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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

Miriam Ortiz-Rush Park Ribbon Cutting

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Saturday, October 12, 2019; Miriam Ortiz-Rush Park Ribbon Cutting & Celebration, Madison Avenue & W. 75th Street: The newly renovated park (formerly Lawn-Madison Park) was named in honor of the memory of Miriam Ortiz-Rush, a longtime resident of the neighborhood, founder of El Nueva Dia newspaper, a CMHA employee and bailiff … 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

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

Steps needed to protect current residents as investmens target Clark Fulton neighborhood

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, October 2019)           The Clark Fulton neighborhood will be the target area for a number of initiatives that could flood the neighborhood with investment dollars aimed at a variety of projects. The initiatives hold the promise of investments that include new hospital buildings, new parks, new housing, new businesses and a … Continue reading

Metro West and partners invite media to a conversation regarding comprehensive planning for Clark Fulton area

by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, October 2019)           Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana assured reporters at a September 17th meeting held at the South Branch of the Cleveland Public Library that she was very excited about the MetroHealth project and its positive impact on Ward 14. The meeting was organized on behalf of Metro West Community … Continue reading

UPDATE Lincoln Heights Land Use Planning discussion continues

by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, October 2019)           In the basement of St. Augustine’s Walsh Hall on September 9th, under a flickering fluorescent light and hum of air conditioning, there was talk about tearing out the old rug and refinishing the wood floors. The Lincoln Heights Block Club was about to get under way with their … Continue reading

Residents and stakeholders weigh in on Lincoln Heights Land Use Study

by Bruce Checefsky       (Plain Press, October 2019)           Residents and stakeholders of the Lincoln Heights Block Club (LHBC) met with staff members of both the City Planning Commission and Tremont West Development Corporation (TWDC), as well as members of the Seventh Hill design team to discuss a planned land use study for their neighborhood. The August … Continue reading

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