Van Aken Redevelopment
Chronology of Change
The development of the first phase of the Van Aken District is complete, 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.
As part of the second phase of the Van Aken District, apartments (rendering at right) are proposed on the north side of Farnsleigh Road between Van Aken Boulevard and Tuttle Road.
- 2021: Van Aken District Phase 2 - Proposed Farnsleigh Road apartments.
- 2020: The Van Aken District Public Realm Plan is completed.
- 2019: The Van Aken District officially opens.
- 2018: Construction continues; the Farnsleigh Rd. streetscape (PDF) between Warrensville and Van Aken begins. Resident input from an October 2017 public workshop resulted in a Public Art Action Strategy (PDF) for the Van Aken District.
- 2017: Demolition is followed by development, with funding provided by Cuyahoga County. View the informational video relating to this.
- 2016: The Connections Plan for the Van Aken District is completed. Demolition on Van Aken Center begins. Award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer and ABA Insurance Services Inc. (ABAIS) sign on to the project.
- 2015: Roadwork nears completion; RMS announces its first tenants for the Van Aken District: Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Rising Star, and Shinola.
- 2014: Publicly funded roadwork began.
- 2013: RMS Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City to make the first phase of the district redevelopment a reality.
- 2012: Funding in the amount of $18.5 million was achieved for the reconfiguration of the Warrensville/Van Aken intersection.
- 2010: City Council adopts the Intermodal Transit Center Program Plan (PDF).
- 2008: The Warrensville/Van Aken Transit-Oriented Development Plan (PDF) outlines infrastructure and roadwork changes necessary for new development.
- 2007: Public meetings gather input for a mixed-use district.
- 2000: The City’s Strategic Investment Plan (PDF) recommends reconfiguring the Chagrin/Warrensville/Van Aken intersection and developing a mixed-used downtown.
- Read The Van Aken District: A Model for First Suburb Revitalization (PDF), an article written by then City Economic Development Director Tania Menesse which appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of Economic Development Journal
- View the Planning Commission's December 2015 Van Aken presentation (PDF).