Thursday, July 6, 2017

How citizens can help deal with the nuisance problem of illegal 4-wheelers, motorcycles, ATVs.

by Brian Cummins on Scribd

Home Dedication of Habitat for Humanity rehab on W. 52nd Street this Saturday

In partnership with Habitat for Humanity and First Federal Lakewood, the community is invited to another home dedication at newly rehabbed home located at 3511 West 52nd Street.

To-date Habitat for Humanity has completed rehabs on 12-homes and provided assistance to 45 home owners for exterior repairs.  The work is being done in a concentrated area between Clark and Denison Avenues between W. 51st and W. 54th Street.

See the flyer below for this Saturday's home dedication, the initial 2015 blog post explaining the initiative and a video created to explain Habitat for humanity's work which now includes the Stockyard neighborhood as a major focus for rehabs, exterior repairs with an overall goal of improving and strengthening the Stockyard neighborhood's housing, including increasing affordable houses for purchase and increasing home ownership.



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Volunteers revitalize west side neighborhood
More than 100 volunteers fanned out along West 52nd Street in Cleveland Sunday to revitalize the city's Stockyards neighborhood.







Friday, April 21, 2017

Planning for a review of greens space and parks and recreation assets in Ward 14

The Ward 14 office, together with staff from the Metro West Community Development Organization and  Cleveland Planning Commission, are continuing to review the conditions of our community greens spaces and parks.  This past year we were able to plant over 120 trees along the Denison Avenue area from Brooklyn Centre, through Clark Fulton, and Stockyard neighborhoods.

Johanna Hamm was instrumental in the tree plantings and also led an initiative to install a reading garden and pocket park adjacent to the Fulton Road Library - see the article on that project posted here.  In addition, the Ward 14 office has also worked to have two traffic median strips installed on the ends of the Pearl Road/W. 25th Street bridge over I-71.  The median strips have been planted with trees and grasses to soften the entrances and exits to the freeway as well as to the Clark Fulton and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods.

We'll be continuing with this work this year in reviewing the conditions and opportunities for improvements to the following parks and green spaces:

Our work is being complemented by the City's Planning Commission efforts to develop maps demonstrating where there is or not access to green space and recreation facilities.  They've begun work on mapping all city parks and recreation facilities and will be working to add school playground and play fields to better demonstrate and visualize are greens space and parks assets and where we should consider strengthening and adding amenities.  We also plan on adding to the maps the locations of active community gardens.  Although there are not a lot of resources for green space and recreation facilities improvements, with the City's enhanced budget it is expected that each of the 17-wards will be receiving $75,000 that can be used for such improvements.





It is expected that this summer we'll be scheduling community meetings for the areas of the neighborhoods closest to these sites to get input from residents on improvements and amenities they would like to see.  In meetings over the past few years there has been a lot of debate about the possibility of installing new basketball courts, or advocating for a soccer-field and even mini-skateboard-park amenities as well as more standard playground equipment for younger children as well as benches and seating areas.

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns regarding green space and parks please call our office at 216-664-4238.

Division of Fire will be conducting a fire training at 3353 W. 56th Street off of Storer Avenue

The City of Cleveland's Division of Fire will be doing their annual live fire training for the 2017 Cadet Class.  They'll be using a vacant abandon home that the County has taken control of at 3353 W. 56th Street.

The structure's rooms will be sealed and fuel from pallets and straw will placed in them to simulate a house fire.  There will be cadets, fire apparatus, trainers and officials from the Division of Fire on hand for the training exercise that will begin at 9:00 am with the fire training starting at 10:00 am.  After the training the structure will be demolished and debris removed.  If any residents that live close by have any concerns or questions, please call the Division of Fire at 216-664-6880.

See the notice from the Division of Fire below.  Here are some photos of the training that was held in 2014.