This area was originally part of the village of Newburgh with a number of streets near Buckeye Road developed during the late 1800s. But it was in the decades between 1900 and 1930 that Woodland Hills (which became part of Cleveland in 1913) was heavily settled—largely by Hungarian immigrants. It is predominantly a residential neighborhood with many two-family structures and sits on the hillside that overlooks the rail lines and industrial development that occurred at its base to the west.
St. Elizabeth’s Hungarian Catholic Church anchors Woodland Hills to the north along Buckeye Road, although the southern portion of this neighborhood was historically Slavic. Dotted with dozens of historic churches, homes and public structures, the community has suffered considerable population loss over the years. However, a large number of the neighborhood’s homeowners have been recipients of home rehabiliation funding in recent years as well as the several unique sculpture parks, a new transit facility along the Green and Blue line RTA routes, and a critical player in the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s partnership with the Trust for Public land.
Assets. Among the neighborhood’s most significant assets are:
• RTA’s Blue/Green rapid transit linewhich runs in the median of Shaker Boulevard.
• MLK Boulevard and the 116 acre Luke Easter Park which were developed as part of Cleveland’s original park and parkway master plan in the 1890s.
• Retail in modern shopping plazas at Buckeye Plaza and Reservoir Place.
• Benedictine High School, the Benedictine Order of Cleveland’s home base in Cleveland for almost 80 years.