Stark Enterprises was founded in 1978 by Robert L Stark when he purchased a commercial property, a single story retail location in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, while completing his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University. From this first investment, Mr. Stark laid the groundwork for what would become Stark Enterprises, which has since led to the acquisition and development of some of the most high profile real estate locations in Northeast Ohio.

To date, Stark Enterprises has developed over 38 commercial properties. As the business matured, a new strategic vision evolved which focuses development on the Community Core – the employment of mixed-use density, intricate place-making and compelling architectural design in the creation of unique pedestrian-focused suburban communities.


Key Accomplishments:

  • Developer of Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio – a one-of-a-kind mixed-use development that vertically integrates retail, residential and office space with dining, entertainment and most importantly community. Located on 75 landscaped acres and encompassing 12 city blocks, Crocker Park features an impressive mixture of internally known retailers and local boutiques, public spaces, streetscapes, parks and alleyways as well as a unique mixture of loft-style/urbane apartment living, charming city homes, work/live town homes and brownstone communities. Phase III of Crocker Park is currently underway, which will include the new World Headquarters of American Greetings, a hotel and additional retail, dining and residential development.
  • First developer in Northeast Ohio to introduce the “cross over” from suburban shopping center to lifestyle center with Crocker Park and the adjacent Promenade development.
  • Turned ETON Collection from a struggling mini-mall into a vibrant mixed-use development considered to be one of the most prestigious shopping districts in the region.
  • Shifted the center of regional shopping activity in Canton, Ohio to The Strip, a one million square foot shopping district located off Interstate 77.