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Benefits and risks of development discussed at MetroHealth Community meeting

Benefits and risks of development discussed at MetroHealth Community meeting by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, March 2020)   Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana circled the rotunda of the South Branch Library on January 27, 2020 hugging her constituents as the MetroHealth community meeting was about to get under way. When she stepped up to the microphone, … Continue reading

Reaching Lincoln Heights proposal outlines aland use plan for Lincoln Heights neighborhood

Reaching Lincoln Heights proposal outlines aland use plan for Lincoln Heights neighborhood by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, March 2020)    During the third and final community meeting held at South Branch Public Library for the Reaching Lincoln Heights proposal, Cory Riordan, Executive Director of Tremont West Development Corporation, reminded the twenty or so neighborhood attendees … Continue reading

Draft of Reaching Lincoln Heights Land Use Plan to be presented to Lincoln Heights Block Club at February 10th meeting

Draft of Reaching Lincoln Heights Land Use Plan to be presented to Lincoln Heights Block Club at February 10th meeting by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, February 2020)         During the third and final community meeting at South Branch Public Library for the Reaching Lincoln Heights proposal, Cory Riordan, Executive Director of Tremont West Development Corporation, reminded … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

MetroHealth holds Campus Transformation Plan community meetings

MetroHealth holds Campus Transformation Plan community meetings by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, August 2019) A pharmacy, day care center, affordable restaurant, coffee shop, medical marijuana dispensary, recycling center, and a community makers space were just a few suggestions residents of the Clark-Fulton neighborhood made during several community meetings with officials from MetroHealth. The residents were responding … Continue reading

Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing supports new ‘Lead Safe” law passed by Cleveland City Council

Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing supports new ‘Lead Safe” law passed by Cleveland City Council (Plain Press, August 2019)Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing (CLASH) announced its support for a new mandatory “Lead Safe” law passed by Cleveland City Council on July 24th. CLASH has been working with local citizens to get city leaders … Continue reading

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