Ohio Suburb Reenvisions Car-Oriented Shopping Center

Garfield Heights wants to transform a 1960s complex nestled in a sea of surface parking into a walkable, mixed-use development.

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October 31, 2023, 6:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Google Maps view of one-story shopping center with large parking lot.

Turneytown Shopping Center in Garfield Heights, Ohio. | Google Maps / Turneytown Shopping Center

A Cuyahoga County suburb could lead the way for transit-oriented, walkable development in the region, reports Mike Rose for Cleveland.com.

In Garfield Heights, a 1960’s-era car-oriented shopping center, Turneytown, “frames a vast parking lot with a U-shaped arrangement of boxy, bland, one-level retail storefronts that reaches far back from Turney Road.” Now, the city has released a new master plan that envisions redeveloping the shopping center into “a walkable, street-friendly town center with a new interior street grid and public spaces framed by retail shops or restaurants topped by apartments.” 

The plan could pave the way for other local communities as the county nears completion of a study on how to encourage new development patterns in the region. “The study focuses on rezoning some 85 square miles of land along 22 commercial corridors in Cleveland and 25 suburbs to encourage dense, walkable, transit-oriented development.”

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