Garfield Heights, Ohio

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Garfield Heights, Ohio
—  City  —

Seal
Nickname(s): City of Homes
Location of Garfield Heights in Ohio
Location of Garfield Heights in Cuyahoga County
Coordinates: 41°25′17″N 81°36′10″W / 41.42139°N 81.60278°W / 41.42139; -81.60278Coordinates: 41°25′17″N 81°36′10″W / 41.42139°N 81.60278°W / 41.42139; -81.60278
CountryUnited States
StateOhio
CountyCuyahoga
Settled1786
Founded1904
Established1919
Government
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorVictor Collova
 • City CouncilFrank Geraci (Council President)
Michael Dudley Sr. (Ward One)
Nancy J. Marincic (Ward Two)
Mike Nenadovich (Ward Three)
Eugene Glenn (Ward Four)
Joseph M. Suster (Ward Five)
Tracy E. Mahoney (Ward Six)
Thomas Vaughn (Ward Seven)
Area[1]
 • Total7.29 sq mi (18.88 km2)
 • Land7.23 sq mi (18.73 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation[2]955 ft (291 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total28,849
 • Estimate (2011[4])28,625
 • Density3,990.2/sq mi (1,540.6/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes44105, 44125, 44128
Area code(s)216
FIPS code39-29428[5]
GNIS feature ID1064703[2]
Websitehttp://www.garfieldhts.org/
 
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Garfield Heights, Ohio
—  City  —

Seal
Nickname(s): City of Homes
Location of Garfield Heights in Ohio
Location of Garfield Heights in Cuyahoga County
Coordinates: 41°25′17″N 81°36′10″W / 41.42139°N 81.60278°W / 41.42139; -81.60278Coordinates: 41°25′17″N 81°36′10″W / 41.42139°N 81.60278°W / 41.42139; -81.60278
CountryUnited States
StateOhio
CountyCuyahoga
Settled1786
Founded1904
Established1919
Government
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorVictor Collova
 • City CouncilFrank Geraci (Council President)
Michael Dudley Sr. (Ward One)
Nancy J. Marincic (Ward Two)
Mike Nenadovich (Ward Three)
Eugene Glenn (Ward Four)
Joseph M. Suster (Ward Five)
Tracy E. Mahoney (Ward Six)
Thomas Vaughn (Ward Seven)
Area[1]
 • Total7.29 sq mi (18.88 km2)
 • Land7.23 sq mi (18.73 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation[2]955 ft (291 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total28,849
 • Estimate (2011[4])28,625
 • Density3,990.2/sq mi (1,540.6/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes44105, 44125, 44128
Area code(s)216
FIPS code39-29428[5]
GNIS feature ID1064703[2]
Websitehttp://www.garfieldhts.org/

Garfield Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 28,849 at the time of the 2010 census.

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Geography

Garfield Heights is located at 41°25′17″N 81°36′10″W / 41.42139°N 81.60278°W / 41.42139; -81.60278 (41.421423, -81.602682).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.29 square miles (18.88 km2), of which, 7.23 square miles (18.73 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.[1] The elevation of Garfield Heights is 831 feet (253 m) above sea level where it borders Cleveland, and its highest elevation is 972 feet (296 m) above sea level at the Garfield Heights Justice Center.

Economy

Marymount Hospital is the city's largest employer.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has its District 12 Headquarters in the city.

Largest employers and number of employees:

In 2007, Garfield Heights and its neighbor Maple Heights were mentioned by CNN/Money as two of America's affordable communities.[7]

The Garfield Heights Chamber of Commerce was established in the 1960s and includes over 250 business members from the area.

Chart Industries a gas tank manufacturer has its World Wide Headquarters based in Garfield Heights. Chart Industries is one of fastest growing companies in the world. Its Garfield Hts Headquarters is in the Infinty Corporate Center. There is talk that Infinity Corporate Center may be renamed Chart Center. Chart is a $1billon company and has been featured on CNBC, Fox Business Network, and Bloomberg.

The Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in Ohio is based in Garfield Heights. In 2011 it had 17,456 members and $155 million in assests.

Law and government

Garfield Heights, Ohio City Hall

Garfield Heights has seven wards and a mayor-council form of government. The city's charter went into effect in 1956. The city also has a municipal court that serves several jurisdictions.

City officials

The council president is selected by members of city council. If the mayor's seat is vacated, the council president would assume the duties, according to the city charter.

City Council

Mayors of Garfield Heights

Term of serviceNameLife datesParty
1920–1929Oliver D. Jackson  
1930–1931Raymond Ring  
1932–1937Martin O'Donnell  
1937–1939Don Cameron  
1940–1947Raymond Ring  
1947–1949Grant Weber1884–1948 
1950–1955Charles F. Wing  
1956–1961Neil E. Bowler1902–1995Republican
1962–1964Jack Donovan  
1965–1969Frank Petrancek  
1970–1979Ray Stachewicz  
1979–1983Theodore S. Holtz  
1983–2009Thomas J. Longo Democrat
2009-Vic Collova  

Public safety

The city maintains its own police and fire departments.

The city has a network of emergency warning sirens. The sirens are routinely tested at noon on the first Saturday of every month. A Community Emergency Response Team is in place. Garfield Heights uses traffic signal preemption.

Recreation

The Dan Kostel Recreation Center is located on Turney Road at the Civic Center complex and includes an outdoor swimming pool open during summer season only and an indoor ice skating rink.[8]

Garfield Park Reservation, part of the regional Cleveland Metroparks system, is located in the Northeast corner of Garfield Heights on its border with Cleveland.

Demographics

The ethnic groups of Garfield Heights include Poles, Slovenes, Italians, Irish, and African-Americans.

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 28,849 people, 11,691 households, and 7,393 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,990.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,540.6 /km2). There were 13,125 housing units at an average density of 1,815.4 per square mile (700.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 60.2% White, 35.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 11,691 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.5% were married couples living together, 21.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.8% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the city was 38.5 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 15.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 30,734 people, 12,452 households, and 8,205 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,641.3/km sq (4,253.0/mi sq). There were 12,998 housing units at an average density of 694.1/km sq (1,798.7/mi sq). The racial makeup of the city was 80.72% White, 16.80% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from Race (United States Census)other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

There were 12,452 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,278, and the median income for a family was $47,557. Males had a median income of $35,435 versus $26,472 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,988. About 6.0% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

Education

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Garfield Heights has its own public school system comprising two elementary schools, one intermediate, one middle school, and one high school. It is governed by a five-member elected board. There are three Catholic schools in the city; St. Benedict, John Paul II Academy, and Trinity High School.

In 2001, Garfield Heights voters approved a levy to build a new high school. Construction of the school began soon thereafter and was completed in mid-2003. In 2006, ground was broken for the construction of the high school arts and drama complex, a $5 million building. Construction of the 750-seat Garfield Heights Matousek Center for the Performing Arts started in November 2006. The performing arts center opened on November 3, 2007.

In 2010-11 school year both Elmwood Elementary and Maple Leaf Intermediate were renovated and Maple Leaf School gained more classrooms and a bigger gym. Maple Leaf School is the Garfield Heights City School District's oldest building built in 1925 and was the smallest until the current reconstruction

The high schools' mascots are:

History (timeline)

Location of Garfield Heights in Ohio
Historical populations
CensusPop.
19101,273
19202,550100.3%
193015,589511.3%
194016,9899.0%
195021,66227.5%
196038,45577.5%
197041,4177.7%
198034,956−15.6%
199031,739−9.2%
200030,734−3.2%
201028,849−6.1%
  site of Maple leaf Elementary school.  

on the northwest corner of Plymouth and Turney roads. Nutt will remain in business here until his retirement in 1979.

On October, 14, the State of Ohio auditor's office declares the city to be in fiscal emergency. This is only the third city in Cuyahoga County to ever have this designation since Ohio adopted fiscal rankings in 1979. Cleveland and East Cleveland have been the only other cities in the county under fiscal emergency, but both have since returned to solvency.[12]

City View goes into receivership with new owners, as the Klein Interest of Monsey, New York default on their loan.
On October 22, the Ohio EPA arees that a [methane gas]] mitigation system is needed. All new construction at CityView will be required to have mitigation systems.
On November 3, Garfield Heights elects its first new mayor in 26 years. The winner is Vic Collova who previously served as council president.
On May 2 the Ohio Supreme Court reverses a lower court decision and sends Don "Harry" Mitts back to death row for the 1994 murder of Police Sargeant Dennis Glivar.
July 1: The maternity ward at Marymount Hospital closes.
July 15: Mayor Vic Collova announces that Transportation Blvd will be expanded after years of meeting EPA rules of adding methane gas control and monitoring systems. Construction is underway.
2011 the Cuyahoga County Public Library announced that Garfield Heights will be having a new 30,000 sqft2 branch library which will be built on the site of current 1965 library. Garfield Hts has one of smallest branches at 12,500 sqft2. The new Garfield Library will be completed in 2013. Robert Sackett is promoted to Police Chief, he is the city's fifth Chief.
March 2012: Marymount Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic open Marymount's new surgical center and lobby. It is a glass enclosed structure.
June 2012: St. Monica Catholic Elementary School graduates its last class, and for the 2012-13 school year becomes Saint Benedict Catholic Elementary School, a joint venture between Saint Monica Church and Saint Martin of Tours Church, which closed its school in neighboring Maple Heights.
July 2012: Terrance Olszewski became the new Superintendent of Schools of Garfield Heights. He was the principal of Garfield Heights High School.
August 2012: Saint Monica Church will celebrate 60 years with a mass by Bishop Richard Lennon. Overdrive, Inc., a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content, announces that they will move from Valley View to their new "Blue Sky" campus in October 2012.

Buildings

Name/Year Built/Number of Floors

Garfield Heights has a restrictive height of 90 feet (27 m) for most of its buildings. This height restriction was made into law on 25 March 1962. Cellular or wireless towers are the exceptions.

Marymount Hospital Campus 1949–present

Jennings Hall Campus

Marymount Place Campus

Marymount Hospital

Garfield Heights is home to Marymount Hospital, which was established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis in 1949. The hospital was built at a cost of $2.1 million between 1946-49. It was dedicated in October 1949. In the 1950s with Garfield Heights and its neighbors expanding, Marymount expanded too. In 1966 Marymount grew by adding the first ambulance to the base radio system and using a MRI system.

In the 1970s, Marymount added mental health services and renovated the hospital tower. This renovation took from 1972 to 1979 and cost of $30 million. In the 1990s, Marymount again grew by adding a new medical office tower and new services.

In the 2000s, Marymount grew due to the closing of St. Alexis/St. Michael's. The hospital has added more intensive-care unit beds and more emergency room capacity in a new state-of-the-art tower which opened in 2007. In 2003, Marymount joined the world renowned Cleveland Clinic as part of its system. JCAHO, the Joint Commission of American Healthcare Organizations, certified Marymount as a primary stroke center. Marymount is the largest employers in Garfield Heights with 1,200 workers. Marymount has 310 beds and 200 doctors.

In 2010, Marymount expanded the main hospital campus with a future cardiovascular surgery center so open heart surgery can be performed. Formerly, Marymount patients went to Hillcrest Hospital or the main Cleveland Clinic for these procedures. In 2011, Marymount closed its maternity ward due to its own declining birthrates and the increasing birthrates at Fairview and Hillcrest hospitals. In March 2012, Marymount opened a $45,000,000 surgical center and entrance lobby. It is a glass enclosed atrium and has a staircase.

Marymount has several offices in Garfield Heights, Marymount South in Broadview Heights, and Bainbridge Township.\

Churches and membership

Media

Garfield Heights is served by the Cleveland television stations and numerous cable and satellite providers. The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Neighborhood News-Garfield Heights Tribune (published each Wednesday) are the main newspapers.

Surrounding communities

References

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