It’s About Planning and Development
Lakewood is a robust place to do business, with over 1,900 employers and a labor force of 33,000 people. The top occupation categories include (1) educational services, healthcare and social assistance, (2) sales and office occupations, and (3) service occupations. Lakewood has seen over $65 million invested on Detroit and Madison Avenues from 2007-2012, with one third of the investment being in the downtown core and over 25 businesses participating.
The city of Lakewood’s Department of Planning and Development coordinates long-range planning, zoning, and economic development for the city, in addition to administering the federal Community Development Block Grant Funds awarded to Lakewood by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The department works directly with the Lakewood Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Board of Building Standards/Architectural Board of Review and Sign Review Board, the Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board, and the Citizens Advisory Committee.
Keeping Lakewood Vibrant
Madison on the Move+-
Madison on the Move is the collective name for a number of ongoing projects along Madison Avenue. The city has invested millions of dollars to transform the city’s second-busiest commercial district, with investments ranging from a complete resurfacing project to a focused storefront renovation program. For more, check out this video.
Help Lakewood’s community of soon-to-be entrepreneurs turn their ideas into business realities. Startup Lakewood Initiative is a program approved by the City of Lakewood, which is geared toward making Lakewood a more appealing place for entrepreneurs to build and grow ideas into legitimate businesses. Mike Belsito, the Director of Ideation, oversees this program.
Helping out our local businesses+-
Commercial Property Revitalization Program: Up to $30,000 in grant assistance for the renovation of Lakewood storefronts. For more information call program director Mary Leigh at (216) 529-HOME (4663) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GrowNow: Interest rate reduction program designed to help small businesses.
The Board of Building Standards reviews applications for variances to the city’s Building Code. The Architectural Board of Review considers architectural proposal for commercial and residential properties. The Sign Review Board reviews all sign proposals, including those that require a variance. The Planning Commission reviews requests for lot consolidations, lot splits, major and minor subdivisions, determination of similar and conditional use. The seven-member Loan Approval Board reviews and approves applications for the various rehabilitation programs offered by the City of Lakewood’s Division of Community Development (DCD). The Board of Zoning Appeals reviews applications for variances to the zoning code. The Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board has been established to serve in an advisory capacity for the purpose of educating, informing, and making recommendations to City Officials, Departments, Boards and Commissions, and the community on matters relating to historic preservation. For more information about any of the boards or commissions, or to request past agendas or related materials, call the planning department at 216-529-6630.
Listening to the community+-
The role of the Office of Community Relations is to ensure the widespread recognition and use of the City of Lakewood’s resources, programs and capabilities, enhance the City’s image by communicating its assets and development both externally and internally, increase awareness of the City’s programs, resources and facilities, and encourage respect for diversity.
Vision for the future+-
The Lakewood Community Vision is an expression of where we stand as a community and where we hope to be in the future. To see the Vision, click here.
Studies and Reports