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Description. Lee-Miles is a suburb-like neighborhood with most of its housing stock dating from after World War II. Over 90% of its housing is in single-family homes (compared to a citywide average of 53%). The neighborhood also boasts large parks, modern shopping plazas and an industrial park. It became a part of Cleveland when parts of Miles Heights Village were annexed in 1927, 1928 and 1932.

Assets. Among the neighborhood’s most significant assets are:

  • many owner-occupied single-family homes located along beautiful-tree lined streets
  • Kerruish Park (located along the Mill Creek) and Frederick Douglass Park
  • the Lee-Harvard Shopping Plaza which is anchored by a grocery store
  • the John F. Kennedy High School and recreation center on Harvard Avenue
  • the Cleveland Industrial Park which has convenient access to I-480

Challenges. Among the challenges faced by the Lee-Miles neighborhood today are:

  • limited housing options
  • pockets of neglected housing stock especially near the Cleveland Industrial Park
  • poor sign, storefront and streetscape aesthetics in retail areas
  • adequate parking for some businesses along Lee Road
  • redevelopment of vacant sites at the Lee-Miles intersection

Vision. Strengthen and maintain high quality housing, offering suburban style living within the City. Among the development opportunities and initiatives proposed for Lee-Harvard are the following:

  • upgrade Kerruish Park and add a nature center and trails that connect to other communities along Mill Creek in keeping with proposals in the county greenspace plan
  • encourage mixed use development on vacant land at the intersection of Lee and Miles
  • target code enforcement along Miles Avenue
  • target housing programs on street off South Miles Avenue
  • upgrade storefronts along Lee Road
  • undertake streetscape improvements along Lee Road and Harvard Avenue to improve aesthetic appearance of the retail district
  • rehab housing in the Miles Heights area

Printable version: can be downloaded here.

Maps (current as of May 2007): Assets, Development Opportunities, Land Use (existing and proposed), and Retail Strategies are available here. (PDF)


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