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Oct 12, 2023

The corner of Memphis Ave. and Pearl Rd. in Old Brooklyn has been at the center of the neighborhood for more than 200 years. And now a new development called Memphis & Pearl will help revitalize this section of the neighborhood after Council recently approved $2.5 million in construction gap financing.

Council has been intent to use the revenue recovery funds from the American Rescue Plan Act for tangible projects that improve or help Cleveland residents and neighborhoods. Councilman Kris Harsh recommended this project in his ward for the revenue recovery funds.

The project will include 80 market-rate apartments and 19,400 square feet of retail. It also save the century old St. Luke’s Church, that has been empty since 2014. The design marries the brick of St. Luke’s along a lower half of the project, which will be white and black on the mid-rise.

This will be the first major apartment build in Old Brooklyn in nearly half a century. The entire project is expected to cost $31 million. The closed school at St. Luke’s will be demolished to create outdoor patio and green space and the empty buildings along Memphis will also be demolished for the new construction. See more about the plan.