FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS CONTINUES TO VALUE
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH, 4/6/2021 - The City of Cleveland Heights continues to take steps to advance its historic preservation efforts, an important City value and proud treasures for our residents. The City has engaged the historic preservation consulting firm of Naylor Wellman, LLC to work with the Planning Department, Architectural Board of Review and Landmarks Commission on preparation of Historic Preservation Design Guidelines.
The Guidelines will serve as an easy-to-use tool for owners, architects and designers providing design guidance as well as an understanding of the role of the Landmarks Commission and Historic Preservation Ordinances. They will further promote community pride in the historic architecture and history of Cleveland Heights while protecting the value of public and private investment.
"The City was recently designated a Certified Local Government (“CLG”) in 2019, highlighting its dedication to, and the importance of, historic preservation in the community, and this effort will ensure the City continues to cherish and preserve its storied history,” said Eric Zamft, Director of Planning for the City of Cleveland Heights.
The Guidelines will reinforce the unique historic character of Cleveland Heights while ensuring high standards for rehabilitation of existing and future Landmarks and Historic Districts following the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation as established under city ordinances.
The Landmark Commission was created by City Council in 1973 to preserve and promote buildings, works of art and other objects of historical or architectural value to the community. The Commission has designated over 50 Landmarks since its inception. Landmark Commission approval is required for Landmark property owners wishing to make exterior alterations. The Project Kick-Off Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 8 at 5pm and will be conducted as a work session to outline goals and objectives. Based on feedback, Naylor Wellman will then prepare a preliminary draft to be presented at a public meeting in late June or early July. Public participation and community engagement are essential to the success of the project. After public comment and review by the State Historic Preservation Office, a final draft will be prepared with a second public meeting in August. Completion of the project is planned for September in compliance with Certified Local Government grant requirements. All meetings are open to the public with links for joining available on the City website.