Forward Fairview Park
Have you noticed that businesses on Lorain Road in Fairview Park have a high turnover rate? If you have, you’re not the only one. After seeing multiple business closings, a group of concerned citizens have banded together with the goal of revitalizing the Fairview Park Lorain Road corridor. Lorain Road runs directly through the heart of Fairview Park and has high potential to become a proper main street, flush with people, activity and small businesses. The group, Forward Fairview Park, was formed this past summer to help make that vision happen.
Early this past summer, the founder, Jennifer Trask, a small business owner in Fairview Park, asked members of an online community group if they were interested in forming a group. The response was positive enough to call a meeting. At the first meeting, much to her surprise, over 40 residents and business owners attended. The excitement for the endeavor that night was palpable.
As leaders of the group are surfacing, the monthly meetings have become part learning event and part brainstorming session. The Forward Fairview Park has five main goals: to invigorate current businesses, attract new business and development, make Lorain Road more walkable, improve the appearance of "Main Street", and engage the community.
Forward Fairview Park has already begun helping small businesses by holding monthly Ignite events - residents cash-mob a selected business one weekend monthly. Be on the lookout for more events and activities to unfold as time progresses.
If you would like more information, please ‘Like’ the Facebook page for Forward Fairview or sign up on the mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org. Monthly meetings are held at the Fairview Park Town Hall on the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is February 23. All residents and business owners are invited.