Community Development

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The passing of the torch at West Side Community House

By Victoria Shea (Plain Press, July 2018)     “We’re here to honor the career, the passion and the legacy of Dawn Kolograf, our fearless leader for twenty-seven-years.” proclaims Rachelle Milner, acting as Master of Ceremonies for the celebration to honor Dawn Kolograf’s retirement from the West Side Community House. “This has been an awesome experience, and … Continue reading

Lincoln Heights Block Club weighs in on proposed Urban Form Overlay along Scranton, W. 25 & Barber

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, May 2018)        In an 11-2 vote at its March 12thmeeting, the Lincoln Heights Block Club soundly rejected a proposal presented by Tremont West Development Corporation Housing and Economic Development Director Matt Moss and the City of Cleveland Planning Department to place an Urban Form Overlay along portions of Scranton, … Continue reading

Area around West Boulevard/Cudell Rapid Station called ripe for development

(Plain Press, July 2017)     A study commissioned by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) scored the area around the West Boulevard/Cudell Regional Transit Authority station as one of the top three areas in the city of Cleveland in terms of being ready for Transit Oriented Development. Representatives of AECOM, the company which did the … Continue reading

Ohio City Incorporated seeks ways to make housing more affordable

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, June 2017)      As part of its strategic plan, Ohio City Incorporated (OCI) is charged with finding a way to provide affordable housing in the neighborhood. OCI Executive Director Tom McNair says the easiest way to make affordable housing available in the neighborhood is through existing housing stock. He says … Continue reading

Can the Plain Dealer be bought? It already has been

by Roldo Bartimole (Plain Press, June 2017)      Can you imagine if the Cleveland Cavaliers again defeated the Golden State Warriors that the Plain Dealer’s next edition would ignore it? Just let it pass. No comment. They didn’t fail on Wednesday to run 14 pages in two sports sections. It wasn’t the Warriors but the mere Boston … Continue reading

Keisha González named Managing Director of Metro West

(Plain Press, May 2017)       On April 26, 2017, Metro West Community Development Organization announced that current Economic Development Director Keisha González has been promoted to the role of Metro West Managing Director starting May 1st. González has worked for Metro West for three years, starting as a Community Organizer and later becoming Economic Development Director. … Continue reading

Ohio City Incorporated celebrates annual meeting

(Plain Press, April 2017)                At the Ohio City Incorporated (OCI) annual meeting on March 21, both Board President Chris Schmitt and Executive Director Tom McNair called for the organization to improve its connection to people in the community. Board President Schmitt called for creating an “environment that is welcoming and supportive to families of … Continue reading

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress awards community development grants

(Plain Press, April 2017)                Cleveland Neighborhood Progress’ Strategic Investment Initiative awards for the 2017-2020 funding cycle will go to twelve Community Development Corporations in the city. A total of $4.2 million was awarded in nine grants. Three of the grants involved collaborative efforts. On the West Side of Cleveland, three grants were awarded. Detroit … Continue reading

Project 29 and the future of Hingetown

by Bruce Grossman (Plain Press, March 2017)             In the end, it was just about a building. I am talking about the December 12 meeting at Franklin Circle Church where I heard about Project 29 and the future of “Hingetown”, the area around Detroit and 28th and 29th Streets. But it was also about dreams and desires, … Continue reading

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization celebrates annual meeting

(Plain Press, March 2017) The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization’s 43rd annual meeting, on February 23rd at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, featured speeches by Mark McDermott of Enterprise Community Partners and Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone; a video tribute to the late Judge Raymond Pianka; the presentation of awards; and Board of Directors’ … Continue reading