Design Review is a crucial step to renovating property in the neighborhood. Ohio City Incorporated can help you through the process.

Design Review

For Commercial Properties and Residential Homeowners

The Ohio City Historic District was created in order to recognize and preserve the neighborhood's architectural heritage. Historic Districts are areas of exceptional architectural strength where historic buildings and their surroundings are protected by a design review process. When properties have been designated by the City of Cleveland as part of a historic district, exterior changes must be reviewed and approved by the Cleveland Landmarks Commission in order to ensure the historic integrity of that property and the district as a whole are maintained.

In Ohio City, as well as in several other Cleveland neighborhoods, changes are also reviewed by a local design review committee, which helps to lend a neighborhood perspective to the review process, as well as give expertise on architectural styles prevalent in individual Cleveland neighborhoods. The Ohio City Design Review Committee fulfils this function in the Ohio City. If a property owner wishes to make exterior alterations to their home or building, or a business owner is looking to add permanent signage for their business, those proposed changes must be reviewed by the Ohio City Design Review Committee and potentially the City of Cleveland Landmarks Commission.

Meetings of the Ohio City Design Review Committee take place at the offices of Ohio City, Incorporated (3308 Lorain Avenue) on the first and third Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. year-round. During the months of November and December, only one meeting is held on the first Thursday of the month due to holiday scheduling.

Donna Grigonis-Bailey will help to collect information and be available to help develop applications for the Landmarks Commission. To begin the process, please reach out to directly with questions and for help with the application process.

After your applications have been reviewed for completion, you will be referred directly to the Landmarks Commission.

All Design Review meetings are open to the public. If you plan to attend, please notify Lisa at so we can ensure that our space can accommodate all guests. Meetings are held at 3308 Lorain Avenue, at the Ohio City, Incorporated offices and begin at 11:30 a.m.

For additional information or to be placed on the agenda for a Design Review meeting, please contact Donna Grigonis-Bailey at








Upcoming Design Review Meetings:

*Please Note, to ensure the safety of our volunteer committee members and staff and to prevent the spread of Coronavirus: All Historic Ohio City Design Review Meetings are being held remotely until further notice.

The next scheduled Zoom meetings will be taking place: 

 - July 16th, 2020 at 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

- August 6th, 2020 11:30AM

- August 20th, 2020 11:30 AM

- September 3rd, 2020 11:30 AM

- September 17th, 2020 11:30AM


The link to join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting Files: 

July 16th, 2020 Meeting | Materials and Files for the Meeting

July 2nd, 2020 Meeting | Materials and Files for the Meeting

June 18th, 2020 Meeting | Materials and Files for the Meeting

June 4th, 2020 Meeting | Materials and Files for the meeting

May 21st, 2020 Meeting Agenda | Materials and Files for the Meeting

August 6th, 2020 Meeting Agenda | Materials and Files for the Meeting


Ohio City Historic District Guidelines

Historic Preservation Color Palette

*For colors: Typically, it is suggested that three colors be used with the trim being darker than the body and the gable end the third color*

Demolition & Moving Informaton
Certificate of Demolition Appropriateness Information