An update of the happenings at Cuyahoga Land Bank
Cuyahoga Land Bank News - 2013.6.1

Lee Miles Senior Apartments Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On a rainy November day in 2011, representatives from the Cuyahoga Land Bank, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), US Senator Sherrod Brown’s Office, State Senator Nina Turner, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Cleveland Ward 1 Councilman Terrell Pruitt and a hopeful gathering of CMHA supporters and future residents gathered under a tent to celebrate breaking ground on the Lee Miles Senior apartment building.
ribbon_cuttingA little more than a year and a half later on a beautiful and sunny May afternoon, this same group, along with many more community members, gathered together at the front doors of the new Lee Miles Senior Apartments for a ribbon cutting.  Speaker after speaker credited the partnerships for bringing an idea to life.
“Before you can have a ribbon cutting, you have to have a groundbreaking and before you can have a groundbreaking you have to have a vision to see a project through – to see the unseen,” said State Senator Turner, who began working on replacing the abandoned and asbestos-ridden Beehive School building at this site six years ago while she served on Cleveland City Council.
The new senior living facility is three stories and contains 40 units of affordable senior housing, including 12 units that meet uniform federal accessibility standards.
The investment in the community is already multiplying.  “Two million dollars in development started directly after the groundbreaking,” said Councilman Pruitt.  “That’s all because of this building.”

cmha_buildingCMHA opens the doors to the new Lee Miles Senior Apartments at this ribbon cutting ceremony.
As the lead agency in the Cleveland - Cuyahoga Consortium, the Cuyahoga Land Bank helped administer $3.8 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2) funding that made the new CMHA Lee Senior Apartments possible.
“Despite all of the skill and combined brainpower of the partner agencies, none of this could have happened without the vision of the community,” said Cuyahoga Land Bank President Gus Frangos.  “This site was an eyesore for a long time and we are thrilled to have been a part of bringing new vitality to this community in the form of much needed senior housing.”

Land Banking Re-Imagined

Repurposing dilapidated properties takes creativity, and Lilah Zautner has plenty! As the former Director of Sustainability and Neighborhood Greening at Neighborhood Progress, Inc. (NPI), Zautner oversaw the ReImagining Cleveland program, an initiative for productive re-use of vacant land.Lilah_pic
Which is precisely why the Cuyahoga Land Bank hired her earlier this spring. “She knows all the players,” says Gus Frangos, President of the Cuyahoga Land Bank. “Lilah has been very involved at all levels of the urban agriculture movement; she’s very skilled from both the community advocacy standpoint and the technical, scientific side. We thought it was time we had that kind of capacity in-house.”
To that end, a new Cuyahoga Land Bank position was created for Zautner. As manager of Special Projects and Land Reuse, she will reach out in a proactive way to collaborate with various organizations across the community whose missions intersect with the Cuyahoga Land Bank. “I plan to highlight the re-use aspect of the position,” Zautner says. “That’s really where my strength is, and where I can be creative.”
Much of her work will focus on one-time, unique projects that come to the Land Bank, either through constituent requests or nonprofit partners. “One example is helping to find a suitable space that will become a respite house for children in crisis.”
Zautner also will work with Cleveland and suburban cities on creative uses for newly vacant land—an opportunity that is the result of demolition. “Many will become parks; we’ll help the community plan the space and figure out how to adapt local ordinances to the plan.”
Bobbi Reichtell, Executive Director of Campus District Inc. and Cuyahoga Land Bank board member, was Zautner’s supervisor at NPI until a year ago. “Lilah embodies the best in a young professional who is passionate about the city. She works harder than anybody I know to help people achieve their visions,” says Reichtell. “She’s all about assisting residents to become community leaders. I have the highest regard for her.”
We welcome Lilah Zautner to the Cuyahoga Land Bank, and look forward to her leadership in creative land re-use across the county.
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Did you know?

The Cuyahoga Land Bank is featured on the Neighborhood Stabilization Resource Exchange site! 
In 2010, the Cuyahoga Land Bank was selected to administer $41 million in federal Neighborhood Stabilization funds (NSP2) for the Cleveland - Cuyahoga Consortium. The NSP2 grant awarded to the consortium was one of the largest per capita allocations in the country.  The NSP Resource Exchange has posted pictures of Cuyahoga Land Bank and consortium partner projects on the resource exchange site.  Check out the pictures for yourself on the NSP Resource Exchange site!

Bid on this Home
Before June 21st

This home at 19814 Renwood Avenue in Euclid requires minimal renovation and is now available under the Advantage Plus Loan Program. Minimum bid starts at $7,000!

Fun Fact!

The Cuyahoga Land Bank has 12 properties for sale in our Advantage Plus Loan Program in Euclid!  Launched in April of this year, the Advantage Plus Loan Program helps address the financial burden of home renovation by offering assistance to potential owner occupant buyers.  Interested in finding an Advantage Plus home of our own? Visit the Advantage Plus page on our website for more information!

Home available for Renovation

This home at 14105 Edgewood Ave. in Cleveland is available for renovation under the Deed-In-Escrow program.

Home for Sale in Cleveland Heights

This Colonial style home at 908 Selwyn Rd was renovated in-house by the Land Bank and is for sale. For details on this property and a list of other renovated houses, visit our website.

The mission of the Cuyahoga Land Bank is to strategically acquire properties, return them to productive use, reduce blight, increase property values, support community goals and improve the quality of life for county residents.

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