Public Workshops for Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland

Do you have vacant lots on your street that you and your neighbors would like to improve?

Need some ideas about what to do with them?

Need a grant to pay for supplies?

You know firsthand the negative effects of unkempt vacant lots in your neighborhoods. Cleveland currently has 3,300 acres of vacant land and our inventory is growing with every new demolition. Now we will have resources to address them.

Please join us to learn more about the “Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland” grant program.  We will be holding public workshops in locations of our vacant land reutilization projects for you to learn about the resources available to revitalize city land bank lots in special target areas.

These sessions will provide information on:

•    Overview of the Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland plan
•    Ideas on what you can do with vacant lots
•    How to use the Re-Imagining Cleveland Vacant Land Re-Use Pattern Book and Ohio Green Print website
•    Application for Re-Imagining Cleveland grants

The City of Cleveland has allocated $500,000 of their NSP (Neighborhood Stabilization Program) funds from the State of Ohio into a grant program to fund community projects that create productive and sustainable reuses of vacant land – projects that are organized through “Reimagining a More Sustainable Cleveland”.

Neighborhood Progress Inc., the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Urban Design Center and many others, have facilitated the development of this vision for a greener, more sustainable city and a pattern book of ideas, sample plans and budgets for vacant land reuse. You can find them here and we will have hard copies of the documents at the grant workshops.

You are the key ingredient to making this a successful initiative.

The following public workshops have been scheduled to provide information about Re-Imagining Cleveland Grant Program.


Wednesday June 17th 6-7:30pm
Slavic Village Development Corporation
5620 Broadway Ave, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44127


Saturday June 20th 10:00-11:30am
Gordon Square Arcade Building
Basement Community Room
6516 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102


Monday June 22nd 6-7:30pm
Fatima Family Center
6600 Lexington Ave. in the Senior Room
Cleveland, OH 44103


Wednesday June 24th 6-7:30pm
St. Rose Catholic Church
11411 Detroit Ave. in lower hall
Cleveland, OH 44102


Monday June 29th 6-7:30pm
Harvard-Lee Branch of the Cleveland Public Library
16918 Harvard Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44128


Thursday July 2nd 6-7:30pm
Collinwood Branch of the Cleveland Public Library
856 E. 152nd Street
Cleveland, OH 44110

For more info:
If you are interested in applying for grant money to reutilize vacant land in Cleveland, please contact Millie Davis for an application, project criteria, and the target areas of the city that are eligible (target areas established by the State).

Millie Davis

Neighborhood Progress, Inc.

216.830.2770 ext. 105 or email:  mmd@neighborhoodprogress.org

The deadline for applications is July 31, 2009.*

Projects must be located in the target areas, be on land bank lots or on lots that the owner is willing to donate to the city, and have had residential use in the past 50 years.


*You do not need to apply in order to attend the workshops.

Please pass on this information to your members, community leaders, churches, schools and other stakeholders who you think my have an interest in developing a project in their community and please attend the workshops scheduled around the city.

by marianne eppig.

5 Comments on “Public Workshops for Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland”

  • J.Lyles


    06-18-09 » 9:01 pm »

  • Ms. C. Tufts

    Thurs. 7-2-09

    I’m very glad that I picked up the Plain Press newspaper today, and found this information. I really didn’t know that groups or private individuals could apply for funding to improve their neighborhoods unless they were an organization.

    07-02-09 » 2:07 pm »

  • Ms. C. Tufts

    Excellent process for the community give imput and actions.

    07-02-09 » 2:09 pm »

  • Wendy

    Can this grant be used for a Bio-Diesel facility?

    07-08-09 » 9:44 pm »

  • Marianne Eppig

    Hi Wendy,
    If you can build it, then I think we’ll all support you. The thing about these grants is that you can get a maximum of $10,000 for 1-2 vacant lots, and a max of $20,000 for 3 or more lots. And then you have to do the work of making your project happen. Also, if your project is approved, the city guarantees that you have control of the land for 5 years. Beyond that, depending upon where your lot is, you could either gain complete ownership of the land, or the city has the right to take it back. That’s why most people are focusing on projects such as urban agriculture/gardens/phytoremediation instead of major development. Catch my drift?
    Anyways, I am whole-heartedly with you on wanting a bio-diesel facility. I’m especially a big fan of algae. I am officially giving you a thumbs up on trying to figure out a way to make that happen. Apply for a grant! Find the experts who could actually build it! Don’t give up!

    07-10-09 » 10:57 am »

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