Orange Village adds Landscape Architect to ARB

    Orange Village adds Landscape Architect Kathy Moran of Painesville to its Architectural Board

    Orange Village

    Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 2:27 PM

    By Faith Boone, Sun News

    ORANGE VILLAGE - For the first time, the village’s Architectural Review Board will have a landscape architect join the team.

    Kathy Moran, of Painesville, was sworn in as the new landscape architect for the board at the April 11 council meeting. Moran has been in the landscaping business for over 30 years and is the senior landscape architect for YardMaster, located in Cleveland.

    Moran was thrilled when she received the position with the board and thinks it will be interesting as well as a lot of fun. She said she wants to get good landscaping into the Orange community.

    “At this point, I am just feeling my way and we’re going to be talking about the design standards, and it’s a universal concept,” Moran said. “It really relies on being able to communicate with the homeowner or client well so they know there is a benefit to doing things the right way the first time.”

    Moran has done projects in Orange over the years and sees the village as a lovely, diverse, bedroom community.

    Moran is a 1975 landscape architecture graduate of The Ohio State University. Her first position at Connelly Landscaping, located in Avon, lasted from 1975-1981 where she worked on client development, design and sales. She then worked for Thornton Environmental Industries for a year in Cincinnati and went on to become part of YardMaster, where she has been since 1983. At YardMaster, Moran talks with clients about residential and commercial projects and handles the plans, material selection and purchasing for all projects. Her sales efforts have brought in over $15 million in revenue.

    Moran has been a voting member on the Eastlake Architectural Review Board since 1990 and has taught as an adjunct faculty for the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Technologies at Cuyahoga Community College in Highland Hills since 1994.

    She believes it will be interesting to see how others approach the review process in Orange and how the idea of standards are enforced and reinforced with the general community.

    “I think having a landscape architect on the board will be of value to the residents and we look forward to working with her,” said Mayor Kathy Mulcahy.

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    Cleveland Foundation Awards $400,000 to NEORSD

    Fleet Avenue

    Cleveland Foundation Awards $400,000 to Help Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) Realize 'Green' Potential of its $3 billion Water Quality Program

    Published: Friday, June 22, 2012, 7:30 PM

    By Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Drilling giant sewer pipes far underground may not sound like a sexy pathway to urban beautification and economic revitalization for Cleveland.

    But thanks to a new program approved Friday by the Cleveland Foundation, the city has a far better chance to capitalize on the full potential of a $3 billion, federally mandated program to reduce the flow of untreated waste into Lake Erie.

    The Cleveland Foundation announced today that it is launching a $400,000 program that will marry the engineering prowess of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District with the fine-grained skills of veteran neighborhood planners and urban designers.

    The goal is to spend relatively small amounts of early money on design and planning so that when the sewer district performs major surgery far underground on the “gray” part of its project, neighborhoods directly above on the surface will benefit big time.

    Instead of capping excavation zones with brain-dead areas of turf grass scattered through the city without rhyme or reason, the sewer district project could ultimately leave behind carefully located new parks, streetscapes and public amenities.

    Other efforts will involve creating spongy landscapes on the city’s surface to absorb and filter runoff, including green, pedestrian- and bike-friendly boulevards, which could be laced throughout the city. These amenities, in turn, will help spark redevelopment and trigger other big investments.

    That’s already happening with a pilot project Cleveland’s Slavic Village. A $1 million sewer district proposal to trap and filter rainwater with new landscaping along Fleet Avenue helped the city win $6 million from the Ohio Department of Transportation to repave the street with bike lanes and “traffic calming” crosswalks and curb extensions...

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