Clark-Fulton Experiencing Historic Housing Investments
Aug 15, 2022
Ward 14’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood will soon be dotted with new cranes and construction vehicles as the neighborhood is shaping to be the epicenter of new affordable housing.
Levin Group Inc. recently announced that it had secured funding to build 60 multi-family mixed-income housing units as part of its Northern Ohio Blanket Mills development. The housing units, when completed, will be a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom units available for residents with incomes at 60% of the area median income or less. Amenities include interior community gathering spaces, gardens, and large units with natural lighting. A non-profit agency will occupy the completed development’s first floor and offer supportive services, including mental health care, early childhood education, and job training services.
The total development costs for the project's residential portion are $24 million. The second phase will add 31,400 sq. ft. of first-floor commercial space to be used by social service agencies at an approximate cost of $10 million.
“This is very exciting and will transform a historic property - originally built in 1889 - into beautiful and affordable homes,” said Councilwoman Jasmin Santana. “The site fell on hard times recently and has been vacant since 2008. We are working with partners to transform these vacant sites into beautiful homes for our families. Not only are we keeping and attracting families to Clark-Fulton with this project; we are providing them with wraparound services to support their employability, early childhood education, and health needs. Additionally, working partnering with CMHA, we’re working to make Clark-Fulton more affordable and welcoming for all.”
And nearby, MetroHealth held a ribbon cutting for the opening of the new Via Sana, 72 affordable apartments that are a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and some townhomes. The residences are available for individuals and families earning between 30 to 80 percent of the area’s median income.
The first floor of Via Sana will be home to The MetroHealth Opportunity Center. Operated in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College, the center will offer job training, financial and digital literacy training, and access to Tri-C classes for apartment residents and others.
Vía Sana – meaning “healthy way” in Spanish - is the first $15 million investment in MetroHealth’s $60 million mixed-use development near West 25th Street.
“These two projects are just part of the redevelopment occurring in the neighborhood,” Councilwoman Santana said. “I’m so happy that they are affordable for the individuals and families, so they can stay in the neighborhood.”