The neighborhood has many assets and a number of city projects over the past decade have been aimed at improving the livability and attractiveness of the area.
The City is committed to the attraction of technology-based enterprises and entrepreneurs, including artists, to the Moreland district. The Dealership, a business incubator and co-work space, is at the center of this strategy. Monthly events include those organized by ECDI focusing on small business education and those operated by The Makers Alliance that include science, technology and digital or electronic art. The Dealership building was a former car dealership. The Chagrin-Lee area was home to several automotive dealerships in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Shaker Library opened its doors more than 80 years ago. Today, it is a vibrant community institution and economic driver. Shaker Library was ranked in the top 2% of libraries its size nationally. Four out of five residents use Shaker Library annually, and more than half use it at least once a month. In 2016, Shaker Library users borrowed nearly one million items and visited the Library nearly half a million times. The Shaker Main library is located in the former Moreland neighborhood school, built in 1925.
This neighborhood shopping center boasts more than 18 retailers and restaurants ranging from Shaker Heights Hardware to the UPS store, and the main community supermarket, Heinen’s, which has been operating in the neighborhood since 1929.
This building was constructed in 1950 and was the former location of the Shaker Main Library. It is named after Stephanie Tubbs Jones, who was a Democratic politician and member of the United States House of Representatives. She represented the 11th District of Ohio, which includes Shaker Heights. She was the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress by Ohio. This building is a key community gathering space for recreation activities for all ages, and also includes a program of the Shaker Public Schools, the Innovative Center for Personalized Learning.
The southern Moreland neighborhood is home to several neighborhood parks:
The City has invested significantly in public art in the neighborhood as part of its placemaking strategy. In 2005, during improvements to the Shaker Towne Centre shopping area, Grist Mill was installed on Chagrin Boulevard, as were metal banners. In 2015, Cloud Monoliths was installed on Lee Road at Lomond Boulevard; in 2016, the community helped install a mural at Chelton Park, and in 2017, a mural honoring the 100th anniversary of the Shaker Fire Department was installed on Chagrin Boulevard.
In 2012, the City commissioned a study of traffic on Lee Road, with the goal of improving transportation access and circulation along Lee Road, and improving the character of the commercial district south of Chagrin Road through streetscape enhancements. The study provides a framework to guide development in the Lee Road commercial district and support bicycle and pedestrian improvements along the corridor. As a result of the study, in 2015 the intersection at Lee and Lomond was reconfigured, landscaping upgraded and pedestrian crosswalks and public art added. Bike lanes and a turning lane south of Lomond Boulevard will be added in Summer 2018 (see photo below).