Civic Center News

The Civic Center will be closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions in the state of Ohio.  Please continue to monitor this website for future COVID-19 updates including reopening of the Civic Center.  Department contact phone numbers are located on this website, just click on the desired link. Phone numbers also are posted at the front and rear entrance of the Civic Center. Please continue to wear masks and practice social distancing in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease.

Cuyahoga County Library 2021 Kindergarten Club

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Virtual Black History Program

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Mayor Burke Swears in Three New Police Officers

Make an Appointment for a COVID-19 Vaccine

The Ohio Department of Health has a new website page listing all hospitals, pharmacies, and other facilities where  COVID-19 vaccines are available.

Click here
for a list of COVID-19 vaccine locations compiled by Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  You can also search, by  ZIP code.  Here are links to local providers:

Here are resources for more information about COVID-19 vaccines:

Rec Center News

The ice rink at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center is open for the season with limited activities due to COVID -19 & following all guidelines set forth by USA Rinks Association, also State & Local government.  We will not be offering any public skating sessions this season, we are currently at 0 spectators for all lessons, practices, and games.  We are now taking registrations for Session 4 -our final session this season, for Ice Skating Lessons and Beginner Hockey group lessons.  Deadline is February 12, 2021.  We highly recommend registrations be done by phone - 216-475-7272 & press "0" for team member to help you.  Our office is open daily from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm- office hours are subject to change without advance notice.  For further details, please visit the  Parks & Recreation page.

Garfield Heights Food Pantry

The Garfield Heights Food Pantry is open for residents only twice monthly (at the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road). Pre-registration is required for all food distribution programs.

The daytime food pantry is open from 1-2 p.m., the third Wednesday of each month.

The evening food pantry is open from 5-6 p.m., the third Thursday of each month.


For additional information, call the Senior Center at 216-475-3244.

A Message from Marymount Hospital President, Dr. Dan Napierkowski

Our partners at Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital have assisted the community by providing guidelines and information to keep our community safe.

To view an important message from hospital President Dr. Dan Napeirekowski, click here.

Coronavirus Disease:  10 things You Can do to Manage your Health at Home

If you have possible or confirmed COVID-19, please click here.  For information on COVID-19 symptoms, please go to  For more information, please go to

Cuyahoga County Launches Small Business Resource Center
Support to Help Businesses Navigate Available Resources and Apply for Loans

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH — In response to COVID-19, Cuyahoga County, in partnership with the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI) and other partners, has launched a Small Business Resource Center. The Small Business Resource Call Center and Website will provide business technical assistance and information about financial resources to assist small businesses in our community and help them navigate resources during these economically difficult times.

“I am truly devastated by the impact the coronavirus is having on our residents and local businesses,” said County Executive Armond Budish. “We want to help local businesses understand the resources and assistance available to them. This Call Center will help our businesses navigate to the resources they so desperately need.”

The Small Business Resource Center website is

The Small Business Resource Center Call Center can be accessed from Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at (216) 452–9714. Businesses can access live agents who will help them with the following services:

•    Assistance with applying for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for loans up to $2 Million
•    Business Consulting and General Assistance
•    Information about Financial Assistance and Services
•    Unemployment Insurance Benefits Application Assistance to navigate the system
•    Strategies for Retaining and Retraining Employees

Call Center agents will first direct business owners, when appropriate, to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Relief Program to help them navigate the application process for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  SBA is also offering other benefits such as the Paycheck Protection Program and Emergency Advance Grants. For detailed information on SBA programs for the coronavirus, visit and for information on all federal programs, visit

“At ECDI we know small businesses are the backbone to our economy. Today, Ohio’s small business community faces a once in a generation existential crisis as a result of the COVID-19 National Disaster. ECDI is committed to taking bold action to help Ohio small businesses through a multi-phase response that will utilize multiple tools to address the challenges of small businesses as we move forward through the crisis,” said Inna Kinney, ECDI Founder & CEO.

“Through this critical partnership with Cuyahoga County, ECDI is able to convene all partners to help businesses navigate the federal and local resources, and allow ECDI staff to provide ongoing technical assistance and access to capital through ECDI’s Recovery Loan product. ECDI is grateful for the leadership and partnership of County Executive Armond Budish and the entire Cuyahoga County Development team.”

Contact the Small Business Resource Call Center or visit the County’s Coronavirus Business Resources website for business support today.

Industrial Commercial Properties buys Garfield Heights Kmart for $1.4 million
November 26, 2019


Stan Bullard
Crain’s Cleveland Business

The empty Kmart store at 12501 Rockside Road in Garfield Heights has gained a new owner and may gain a new use after an affiliate of Industrial Commercial Properties of Solon acquired it for $1.4 million on Friday, Nov. 22, according to Cuyahoga County land records.

Chris Semarjian, ICP’s owner, said in a news release on Tuesday, Nov. 26, that he was attracted to the property by its proximity to the I-480 corridor and the fact that its design lends itself to assembly and warehouse space if not continued use as retail space.

All that’s certain so far is that the company will update the 1977-vintage building, especially its exterior.

The struggling retailer announced in 2017 it planned to shut the store. The one-time Big Kmart has 85,600 square feet of selling space and sits on 9 acres. Cuyahoga County assigned it a market value of $2 million and ascribed most of the value, or $1.1 million, to the land and almost $881,000 to the structure.

Although ICP is best known for buying and redeveloping former industrial buildings for multiple-tenant use, it may put in new retailers if they are in the market for the location. For example, earlier this year. ICP leased a former Kmart it owns in Streetsboro to Muskegon, Mich.-based Family Home and Farm for one of its stores.

Garfield Heights Mayor Vic Collova said in a phone interview that he is pleased by ICP’s plan to find a user for the site that may bring jobs to the city. “I’m excited about what ICP brings to the table in Garfield Heights,” Collova said. “The other two prospective buyers were looking at it for indoor storage, which would not create many jobs in the city.”

The seller of the property was Bross Brothers, a California-based real estate group.

Available Office, Industrial and Commercial Properties

Go to: ZoomProspector – use menu on left – type in Garfield Heights, OH

Kmart – 12501 Rockside Road – 85,000 square feet:
Garfield Commons – 12678 Rockside Road – new construction - 7,200 square feet

Properties available to Purchase and Renovate

Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation:

Municipal Court Website Has Useful Information

Four letters: g-h-m-c hold an abundance of information about the workings of the Garfield Heights Municipal Court. That information is just a click away by logging onto the court’s website:
The website has the latest information regarding both criminal and traffic cases.  One can search the docket by name to see the status of cases to be heard in the Garfield Heights Municipal Court.  The website also has information on which offenses require a court appearance and those that can be paid on line.

There is also information on how a person can file a small claims case.  The Garfield Heights Municipal Court hears cases involving money damages up to $6.000 in value in Small Claims Court.  Claims over $6,000 but less than $15,000 are heard in Civil Court.

The Garfield Heights Municipal Court also handles landlord and tenant disputes.  The most common procedure involves evictions.  The website also has information on Rent Depositing.  This is when the rent is held by the court when a tenant believes the landlord is not fulfilling the obligations outlined in the rental agreement.

A person can also get the necessary documentation to get various court proceedings started. Printable forms are available on the website regarding Small Claims, Evictions and Driving Privileges..

If a wedding is in your future, a marriage ceremony can be performed at the Garfield Heights Municipal Court.  The website has information on what needs to be done before the couple says “I do.”

The Garfield Heights Municipal Court is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday, except on legal holidays.

The court jurisdiction covers eight neighboring communities: Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, Newburgh Heights, Brecksville, Independence, Valley View and Walton Hills.