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.


Zoning Amendment on May 4 Ballot

Garfield Heights voters will consider a zoning amendment on May 4 that could lead to the construction of a new Sunoco station at the corner of Rockside and Turney Roads. The voters will decide to change the classification of four properties from U-1 (single family residential) to U-4 (retail/commercial). The properties are located at 12824 Rockside Road, 12828 Rockside Road, 6017 Turney Road and 6021 Turney Road. Deadline to register for the May 4 primary election is April 5. Early voting begins April 6 and ends May 3. Click here for additional information.

Senior's Zoom Chat with Mayor Burke

The City of Garfield Heights is inviting you to a scheduled weekly Zoom meeting, which will be hosted by Mayor Matt Burke. Meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. For more information, please click here!

Rec Center News

Click here regarding information from our recent 52nd Annual Ice Skating Show called "Magical Moments on Ice". Signups begin for T-ball & Co-Ed Softball for April 1st to May 5th.  For more details, please visit the  Parks & Recreation page.

Spring Recycle Right Program

The City of Garfield Heights will host its annual Household Hazardous Waste collection program and free document shredding in May. Click here for program details.

Monthly Food Pantry at Garfield Heights Library

The Cuyahoga County Regional Library is partnering with the Greater Cleveland Foodbank to provide a monthly mobile food pantry from April through October. The Garfield Heights Branch library will host the pantry on the first Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the rear area of the library parking lot. The is located in the Civic Center Complex at 5409 Turney Road. The scheduled dates are April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1 and Oct. 6. Beginning in May, produce will be available. For additional information contact the Garfield Heights Branch Library, 216-475-8178.

2021 Memorial Day Parade May 31

The Garfield Heights Memorial Day Parade Committee will have a vehicle-only parade on Monday, May 31. There will be a private service at the Veterans Memorial following the parade. The program will be live-streamed to the public. For participation details and protocols, click here.

Mayor Matt Burke, center, recently met the authors of
"A is for Africa," Gabrielle Vaughn, left, and Chelbi Graham

"A is for Africa, A Guide through African American History"

Local authors Gabrielle Vaughn and Chelbi Graham recently met with Garfield Heights Mayor Matt Burke to introduce their book “A is for Africa, A Guide through African American History.” The authors are educators at elementary schools in Cleveland. Both women have ties to Garfield Heights and also had the opportunity to meet Garfield Heights Branch Library Manager Megan Barrett. Vaughn and Graham hope their book will be available in public and school libraries throughout the country. “A is for Africa” is dedicated to all of their students, both past and future, and to their family and friends.

The book is an alphabetical walk through history with references such as “B is for Brown vs. Board of Education,” “E is for Equality and Equity,” “R is for Redlining,” and “V is for Voting Rights Act.” Vaughn and Graham said they wrote the book hoping to educate a new generation of children about the journey of African Americans. In the book, students will gain knowledge about African American History not otherwise taught in typical K-12 curriculum. They also will be exposed to more than 36 Black historians and read real life issues African Americans have faced in history and introduced to new vocabulary words.


Valet Rubbish Service Available for Fee

Need help getting your trash cans to and from the curb on garbage day? Need assistance with dog waste pick up or other clean-up projects?  For information on private valet rubbish service, call 216-855-1231 or visit

Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting: Free How-To Webinars Offered

Cleveland, Ohio – This spring, Cuyahoga County residents are invited to learn more about residential composting and creating the perfect soil amendment for their yard.

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District will host informative, free webinars on how to properly compost residential yard waste and food scraps. Composting and vermicomposting help reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills while creating a healthy soil additive that can be used in gardens and landscapes.

Three types of webinars are offered:

  • Backyard Composting 101
  • Composting with Worms: Vermicomposting 101
  • Ask the Composting Experts

Composting webinars are held at least twice a month from April - October. Registration is required through Zoom Meetings.

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, March 25, 2021 * 6:00 PM ET

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 * 12:00 PM ET

Tuesday, April 28, 2021 * 6:00 PM ET

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 * 12:00 PM ET

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 * 6:00 PM ET

Thursday, May 6, 2021 * 12:00 PM ET

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 * 6:00 PM ET

The Solid Waste District also offers affordable compost bins and composting accessories for sale at our office in Garfield Heights.

For webinar details, registration, or information on our composting products, visit

For more information, please contact Cristie Snyder at (216) 443-3707, (216) 701-0149, or


About the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is the public agency helping the people of Cuyahoga County reduce, reuse and recycle at home, at work and in their communities. We serve as the leading resource in the County for information, expertise and programs that support sustainable materials management and reduce the environmental impact of waste. Visit or call (216) 443-3749 to learn how to recycle in your community and discover other recycling and disposal options.

Suggested Environmental Activities from Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

NPAA – Native Plants Are Awesome – March Madness 2021 – get online and participate in the native plant competitions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday thru this month. Our staff picked their native plant to go to #1 and you decide who will be the winner on our Facebook (Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District) and Instagram (cuyahogaswcd) page. This all leads into Ohio Native Plant Month which is April and we will be highlighting a new native plant each day on our social media too (but not a competition, that’s just for this month)

Tree and seed sale – Our native plant kit and bundle sales went thru the roof and are now over. The native plant kit sale for the Fall will be up soon and I’ll let you know when it is. No bundle sales in Fall. We still have our tree sale open until March 22 and sell native seeds year round.

March 25 - Curbing the Consequences - How Trees are Taking Root for Stormwater and Climate Change – don’t miss this important presentation sponsored by the NEO PIPE workgroup (Northeast Ohio Public Involvement and Public Education)

Want to make our environment a cleaner place and prevent stormwater pollution – join our Litterati March Madness campaign!!

Learn how to be a Master Rain Gardener – Classes start April 26. Share your knowledge and become your community's expert on rain gardens. At the end of this 5-session course, you will become a Master Rain Gardener!

Poster Contest – Grades K-12 – Theme “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities” – deadline to register your class is April 1st.

Highland Park, the reimagined City View Center in Garfield Heights, lands first industrial tenant
by Michelle Jarboe

A rendering shows the former Walmart store at City View Center, reimagined as an office and industrial building. The onetime shopping center, under new ownership, has been renamed Highland Park and is being pitched to corporate tenants.

Highland Park, the redevelopment of the former City View Center retail site in Garfield Heights, has landed its first new tenant — a growing business that makes packaging machinery for everything from cereal to craft beer.

Mpac Switchback recently inked a lease on 58,000 square feet of the former Walmart store near the northern end of the 75-acre site. The company, currently based in Richfield, is scheduled to move into its new offices and warehouse space in late spring or early summer.

Real estate developer Industrial Commercial Properties LLC acquired City View in mid-January, cleaning the slate for a property that spent more than a decade tied up in receivership and litigation. Workers have removed the ornamental facades from long-empty stores, installed exterior LED lighting and repaved the parking lot, where landscaping will fill the driving aisle where shoppers once pulled up to PetSmart, Jo-Ann and OfficeMax.

The Switchback deal is a major milestone for ICP, which has been marketing reimagined buildings to office tenants, light industrial users and technology firms.

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.

Cleveland Clinic Foundation Celebrates 100 Years of Care

Congratulations to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation on its 100th anniversary. Mayor Matt Burke and the Garfield Heights City Council recently passed a resolution honoring the worldwide institution. It says,

            Whereas, On Feb. 26, 1921, 500 physicians attended the opening ceremony of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; and

            Whereas, Cleveland Clinic Foundation first organized as a multi-specialty group practice in 1921; and

            Whereas, Cleveland Clinic Foundation is the world’s first integrated international health system; and

            Whereas, Marymount Hospital, founded in Garfield Heights by the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, became part of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1995; and

            Whereas, Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Dr. Tom Mihaljevic will make remarks during a Global Founders Day Keynote Address scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26; and

            Whereas, “A Century of Care” documentary featuring patients and caregivers filmed during an extraordinary year was produced by CNN; and

            Whereas, Cleveland Clinic leaders from around the world look back on what the Cleveland Clinic Foundation has accomplished and converse about the next 100 years of health care; and

            Whereas, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Marymount Hospital is an important and essential community partner providing care, education, jobs, health advocacy and much more.

Cuyahoga County Library 2021 Kindergarten Club

For details, click here.

Mayor Burke Swears in Three New Police Officers

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: