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Working group and public meetings to review current tax abatement policy and incentives for developers

Working group and public meetings to review current tax abatement policy and incentives for developers by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, December 2019)           Councilman Kerry McCormack believes Cleveland’s tax abatement policy and incentives for developers need reform, so he organized a working group to review the existing program and recommend changes. While committed to keeping the … Continue reading

Ward 3 Democratic Club holds November meeting at Tremont Pointe

Ward 3 Democratic Club holds November meeting at Tremont Pointe by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, December 2019)           Joseph Rider, Ward 3 Democratic Club President, was at the Cleveland Democratic Club meeting held at Tremont Pointe on November 19, 2019. Patrick Mahoney, Chairperson of Prescient I, was there. Political candidates Joy Kennedy for Domestic Relations Court … Continue reading

Lively School Board meeting addresses school building plan and other matters

Lively School Board meeting addresses school building plan and other matters by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, December 2019) The November 19th Meeting of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) Board of Education held at East Tech High School included a protest by CMSD security personnel, testimonies about schools slated for closing or getting a reprieve … Continue reading

What impact will Opportunity Zone investments have in the Tremont neighborhood?

What impact will Opportunity Zone investments have in the Tremont neighborhood? by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, November 2019)        The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, with the goal of creating long-term investments in regions of low-income rural and urban communities nationwide, established Opportunity Zones. The Opportunity Zone tax break allows investors to defer … Continue reading

Residents express concern over impact of development on their neighborhoods and the city

Residents express concern over impact of development on their neighborhoods and the city by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, November 2019)        At two recent community meetings, discussion addressed the lack of affordable housing and the prospects of current residents being able to afford to remain in their neighborhoods as property values and rents continue to … Continue reading

Opportunity Zone increases interest of developers and realtors in neighborhood

Opportunity Zone increases interest of developers and realtors in neighborhood by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, November 2019)        What wasn’t emphasized at the Ohio City Community Conversations Community Building Meeting or the Ward 14 Planning 101 meeting covered elsewhere in this issue of the Plain Press is that a good deal of the increased interest … Continue reading

Customers voice concerns about how Cleveland Public Power treats them

Customers voice concerns about how Cleveland Public Power treats them (Plain Press, November 2019)        Cleveland Public Power (CPP) customers brought concerns about the services and practices of the power company to a public hearing held on October 17th. The hearing was hosted by the End Poverty Now Coalition and held at St. Paul’s Community … Continue reading

Residents and stakeholders offer feedback on plans for Lincoln Heights neighborhood

Residents and stakeholders offer feedback on plans for Lincoln Heights neighborhood by Bruce Checefsky                                                                               (Plain Press, November 2019)        David Jurca arrived twenty minutes late to the Reaching Lincoln Heights community meeting, shuffled into the conference room at the Cleveland Public Library South Branch on October 15th, and set up his computer. The darkly dressed … Continue reading

South Brooklyn Branch Cleveland Public Library Community Meeting addresses neighborhood safety

South Brooklyn Branch Cleveland Public Library Community Meeting addresses neighborhood safety by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, November 2019)        On July 23rd, 19-year-old Brandon Cutnoe was fatally shot by Paul Sender inside the bathroom of the South Brooklyn Branch of the Cleveland Public Library. Mr. Sender was arrested and faces aggravated murder charges, which could … Continue reading

Council approves “Right to Counsel Legislation” for tenants with children facing eviction

Council approves “Right to Counsel Legislation” for tenants with children facing eviction (Plain Press, November 2019)        Cleveland City Council, at its September 30th meeting, unanimously approved legislation to provide access to free legal representation to low-income tenants with children who are facing evictions. The legislation notes that 60 percent of the approximately 9,000 eviction … Continue reading

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