The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted America’s cities causing infrastructure projects and service programs to be put on hold. According to a survey by the National League of Cities, approximately two-thirds of America’s cities have delayed or canceled infrastructure and capital spending since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. While Middleburg Heights has endured setbacks during this challenging time, the City has positioned itself for success thanks to strong leadership and diligent planning that has built a solid economic foundation.
“We continue to meet the challenges of the pandemic head-on,” said Mayor Matt Castelli. “Our fiscal planning and vision for a thriving community has prepared us to face this difficult time with success.”
The City has been able to continue all City services unencumbered and continues to move forward with exciting projects throughout the City, including infrastructure and capital improvement projects.
Middleburg Heights’ infrastructure program is as robust as ever and moving forward as planned. The City has several on-going road projects including the complete reconstruction of Bartholomew Drive from Pawnee Trail to Bagley Road, Byron Boulevard from the cul-de-sac to Klein Drive will have concrete repairs and an asphalt overlay. The concrete road section of Middlebrook Boulevard from Ramona Drive to Humphrey Road will be entirely reconstructed. Newton Road from Elmdale to Fairweather will have concrete road repairs and an asphalt overlay. Parklawn Drive from Packard to Big Creek Parkway will have concrete repairs and an asphalt overlay. Please click here for more details on the Road Projects in the City.
Renovations of the Indoor Pool officially kicked off in July with the removal of the slide and play feature. Currently, the skylights are being replaced and the Pool Pak is being removed. Once the skylights have been replaced, the upper walls and ceiling will get a fresh new coat of paint. The project is on schedule with an anticipated reopening date of the indoor pool in November.
Progress continues on the construction of the two new pavilions at the Middleburg Heights municipal campus park. Middleburg Heights was awarded a grant from Cuyahoga County for the construction of the replacement pavilions. The new pavilions are expected to be completed in September.
The City has been working diligently to address the flooding concerns due to heavy rainfalls in various areas in the City. The City has been working with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to construct detention basins in the Big Creek Parkway area and the City has hired an engineering firm with specific expertise in stormwater flooding to study all of the City’s chronic flooding areas. Monthly updates are available on the City website at www.middleburgheights.com
Middleburg Heights economic development continues to be a strength in the community as evidenced by the development and construction of two of the largest building projects in the City’s history.
Construction is progressing on the new 300,000 square-foot industrial building, the Sapphire Corporate Center, which is being developed on Engle Road in Middleburg Heights along Interstate-71. This project reflects an investment of over $20 million, and is expected to bring at least 200 new jobs to Middleburg Heights. In addition, the project will generate over 200 construction jobs during its development phase. Phase one of the building is expected to be completed this fall.
In addition to the Sapphire Corporate Center, Preliminary approval has been given for the construction of a new 126,000 square-foot building at 19681 Commerce Parkway in Middleburg Heights. The new building, which will have high ceilings and wide column spacing, will facilitate the retention and expansion of a company currently located in Middleburg Heights. With this project, Middleburg Heights will have added over 550,000 square-feet of new industrial space for business expansions and new businesses in the city since 2018.
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During this time the City has also opened several other businesses such as Tropical Smoothie Café, Jersey Mike’s Subs, IHOP, Middleburg Nutrition and more. Some businesses have seen growth such as Fin Feather Fur Outfitters that will expand into the former Kmart property.
“Despite the pandemic, we are grateful to be moving forward with two of the largest commercial buildings in the history of the City, while also welcoming a variety of new retail businesses that will serve the community,” said Mayor Castelli. “I am incredibly proud to be part of a City full of such growth and opportunity, and I am confident we are set for a strong finish to the year as we continue to build for the future.”