Latest plans for Cleveland’s Shaker Heights Van Aken unveiled

Latest plans for Cleveland's Shaker Heights Van Aken unveiled
Images from the December 1, 2015 presentation on the Shaker Heights Van Aken development created by Bialosky + Partners Architects

The latest designs for the city’s Van Aken development portray a dense and lively neighborhood that would replace an outdated strip shopping center and parking lot near the intersection of Chagrin Boulevard and Warrensville Center Road on the city’s southern edge.

A sheaf of drawings depicting the urban design, landscape, transit connections and public amenities in the plan will be presented at Shaker City Hall in the latest of an extensive series of meetings on the project.

The goal of the meeting, say the city’s planners, is to seek public feedback on the latest iteration of the project, led by RMS Investment Corp., the developer that controls much of the district.

More detailed architectural plans for the six buildings in the project’s first phase are still being developed.

Luke Palmisano, president of RMS, said Tuesday in an interview that the major accomplishment of the planning to date is the design of a new street network suitable for development on the Van Aken site that will also serve regional transit and enhance the potential for long-term development on adjacent parcels. […]