First Suburbs Development Council
FSCDC OverviewFSCDC Members

The FSDC is a not-for-profit organization that strives to achieve economic stability and viability to its member cities.   To view a map and listing of member cities click here.

The FSDC was formed as a result of a task force comprised of economic development officials of the member cities and representatives from the Cuyahoga County’s Department of Development and Planning Commission to design a program to address development issues and augment each of the member cities’ re-development efforts. The committee engaged to develop a framework for the program, solicited input from development practitioners, regional economic development agencies and foundations.

The result was the creation of the First Suburbs Development Council. The FSDC is served by a 9 member Board of Trustees elected by "clusters" of member cities. The FSDC a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, and is incorporated in the State of Ohio.


The mission of the FSDC is "fostering economic and community development within the member cities of the First Suburbs". The FSDC accomplishs this by providing technical assistance, expertise, and resources to member cities to strengthen the capacity of cities advancing development and re-development projects, to market member communities and to enhance the cities’ quality of life.


To facilitate the creation or enhancement of a proactive and strategic approach to development within member city governments.

To expand the capacity of member cities to attract desirable development and businesses.

To increase the skills of economic development officials of the member cities to identify and prepare development sites in a way that makes them both community-enhancing and attractive to private-sector developers.

To increase interest among the private-sector development industry in development within member communities.

To foster collaborative relationships among member cities and with regional economic development agencies, County and State government and financing institutions who can assist in promoting development of the member cities.

Member Cities

Bedford Lakewood
Bedford Heights Maple Heights
Brook Park Parma
Cleveland Heights           Shaker Heights
Cuyahoga Heights South Euclid
Euclid University Heights
Fairview Park Warrensville Heights
Garfield Heights

Housing Initiative

The Housing Initiative was a study started by the FSC, Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Kent State University’s Urban Design Center, GreatLakes CB and City Architecture.  This initiative is an effort to strengthen the marketability and competitiveness of inner-ring residential neighborhoods.  The initiative attempts to reinvent two under-performing housing types, the post-war bungalow and the two-family home, and to improve neighborhoods with concentrations of these housing types.  Target neighborhoods for the initiative are located in Parma, Maple Heights, Garfield Heights, and Fairview park (for bungalows) and Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, and Lakewood (for two-families).  However, the results of the initiative are intended to be transferable to other communities with similar housing stock.

To view the 2-Family Initiative, click on 2-family icon.
To view the Bungalow Initiative, click on the bungalow icon.
To view Plain Dealer coverage of program, click on News icons.

Two Family


Plain Dealer Article 6-13-04

Plain Dealer Article 10-4-04

To view FSDC news on ground breaking of two-family project, please click here

Architects Design Assistance Program Team (ADAPT)

In an effort to encourage and promote redevelopment and renovation of retail storefronts, the First Suburbs Development Council (FSDC), the American Institute of Architects - Cleveland chapter, with the support of the Cuyahoga County Department of Development, have formed a partnership.  The partnership provides free design services to produce initial architectural concepts for existing retail buildings.  Working with the city's Development professionals and AIA architects, business owners receive recommendations for design improvements to enhance building image and improve retail presentation.

Program Goals
* Provide professional solutions and consultation for retailers and building owners in First Suburb communities.
* Improve storefront design.
* Create and enhance successful businesses.

Six Steps to Success
1. Business owners meet with Development professional and AIA architect to discuss design parameters.
2. Architects will review existing information, photos, survey information, codes, etc.
3.  Architects will visit site to examine building conditions impacting design.
4. Architects will prepare design concept sketch conveying the recommended concept.
5. Architect, Development professional and business owner meet to review and discuss the proposed design concept.
6. Architect will prepare final design proposal to the business owner.



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