Two transformative development projects in Cleveland’s long-neglected Buckeye-Shaker and Woodhill neighborhoods were greenlighted by Cleveland City Council at its meeting on Monday, April 11.
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The City of Cleveland wants to spend $12 million to rescue Shaker Square from receivership, turn it over to nonprofits for repairs, and sell it to a new owner. Some critics, though, say the city is overpaying for the center and it’s a waste of precious tax dollars. With repair needs looming and tenants leaving the square, City Council is set to vote on a deal as early as next week.
On Friday, Sept. 3, the Cleveland Planning Commission granted final design approval to 42 new for-sale townhomes slated to be built on the former Saint Luke’s Hospital site in the Buckeye neighborhood. The new development, Entrada at Woodhill Heights, will offer 1,400-1,500 square foot units starting in the low to mid $200,000’s.
Much like the proverbial middle child, Cleveland’s so-called middle neighborhoods, or communities like Old Brooklyn, Bellaire Puritas and Lee-Harvard that are on the edge of stability and decline, are often forgotten yet full of potential. Yet today, Village Capital Corporation announced that it has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Treasury that it plans to dedicate towards lending in middle neighborhoods.
Low-income families may find it difficult to send their kids to a costly summer camp, but one nonprofit organization located in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood is removing that barrier and connecting urban middle-schoolers with their community. University Circle Inc. (UCI) is expanding their free after-school program, Circle Scholars, to the Circle Explorers Summer Camp for 7th and 8th graders.