An image of the site of hillside apartments planned for Willey Avenue in Tremont.
The site of hillside apartments planned for Willey Avenue in Tremont. Credit: Board of Zoning Appeals presentation

Covered by Documenter Ayanna Rose Banks (live-tweet thread)

Neighborhood child care

A new child care option is planned in Cudell. The Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals gave Kimberly Glass the OK to offer the service from a home. The city zoning code lays out a few requirements for day cares in residential neighborhoods, including that they cannot be within 30 feet of neighboring buildings that are “not used for a similar purpose.” The board granted Glass a variance, or exception, to that and other zoning rules. The service will:

  • Accommodate up to 12 kids at a time
  • Care for kids between the ages of six weeks and 12 years old
  • Be available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week

Cuyahoga County must first inspect the property before the child care service opens, Glass said.

Hillside living

The board also approved zoning variances for a three-story, 21-unit apartment building in Tremont. The property, located at 1923 Willey Ave., is near a hillside. Westleigh Harper, an architect on the project, told board members that developers aim to leave the hillside undisturbed.

Board Member Priscila Rocha asked about nearby railroad tracks. Harper said the tracks are no longer in use and that he heard there are plans to convert them into a walking trail.

Read the live-tweet thread from Documenter Ayanna Rose Banks:

Signal background

Suggested Reading

FAQ: Form-based code, a zoning reform plan coming to Cleveland

The Cleveland Planning Commission (CPC) is preparing to introduce form-based codes, an alternative to the zoning codes the city has relied on for generations. This shift will transform the decision-making processes that determine what gets built and where. Here’s a look at what it means.

Assignment Editor (he/him)
Doug, a Cleveland Documenter since 2020, has been a copy editor and reporter. His work includes: The Pace of Passage about how quickly Cleveland City Council passes legislation; a look at the challenges of the city’s Exterior Home Paint program; and University Circle Police Department’s complaint-review process. Doug has also written explainers and guides and launched #CLEDocsAnswers, which answers questions Documenters have about local government.

Cleveland Documenters pays and trains people to cover public meetings where government officials discuss important issues and decide how to spend taxpayer money.