Developers plan 13 new homes in Muskegon Heights to help ‘people of color bring their community back’

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – Two pastors from Indiana have a plan to build 13 new homes in the city of Muskegon Heights as part of an initiative to help “people of color bring their community back.”

The Rev. Rodney Lynch and the Rev. Willie Thompson, both of West Lafayette, Indiana, recently purchased 13 vacant lots from the city on which they plan to build single-family homes.

Thompson grew up in Muskegon Heights.

“He remembers when it was a thriving community — in the years he grew up there — and he sees it now,” Lynch told MLive. “We were talking one day, and he said this city is under new leadership, and because there’s new leadership, there’s new hope.”

Troy Bell became the city’s new manager at the beginning of this year. One of his early initiatives was a plan to formalize and add development requirements to the city’s tradition

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Cleveland Heights council plans to shore up loopholes, add more teeth to foreclosure bond ordinance

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — While the city’s foreclosure bond ordinance has already been used successfully to maintain vacant houses and fix them up when needed, there are some loopholes.

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As it stands now, a little more than half of the lenders are actually paying the $15,000 bond that has been required since council passage in 2018, which helps protect the city and the neighborhood housing stock when repairs are required.

With that in mind, council has introduced amendments that could be up for approval at its Dec. 7 meeting, the last of the year before winter break, effectively “putting more teeth” into the current legislation, City Manager Susanna Niermann O’Neil noted.

Councilwoman Melody Joy Hart brought the proposals forward, having been involved with the original ordinance — introduced by current Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren — before her election to council through her earlier work with the Greater Cleveland

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Parma Heights considering Snow Road pocket park at site of demolished Queens Highway home

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — Two years after acquiring and subsequently demolishing a dilapidated Queens Highway home located on the southeast corner of Snow Road, the Cleveland Land Bank recently returned the two parcels of land to the city of Parma Heights.

“It was this old, abandoned house on Snow Road over by the exit from Holy Name High School that went into foreclosure,” Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne said. “Initially we had inspectors go in there to see if there was any way to rehab the home, but it was really becoming a safety issue and eyesore.

“Considering it was a benefit to the city when the Cleveland Land Bank picked it up, we continued to cut the grass throughout the years. Now they offered the land back to the city, so we decided to take advantage of it.”

At this point, Parma Heights has a couple of options

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Waverly Heights named one of the top skilled-nursing center in country | Life

GLADWYNE — Muirfield, the skilled nursing center at Waverly Heights, is among the 21% of U.S. skilled nursing facilities that have been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report.

Muirfield earned Best Nursing Homes status by achieving a rating of “High Performing,” the highest possible rating, for Short-Term Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care. U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home only to those homes that satisfy U.S. News’s assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.

Thomas Garvin, President and CEO of Waverly Heights, stated: “We are incredibly proud of our employees for their compassion and dedication in caring for the residents of our skilled nursing center. Their commitment to the lives of the individuals they serve parallels the commitment of our entire organization to provide exceptional service and care.” One resident wrote after a recent

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Man killed in Inver Grove Heights condo fire is identified

The Inver Grove Heights fire chief says a man killed in a condominium fire Sunday night may not have died if the building had sprinklers.

Firefighters found Timothy Wagner, 64, dead inside one of the units when they arrived on the 3800 block of Conroy Trail.

A neighbor called in the fire about 8:50 p.m. Two crews arrived and found “heavy fire and smoke” in one of the condominiums, said Fire Chief Judy Thill.

One crew knocked down the blaze and a second crew went inside and found Wagner, Thill said.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire, which was contained to the unit where Wagner was found. There were no other injuries, Thill said.

The condominium was built in the 1970s and sprinklers were not required at that time.

“There is a high likelihood that fire sprinklers would have prevented the fire from growing very big

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One dead in Inver Grove Heights condo fire

A person died Sunday night in a fire that damaged a condominium in Inver Grove Heights.

Firefighters found “heavy fire and smoke” in one of the units when they arrived on the 3800 block of Conroy Trail about 8:50 p.m., said Inver Grove Heights Fire Chief Judy Smith Thill.

There was a report of a person inside, she said.

As one crew knocked down the fire, a second crew went inside and found the victim, Smith Thill said.

The name of the victim has not been released.

It was not immediately known what sparked the fire, which was contained to the unit where the victim was found. There were no other injuries, Smith Thill said.

The Inver Grove Heights fire marshal and the state fire marshal are investigating.

Tim Harlow

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