Neighborhood Progress is recognized nationally as a leader in vacant land reuse and a primary partner in sustainable land use planning and development throughout the City of Cleveland. Our work going forward will increase the focus on high-quality features and amenities that increase neighborhood satisfaction. retain and attract new residents, while promoting the outward expression of community strengths and pride-in-place.
Ongoing Placemaking Initiatives:
Neighborhood Progress is under construction with Phase III of the renovation of the Saint Luke’s Hospital building in the Buckeye-Shaker area of Cleveland. This project is holistic and comprehensive, providing affordable housing, educational, and health services to a multigenerational community.
Phase III includes 65,000 square feet of leasable, transit-oriented commercial space. The award-winning and nationally-recognized Breakthrough Schools’ Intergenerational School and Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland are set to move in August 2013. Dr. Peter Whitehouse, Co-Founder of The Intergenerational School, is also committed to advancing a primary health clinic within Phase III. The renovation of Phase III also includes the construction of a multipurpose, healthy living center within the former Prentiss Auditorium of the hospital. Over one day, as many as six hundred people will be able to learn, play, perform, and be entertained in this grand space. The combination of these commercial tenants is a mission-perfect alignment of organizations providing much needed and demanded services for the senior tenants in the first two phases.
Through the ReImagining Cleveland initiative and with the help of our partners LAND studio, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, and the City of Cleveland, Neighborhood Progress was able to create 69 new greening projects over the 2012 calendar years, including 54 side-yard expansions and 15 parks, gardens, and orchards. Overall, through ReImagining Cleveland, we’ve created 124 new greening projects, bringing 195 vacant lots back to beneficial use. Our greening projects include community and market gardens, orchards, vineyards, pocket parks, and side-yard expansions.
Neighborhood Progress also hosted its third plant buy, giving community members the opportunity to buy flats of starter plants at a discounted rate. This year’s order to AJ Boyert’s greenhouse more than doubled last year’s order, with a total of 629 flats. That is 7,548 plants purchased!