Last year, Mayfield Village Mayor Bruce Rinker told us about his town's plan to offset the widening of SOM Center Road by installing new greenways along the busy street linked by pedestrian underpasses and tied into the Cleveland Metroparks' North Chagrin Reservation ("Coming Attractions," June 2003). A year later, Rinker says, "The greenway plan is very much under way." The widening of SOM Center Road will be finished by the end of 2004. "The landscaping component that will really turn heads for the roadway itself will go in next spring," Rinker adds. "We've also made an application for [funding for] the first leg of the west side trail." While waiting for an answer, the village continues to strike deals wherever it can to preserve available green space. "The road project has been a catalyst," Rinker says. "It's becoming very tangible. Bit by bit, we're following a game plan."
Nearly two years ago, Hemisphere Corp. CEO Todd Davis shared with us his company's 10-year plan to help convert Painesville's polluted Diamond Shamrock site into a Lake Erie recreation destination called Lakeview Bluffs ("Pollution to Population," September 2002). "It's been fascinating to say the least," Davis said when we recently checked in with him. "Essentially, the project has been through its early phases." The coming months will be important ones for the bold 1,100-acre plan that promises to revive dead lakefront land with new homes, a marina and winery. "This summer, we're starting on the first 102-acre phase of remedial activities to clean up the property," Davis says. Hemisphere is also working with Lake Metroparks to improve the Grand River corridor and, with the aid of The Ohio State University, has planted a test plot of grapes on land that may one day be a vineyard.