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After five years of planning, Van Aken District is coming alive in Shaker Heights


It’s not easy to take an historic neighborhood known for its charm, tree-lined residential streets, and opulent architecture and create a brand-new urban downtown.

But, after more than five years of planning, that is exactly what the city of Shaker Heights and developer RMS Investment Corporation have done in building phase one of the Van Aken District. Shaker Heights’ new downtown includes the 103-unit, five-story Upstairs at Van Aken apartments; retail; a park; a beer garden; and plenty of dining options on seven acres of land where Van Aken Boulevard dead ends at Warrensville Center Road and Chagrin Boulevard.


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