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Grandview Heights City Council appoints steering committee for Growing on Tradition

Posted on June 20, 2018 at 10:21 AM by Laura Oldham


Grandview Heights Growing on TraditionGrandview Heights, OH -- On May 7, 2018, The City of Grandview Heights City Council appointed residents and stakeholders for Grandview Heights: Growing on Tradition as the next step in the city planning process. The 17 residents will be tasked with steering the process in an ongoing intensive discussion forum facilitated by planning firms McBride Dale Clarion and NBBJ. The Steering Committee will hold its first meeting on May 17 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building in Council Chambers, 1016 Grandview Avenue.

Council President Greta Kearns stated, “A large group of residents with diverse talents stepped up to contribute their time and energy to shaping the future of Grandview Heights and we as a council decided to appoint all 17 applicants. The Steering Committee is a microcosm of the community who will further develop the work done at community meetings to make for a robust and meaningful process and a blueprint for our future. We welcome our committee as we look toward the future.”

The following are members of the steering committee:
• Michael Amicon
• Matt Bierlein
• Allison Binkley
• David Blumstein
• Michael Bondy
• Sarah Bongiorno
• Betsy Gambone
• Nickie Evans
• Kyle May
• Dorothy Pritchard
• Kerry Ruberg
• Dave Schmeid
• Braden Schneider
• Mandy Simon
• Michael Staff
• Chris Szabo
• Melissa Palmisiano – GHCSD
• Al Cincione – GHPL
• Jamie Gentry – Planning Commission
• Rick Kinsinger – BZA
• Kent Studebaker – Marble Cliff
• Larry Goldin – Business Owner
• Jim Arnstutz – Business Owner
• Jeff Wagenbrenner – Business Owner
• Travis Eifert (EMHT) - Nationwide Realty
• Jeff Pongonis (MKSK) - Nationwide Realty
• TBD - Grandview Avenue Business Owner

Mayor Ray DeGraw added, “We had nearly 130 residents at the first public meeting who not only showed up, but were also ready to work. In addition to the applicants, Council appointed representatives of the Grandview Heights City Schools, the Grandview Heights Library, the business community, as well as our Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. We think it is a good group of people who will work hard to represent our city.”

In addition to the steering committee, the next Community Meeting will be held in June, with details being announced soon. To receive updates on the planning process, community members can subscribe to an email notification list at


About Grandview Heights: Growing on Tradition

Grandview Heights: Growing on Tradition is a community planning process for the City of Grandview Heights. This process aims to work collaboratively with residents and community stakeholders to create a common vision for Grandview Heights and drive our community forward. For additional information, visit