An update of the happenings at Cuyahoga Land Bank
Women of Hope | Rooms to Let | Lakewood - 2016.6.1

House Welcomes Homeless Female Veterans

Ariya's House is a story about vision, hope and tenacity. It’s also a story about what can be accomplished when a community comes together for an important cause.  Founded and opeLand Bank Staff rated by Women of Hope Inc., Ariya’s House is permanent supportive housing for local homeless female veterans located in Garfield Heights. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, held on June 8, celebrated a new beginning for the six formerly homeless women.  Residents have access to a host of supportive services to ease their transition, include mentoring, life skills training, and recovery services. Education and employment assistance is also offered to the residents through NEOVETS. The project, conceived nearly a year ago, was a collaboration between Women of Hope, InLand Bank Staff c., the Cuyahoga Land Bank and the VA Domiciliary.  The Cuyahoga Land Bank donated the home to Women of Hope, Inc and renovations were completed by countless volunteers, including workers from local building trades, and individual volunteers and corporate sponsors. Read more about this exceptional community project in the recent Plain Dealer article HERE

Transformation Through Art

On Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd, more than 2,000 people gathered on East 54th Street in Slavic Village for the third installment of Rooms To Let: CLE.  The event, presented by Slavic Village Development, transforms vacant homes – some of which are slated for demolition – into a showcase for creative worksLand Bank Staff of art. Rooms To Let seeks to re-envision one of Cleveland’s most diverse and ethnic neighborhoods, as it illuminates a passionate community in the midst of recovery.
More than sixty-five artists took part this year, transforming the interiors as well as exteriors of the abandoned, dilapidated homes into temporary art installations.  The Cuyahoga Land Bank’s Demolition Inspector Paul Williams was a featured artist this year.
The event also included a block party with live music, local food vendors, and hands-on art activities using 3-D printing, woodworking, metalworking and more.
Rooms To Let: CLE is sponsored with assistance from the Cuyahoga Land Bank Staff Land Bank, which provides the use of the vacant homes for several months in anticipation of the event.  “We are excited to be a part of this event every year,” said Gus Frangos, President of the Cuyahoga Land Bank.  “To see these abandon properties transformed into outlets for artistic expression is truly remarkable.”

Lakewood’s Scenic Park House Project Underway

In our work at the Cuyahoga Land Bank, we are always on the lookout forLand Bank Staff innovative ways to bring new life to vacant and abandoned property.  A new home construction project currently underway in Lakewood surely fits the bill.  On May 18, the Cuyahoga Land Bank joined LakewoodAlive, developers Prairie Stone Group, Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers, and dozens of community residents at the Scenic Park House Project launch party to celebrate the beginning of excavation and new home construction on a formerly vacant lot.
The new home will stand tall among neighboring houses as a true communLand Bank Staff ity collaboration project.  The Cuyahoga Land Bank oversaw the demolition of an abandoned home on the property three years ago and had maintained the lot ever since.  After assessment by LakewoodAlive, the City of Lakewood and the Cuyahoga Land Bank, it was determined that a new single-family home could be built on the site, bringing new life to the Scenic Park Neighborhood, the westernmost neighborhood in Lakewood overlooking the Rocky River Reservation.
The Cuyahoga Land Bank transferred the property to LakewoodAlive in JLand Bank Staff anuary, and in March, the title was transferred to Prairie Stone Group, which was selected as the project’s developers after a thorough proposal process.  Construction on the home should be complete in about nine months! Freshwater Cleveland also highlighted the story.
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Spotlight on the Cuyahoga Land Bank

The Cuyahoga Land Bank’s own Gus Frangos recently sat down with Cleveland Connection host Michelle O’Dell to discuss the work of the Cuyahoga Land Bank which aired on four local CBS Radio stations.  Frangos had an opportunity to talk about the Cuyahoga Land Bank’s mission, and the innovative and collaborative ways it is eliminating vacant, blighted properties and returning them to productive use for the betterment of Cuyahoga County.  Listen to the interview HERE. 

Home for Sale in Cleveland

This colonial home at 11518 Rutland Ave in Cleveland requires renovation and is now available through our Deed-In-Escrow Program.

Home Under Renovation in Lyndhurst

This Colonial home at 4839 Farnhurst Rd in Lyndhurst is under renovation by the Cuyahoga Land Bank and is listed for sale.  For details on this property, please call 216-698-8853 and for a list of other homes currently under renovation, 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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