“Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland” Public Workshops

You know firsthand the negative effects of unkempt vacant lots in your neighborhoods. Cleveland currently has 3,300 acres of vacant land and our inventory is growing with every new demolition. Now we will have resources to address them.

Please join us to learn more about the “Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland” grant program.  We will be holding public workshops for you to learn about the resources available to revitalize city land bank lots in special target areas.

These sessions will provide information on:

•    Overview of the Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland plan
•    Ideas on what you can do with vacant lots
•    How to use the Re-Imagining Cleveland Vacant Land Re-Use Pattern Book and Ohio Green Print website
•    Application for Re-Imagining Cleveland grants

The City of Cleveland has allocated $500,000 of their NSP (Neighborhood Stabilization Program) funds from the State of Ohio into a grant program to fund community projects that create productive and sustainable reuses of vacant land – projects that are organized through “Reimagining a More Sustainable Cleveland”.

Neighborhood Progress Inc., the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Urban Design Center and many others, have facilitated the development of this vision for a greener, more sustainable city and a pattern book of ideas, sample plans and budgets for vacant land reuse. You can find them here and we will have hard copies of the documents at the grant workshops.

You are the key ingredient to making this a successful initiative.

The following public workshops have been scheduled to provide information about Re-Imagining Cleveland Grant Program.


Wednesday June 17th 6-7:30pm
Slavic Village Development Corporation
5620 Broadway Ave, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44127


Saturday June 20th 10:00-11:30am
Gordon Square Arcade Building
Basement Community Room
6516 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102


Monday June 22nd 6-7:30pm
Fatima Family Center
6600 Lexington Ave. in the Senior Room
Cleveland, OH 44103


Wednesday June 24th 6-7:30pm
St. Rose Catholic Church
11411 Detroit Ave. in lower hall
Cleveland, OH 44102


Monday June 29th 6-7:30pm
Harvard-Lee Branch of the Cleveland Public Library
16918 Harvard Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44128


Thursday July 2nd 6-7:30pm
Collinwood Branch of the Cleveland Public Library
856 E. 152nd Street
Cleveland, OH 44110

For more info:
If you are interested in applying for grant money to reutilize vacant land in Cleveland, please contact Millie Davis for an application, project criteria, and the target areas of the city that are eligible (target areas established by the State).

Millie Davis

Neighborhood Progress, Inc.

216.830.2770 ext. 105 or email:  mmd@neighborhoodprogress.org

The deadline for applications is July 31, 2009.*

Projects must be located in the target areas, be on land bank lots or on lots that the owner is willing to donate to the city, and have had residential use in the past 50 years.


*You do not need to apply in order to attend the workshops.

Please pass on this information to your members, community leaders, churches, schools and other stakeholders who you think my have an interest in developing a project in their community and please attend the workshops scheduled around the city.

by marianne eppig.


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