Garfield Heights City Buildings are closed to the Public

All Garfield Heights city buildings are closed to the public until further notice.  If you need assistance, please call (216) 475-1199.  Leave a message and someone will return your call.

Important COVID-19 Message from Mayor Vic Collova

In this unprecedented time of the coronavirus, we have all been inundated with news from around the world on the devastating impact of this pandemic.

Our president, our governor and many renowned medical staff throughout the country have issued mandates and precautionary measures for all of us to follow. Here in Garfield Heights, we are trying to do our part to protect the residents and city staff as much as possible and avoid the spread of the virus in our community.

We have closed our Civic Center and Recreation Center to all visitors and non-essential staff. Senior Center transportation staff is delivering meals to lunch program participants and home-bound seniors. Staff also reaches out with phone calls to our seniors to check on their welfare. We also continue to have our monthly food pantry distribution dates on the third Wednesday from 1 to p.m. and the third Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. for Garfield Heights residents only at the Civic Center. Bags are pre-packaged for pick up.

We have cancelled all public meetings; however, City Council meetings will continue via tele-conferencing and are open to the public.

Needless to say, due to the Stay at Home order, the city is operating with a skeleton crew. Unfortunately, this has an impact on city services. The service department remains open for calls if residents have an emergency. Also, our police and fire department are at full staff and ready to assist residents in need. They are our first responders and we certainly need them now more than ever.

Every day I am on conference calls with some organization, the federal, state and county governments, the Cleveland Clinic, and especially Marymount Hospital discussing the latest statistics, projections and safe practices. Although we will do everything possible to keep our community safe, we can not do it WITHOUT ALL OF YOU!

PLEASE follow the guidelines established by the government and PLEASE practice the disinfectant procedures and stay at home instructions as much as you possibly can to prevent the spread of this potentially deadly disease.

Stay safe,
Mayor Vic Collova

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

Rec Center News

Currently the Recreation Center is to the public until further notice.

We will keep everyone posted on up to the minute rec news on facebook @GarfieldHtsRec.

Office Hours and Info Line

The Garfield Heights Civic Center administrative office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The information line is 216-475-6607. Callers can listen to a recorded message and will be prompted to contact the appropriate city department for assistance.

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

New Business Program

Cuyahoga County just launched a new program, “The Lab,” aimed at helping local businesses and entrepreneurs gain real-world customer feedback on their new product, idea or service.  The Lab @ Cuyahoga County turns various public sector agencies into “test bed” environments.

Spectrum Career Opportunities

Properties available to Purchase and Renovate

Country Land Reutilization Corp.’s Land Bank program:

Garfield Heights Food Pantry and Produce Giveaway

The Garfield Heights Food Pantry is open for residents only twice monthly, and there is a monthly produce distribution 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 6-7 p.m., the third Thursday of each month. The monthly produce giveaway is from 1-2 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. For additional information, call the Senior Center at 216-475-3244.

Garfield Heights Court Help Center Opens at Maple Heights Library

The Garfield Heights Municipal Court has a satellite facility with extended and weekend hours to better serve the public. The Court has partnered with the Cuyahoga County Public Library Maple Heights Branch to establish the Court Help Center. The Court found it can be difficult for people to get to the Clerk’s Office before it closes at 4:30 p.m. weekdays.  A Deputy Clerk will be at the Court Help Center to provide online assistance on Tuesdays from 4 - 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  “The idea is to make the Court more efficient and user-friendly,” Garfield Heights Municipal Court Presiding Judge Deborah Nicastro said.   

The Help Center does not replace The Court.  But, all court matters that can be handled at the Clerk’s Office can be done online at the Help Center.  “They still have to come to court for their hearing and the judge still has to hear the facts and see the evidence. But, up until that time, they can file everything online and save a few trips to the courthouse,” Judge Nicastro added.  

At the Court Help Center, one can file a Small Claims case online.  Drivers with suspended licenses can pay their fines online and receive notice when the BMV will release their license.   A landlord could file an eviction.  For tenants who have received Notice of Eviction, the Deputy Clerk can explain the eviction procedure and offer resources for help. “We’re trying to remove barriers for people to have their cases and issues resolved.  Sometimes people need more time than a few minutes at the clerk’s office to have their questions answered. So we want to give them more time and more convenient hours,” Judge Nicastro said.   

The Court Help Center at the Maple Heights Library located at 5225 Library Lane will be operational for the next six months.  Then, this pilot program will be evaluated. Judge Nicastro said that if the Court Help Center proves to be very useful, then the plan is to add extended hours on one more weekday.   

The jurisdiction of the Garfield Heights Municipal Court cover eight communities: Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Brecksville, Cuyahoga Heights, Independence, Newburgh Heights, Valley View and Walton Hills. More information on Garfield Heights Municipal Court and the Court Help Center can be found on the court website:

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.

Unique Gift Items and Cards for Sale

A variety of unique gift items and inexpensive greeting cards are available for purchase at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. Talented crafters meet daily to crochet scarves, hats, baby blankets and booties, etc, and also to create unique decorative and household items.

These items are sold for reasonable prices in the Craft Room store at the Civic Center. There are cards for 25 cents; gift bags and wrapping paper prices range from 25 cents to $1; and bows are 75 cents and $1.

Shoppers will be impressed with the selection of items inside the Craft Room store. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

Latex Paint Disposal

Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District campaign reminds residents to dispose of latex paint curbside with their regular trash. For details about disposal: