Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Four New Affordable Housing Projects in Cleveland

Very excited to share the news of the approval of four new affordable housing projects in Cleveland representing a 10-year investment of more than $34 million.  Two of the four projects are in neighborhoods that make up parts of Ward 14 - 1) $5.8 million, 22 new-construction affordable homes, to be built in the the International Village, Dream Neighborhood located in parts of Stockyard and Clark Fulton and 2) $12.8 million new 71-unit Permanent Supportive Housing Project to be built on the site of the former YMCA on Pearl Road in Brooklyn Centre.

The International Village homes will be built on vacant lots in the area within a half-mile radius centered by the Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy; bordered by Fulton Road to the east, W. 58th to the West, Train Avenue to the North and Storer Avenue to the South, situated in the Stockyard and Clark Fulton neighborhoods.

These projects represent the results of three to five years of work involving stabilizing these neighborhoods, developing partner relationships and strategies to build on the work we have done in the areas of blight removal through demolition - over 400 homes since 2010, and rehabilitation of more than 140 homes in the Stockyard, Clark Fulton and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods.






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Thursday, July 6, 2017

How citizens can help deal with the nuisance problem of illegal 4-wheelers, motorcycles, ATVs.

by Brian Cummins on Scribd

Home Dedication of Habitat for Humanity rehab on W. 52nd Street this Saturday

In partnership with Habitat for Humanity and First Federal Lakewood, the community is invited to another home dedication at newly rehabbed home located at 3511 West 52nd Street.

To-date Habitat for Humanity has completed rehabs on 12-homes and provided assistance to 45 home owners for exterior repairs.  The work is being done in a concentrated area between Clark and Denison Avenues between W. 51st and W. 54th Street.

See the flyer below for this Saturday's home dedication, the initial 2015 blog post explaining the initiative and a video created to explain Habitat for humanity's work which now includes the Stockyard neighborhood as a major focus for rehabs, exterior repairs with an overall goal of improving and strengthening the Stockyard neighborhood's housing, including increasing affordable houses for purchase and increasing home ownership.



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Volunteers revitalize west side neighborhood
More than 100 volunteers fanned out along West 52nd Street in Cleveland Sunday to revitalize the city's Stockyards neighborhood.







Friday, April 21, 2017

Planning for a review of greens space and parks and recreation assets in Ward 14

The Ward 14 office, together with staff from the Metro West Community Development Organization and  Cleveland Planning Commission, are continuing to review the conditions of our community greens spaces and parks.  This past year we were able to plant over 120 trees along the Denison Avenue area from Brooklyn Centre, through Clark Fulton, and Stockyard neighborhoods.

Johanna Hamm was instrumental in the tree plantings and also led an initiative to install a reading garden and pocket park adjacent to the Fulton Road Library - see the article on that project posted here.  In addition, the Ward 14 office has also worked to have two traffic median strips installed on the ends of the Pearl Road/W. 25th Street bridge over I-71.  The median strips have been planted with trees and grasses to soften the entrances and exits to the freeway as well as to the Clark Fulton and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods.

We'll be continuing with this work this year in reviewing the conditions and opportunities for improvements to the following parks and green spaces:

Our work is being complemented by the City's Planning Commission efforts to develop maps demonstrating where there is or not access to green space and recreation facilities.  They've begun work on mapping all city parks and recreation facilities and will be working to add school playground and play fields to better demonstrate and visualize are greens space and parks assets and where we should consider strengthening and adding amenities.  We also plan on adding to the maps the locations of active community gardens.  Although there are not a lot of resources for green space and recreation facilities improvements, with the City's enhanced budget it is expected that each of the 17-wards will be receiving $75,000 that can be used for such improvements.





It is expected that this summer we'll be scheduling community meetings for the areas of the neighborhoods closest to these sites to get input from residents on improvements and amenities they would like to see.  In meetings over the past few years there has been a lot of debate about the possibility of installing new basketball courts, or advocating for a soccer-field and even mini-skateboard-park amenities as well as more standard playground equipment for younger children as well as benches and seating areas.

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns regarding green space and parks please call our office at 216-664-4238.