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Nov 14, 2023

With $1 million secured from Cleveland City Council, the Blanket Mills Project in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood can finally be completed.

What was once a vacant, century-old factory complex will offer 60 low-income one- to three-bedroom apartments with high ceilings and large windows, as well as space for nonprofits to provide services and support including a daycare.

“This is a project I’ve worked on since I was first elected to Council,” said Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana. “The financing of the renovations was very complicated. But I’m so excited and thankful that my colleagues on Council agreed that this was a good use of the city’s revenue recovery funding.

“This project is an exceptional addition to our neighborhood, and I am thrilled that many of our families will be able to stay in the neighborhood because of these affordable units.”

Council approved the $1 million grant at a recent meeting.

All 60 apartments are available through Section 8, after Councilwoman Santana worked with Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.

The complex on W. 33rd Street dates to 1889 and was used for industrial purposes for nearly 120 years. Its name comes from its use by Beckman, Senior & Co. – later The Beckman Co. – to make wool horse blankets and carriage robes. It has sat vacant since 2008. It was the largest vacant property in the neighborhood.