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Monday, January 8, 2018

Sharing Good News about the North Royalton Cemetery in Cuyahoga County, Ohio

The following information is found in the news story published by "The Royalton Post" from December 9, 2017 by Jaime Anton


"The project is part of a larger plan that includes not only the electronic sign but also upgrades at the North Royalton Cemetery, repairing the gothic structure, or receiving vault as it is called, that is deteriorating as well as the installation of a decorative wrought-iron and brick fence with possible cemetery signage.
The receiving vault was once used to store remains during winters for spring burials.
The city has contracted with restoration architect Chambers Murphy and Burge, that specializes in these types of projects. They are expected to provide cost estimates for stabilizing the structure and well as estimates for other options council will consider such as returning the vault to its original purpose, converting it into a private mausoleum for an individual or family to purchase or transforming it into a small chapel.
“They should have something for us to help decide the next step for that building shortly,” Jordan said.
Ward 1 Councilman John Nickell said he is fascinated at the idea of altering the now unused vault into something functional.
“That intrigues me, to turn it into a mausoleum and make it functional. It is an interesting building with interesting architecture,” he said.
As a side note, Jordan said there is a section of the cemetery’s master plan that calls for an above-ground structure to store cremated remains on the east side of the cemetery.
“That option will be explored in the future,” he added.
The city is also in the midst of receiving estimates for a cemetery fence along Royalton Road, and a proposal is expected soon.
“Everything is still all progressing well enough for winter design and spring construction,” Jordan said.
These improvements – the pavilion, electronic sign, vault repairs and cemetery fence – will likely be combined into a promissory note up to $1 million.
Jordan also noted that the Good Karma Broadcasting radio tower property has pledged to replace the fence that lies between their property and the rear of the cemetery. They were trying to get the work done by the end of the year, weather permitting.
“It’s rusty, has holes in it and is in bad shape,” Jordan said.
Ward 6 Councilman Dan Kasaris said everything is coming together to make the center of town a better place to visit and learn about some of the city’s history.
“The receiving vault is a safety issue waiting to happen. I suggested restoring it a couple of meetings ago, and I’m happy to see we are looking into that,” he said. “And the pavilion, what we’re doing there is exciting.”
Other than a few events like home days, harvest fest, the pet carnival and the holiday lighting ceremony, the City Green is underutilized, he said.
“What the mayor and consultants have been working on is a good idea to bring residents to the center of town,” he said."
Here is the North Royalton Cemetery on Find A Grave.