GENERAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS
Held every 3rd Monday of the month, these meetings are designed to inform residents and move them into organized efforts beneficial to the city of East Cleveland. All of the projects listed below involve residents in the planning and implementation.
EAST CLEVELAND MERGER CONVERSATIONS
NOAH is hosting a series of community dialogues designed to provide accurate information about the fiscal challenges that have led the East Cleveland community to consider merging the city with the city of Cleveland.
PUBLIC MEETING WITH COUNTY COUNCIL TO ADDRESS PROPERTY DEMOLITION FUND
Monday, July 2, 2014, NOAH hosted a community meeting in the City of East Cleveland to support the creation of a County supported Property Demolition Fund. In April of 2014, County Executive Ed FitzGerald proposed legislation to County Council to create a county supported demolition fund through a bond of approximately 50 million dollars. This bond would provide resources for cities in Cuyahoga County for strategic demolition of vacant and abandoned properties.
Our communities are plagued with the ill effects of nearly 26,000 of these nuisance properties. Local city governments are not designed to handle this issue alone. Using resources available from the Cuyahoga County Land Bank and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, cities like Cleveland and East Cleveland have been able to marginally address this issue. But in order to truly stabilize communities and give home owners and residents’ relief, the County must make a more significant investment in abating vacant and abandoned properties.
NOAH invited County Council members to New Covenant Lutheran Church in East Cleveland to discuss the proposed ordinance and how East Cleveland and County residents may benefit from its passage. In attendance were: Yvonne Conwell, Michael Gallagher, Dale Miller, Chuck Germana, Anthony Hairston and Pernel Jones, Jr. East Cleveland residents provided personal testimonies to illustrate the economic, environmental and public safety aspects of life surrounded by blight. Residents concluded the meeting by urging Council members to vote to approve the ordinance to establish the demolition fund. During the meeting, County Council members in attendance responded cautiously with no definitive answer.
On October 28th, County council unanimously passed the property demolition fund. There are still details to iron out, but this fund will drastically help East Cleveland and Cleveland address the issue of Vacant Abandoned properties. A special thanks to East Cleveland residents who helped make this happen.
EAST CLEVELAND PROPERTY SURVEYS
A partnership between NOAH, the City of East Cleveland and Thriving Communities.
Through this project we were able to hire 7 East Cleveland Residents to survey every parcel in East Cleveland (7,110 total parcels), utilizing cutting edge technology to record pictures and evaluations of every building structure and lot in the city of East Cleveland. We will use this information to leverage more resources from the State, Regional and Federal government for the demolition of Vacant and Abandoned structures. This data has shown us that we have made a lot of progress. In 2010, 30% of East Cleveland’s residential and commercial structures where abandoned and Vacant, to date that number is about 20%. A more detailed report of this project will be available at a later date.
EAST CLEVELAND TARGET AREA PLAN (TAP)
A partnership between NOAH, the City of East Cleveland, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Inc. (CNPI), and CWRU’s Mandel School of Applied Social Science (MSASS)
This project consisted of 3 public meetings where we engaged East Cleveland residents for input around the redevelopment of the Euclid Corridor in East Cleveland. Residents provided feedback on where in the Euclid Corridor within the borders of East Cleveland should development be prioritized, and what type of development it should be. We then presented the community with planning scenarios for that targeted area based off of that feedback. We are currently working to create a report which will consist of an implementation strategy for this plan.
EAST CLEVELAND “LET’S TALK ABOUT VISIONING” SERIES
A partnership between NOAH and the Social Justice Institute of Case Western Reserve University “Voicing and Action Project”
Within this series of 6 public events consisting of 2 sessions each, NOAH utilized recorded oral interviews of past and present East Cleveland residents and stakeholders (recorded interviews provided by the SJI’s Voicing & Action Project”) as the basis to stimulate rich community dialogue around the challenges of East Cleveland and how we overcome them. Out of these series, we learned the importance of creating our own narrative, the influence perception, and our own social responsibility to be actively involved in the rebuilding of our community.