Community development corporations have launched a neighborhood platform to influence the next mayor’s agenda after the Nov. 2 election. They see an opportunity to not only influence a Kelley or Bibb administration, but also to help the city recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted city services, exacerbated disparities between residents, and wreaked havoc on local business districts.
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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.