Archive for March, 2014

Jeffrey Sugalski is BBC’s new Real Estate Dev Director

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Jeffrey Sugalski is BBC’s new Real Estate Development Director!

Jeff has been with BBC for almost a decade.  Initially, he started with the organization as Property Research Intern between his first and second year of graduate school in 2004.  He was brought on full-time as Real Estate Development Specialist in Spring 2005 and was promoted as Real Estate Development Manager in 2008.

In his role as real estate development director, Jeff will promote, implement, and oversee  all development projects.

Jeff takes over for Joe Jones, with whom he has worked since he interned with the organization.  Joe retired from eleven successful years at BBC on Friday, March 28.

Please watch for an announcement about BBC’s new real estate development specialist in the coming days.


BBC Staff’s Tribute to Joseph L. Jones

Friday, March 28th, 2014

It’s a bittersweet day for the board and staff of BBC, as Real Estate Development Director Joseph L. Jones is retiring today after working with BBC for eleven years.

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The BBC staff wanted to share their thoughts on working with Joe over the years. Here’s what we had to say:

Nailah Ingram, Administrative Officer: “I will miss Joe’s sense of humor and passion for what he does.  He was always willing to help, whether it was work-related or a personal issue you were having.  He will be truly missed.  The office will not be the same without him!”

Jeffrey Sugalski, Real Estate Development Manager: “Joe was a very understanding supervisor that gave me lots of opportunities and took a personal interest in my professional growth over the years.  It was a lot of fun for me to work with Joe and learn from him for almost a decade.  We will miss him, but I’m certain that Joe will continue to do great things in his retirement.”

Joy Johnson, Grants Management Director: “Joe is a walking encyclopedia!  He’s given me guidance and counsel on countless occasions.  If he doesn’t know the answer, he will show you where to go to get it.  He’s my go-to-guy.  Who will I “go-to” when he retires?”

Caitlyn Neely, AmeriCorps VISTA Member: “I will miss Joe’s sense of humor and simple life lessons the most. He always has a joke or smart comment for everything that will be sure to make you laugh. When he isn’t making jokes, he provides valuable lessons to put life’s events in perspective.”

Larry LaPrade, Housing Specialist: “Joe has given me guidance and direction beyond the work place. I’m not sure he realizes, but I’d like Joe to know he’s not only a colleague, but a role model, ideal father figure, and friend whom I’m going to miss dearly.”

Sherita Mullins, Manager of Social Enterprises: “I see Joe as a mentor.  He doesn’t judge you or put you down when you don’t know something.  He will crack a joke, but he will do his best to help you out when you have a question.  I will truly miss his witty comments and wealth of knowledge.”

Erick Rodriguez, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow: “Although I’ve only known Joe for three months, I had the pleasure to witness his commitment and honest friendship to all of us at BBC. I will miss his presence in the office, but I look forward to grabbing lunch with him whenever possible. I wish you the best, Joe!”

Rodney Richmond, Operator of Neighborhood Landscaping Enterprise: “I’ll miss Joe’s sense of humor first thing in the morning. If you’re having a bad morning, please believe that he is going to say something to bring a smile to your face. Joe always tries to help you better yourself and gives good advice. He will be missed.”

Racquel Jones, Manager of Bridgeport Café: “When I signed on to Bridgeport Café, I was told that Joe was my go-to person for the building. Well, I certainly took advantage of that, but Joe came through for me every time! Joe assigned himself as my personal agent and he promised me that he would get me to Hollywood! So now that he has time on his hands… I will truly miss Joe around here and I hope he enjoys his retirement to the fullest!”

Joseph L. Jones 10th Anniversary Video

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

BBC prepared this brief video featuring some of our favorite Joseph L. Jones moments over the last decade. We thought that we would share this video once again in celebration of Joe’s retirement tomorrow.

Please feel free to share your stories or well wishes for Joe in the comments below!

Help create the future! Attend upcoming community planning meetings!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Join  us to plan the future of the Kinsman and Central neighborhoods. Enjoy the fun and contribute to the transformation of these neighborhoods.

Central Community

George Washington Carver

2200 East 55th Street

6pm, March 25, 2014

Lower Kinsman Community

Anton Grdina Elementary

East 71st, South of Kinsman

6pm, April 1, 2014


Bridgeport Mobile Market Now HIRING!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

If you have seen the Bridgeport Mobile Market in your neighborhood, then you know that it is doing a great thing for the community! The market, which launched in June 2013, is currently taking applications for an operator assistant.


Position Summary:
The purpose of the Bridgeport Mobile Market is to provide fresh food access to residents in the ward 5 community and surrounding neighborhoods. The Bridgeport Mobile Market Assistant will assist in all the daily functions of the mobile market. The operator will need assistance with picking up and receiving deliveries of produce from vendors, stocking shelves, driving the truck to assigned destinations, promoting sales, operating the cash register, managing inventory, quality control , and clean as needed. Strong interpersonal skills and positive attitude are a must!

Position Requirements:

  • Must have basic math skills for handling cash transactions and counting inventory
  • Self-motivated with strong leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven sales ability
  • Ability to work with minimal direction
  • Be able to work flexible shifts
  • Valid OH driver’s license
  • Committed to the mission of the Bridgeport Mobile Market
  • Able to work in cool environment for a long duration
  • Able to work year round (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., with possible weekends)

Physical Requirements:

  • Bending
  • Carrying up to 50 pounds
  • Pulling
  • Standing

To Apply:
Interested applicants must forward a cover letter and resume to Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., 7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 104, Cleveland, OH 44104, email to, or fax to 216-341-2683

Would you give Bridgeport Cafe a positive review?

Monday, March 10th, 2014

We appreciate any and all positive reviews of Bridgeport Cafe! Reviews help us get the word out about the cafe and encourage new potential customers to visit, which ultimately helps it remain successful.

If you’ve enjoyed Bridgeport Cafe in the past, would you please consider leaving a positive review?

Here are some websites on which you can give a review:

Bridgeport Cafe on Yelp
Bridgeport Cafe on Urbanspoon
Bridgeport Cafe on Google
Bridgeport Cafe on Facebook

Thank you!

Help design the E 79th St Blue/Green site

Friday, March 7th, 2014



We’ve previously blogged about how we received funding from Reimagining Cleveland to beautify the large vacant parcel located directly south of the E 79th St RTA Blue/Green Rapid Station.  Our goals for the project are to improve a long-time neglected vacant property, make access to the rapid station better and safer to ultimately boost transit use, and change perceptions of the Kinsman neighborhood.

In February, BBC hosted a community meeting for residents and community stakeholders to share their visions and tell us what kinds of elements they would like to see incorporated into a master plan for the site.

BBC’s Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow Erick Rodriguez has prepared a preliminary plan based on the ideas collected at the first community design meeting.

He will be presenting his draft plan for feedback on Tuesday, March 11 at 6pm at BBC, 7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 104.  Your opinions are valued and appreciated, and we hope you will contribute to a very important project in the Kinsman neighborhood.

Construction on phase I of the plan will begin in the spring or summer.

E 79th Blue/Green Site Design Session #2
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
6:00 – 7:30pm

at Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 104

For more information, please call (216) 341-1455.

Become a Mentor for Youth in the Central Neighborhood

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

boyonbikeResearch has proven that those students, who have a network of  caring adults that support them, are more likely to be successful. BBC would like to invite adult men and women to become mentors for eight graders in the Central neighborhood. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland, in partnership with the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, launched a new mentoring program for eight grade students.

The goal of this mentorship campaign is to provide each eight grader with a caring adult mentor that will support them as they transition from middle school to high school and on to post-secondary success! The Promise Neighborhood initiative is committed to a vision that all children living in Central will have an opportunity to go off to college and a meaningful career.

To become a mentor is an easy process and very rewarding for both the mentor and mentee. This program matches an adult volunteer who provides social support and shares experiences with a child in need of an added source for positive direction, seeing their mentee a minimum of four hours a month. Most matches stay together for over two years and for many it is a lifelong relationship that is very rewarding for both the mentor and mentee.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, you must be eighteen years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license and proof of personal auto insurance, and have four hours of free time per month.

You could make the difference in a child’s life. To apply to become a mentor, contact BBC at 216.341.1455.

FREE tickets to CLE Int’l Film Festival at Bridgeport Cafe

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Beginning this Friday, make a $15 purchase at Bridgeport Cafe and receive a pair of tickets to the Cleveland International Film Festival for FREE!*

Buy any combination of food, beverages, produce, gift cards, or other goods from Bridgeport Cafe amounting to at least $15.  Bring your receipt next door to Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. to receive two vouchers that can be used for any film at the festival.  It’s as simple as that!

Bridgeport Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. is open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

*Limit one pair of tickets per person and per transaction. Promotion begins 3/7/2014. Purchases made prior to this date not eligible for the promotion. While supplies last.  We sincerely appreciate any and all positive online reviews of Bridgeport Cafe!