland.com article by Steve Litt or on the website.