Welcome to the City of Brooklyn, Ohio e-newsletter.
The City of Brooklyn is a strong and vibrant community located centrally
in the heart of Cuyahoga County. Brooklyn is the perfect place to live,
work and play. Generations of families, businesses and workers have
been proud to call Brooklyn home and we think you will too. Come see for
yourself all that Brooklyn has to offer.
Katherine A. Gallagher
Kathleen M. Pucci
Antony E. DeMarco
Ron Van Kirk
Mary L. Balbier
Barbara A. Paulitzky
Deborah G. Tomusko
Mayor Gallagher’s State of the City presentation is playing on your
local government public channel and is also available online at www.brooklynohio.gov.
On January 31, 2017, City Council approved a Planned Unit Development
Zoning to be placed on the May ballot. This letter will explain what
this proposed Zoning is about and why it is necessary to keep our city
competitive, keep our taxes down, and increase home values.
First, what is a Planned Unit Development (PUD)?
A PUD is a special type of zoning district which generally does not
appear on the municipal zoning map until a designation is requested.
Brooklyn’s traditional zoning does not have flexibility for mixed uses.
If approved, a PUD would allow for a mixed use in one consolidated area
of land. It is proposed that a single owner must acquire at least 25
acres of land to submit a PUD plan for a mixed-use development. City
Council and Planning Commission then may allow the area to be designated
as a PUD. A PUD requires many different layers of approval at every
stage of a project. The review process has at least 13 public hearings
and is subject to a rigorous decision process by the City Council and
Planning Commission. Most suburbs in Cleveland that have new
construction projects have a PUD type zoning designation.
Second, why do we need a Planned Unit Development (PUD)?
American Greetings departed Brooklyn and the annual loss in tax revenue
to the city is estimated around $6 million or approximately 30% of the
city’s total income tax revenue. In order to replace this lost revenue,
Brooklyn must create more office space other than the former American
Greetings property. Companies currently don’t look to Brooklyn as a
place to grow or relocate their operations because we don’t have a
In 2006, the City of Brooklyn completed a Master Plan for Brooklyn. As
part of the comprehensive surveying and research, the Master plan
outlined a “City Center” concept for Brooklyn on Memphis Avenue in the
area of City Hall from Ridge Road to Roadoan. The City Center was to
“create a community focal point and gathering place by concentrating a
mix of uses within a compact land area to provide residents with jobs,
shops, and services within walking distance of their homes or reachable
by public transportation, and characterized by a cohesive design which
helps create a sense of identity and place.” The Master Plan indicated
the need to create a “mixed use” zoning code at that time.
Third, we must replace our aging City buildings.
In 2015, the City contracted with Architectural Vision Group to conduct a
needs assessment on all the municipal buildings. The total cost
recommended by the architects to repair the current city buildings was $19,700,953. We have to make a hard choice as to whether we spend this money on older structures or build new.
It is clear to the City Administration and Council, despite a healthy
reserve balance, the city needs to either create revenue or cut services
in response to the loss of American Greetings. To PRESERVE SERVICES and AVOID TAX INCREASES,
the Administration started looking at creating a mixed-use development
on city owned land as was recommended in the 2006 Master Plan.
In December of 2016, City Council approved an agreement with Geis
Companies for a development and planning study related to the City
Center Project. A steering committee made of residents, business owners,
and the school superintendent have met several times in public meetings
to discuss preliminary concepts. A conceptual plan will be created for
Geis Companies to bring a preliminary concept to the marketplace to see
what is financially feasible in this area.
The approval of the PUD is not an approval of the City Center concept.
At this point, the City Center concept still needs extensive vetting by
City Council and the public before a final concept would be a reality
There has been some talk about the City of Brooklyn eliminating Memorial
Park as part of the City Center project. This is not accurate. The
steering committee is exploring moving some of the park area around for
better utilization of space. In all the preliminary concept plans thus
far, the city would have 50% more park space than currently exists.
If you are interested in learning more about this potential project, public meetings have been scheduled the following days:
- March 23 at Noon in the Senior Community Center
- April 4 at 6 p.m. in the Senior Community Center
- April 19 at 6:00pm in the Senior-Community Center
Please feel free to contact our Economic Development Director, Mr. Andi Udris, at 216-635-4289 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. We value your feedback on this issue.
Proposed Solar Farm - Mayor Katie Gallagher has signed a
letter of intent to allow a solar farm to be constructed on the city's
capped and closed landfill on Memphis Avenue. Click here to read article
Roadoan Road Construction
The City received a $150,000 grant from the Cuyahoga
County Department of Development for the re-construction of Roadoan
Road. Work will begin in late spring and be completed by November.
ODOT Sound Barriers
The clearing and grubbing operations will commence on or after
Wednesday, March 1, utilizing the outside closures. These closures are
along I-480 Westbound between Ridge Road and Tiedeman Road and I-480
Eastbound between Ridge Road and Tiedeman Road. It is anticipated that
outside lane closures will be required on or after March 20 to complete
the cleaning and grubbing work along I-480 Eastbound, just west of Ridge
Congratulations to Sonia Brown, who was honored by
Mayor Katie Gallagher at the February 13 City Council meeting for her
years of service on the Brooklyn Civil Service Commission.
Brooklyn is proud to announce that it has continued participation in the Heritage Home Programsm for the 2017 calendar year.
COME LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM AT THE SENIOR CENTER
EVENING MEETING at the Senior Center:
Wed. April 12, 2017 – Time: 6:30 p.m.
DAYTIME MEETING at the Senior Center:
Thur. April 13, 2017 – Time: 12:00 noon
The Heritage Home Programsm is a specialized house maintenance and rehab
program for owners of homes that are 50 years old or older.
The program is administered by the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS).
If your house in Brooklyn is at least 50 years old, you have access to
Free Technical Assistance and Low-Interest Financing to Cover Project
Costs. To find out more, call (216) 426-3116 or visit www.heritagehomeprogram.org.
News from State Representative Martin J. Sweeney
State Rep. Martin J. Sweeney recently announced that 240 sales and
warehouse jobs will be created in Brooklyn over the next three years.
The jobs will be created by California-based Inogen Inc., which recently
received a tax credit from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority.
“Mayor Gallagher really delivered to make this development a reality and
it was a privilege to play my role to help,” Sweeney said. “I look
forward to continuing my partnership with Mayor Gallagher and the
Council to take care of the great City of Brooklyn.”
Inogen plans on using around 20,000 square feet of the former American
Greetings Co. building, from which they will base their eastern United
States operations. Once fully staffed, the company will have a $12
Founded in 2001, Inogen Inc. assists patients who are suffering from
chronic respiratory conditions by assembling portable oxygen
concentrators. They currently maintain operations in California and
News, Events, Highlights
City Council Updates
January 23, 2017
- Notification of acceptance of a Blue Star Memorial Marker and Gold
Star Memorial By-Way Marker for Veterans Memorial Park from the Laurel
- Confirmed Larry Hull on the Civil Service Commission.
- Approved a Civil Penalty Ordinance (Amending Section 951.99) for Refuse and Recycle Violations.
January 26, 2017(Special Council Meeting)
- No final action taken – Planned Unit Development Ordinance
January 30, 2017 (Special Council Meeting)
- Approved the Planned Unit Development zoning amendments and final
version. A PUD is a special type of floating overlay district which
generally does not appear on the municipal zoning map until a
designation is requested. Traditional zoning does not have flexibility
for mixed uses, but a PUD allows mixed use in one consolidated area of
land. In this case, a single owner must acquire at least 15 acres of
land for a housing development and at least 25 acres for a mixed use
development. If an owner is able to assemble this quantity of land, the
City Council and Planning Commission then may allow the area to be
designated as a PUD. A PUD requires many different layers of approval at
every stage of a project. The comprehensive review process has at least
10 public hearings and is subject to a rigorous decision process by the
City Council and Planning Commission.
January 31, 2017 (Special Council Meeting)
- Approved the Planned Unit Development Zoning change to go on the May ballot.
February 13, 2017
- Approved a grant application request from the Service Director to
the Solid Waste District to send out a recycling mailer. There is no
match to this grant request.
- Extended the Moratorium on
allowing buildings or cultivation of Medical Marijuana in the City of
Brooklyn. The State has not completed the guidelines on this process
- Extended the Moratorium on allowing small cell or nodes of
communication devices. The Ohio Legislature approved allowing these in
the right-of-ways, but this does not take effect until March.
a contract with Soza Fitness & Wellness. This would give Soza
members resident rates, provide for a rental license to Soza Fitness for
offering exercise classes, and give residents the option of using a
- Approved a change order with Quality Control Inspection for the construction of Memphis Avenue in the amount of $7,278.04.
- Approved a change order with Quality Control Inspection for the construction of Tiedeman Road in the amount of $23,745.20.
- Authorized the expenditure of $24,679 to Brewer Garret for a heat exchanger for the Ice Rink.
February 27, 2017
- No objections to a liquor permit stock transfer for McGees.
- Approved a request to apply for grant money from the County for street striping Tiedeman Rd.
a contract between the City and Sandy Regal to provide Ceramic
Instructions for 6 to 24 hours per week at a rate of $12.00 per hour.
- Approved an updated price list for the Senior Center. Changes included adding a $1 cost to the ceramics class.
a Resolution to oppose the Governor’s Budget proposal that would
centralize the collection of net profit tax returns and income tax
- Approved an additional $700 for a Cab Shield for the new salt truck.
an agreement with Civil & Environmental Consultants to perform
post-closure work in the amount of $35,000 as mandated by the Ohio EPA
Spring Chit Chat – Click here to read
ON-LINE Registration - all youth sports are now on-line at www.activityreg.com
Baseball registration is March 1st through March 31st –Residents $55.00 ages 4 and up, $50.00 (3 year old t-ball).
Easter egg hunt will be held April 8th at the Brooklyn
Senior Center for resident children ages 0-6. Registration starts at
10:30 am and the egg hunt will start promptly at 11 am. Please bring a
basket to collect your eggs.
The Recreation Center will be closed Good Friday April 14th and Easter Sunday April 16th.
Ice show “Rise Up” will be held on April 28th and 29th at 7:00 pm. Adults $6.00 and children and seniors $4.00
No Special Pick-Ups on Friday, April 14 – Good Friday
All Brooklyn Police Officers are required by the State of Ohio to
complete 20 hours of Continuing Professional Training for 2017. In
February Brooklyn Police Officers were recertified in CPR, Bleeding
Control and Narcan Administration for Opioid Overdose.
Safe Routes to School will begin Monday May 1. The bicycle patrol will ride two hours before and after school.
We are looking to expand our Coffee with a Cop Program.
Coffee with a Cop is an event where officers gather at a local
restaurant, business or organization to engage the community in a casual
and relaxed atmosphere. Allowing for questions or concerns can be
addressed without the obstacles or distractions that normally accompany a
police citizen encounter. If you are interested in hosting a Coffee
with a Cop event at your business or organization please contact Chief
Scott Mielke at 216-749-1234, or email@example.com.
Sunday, March 13th is Daylight Savings Time. We change
our clocks ahead one hour; “change your clock, change your battery”.
Please change the batteries in your smoke detectors (if they are not the
new sealed 10 year battery units) and test your smoke detectors. Warmer
weather is on the way, please be very careful with outside fires.
Chamber of Commerce
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