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Work already started on business park transformation at struggling Garfield Heights shopping center

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-22 08:00:58-04

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — The struggling Garfield Heights shopping plaza, City View Center, is in the process of being turned into a business park.

Industrial Commercial Properties is working with the property’s existing owner to create a business park development branded as “Highland Park.”

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Signs at the old City View Center show plans for a new business park development called Highland Park.

Work has already started outside with asphalt resurfacing. Crews are also working inside the old Walmart location, according to Garfield Heights Mayor Vic Collova.

Collova says the project hit some delays related to the coronavirus pandemic, but in the next three weeks, the facades of the old stores could start to come down.

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About a quarter of the massive parking lot has already been resurfaced while work has already started to renovate the old Walmart location.

The large pieces of the shopping center have sat empty for the better part of a decade, sparking some interest in potentially using some of the buildings as a new Garfield Heights Police station and jail.

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Mayor Collova says work to remove the facades of the old retail locations could start in the next few weeks.

Nearly a decade ago, Walmart left the City View Center and concerns about methane gas underground chased away customers and other stores. Garfield Heights Mayor Vic Collova says the location is safe.

"Everybody that's an expert says there's not a problem," said Collova in 2018 while talking about the City View Center, which is built on top of a landfill. "Of course, the people that aren't experts tell us there are problems."

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Transportation Boulevard ends today at the entrance to Giant Eagle. Collova says the business park plans will extend the road to Rockside Road.

When Sherwin-Williams was conducting its search for a new headquarters and R&D facility, Collova said he had reached out to the company about the land. Sherwin-Williams is planning its new headquarters just off Public Square in downtown Cleveland with an R&D facility in Brecksville.

The business park plan also includes extending Transportation Boulevard to Rockside Road, connecting next to the existing U.S. Postal Service building.

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Transportation Boulevard (East 98th Street) is planned to be extended to the south east, connecting to Rockside Road.

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