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Making Beautiful Music with the Cuyahoga Land Bank | SWAT Training in Warrensville Heights - Cuyahoga Land Bank News - 2014.7.2

Making Beautiful Music with the Cuyahoga Land Bank

Aside from a few copper pipes and perhaps some nice woodwork or windows, demolition contractors for the Cuyahoga Land Bank do not often come across valuable treasures in houses scheduled for demolition. Until recently, that is, when demolition contractors discovered a Wurlitzer Baby Grand Piano in an abandoned home, just waiting for someone to rekindle its keys!
That someone would be Lafayette CarPiano_movethon, musician extraordinaire whose musical partners have included Celine Dion, Paula Abdul and the immortal Michael Jackson! Carthon has played piano, keyboards and synthesizer, directed choirs and handled remixing on various albums for many famous artists. A native Clevelander, Carthon founded and now directs the
Carthon Conservatory, which provides after-school music training and life skills development for kids and teens, as well as  parent empowerment classes and music lessons for seniors.
Carthon was already working with the Land Bank when the piano was found. “We are trying to secure a second site for the conservatory, to expand our services,” he says. So when the demo team found the Baby Grand, Land Bank staff knew the conservatory would give it a loving home.
“Saving this piano means so much more to us because we often see items that are too damaged and beyond salvage,” says Rosemary Woodruff, Property Specialist for the Cuyahoga Land Bank. “And knowing that this piano will be helping young musicians learn and grow gives us all a big morale boost.
Carthon has found a specialist to restore the piano and when complete, the Wurlitzer will be used for piano lessons and practicing.
“It’s a very, very welcomed gift,” he says. “We work with low-income students and people just trying to advance their musical skills.  Not a lot of them have instruments at home. Here we have an actual grand piano for them to practice on. It’s so exciting!”
Another piano also was found in the abandoned home, but unfortunately, it was deteriorated beyond restoration.

SWAT Training on Land Bank Property in Warrensville Heights

At the Cuyahoga Land Bank, we sometimes surprise ourselves with some of the uses found for properties in our inventory that cannot be renovated.  A property slated for demolition in Warrensville Heights was used as a training facility for the Cleveland Heights Police Special Response Team (SRT)? Earlier in the year, a property was used for fire fighter training.
This partnership provides real-life trGroup_Photoaining to officers and removes a severely neglected building.
“This training is a valuable community asset,” said Cheryl Stephens, Director of Acquisition, Disposition and Development at the Cuyahoga Land Bank.  “Because we were able to make this property available to the Cleveland Heights SRT, the officers gained invaluable hands-on experience.”
The SRT officers completed a classroom training session prior to participating in a training lead by Sergeant Michael D’Amico and Sergeant Corrigan at the property.  The SRT officers were trained to perform building searches, rapid response to shooter tactics, tactical breaching of doors and windows and how to use less lethal distraction devices and chemical munitions.   The team members also learned how to properly use gas masks.  SWAT_Raid
“We are very fortunate that the Cuyahoga Land Bank makes buildings like this available to our department and other departments in the area,” said Sergeant D’Amico.  “Training opportunities in buildings such as this are challenging for us and they give us an element of surprise since we are not familiar with the property.”
Both team leaders for the SRT team, Sergeant D’Amico and Sergeant Corrigan, are instructors for Less Lethal Distraction Devices and Chemical Munitions.
“Being able to use the space for training helps us learn to work in new environments and helps keep our skills sharp,” said Sergeant D’Amico.  “Although we work in the same department, we aren't all assigned together. This helps us learn together, practice together, and work together as a team.”
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Fun Fact!

In 2013 alone, the Cuyahoga Land Bank's Partnership with Court Community Service resulted in 4,624 community service hours, 4,799 bags of trash collected, 158 tires collected and 996 cubic yards of debris collected!  The Cuyahoga Land Bank's partnership with Court Community Service provides an efficient, cost-effective solution to maintaining Cuyahoga Land Bank properties until those properties are either demolished or renovated.  Check out a video on our Youtube page that outlines the Cuyahoga Land Bank's Partnership with Court Community Service!

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This home at 3875 East 57th Street  in Cleveland requires renovation and is now available through our Deed-in-Escrow Program.

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