Archive for January, 2011

Winter 2011 Issue of The Community Connector Now Online

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

The latest issue of The Community Connector, BBC’s quarterly newsletter, is now online.  Read articles about our upcoming 20th anniversary celebration, the hydroponic greenhouse to be built in Ward 5 this spring, and urban farming opportunities.

Download The Community Connector for Winter 2011 by clicking here.

Looking Ahead to Summer

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The recently renovated Grant Park in the St. John's Village West neighborhood

We here at BBC are thinking summer, but not only because we have had our fair share of cold and snow.

Because building community is not exclusively about bricks-and-mortar development, BBC is currently planning fun, educational, and engaging activities for Central and Kinsman community members to be held within outdoor public spaces.

Some ideas for regular programming during the spring and summer months include walking clubs; bicycle tours; arts and crafts; group exercise; hands-on healthy cooking classes; workshops on a variety of different topics; “really, really free” markets and swap meets; and community game nights.

Have ideas for community programming?  We would love to hear from you.  Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment.

Neighborhood Connections Grant Workshops Announced

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Want to turn that vacant lot on your street into a neighborhood park?  Want money to help your after-school program for youth in your neighborhood?  Apply for a Neighborhood Connections Grant!

Small grants are available to neighborhood groups and block clubs to fund community programming in Cleveland’s neighborhoods.  Neighborhood Connections grants can range from $500-$5,000.

Attend a grantseeker workshop to learn more about NC program and how to complete an application.  The workshops wil be held on the following dates and times:

Monday, January 10th, 6pm to 8 pm
Five Point Community Center
813 East 152nd Street

Tuesday, January 18th, 6pm to 8pm
Trinity Commons
2230 Euclid Avenue
(free parking in lot off prospect ave)

Wednesday, January 26th, 4pm to 6pm
Lorain Branch, Cleveland Public Library
8216 Lorain Avenue

Budget Workshops:

Learn more about completing the NC budget
Thursday, January 20th, 6pm to 8pm
Trinity Commons
2230 Euclid Avenue
(free parking in lot off prospect ave)

Thursday, January 27, 5pm to 7pm
Eastman Branch, Cleveland Public Library
11602 Lorain road

One on OneAssistance:
for those Who have Already Started Writing their proposal
Saturday, Janurary 22nd, 10am to 1pm
Carnegie West Branch, Cleveland Public library
1900 Fulton road

Saturday, January 29th, 10am to 1pm
Five Points Community Center
813 East 152 Street

The Application Deadline is  Friday,February 11th @ 5pm.  For more information, or to download an application, please visit

BBC’s Major Construction Projects in 2011

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

In 2011, BBC will begin and complete construction on several very exciting development projects, including:

* St. John’s Village West Family Homes:  BBC and PIRHL Developers will begin construction on St. John’s Village West Family Homes in Summer 2011.  The project is comprised of forty new-construction single-family affordable homes on East 37th, 38th, and 39th Streets between Cedar and Central Avenues.  Currently, staff is completing property acquisition, surveying and identifying building sites, and architecture approval.

* Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone:  Seven acres of vacant land in the Kinsman neighborhood will be reutilized for urban farming.  The Rid-All Green Partnership and Ohio University Extension program will establish one- and six-acre market gardens, respectively, in the spring.  In the future, BBC will convert an additional nineteen acres for productive land re-uses such as bio-fuels, food production, phyto-remediation, water retention, and native plant nursery.

* Green City Growers’ Hydroponic Greenhouse: A vast area of vacant land in the Central neighborhood will soon become home to an expansive $20 million greenhouse powered by hydroponic technology to be situated at Grand and Ensign Avenues and Kinsman Road.  Construction is set to begin in March 2011, and the first harvest of lettuce and herbs is anticipated in November of this year.

* East Central Townhomes:  In an extensive green rehabilitation effort, BBC will bring a nearly a century-old rowhouse structure located at East 73rd Street and Central Avenue to its original splendor in 2011.  Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring.

For more information, please click on the name of  each project.

Stay tuned to our blog for updates on these and other exciting development projects being undertaken by BBC this year.