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Van Aken Redevelopment: Chronology of Change

rmsvanakenThe development phase of the Van Aken District has begun, thanks to years of thoughtful planning and months of roadwork and infrastructure improvements. This page provides a glimpse of where we've been and what's coming next.

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  • Sign up now for Van Aken on Track and receive email updates about the Van Aken District redevelopment.
  • Visit The Van Aken District to learn more about the project’s plans and progress from developer, RMS Corporation.
  • See the Pictures of Progress – watch a series of videos to learn more about the project's vision, construction at the Chagrin-Warrensville Center intersection, and area stakeholders. Also, read about the retail and restaurant players who will call the Van Aken District home.
  • Download the City’s reports, studies, meeting handouts, and presentations, and read FAQ’s relating to the Van Aken redevelopment.
  • View the Planning Commission's December 2015 Van Aken presentation.

Project Timeline

2016: Demolition on Van Aken Center begins in Spring, with several of its tenants moving across the street to Shaker Plaza.

2015: In October, with roadwork nearing completion, RMS announces its first tenants for the Van Aken District: Luna Bakery Café, Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Rising Star and Shinola.

2014: In March, residents attend a Community Update Meeting to learn about road constructions, traffic changes, and development plans. In April, the publicly funded roadwork begins.

2013: In November, Dominion East Ohio replaces gas lines at the intersection. In December, RMS Corporation signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the City to make the first phase of the district redevelopment a reality.

2012: In February, full funding in the amount of $18.5M is achieved for the reconfiguration of the Warrensville/Van Aken intersection.

2010: In June, City Council adopts the Intermodal Transit Center Program Plan, which evaluates options and alternatives for the new transit/bus station.

2008: In April, the Warrensville/Van Aken Transit-Oriented Development Plan outlines the major infrastructure and roadwork changes proposed to set the stage for new development of retail stores, offices and housing.

2007: The City holds public meetings to gather public input for a mixed-use district.

2000: The City’s Strategic Investment Plan recommends reconfiguring the Chagrin/Warrensville/Van Aken intersection and developing a mixed-used downtown with improved pedestrian and transit connections.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016