Collinwood Neighborhood Tour

This far north eastside neighborhood borders Lake Erie and is well served by Interstate 90 providing access to all parts of the neighborhood. I-90 also is the dividing line between North and South Collinwood, which are distant city statistical planning areas. The area was first settled around 1800 and attracted immigrants to the area because of the abundance of orchards and vineyards. It became the largest shipping point for grapes in the nation.

Location:East 133rd Street and Lake Erie comprise the Western edge of the Collinwood neighborhood. The City of Euclid and East 200th Street are the northeastern borders of this community.

Housing Information
While there is some new construction and high-rise apartments along Lake Erie, most of the homes in both North and South Collinwood were build before World War II.Property sales information.

The number of new in-fill housing and rehabilitated units is also growing.

Water's Edge
New housing construction includes new single family housing as well as new upscale townhouses being built at Water's Edge near Wildwood Park, the first such type of housing in the area.

The site of Euclid Beach Amusement Park, famous for its popcorn balls, is now a housing complex for senior living.
Former Entrance to Euclid Beach Park

The neighborhood has both garden apartments, small apartment buildings and high rise apartments.

Collinwood and Nottingham Villages Development Corporation runs a storefront renovation program in Collinwood. Among other programs, this community development corporation runs a paint program and various revitalization efforts focused on Collinwood.

Five Points Plaza
An area of expansion and growth, the Five Points District is at the intersection of St. Clair Avenue, East 152nd Street, and Ivanhoe Road. The coming together of these streets forms a star and a focal point in Collinwood.

Collinwood High School
Collinwood High School can be found at 15210 St. Clair Avenue, part of the Five Points District.

Now under construction, La Salle Theater was once a movie theater in Collinwood. Part of the theater is now apartments and a museum is slated to occupy this landmark at 819 East 185th Street.
La Salle Theater

East 185th Street Commercial District
Regarded as one of the most successful commercial districts in Cleveland, the East 185th Street Commercial District is a mile long and full of distinctive shops and sites.

The East 185th Street Festival-held annually at the end of July and attended by more than 200,000 people-features live entertainment, historic tours of the neighborhood, a 5K run and an old fashioned parade.

By the 1890's industrial development accelerated rapidly in this neighborhood following the expansion of the Collinwood Rail yards, which had become the major switching center for the lakeshore and New York Central railroad. The neighborhood grew as immigrants of various ethnic and racial backgrounds came seeking jobs along the railroad. In 1999, CSX Intermodal took over the yard and is building a state-of-the-art facility.

Business and industry played an important role in the development and settlement of the area, many of which were linked to the railroad. World War II saw the boom and bust of industry. Although some industries remain, the site of the former Fisher Body Plant on East 140th Street, once abandoned, is now home to Water Tower Park industrial development. Jergens, Inc. recently built their new North American headquarters on South Waterloo in the Collinwood yards.

Cleveland Public Library-Nottingham Branch
A recent addition to the community is the Nottingham branch of the Cleveland Public Library which is located on the former campus of Villa Angela which was opened in the 1820's by the Ursuline nuns as a boarding school and academy for girls. In 1990 it merged with St. Joseph High School.

On Lakeshore Boulevard one will find Euclid Beach State Park. This park was a Collinwood H.O.P.E project and has, among other things, a playground constructed by the residents of Collinwood themselves.

Wildwood State Park
Part of Cleveland Lakefront State Park, Wildwood State Park provides access to summer fishing and boat launches. These area is also close by to Euclid Beach and which is also part of Cleveland Lakefront State Park.

Other recreational opportunities include Grovewood Pool (East 164th and Grovewood), Neff pool and playground (Bella and East 193rd.) and Mark Tromba Pool and playground (Mandalay and Rudyard Roads).

The community is served by the Northeast Shores Development Corporation (216-692-8981), and Collingwood and Nottingham Village Development Corporation (216-451-2340).

For more information about housing in North Collinwood   click here.

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