The following describes some of the services provided to businesses and residents:
Garfield Heights is partnering with Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland (NHS) to provide free housing counseling to residents who have high interest and/or adjustable rate mortgages.
There also is help for residents having trouble making their mortgage payment. Residents of any NE Ohio city are eligible to use this service. Keisha Matthews is the Housing Counselor assigned to Garfield Heights. She is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays at The Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. Call the NHS main office at 216-458-4663 to schedule an appointment.
Healthy Home Grant
The Cuyahoga County Healthy Homes Initiative will implement the state Weatherization program and Healthy Homes Interventions in the homes of 100 children and seniors suffering from, or at risk of developing asthma or other respiratory conditions throughout Cuyahoga County. The focus will be on reducing asthma triggers, including molds; by addressing moisture problems, removing water damaged building materials, providing specialized cleaning, etc. as well as general injury prevention specifically targeted in homes where senior citizens are the index client. Additional attention will be paid to energy and water conservation. The main project outcomes will be to measure the change in the chronic respiratory health conditions of children < 16 years of age, and adults > 65 years, of age while also measuring the reduction in unintentional injuries.
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- Information about low interest loans through government agencies
- Information about availability of commercial/industrial property
- Tax incentives
- Information about loans and grants for home maintenance
Commercial Rental Opportunities
First Federal Lakewood to Add Drive-Through Service, More Office Space
First Federal Lakewood bank officials celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 6 at the company’s Garfield Commons branch.
Strategic Marketing Officer Jennifer Raynor said First Federal Lakewood is the largest independent mutual bank headquartered in Ohio. “We’re focused and committed to the residents, businesses and communities we have served for over 75 years. We’re proud to invest in our commitment to the residents, businesses and Garfield Heights community by expanding our presence and services at our Garfield Heights branch location.”
The company is adding drive-through service, a drive-up ATM and creating new offices at the branch to better serve customers including adding a dedicated mortgage loan specialist.
Officials said the renovation will be completed in six-eight weeks, weather permitting. “In the meantime, we’ll remain open and conduct business as usual for the customers of our Garfield Heights branch,” Raynor said.
First Federal Lakewood has 18 full-service branch locations and 11 loan offices throughout Ohio. First Federal Lakewood provides deposit, lending, residential mortgage lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and businesses. Since 1935, First Federal Lakewood has been a stable community owned bank committed to deploying funds that foster local economic growth. For more information, visit www.FFL.net.
Pictured from left:
First Federal Lakewood East Regional Operations Manager Bethany Schulte;
Garfield Heights Chamber Executive Director Gabriella Huszarik;
Garfield Heights Mayor Vic Collova;
First Federal Lakewood Garfield Branch Manager Nikki Clinard;
First Federal Lakewood Executive Vice President Retail Div. Jeffrey Calabrese;
Maple Heights Mayor Jeffrey Lansky;
Fortney and Weygandt Inc. Director of Business Development Jerry Gentz;
and Jeffrey A. Grusenmeyer and Associates Inc. Architect Jeffrey Gresenmeyer.
Dunkin’ Donuts Grand Opening
Garfield Heightsofficials celebrated the grand opening of the new Turney Road Dunkin’ Donuts on Dec. 12 with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
The location is owned by Adya’s Group of Companies. Mayor Vic Collova thanked businessman Ashwani Adya for his company’s investment in Garfield Heights. The store is located at 5126 Turney Road, near McCracken Road. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Mayor Vic Collova, right, congratulates Dunkin’ Donuts owner
Save A Lot Open on Garfield Boulevard
The new Save A Lot store at the corner of Turney and Garfield Blvd. is now open.
The store offers fresh meat selections cut in-store daily, produce, and a variety of national and Save a Lot brands.
Store hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.
Pictured inside the new store are Manager Adam Malinowski, left, and Owner Dmitry Belkin.
2013 Harvest Fest
The 2013 Harvest Fest was an outstanding success due to the effort of many volunteers and donors. Hundreds of families took part in a fun afternoon making crafts, decorating pumpkins and going on a hayride.
The Harvest Fest benefits the Garfield Heights Community Gardens program. Anyone interested in having a garden plot next year can send their name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, call the Economic Development department at 216-475-1100.
ThirdFederal Branch Relocates to Rockside Road
Mayor Vic Collova thanked ThirdFederal Savings and Loan President Marc Stefanski for deciding to keep a branch in Garfield Heights and wished the company success at its new Rockside Road location in the Garfield Commons shopping center.
Branches on Turney Road in Garfield Heights and Warrensville Center Road in Maple Heights closed and were consolidated. A grand opening celebration was held Aug. 22 at the new Garfield Commons location. Stefanski said his parents, ThirdFederal founders Ben and Gerome Stefanski, lived in Garfield Heights early in their lives and always had a fondness for the community. The first branch was opened in 1938 in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, where the company headquarters is located. In 1972, ThirdFederal opened a Garfield Heights branch and deposits totaled $1 million on opening day. The savings and loan company has branches throughout Ohio and Florida. It was named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune magazine.
“We are thrilled that ThirdFederal decided to continue to serve its customers in our town,” said Mayor Collova. “I wish them much success.”
Inaugural Urban Stream Clean Up Improves Johnston Mill Run
Union Miles Development Corp. and Harvard Community Services Center organized a successful inaugural “Riversweep” of Johnston Mill Run Stream with the support of the cities of Cleveland and Garfield Heights and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.
Volunteers filled more than a hundred bags of trash and cleared the stream area of debris including 92 tires and a couple of shopping carts. Volunteers worked from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11 between Miles-Heights Park in Cleveland and Forestdale Park in Garfield Heights. Event partners are working to create a hiking/biking trail along the stream, a natural hidden gem that is a tributary of Mill Creek.
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Shale gas and LNG is good business for Chart Industries
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2013 Garfield Heights Chamber of Commerce Award Winners,
from left, James Fruits, Mayor Vic Collova, Barb Dottore,
Karen Kirsh, LaRick Calhoun an Lisa Oswald.
2013 Garfield Heights Chamber Awards
The Garfield Heights Chamber of Commerce recently recognized local individuals and businesses for their contributions to the community during a special luncheon at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
This years winners included:
- 2Excel Group, Distinguished Business of the Year
- Kay Chemical Company, Distinguished New Business of the Year
- Trinity High School Pre-Professional Program, Distinguished Non-Profit of the Year
- Karen Kirsh, of FirstEnergy, Distinguished Ambassador of the Year
- James Fruits, Distinguished Citizen of the Year
Mayor Vic Collova, The Phoenix Award
NPK Acquires Holmes Manufacturing in Garfield Heights
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Construction of Environmentally Friendly McDonald’s Restaurant Underway
Pictured, from left, Ward 3 Councilman Michael Nenadovich, Mayor
Vic Collova, McDonald’s owner Robert Jersich, Jr., and Police Capt. Tim Capretta.
McDonald’s owner/operator Robert Jursich, Jr. and Garfield Heights Mayor Vic Collova recently marked the construction groundbreaking for an environmentally friendly restaurant now being built at Garfield Commons.
In developing a brand new site, we have the unique opportunity to use all of the best planet-friendly materials and practices,” said Jursich. The entrepreneur owns four additional McDonald’s restaurants in Northeast Ohio, including the restaurant on Turney Road in Garfield Heights and the Dunham Road location in Maple Heights. Employees working at the Dunham Road McDonald’s will relocate to the Garfield Commons restaurant when it opens.
The new construction of a McDonald’s restaurant in our town demonstrates that owners are willing to make their business investments in Garfield Heights,” said Mayor Vic Collova. “We expect it to draw people to Garfield Commons and see this as part of the revitalization of our community. I’m also pleased that McDonald’s is being environmentally friendly while bringing additional revenue to Garfield Heights,” Collova said.
Key environmentally sustainable elements being implemented during this project include –
Geothermal Well System - Ten concentric, 425-foot deep wells will heat and cool the restaurant and refrigerated kitchen equipment in addition to providing hot water for the site. The dining room, restrooms, front counter area, crew room and manager’s office will feature in-floor, hot water radiant heating.
Site work is underway at the new McDonald’s
restaurant being built on Rockside Road.
Active Tiles - White titanium dioxide tiles will adorn part of the restaurant’s exterior. When exposed to sunlight, air and humidity, these tiles help break down environmental pollutants such as dust and the nitrogen oxides produced by automobile engines.
Rooftop - White membrane will be used to naturally reflect heat, keeping the inside of the building cool in summer and warm in winter.
Parking Lot - Constructed from concrete to be cooler in the summer, the lot also will be equipped with 335 solar panels, capable of providing approximately 90,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, powering some of the restaurant’s energy. The lot also will feature a dedicated parking spot and Level 2 charger for electric vehicles.
Landscaping – A rooftop rainwater drip irrigation system will funnel harvested rainwater to perimeter landscaping. Plantings will be locally grown and native to Ohio, thereby requiring less watering and reducing the number that need to be replaced during inclement weather. A bioswale system will filter silt and pollution from runoff before it enters the storm sewer system.
Interior -- Most kitchen equipment will be energy star rated and all cooking oil will be captured to recycle as a bio-diesel fuel. Many of the dining room finishes will be made from sustainable materials, including some seating made entirely from recycled plastic Coca-Cola® bottles.
Lighting – Numerous windows, glazed to reduce ultraviolet rays, will provide primary lighting during most days. Energy efficient LED lighting will supplement. Low energy lighting will illuminate the parking lot during evening hours and state-of-the-art sensors will automatically turn off lights in unoccupied areas inside the restaurant.
Last year, McDonald’s USA announced a $1 billion investment to redesign the majority of its 14,000 U.S. restaurants by 2015. In 2011, McDonald’s and its franchisees remodeled 600 restaurants and rebuilt 200 nationwide. This year, 800 new remodels, 225 rebuilds and 175 new store openings are planned.
New environmentally-friendly McDonald's in Garfield Heights opens
It was a big year for library e-books -- and for OverDrive Inc.
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OverDrive adds former YouTube exec as chief strategy officer
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OverDrive Employees Move into New Garfield Heights Headquarters
OverDrive employees have moved into the company’s new building at the top of Granger Road hill in Garfield Heights. The Blue Sky Campus is the world headquarters for the E-book company on OverDrive Way.
“We have moved, are thrilled to be here and are settling in very nicely,” said Lori Ann Franklin, chief operating officer of the company. Franklin said OverDrive officials hope to have an open house sometime in the spring next year.
Mayor Vic Collova said it is exciting that the company chose Garfield Heights as the location for its new world headquarters. OverDrive moved from Valley View.
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An Interview with OverDrive Owner Steve Potash
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Chart Industries reports record 3rd-quarter sales
Chart Industries of Garfield Heights is a global manufacturer of engineered equipment used to rapidly cool gases, including natural gas, to sub-zero temperatures. Chart built the "cold box" for an Angolan liquid natural gas project on the West Coast of Africa. The company expects strong growth as the demand for LNG continues to accelerate.
Chart Industries Inc. on Thursday said third quarter sales set a new record at $254 million, more than 20 percent higher than year-ago third-quarter sales of $211.3 million.
Net income for the third quarter was $18.5 million, or $0.61 a share. This compares with $17.5 million, or 59 cents a share, for the third quarter of 2011.
The Garfield Heights company manufactures equipment critical to the production, storage and end use of industrial gases, including natural gas. The company is also involved in medical gases.
Chart's acquisition of biomedical gases company, AirSep Corp., in August reduced net income by $2 million, or 5 cents a share.
"We closed the AirSep acquisition in August and our results include one month of AirSep activity," said Sam Thomas, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "This acquisition strengthens our BioMedical oxygen concentrator business and complements the expansion projects currently under way to address capacity constraints within our rapidly growing energy business.
"We are also embarking on an expansion of our production capacity for brazed aluminum heat exchangers," he said in a release accompanying the financial results. "Worldwide demand for brazed aluminum heat exchangers remains strong due to strength in natural gas processing, olefin production, air separation, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) applications."
Thomas told analysts in a conference call later on Thursday that the company's LNG business is growing rapidly. "We are the worldwide leader in LNG equipment for the transportation and energy industries and the only company to address the entire LNG value chain from liquefaction through distribution." Thomas and Michael Biehl, chief financial officer, discussed the quarterly results and outlook for the rest of the year in a conference call with analysts on Thursday.
Biehl said the growth in LNG-related business has offset weakness in industrial gas and biomedical orders, which more closely reflect the overall economy.
He said the company is adjusting its full year earnings expectations to range between $2.45 and $2.55 a share.
At the end of the second quarter, the company said it expected earnings to range between $2.60 and $2.80 a share.
Chart's conference calls with analysts are archived on the company's website for public review.
Cleveland Clinic buys Marymount outpatient facility in Garfield Heights, in $10.9 million transaction
The Cleveland Clinic has purchased its outpatient facility in Garfield Heights, in a $10.9 million deal that closed Aug. 29.
Public records show that the Clinic, whose operating rooms and offices fill the 50,000-square-foot building, acquired the property and assumed a mortgage from companies affiliated with real estate developer David Snider.
Known as the Marymount Ambulatory Surgery Center or the Sports Health Center, the building is an off-campus arm of the Clinic's Marymount Hospital and houses the sports-medicine division of the Clinic's orthopedics group. The 3.9-acre property is located at 5555 Transportation Blvd., south of Interstate 480.
"We were a tenant in the building since 1997, subject to a long-term lease, which recently expired," said Peter Volas, senior director of real estate for the hospital system. "Within our lease, we had the option to purchase the property. ... That was the primary driver for the transaction."
Buying the building eliminated the prospect of rent increases and fit with the Clinic's strategy of owning its real estate. Volas said the Clinic does not plan to make significant changes at the facility.
Mark Vogel of Pinnacle Financial Group, who advised the Clinic, declined to comment.
The sellers were companies tied to a family trust, represented by Snider.
The developer and his partners own several financially or legally troubled properties -- including the failed Bridgeview Crossing shopping center project -- near Interstate 480 and Transportation Boulevard.
But the sale of the Sports Health building was unrelated to those issues.
"We weren't really looking to sell the building or interested in selling," Snider said. "It just so happened that they had the option to purchase, and they did. I think it does speak very well to the Clinic's confidence in the interchange. This really is, hopefully, a beginning of a turnaround for the buildings and real estate here."
The Storefront Renovation Rebate Program
The Storefront Renovation Rebate Program (SRRP) assists property owners and/or business tenants within communities that are Urban County members. The goal of the SRRP is to help facilitate façade improvements and/or correct exterior code violations. These improvements lead to revitalized neighborhood commercial areas, elimination of blight and enhance the livability of surrounding neighborhoods.
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