Archive for February, 2014

Thank you to BBC’s Julia DiBaggio!

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Julia DiBaggio (to the left of BBC’s Joy Johnson in the middle of the photo) at Rebuilding Day in 2012.

BBC would like to send a sincere thank you to Julia DiBaggio, our extremely talented AmeriCorps VISTA who this week moved on to a full-time business development position with Northeast Shores CDC in the Collinwood neighborhood. Julia began working with us on healthy food access and sustainability initiatives back in the summer of 2012.

Julia left us last Thursday with these departing thoughts for the staff:

To help me get to where I am going, you have all played an instrumental role in helping me to become a profession. I have gained so much from all of you.  I hope that in exchange, I have inspired you to become a little more conservation minded in all you do. I will always be grateful for the time I have spent here at BBC.

All the best to you in all that you do, Julia. We will be here for you if you need us.

City/State Exploring Potential to Reroute Kinsman at East 55th Street

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

The E 55th/Kinsman/Woodland intersection has historically had the highest number of crashes each year.

Dramatic changes could be coming to the East 55th Street, Kinsman Road, and Woodland Avenue intersection
within the next few years.

Historically, the intersection has been one of the busiest and most dangerous in the state. It has been ranked as the worst for crashes within the five county area of Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Medina, and Geauga counties.

The City of Cleveland and Ohio Department of Transportation have begun to study the possibility of eliminating one road of the intersection.

They have preliminarily concluded that rerouting Kinsman Road into East 55th Street or Woodland Avenue would have the greatest impacts to safety and traffic flow.

Three alternatives for the intersection will be presented at a community meeting for review and comment this spring. A date and time have not been set prior to publication. To be notified of the meeting, please leave your name, phone number, and address by emailing or calling 216.341.1455.

3 Days Left to Apply to be BBC’s Real Estate Dev Specialist

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Are you thinking of applying for BBC’s Real Estate Development Specialist employment opportunity? You have only THREE days left to do so!

The posting is here.  To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to  We need to receive them by Friday, February 14 at 4pm EST for you to be considered.


National Program Brings Architectural Fellow to Central and Kinsman

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Join us as we welcome Erick Rodriguez to the BBC staff!

BBC and Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) were awarded one of six Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows through a national competition. The prestigious three-year fellowship allows a well-credentialed architect to be embedded within a community development organization to share his/her skills and expertise in design.

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Erick (left) is leading a community design process for the site adjacent to the E 79th St Blue/Green RTA Rapid Station.

Through a highly competitive process, BBC and DSCDO selected Erick Rodriquez as our fellow. Erick, a young architect from Los Angeles, CA, has worked on a variety of projects, from detailed designs of individual buildings to large-scale community plans. He also founded a nonprofit organization called CITY ART PLAY that focuses on creating rich outdoor learning experiences in urban communities.

“My goal is to implement my design skills to help educate and build meaningful spaces that people are proud to call home,” says Erick. “I want to develop a more expansive definition of architecture that goes beyond the building.”

Erick will play a key role in BBC’s neighborhood planning efforts for Central and Kinsman, as well as furthering BBC’s efforts to cultivate the Kinsman as an environmentally sustainable neighborhood. He will spend half of his time working in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood on the near west side of Cleveland.

Race, Food and Justice Conference!

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Environmental Health Watch, in collaboration with Rid-All Green Partnership and Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute, will come together again for:

Race, Food & Justice Conference 2014: Analyzing the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens. 

The two-day conference will be held on April 4th-5th, 2014 at Case Western Reserve University.

Friday April 4th, 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m. at Case Western Reserve University Allen Memorial Library located at 11000 Euclid Ave and Adelbert Rd. Doors open at 5p.m. and refreshments will be served. FREE street metered parking available after 6, pay parking garages available on Adelbert Rd., Ford Dr. and East Blvd. Speakers include Dr. Monica White , Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dara Cooper, Director NYC Food and Fitness Partnership.


Saturday April 5th, 9:30a.m.-2:30p.m. at University Circle United Methodist Church located at 1919 E. 107th and Chester Avenue. Doors open at 9a.m. with a continental breakfast and lunch provided. Speakers include Mistinguette Smith of the Black Land Project, Malik Yakini of Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Jonathan Ferrer of United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park. On Saturday, FREE parking at Judson Manor on E. 107th, Pentecostal Church on 105th/Chester and on MLK Blvd.


For more information contact:

Kim at 216-961-4646 extension 104 or

Shelley at 216-368-7568 or

The event is FREE and open to the public. To register, go to

FREE Computers for Youth

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Research has shown that youth who have access to computers in their home are more likely to attend school regularly and earn better grades when academically tested!

The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland is offering FREE computers loaded academic software for youth ages 10-14 years old who are in grades 4 through 8. Income eligibility documentation is required, as well as an appointment in order for your family to apply.

The next orientation is SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15th!

To enroll, contact one of the neighborhood opportunity centers below:

Central Neighborhood Opportunity Center: (216)-357-2621 extension 613 or 621

Tremont Neighborhood Opportunity Center: (216)-858-1781 extension 502 or 507

Resident praises Bridgeport Mobile Market

Friday, February 7th, 2014

We’d like to share a testimony we received from a resident regarding Bridgeport Mobile Market:

From a BBC staff member: “I just listened to a voice mail message from a senior at the 2500 E. 61sth building.  She didn’t leave her name, but she wanted me to know that she loves going to the mobile market every Wednesday because the staff is so welcoming and nice.  The staff walks her back to the building and provides helpful tips.  She looks forward to seeing them every week.”

For more information about the Bridgeport Mobile Market, please click here.

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BBC Honors Homeowners with the Best Yards in 2013

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Keep your yard and landscaping in tip-top shape this spring, summer, and fall and you can win an exciting prize!

Last fall, BBC staff surveyed the Upper Central, Lower Central, Kinsman, and Kinsman-Union neighborhoods. We drove every street in our four-square-mile service area to identify the homes  we thought had the greatest curb appeal and most well-kept landscaping.

After a review and discussion of the top candidates, BBC selected one homeowner in each of the four aforementioned neighborhoods as the grand prize winner of their respective area.

The winners were Niccole Jewell (3652 Central Ave, in Lower Central), Brenda Taylor Rosario (2349 E 61st St, in Upper Central), Vera White (3004 E 75th St, Kinsman), and Barbara Malloy & Klaus Williams (9713 Easton Ave, in Kinsman-Union). Each winner has received a certificate of acknowledgement and a $100 Home Depot gift card.

Three honorable mentions received $25 gift cards to Bridgeport Café at East 72nd St. and Kinsman Rd. They are Annie Tufts & Juanita Griffin (2645 E 61st St, in Kinsman), Priscilla Corley (6004 Central Ave, in Upper Central), and Marcella George (2221 E 37th St, in Lower Central).

We congratulate these very dedicated residents for going above and beyond to make their yards and landscaping look truly outstanding. BBC will once again be on the lookout for manicured lawns, flowers, shrubs, and trees at homes in our service area. Your yard doesn’t have to be elaborately designed for you to win, but simply look cared for and nice and contribute to the overall appeal of your street.

Prizes could be bigger and better in 2014, so we hope you will participate!

New Reading Room for Central neighborhood students

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

You cordially invited to the formal dedication and grand opening of the Dr. Ben Carson Reading Room at the George Washington Carver STEM school!!  The Carson Reading Rooms are filled with every book lovers dream; hundreds of books and magazines.

Wednesday February 12th, 2014

2200 E. 55th St.

10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. (9:30a.m. check-in)

The event will take place in the gymnasium and the Carson Reading Room.

RSVP  to Promise Neighborhoods  by FEBRUARY 10th at either or 216-241-9300

Cedar (E 55th to 89th) Reconstruction Meeting – Tuesday 2/11 at 5:30pm

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

We previously posted about a meeting regarding the reconstruction of Cedar Avenue between E 55th and 89th Streets.  That original meeting, scheduled for January 27, was canceled due to frigid temperatures.

The meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 11 at 5:30pm at City Mission, located at East 55th and Carnegie Avenue.  More information is below.

City of Cleveland

Frank G. Jackson, Mayor

 Phyllis E. Cleveland, Council Member, Ward 5

Mamie J. Mitchell, Council Member, Ward 6

Matthew Spronz, P.E., Director

Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects

Richard J. Switalski, P.E., Administration Bureau Manager

Division of Engineering and Construction


Invite you to a pre-construction PUBLIC MEETING for the

Cedar Ave. Reconstruction Project

(E. 55th St. to E. 89th St.)


When:                             Tuesday, February 11, 2014                  Time:           5:30 P.M.

Where:                           City Mission, 5310 Carnegie Blvd.

Project/Description:     The $5.1 million Cedar Ave. Reconstruction project will extend from E. 55th St. to E. 89th St. It includes complete pavement replacement, new curb, sidewalks, driveway aprons, drainage improvements, watermain replacement (E. 79th St. to E. 89th St.), new traffic signals, pavement markings, and streetscape including additional trees.

Schedule:                       March 2014 to March 2015

Agencies represented: 

  • Cleveland City Council Representatives
  • City of Cleveland – Division of Engineering & Construction
  • Terrace Construction Co., Inc. (Contractor)
  • Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp.
  • Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
  • Midtown Cleveland


Project Scope:   Cedar Ave. reconstruction project consists of:

  • Full reconstruction between E. 55th St. and E. 89th St. for approximately 1.4 miles including new pavement, curbs, sidewalks, ADA compliant curb ramps, and drive aprons
  • Replacement of existing catch basins and installation of new catch basins
  • Installation of a new 12” water main between E. 79th St. and E. 89th St. with new hydrants
  • Development and installation of new greenscape throughout project limits including new street trees
  • Upgrade of traffic signal at E. 79th St.
  • Installation of new striping and traffic control signs

Estimated Construction Cost:                                                  $5,100,000.00

Construction Schedule:                                                             March 2014 to March 2015