Civic Center News

The Civic Center will be closed to the public until further notice.  This is due to the recent increase in COVID-10 cases in Ohio.  Please continue to monitor this website for future COVID-19 updates including reopening of the Civic Center.  Department contact phone numbers are listed on the front and rear entrance of the Civic Center.  Feel free to reach out to your Ward Council Representatives for contact information as well.  Please wear masks and practice social distancing.

Rec Center News

The ice rink at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center is open for the season. We are currently taking registrations for mite hockey for our Municipal program, and if you missed sign ups for Session 1 of our Learn to Skate, you can register anytime before that deadline of November 2nd, we highly recommend you register by phone 216-475-7272 & press “0” - however the office is open daily now coinciding with the daily rink activity schedule.  For all hockey patrons (regulars & visitors) please click here for our COVID-19 guidelines.  For all Learn to Skate please click here for skating COVID -19 guidelines.  For more details, please go to the Parks & Recreation page.

$6.8 Million Rent Relief Program to Support Those Affected by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the financial health of the residents of Cuyahoga County tremendously.

The unemployment rate as of April 2020 was at 23.5 percent, an increase of 18.4 percent since February. Over 21 percent of Ohio residents are currently unable to make their monthly house payment, according to a U.S. Census Bureau scientific survey. With short-term eviction freezes expiring soon, a new plan was needed to prevent people from losing their homes.

To help combat this, a resolution awarding $6.8 million for the creation of the Cuyahoga County Rent Relief Fund has been submitted to County Council by County Executive Armond Budish. This Relief Fund, which is being administered by CHN Housing Partners, will provide countywide emergency rental assistance for up to three months to income-eligible tenants unable to pay their full monthly rent due to the economic impact from COVID-19.

The checks will be made to their landlords, which will not only keep people in their homes but should also stem the economic disaster that will hurt building owners—landlords.

Households who are at 120 percent of median income, for example, a family of four with an annual income of around $90,000, are eligible.

The County worked in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Cities of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, Lakewood and Parma to direct federal funds to this uniform countywide system for emergency rental assistance to help prevent homelessness.

CHN Housing Partners will be ready for applications on July 1. But anyone who needs assistance now should call 2-1-1.


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.


The Responsible ReStart Ohio framework has outlined how Ohio will start getting back to work.

Governor DeWine has just recommended that employers offer a stipend to employees for private transportation to ensure worker safety, especially with drastic reductions in public transit services. For many employees returning to work, they are wondering what their commute will look like and SHARE wants to help ease that burden for you and your employees.

What does a private transportation program look like for your employees?

The administrative burden of tracking, and reimbursing transportation costs for employees is overwhelming, but we are here to help. SHARE is able to provide an optimally scaled, full-service transportation platform that requires very minimal employer management, so you can focus on what you do best, leading your people! Our pricing is defined and will not change in the event that demand surges. Our professionally trained drivers, sanitation experts, and proprietary software ensures a safe, sanitary, and reliable service for your most valuable asset, your workforce.

We support employers like JP Morgan Chase, State Auto, Chipotle, and CoverMyMeds to build custom transportation programs for their workforce and would be happy to do the same with you.

SHARE can help you:

  • Provide a safe and reliable ride

    We offer a variety of vehicle sizes to allow for social distancing
    Vehicles are sanitized after every ride using CDC approved disinfectants
    Drivers and riders are required to follow the state-mandated face-covering guidelines
  • Create maximum efficiency by picking up your employees heading the same way at the same time, using predetermined, consistent routes
  • Operate 24/7
  • Offer transportation benefits immediately

Attached is a one-page fact sheet that gives additional information on SHARE.

Assistance for GH Businesses

1 - Small Business Stabilization Fund - Cuyahoga County

  • County Executive Armond Budish announced the launch of the Small Business Stabilization Fund, the first-ever small business coalition of funders and partners in the county.
  • Executive Budish committed $500,000 to the creation of this Fund to support small, neighborhood-based businesses through grants and loans throughout Cuyahoga County during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This Stabilization Fund complements the County's Small Business Resource Center website and its call center, which has received more than 375 calls from business owners. The Small Business Resource Center is still taking calls and answering questions for business owners about options available to them at 216-452-9714.
  • Grant funds available total $500,000 and loan funds committed to date total more than $3.5 million.
  • The County Stabilization Fund page has eligibility and process information for these grants and loans. Small business owners interested in applying for a grant or loan should fill out the Business Assistance Application on the Stabilization Fund webpage.

2 - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Small Business Grant Opportunity

To extend a helping hand to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation - in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors - is working to provide financial relief through the "Save Small Business Fund". The "Save Small Business Fund" is a grant-making initiative to offer $5,000 grants that provide short-term relief for employers across the United States. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between 3-20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community.

The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 3 p.m.

Visit for more details about the fund, to get an email reminder when the application launches and to apply for a grant.

Garfield Heights Court Initiates E-Safe Surrender Program

The Garfield Heights Municipal Court has started the E-Safe Surrender Program during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. It is effective now thru July 30, 2020. Rather than surrendering to the police or court in person, anyone with an outstanding arrest warrant who has not complied with probation or a payment plan now has three ways to clear his/her case.

The person may now surrender via email at Their case can be taken care of over the phone by calling The Garfield Municipal Court at 216-475-1900, Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. Or the information can be mailed to the Clerk of Court, 5555 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125. The person needs to provide the Court with his/her current mailing address, email address, telephone number, text number, the last four digits of his/her social security number, date of birth and all known case numbers.

The Court will recall any warrants immediately without any appearance and without payment of any monies. The Court will set up a telephone conference within 48 hours and attempt to resolve the matter without an in-person court appearance. “Many people are trying to or should try to clear up warrants now while they are sheltering in place. By the time people are called back to work, they can clear up their legal problems,” GHMC Judge Deborah Nicastro said.

E-Safe Surrender Benefits:

  • Be free of the warrant and possible arrest.
  • Be able to reinstate driver’s licenses with the OBMV.
  • Receive credit for accepting responsibility for his/her actions at the time of sentencing.
  • Ask the Court to re-evaluate unpaid fines and costs based on the impact of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
  • Ask the Court to complete community control sanctions in lieu of a jail sentence.
  • Be returned to probation to complete rehabilitative programs rather than going to jail.

Emergency Funding Options for Businesses

COVID-related changes to programs seem to be slowing down. But we all continue to work to improve our understanding of how to assist people and businesses in making it through this extremely difficult time. Attached is an updated version of Funding sources that we are aware of that can be used for general business working capital.

Some recent changes to highlight:

  • Cuyahoga County re-opened their program applications today, and will close them next Friday. Same program, just additional funds added. The big notes, reflected on the attached, are that successful Round One grant applicants are ineligible to receive additional funding; and those that were not successful in Round One may re-apply at this time, but have to fill out a new application.
  • ECDI Loan added as #7. This is focused on smaller and newer businesses.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce program, #4, is sold out. I left it in with a note about that, and to check the website for updates.

The SBA is working through previously-submitted applications, so it's possible that non-agricultural companies in the queue can still get a loan.

Lenders in the region that we are aware of that are accepting PPP applications are listed at our INGEAR website, . Smaller community lenders and credit unions often have not updated their websites, but all were initially confirmed via phone calls; some lenders pop into and out of the program based on their capital and staff availability.

For more information, please click here.

Stay safe and healthy, and please let me know if we can help you with anything!

-- Vince Adamus
    Vice President
    Greater Cleveland Partnership

Business Growth & Development
1240 Huron Rd. East
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
216-592-2258 direct

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.

COVID-19 Business Survey

On behalf of County Executive Armond Budish, we are reaching out to businesses to learn your key challenges and short and near term needs from the COVID-19 situation. We ask that you please take a few moments to answer our survey. Your responses and input are crucial to Cuyahoga County and its partners, as we work to quickly provide support to our small business.

Click here to take the survey.

The following information may be helpful to you as a business owner and your employees:

  1. The usual one-week waiting period for unemployment has been waived. Eligible employees who are out of work due to COVID-19 should file immediately.
  2. Ohio offers a “shared work” system that may let you keep key employees on a reduced work schedule while they also draw partial unemployment benefits. Information is at:
  3. The U.S. Small Business Administration is now taking disaster loan applications. Loans can be approved and disbursed quickly, with payments over 30 years at a low rate.

Thank you for your participation,
Theodore N. Carter
Chief Economic Development and Business Officer

Cuyahoga County Department of Development:

State of Ohio resources:

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.

2020 U.S. Census Update

Residents will be receiving an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census beginning March 12.  Residents who do not want to respond online,  can respond by making a phone call or completing a paper questionnaire. Information is available at

For additional census details or to schedule someone to speak about the Complete County effort, contact Pat Salemi at 216-475-1100, Ext. 2425 or

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.