WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the City of Shaker Heights will receive $500,000 in funds for transportation infrastructure improvements through the Warrensville/Van Aken Project. The federal funds, allocated through the 2010 Omnibus Appropriations Act, were secured by Brown and Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH).
“These funds will help address one of Northeast Ohio’s busiest intersections,” Brown said. “They will help to promote economic development and transform the Warrensville/Van Aken corridor into a prime commercial and residential destination.”
The Warrensville/Van Aken Project will change a six-legged intersection into a standard 4-way intersection. It is the first and most visible part of a major redevelopment of the 60-acre Warrensville/Van Aken commercial district into a mixed use, downtown destination.
"I was proud to support this important measure that will create approximately 1,200 jobs and revolutionize an important part of our community," Congresswoman Fudge said.
To support the project, Shaker Heights also received a $4M safety grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation, which has been added to the NOACA Transportation Improvement Program. In addition, the Shaker Heights City Council has authorized $2.3M in matching funds and the Cuyahoga County Engineer will contribute $500,000. In total, $11.5 M in funds has been secured.