Monday, May 30, 2016
Engaged Citizens. Innovative Ideas.

Convening. Educating. Empowering.


FutureHeights serves to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for Cleveland Heights and University Heights. We work as change agents by inspiring and facilitating communication, collaboration, engagement and empowerment among our residents, businesses, other community-based organizations and local government. 

Public forums, voter education, the Heights Observer community newspaper, historic neighborhood tours, volunteer opportunities, preservation and community planning education, shop local advocacy, community partnerships, and more.
We invite your participation. 

Vote for Cedar Lee in America's Main Street Contest

Great News: Cedar Lee is quarterfinalist in America’s Main Streets contest!

(Announced May 2, 2016)

Support the Cedar Lee Business District by voting today! The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, has announced that the Cedar Lee Business District is one of 25 quarterfinalists in the 2016 Independent We Stand America's Main Streets contest, which celebrates the important role main street commercial districts play in the long-term success of communities. FutureHeights nominated Cedar Lee in March in hopes of winning the grand prize of $25,000 to help the organization pilot some new programs aimed at filling vacant storefronts in Cedar Lee. Help Cedar Lee win the grand prize! You can vote once every 24 hours from a unique IP address (home, work, mobile phone) from now until May 29. Vote now! And help us spread the word. Winners should be announced June 3. Read more in our press release here. Download our flyer here to post in your place of business or store window to help us spread the word.

FutureHeights Annual Meeting: June 1

Join us for an interactive discussion on revitalizing our commercial districts on Wednesday, June 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Heights Rockefeller Building, 3099 Mayfield Road. Richey Piiparinen, co-editor of the book Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology, will facilitate the discussion. Invited panelists include: Dione Alexander, President of Villlage Capital Corporation; Adam Rosen, Economic Development Director for Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization; Michael Fleming, Executive Director of St. Clair Superior Community Development Organization; and Bob Brown, former Director of the Cleveland Planning Commission.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please RSVP here.

Staged Reading of 'The Bloodless Jungle' by Peter Lawson Jones: June 5

FutureHeights presents a staged reading of Jones's new play to benefit Heights Community Development Alliance (HCDA) program on Sunday, June 5, 3 p.m. at Ensemble Theatre, 2843 Washington Boulevard (Coventry school building). The play tells the story of State Senator Ethan St. John, a rising political star who is running for a pivotal seat in Congress. In the midst of the campaign, his best friend from high school is accused of a serious crime and St. John is faced with a daunting choice: does he abandon his friend, whom he believes may be innocent, and focus on winning the election, or risk jeopardizing the campaign by supporting his friend? The play centers around the decision he makes and its consequences. The reading is directed by Cleveland Heights resident Terrence Spivey, former artistic director of Karamu House. Tickets are $15 for the staged reading and talk-back only, which begins at 3 p.m. Patron tickets, which include a 2 p.m. wine and cheese reception at the FutureHeights office are $35. Attendees can also choose to sponsor the event by making a donation of $50 or more. Sponsors receive priority seating and recognition in the event program. To learn more, visit www.ensembletheatrecle.org. Buy tickets here.
Save your ticket stub after the show to enjoy a same-day 20% discount at these participating Heights restaurants: Bodega Restaurant and Lounge, Pacific East and Tommy's Restaurant.

Cedar Lee Market Study Presentation

FutureHeights's Heights Community Development Alliance Program (HCDA) contracted with students of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University this spring on a Market Study of the Cedar Lee area. As part of the capstone class of the Urban Studies Program at CSU, the students studied the business district and considered a number of topics including parking, safety, retail mix and redevelopment/infill opportunities. The students presented their completed study to the community on May 9 at the Cedar Lee Theatre. 

Heights Community Development Alliance

Heights Community Development Alliance (HCDA), a program of FutureHeights, hosts its next quarterly meeting on July 20, 9:30 a.m. at New Heights Grill, 2206 Lee Road, to update the community on its progress. All Cleveland Heights business owners, property owners, residents and other stakeholders are welcome to attend HCDA meetings. Follow HCDA on FaceBook. Learn more about HCDA's fundraiser of the staged reading of Peter Lawson Jones's new play, "The Bloodless Jungle" on June 5 at Ensemble Theatre below.

Re-Imagining Severance Forum

FutureHeights held Re-Imagining Severance, a public forum to present and discuss the future possibilities of Severance Town Center, a 136 acre site in the center of Cleveland Heights. More than 170 people attended the event on Oct. 21, which was the second in a series of forums held as part of FutureHeights’s Community Capacity-Building Program.

Mark Chupp, an assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and chair of the FutureHeights Civic Engagement Committee, moderated the event. Bob Brown, former planning director for the City of Cleveland, and Rebecca Price, a lawyer and member of the Civic Engagement Committee, presented the current status of the property. Vince Reddy, a project manager at LAND studio, talked about the property’s history. Roger Bliss, a developer and Cleveland Heights resident, presented several examples of redeveloped malls from around the country. Bob Brown shared a Severance Master Plan Update created in 2007 by Kent State University’s Urban Design Collaborative and thoughts about Severance that Cleveland Heights residents had shared on the Next Door website. Peter Rubin, developer of the Courtyards at Severance, shared his thoughts about potential futures for the property.

See video from the event: https://vimeo.com/143699612

See slides from the event: http://media.heightsobserver.org/media/docs_1445617922.pdf

See notes from the breakout groups at the forum: http://media.heightsobserver.org/media/docs_1445889414.pdf

Read a recap of the forum: http://www.heightsobserver.org/read/2015/10/27/severance-town-centers-future-discussed-at-public-forum


Thank you! Grateful acknowledgment for community, corporate and foundation support of these programs.

















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FutureHeights 2016

Annual Meeting

Wed., June 1

7-9 p.m.

Heights Rockefeller Building

Free Parking


Staged Reading of

"The Bloodless Jungle"

Sun., June 5, 3 p.m.

Ensemble Theatre

Coventry Building


Community-Building Workshop Series:

Sun., June 19, 3-6 p.m.

FutureHeights office


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