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Cleveland Neighborhood Progress announces finalists for Vibrant City Awards

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One key to urban revitalization is improving a neighborhood’s physical assets. Developing human capital, through the creation of programs that assist and empower Cleveland residents, is equally essential. CDCs play an important role in facilitating both. With the Vibrant City CDC Catalytic Project/Program Award, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress recognizes the successful creation of new physical space OR a new CDC –facilitated program in a Cleveland neighborhood. The finalists: Burten Bell Carr Development; Market Cafe and Community Kitchen The Market Cafe & Community Kitchen Healthy Food Access Initiative creates sustainable employment opportunities, access to healthy food, and health and wellness education to Central and Kinsman residents. Historic Warehouse District Development Corp (HWDDC); Small Box Retail Innovative and appealing, this creative economic development project up-cycles used shipping containers, converting them into small retail stores that enhance the Warehouse District neighborhood and create opportunities for entrepreneurs. Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp.; Intergenerational Housing The first of its kind in Ohio, this project provides specialized housing for intergenerational households, offering an affordable, innovative, sustainable and supportive environment for grandparents, ages 55 and older, who have legal custody of their grandchildren. Slavic Village Development; Slavic Village Recovery This project acquires, renovates and then sells vacant properties located in a target area, combining strategic demolition with housing rehabilitation and resident support services, with the goal of achieving comprehensive redevelopment. ... See MoreSee Less

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Real estate agents and brokers are on the front line of neighborhood promotions, making the pitch for up-and-coming areas, attracting new residents, property owners and community investors. The Vibrant City Urban Realtor Award recognizes a local real estate professional that has been actively involved in bringing new residents and investment into the city of Cleveland. Meet the finalists: Keith Brown and Dave Sharkey, Progressive Urban Real Estate As co-owners of Progressive Urban Real Estate, Keith Brown and Dave Sharkey are at the heart of the city’s real estate market. Their firm has remained committed to Cleveland neighborhoods and endured challenges only to lead the way again during recent market improvements. Urban planners by trade and by heart, they have dedicated themselves to improving the city through their real estate expertise. *** Mark Lastition, Howard Hanna Ohio City Branch As branch manager for the Howard Hanna City Office in Ohio City, Mark is a true city champion and advocate. He mentors new real estate agents and is a full-time promoter of Cleveland. His passion for the city blends perfectly with his expertise in the local real estate market. Under his leadership, the Ohio City branch continually welcomes new residents to the city, works with CDCs, partners with developers on new construction projects, and supports numerous community events. ... See MoreSee Less

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Cleveland Neighborhood Progress is pleased to recognize the following Cleveland developers as finalists for the 2015 Vibrant City Developer Award. Each has displayed amazing commitment to Cleveland neighborhoods. Meet the finalists: Mike DeCesare, Case Development Case Development has significantly contributed to revitalization in Detroit Shoreway through numerous projects, including The Townhomes at Courtland Court, Casa Belvedere IV, The Bridge Court Townhomes, and Waverly Station. Mike originated the Shoreway Vision Program, where any Waverly Station buyer could receive a $5,000 discount on their home purchase price in exchange for completion of 40 hours of community service with area non-profit organizations. Case recently broke ground on Harbor View Townhomes, located near Gordon Square. *** Keith Sutton and Dave Territo, Sutton Builders Keith Sutton and Dave Territo have done a remarkable job in revitalizing the Tremont neighborhood and boosting its real estate market. Their portfolio of projects is progressive, contextually responsive, bankable and built with the highest standard of care. Sutton is currently developing units at Starkweather Place and Bergen Village. *** Mark Jablonski, CenterMark Development With a focus on the Garrett Square neighborhood, Mark Jablonski redeveloped the former TOPS Store at Lakeview and Superior and made it a neighborhood asset, bringing in new retail that employs local residents. He also acquired several neighboring abandoned and foreclosed properties, adding to the site and helping to establish the corner as a neighborhood center. *** Sustainable Communities Associates Company partners Ben Ezinga, Josh Rosen and Naomi Sabel completed the Tremont Creamery development, a historic renovation that created 30 market rate rental units, commercial space, offices, and a commercial gymnasium. This $17.5 million project in Tremont's Duck Island is fully occupied. ... See MoreSee Less

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Cleveland is well known for its tradition of public-private collaboration in community development. The Vibrant City Corporate Partner Award recognizes a corporation, company or private sector champion that has displayed dedication and provided financial support to make a community vision become reality. The Vibrant City Corporate Partner Finalists are: *** Fairview Hospital - A long and sustained commitment to the West Park neighborhood distinguishes this Cleveland Clinic affiliate. Beyond employing hundreds of residents, Fairview Hospital partners with many neighborhood organizations on health and wellness initiatives and maintains a "Master Sponsorship" contract with Kamm's Corners Development to actively support the organization's programs and events. *** Heinen's Fine Foods: An architecturally stunning reimagining of the much-maligned Ameritrust rotunda, this flagship Heinen's location provides a valuable service to Downtown’s growing population of residents and employees, and also serves as a major visitor attraction. *** Third Federal Savings - A neighborhood anchor in Slavic Village since 1938, Third Federal has invested over $60 million in the neighborhood and now employs over 500 at its headquarters. It is an active partner and funder of many Slavic Village initiatives, including MyCom/P-16, Trailside Slavic Village, Ben S. Stefanski II Stadium, Broadway Development Initiative, Broadway Place, and the Home Today program, in addition to supporting tutoring programs at three neighborhood schools. ... See MoreSee Less

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