Van Aken District
In early 2014, Shaker residents will see the first changes planned for the Van Aken district. The Warrensville/Van Aken/Chagrin intersection, where six roads now converge, has long been the bane of area drivers. The reconfiguration will create a standard four-way intersection, reducing wait times, confusion and congestion. The district's redevelopment is moving ahead. Receive emails on its progress: Van Aken on Track.
The road reconfiguration paves the way for a vibrant and walkable mixed-use district as envisioned by the Warrensville/Van Aken Transit-Oriented Development Plan.
- View a summary project presentation.
- View the proposed intersection layout.
- Read answers to frequently asked questions about the project.
December 2013: Memorandum of Understanding Signed
- RMS, the owner of Van Aken Center (where Fresh Market is located), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City in an effort to make the first phase of the district redevelopment a reality.
- The City purchased the former Qua Buick property, 3393 Warrensville Center Road, which sits directly across from the Van Aken district's phase one redevelopment project area.
- Said a temporary "goodbye" to Starbucks on December 27. But they'll be back! The company is discussing several locations -- all within the Van Aken district -- and hopes to return in 2015. Remember the other coffee and gathering options in Shaker: J. Pistone, Gimme Java, Juma Gallery, and Lucy's Sweet Surrender.
February 2012: Full Funding Achieved
Full funding, in the amount of $18.5M, has been achieved for the reconfiguration of the Warrensville/Van Aken intersection. The last piece of funding was secured at the end of January 2012 when the District One Public Works Integrating Committee accepted the staff recommendation and approved an Issue One grant of $4.4M.
Funding will be used to:
- Reconfigure the Warrensville/Van Aken/Chagrin 6-way intersection to a 4-way intersection with turns permitted in all directions
- Reduce wait times at the signal light
- Relocate Northfield Road to the south
- Close Van Aken Boulevard between Warrensville Center and Farnsleigh
- Straighten Farnsleigh at Chagrin Boulevard
- Add trees and other landscaping on all roads
January 2012: RTA Blue Line Track Extension Alternatives Analysis
RTA is seeking federal funding for the rapid transit track extension. As part of the funding application process, RTA is analyzing the alternatives and impacts for extending the Blue Line rapid transit tracks through the Warrensville /Van Aken intersection to various endpoints including I-480 and I-271. For more information, visit the RTA website.
Planning for the Van Aken District project started with public meetings in 2007. Learn more about the project history.