Archive for May, 2014

Community meeting TONIGHT – Proposal for E 63rd & Woodland

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland and BBC are hosting a community meeting tonight (Thursday 5/29 at 5:30pm) regarding a proposal for 6206 Woodland Avenue.  The establishment is known as The Woodland Supermarket.

The owner is proposing to expand the building, install a drive-through beverage service, and gas pumps.

The owner will be presenting the proposal this evening at the Stokes Social Service Mall community room, 6001 Woodland Avenue at 5:30pm. Residents and businesses, especially those nearby, are encouraged to come learn about the proposal, including how they may be impacted, and provide their feedback about the project.

For more information, please contact BBC at (216) 341-1455.  If you cannot attend the meeting and would like to provide your opinion, please either call us or email


$7,500 Home Repair Grants Available

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

(From our partner, Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland)

$7,500 Home Repair Grants Available

NHS of Greater Cleveland is excited to announce our participation in the Neighborhood Impact Program, offering eligible area residents up to $7,500 in a home repair grant for qualified home improvements, including but not limited to;

• Repair/replacement of existing heating, ventilation, air conditioning, or water heater
• Repair/replacement of existing well/septic system or underground property sewer system
• Energy conservation improvements – includes repair/replacement of windows, siding, roofing, gutters

All interested homeowners should be referred to NHS of Greater Cleveland for details regarding program applications, required documentation and specifics regarding program eligibility, including;

• Owner-occupants of single-family homes who have resided in-home 18 months prior to application
• Household income at or below 80% Area Median Income
• Existing mortgage, property taxes and homeowners insurance must be current.
• Other conditions and application requirements may apply.

Income limits are as follows:

1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons 8 persons
$35,100 $40,100 $45,100 $50,100 $54,150 $58,150 $62,150 $66,150

Due to high demand, it is anticipated that these grants funds will be available through July 1, 2014.

For additional questions, or application instructions, please contact Christina Patterson, NHSGC Lending Administrator at 216-458-4663 ext. 2330 or by email at

BBC featured in Dominion Community Impact video

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The Dominion Foundation has been a generous supporter of BBC.  We’ve been fortunate enough to be selected as a Community Impact Award winner several times over the last decade.

Dominion prepared a brief video featuring some of its Community Impact Award winners, one of which is BBC.

In you’re in a hurry, BBC is featured at the 1:33 mark.

Bridgeport Cafe is a Bike to Work Day Energizer Station

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Bridgeport Cafe is participating in Bike to Work Day as an energizer station tomorrow (Friday 5/16).  Ride your bike to the cafe (7201 Kinsman Rd, Suite 103A) on your way to work and get free coffee and a pastry between 7 and 9am tomorrow morning.

Bike to Work Day typically happens the third Friday of May every year.

For more information, please visit Bike Cleveland’s website.

BBC’s Community Connector summer issue now available for download

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The latest issue of “The Community Connector,” BBC’s quarterly newsletter, is now available for download.  Read it here.

For those of you looking for a paper copy, you should be receiving yours in the mail within the next couple weeks.  We’ll also have copies in our office.

We have issues of the newsletter dating all the way back to 2003 in our online archives here.

Vice President Joe Biden will be in the Kinsman neighborhood today!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Kinsman will host a VIP visitor this afternoon!.  Vice President Joe Biden will give a speech on the importance of investing in infrastructure for roads and bridges across the U.S.  He will be speaking at the RTA Central Rail Complex on Grand Avenue near E. 73rd St at 1:30 pm today.

Welcome to Kinsman, Vice President Biden!


Kinsman Neighborhood Student Recognized by Harvard University

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Congratulations to Colfax Road resident Destiny Camp, a junior at East Technical High School.  She was awarded the 2014 Harvard Book Prize for having the highest reading grades at East Technical High School.  She will be recognized at a ceremony on Thursday, May 15 at John Hay High School.

More information on the Harvard Book Prize can be found here:

Destiny will be a senior at East Tech High School this fall.



Spring into action with the Kinsman Rd Clean Up Day!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Are you tired of looking at trash and debris in your neighborhood?  If so, you should join the Kinsman Safety Committee in cleaning up Kinsman and the surrounding areas.  Bring the whole family out to take part in this event.   Your help is needed on:

Saturday, May 24, 2014

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Light refreshments will be served.

Call the clean up site closest to you:

Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. – Nailah Ingram – (216) 341-1455  or Rainbow Terrace Apartments – Bridgette Smith – (216) 271-2323

African-American Led NGOs Unite Under Common Goal

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Yesterday, Cleveland’s black non-profit leadership gathered together at CornUcopia Place to rally behind a common cause –a legacy project.  For over 30 years there has been talk of establishing an African-American monument within the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, however this goal has yet to be realized.  These leaders have assembled to change that.

Daniel Bickerstaff of Ubiquitous Design, LTD. proposed a design that creates series of three spaces that express the experience of being black in America.  First the Past Pavilion provides space for remembrance of a history that is at times joyous and at others rife with physical sociological and emotional violence.  The Present Pavilion builds upon that history by operating as space to help us better understand our contemporary significance.  Finally the Future Pavilion is a celebration of what’s to come for the black community.

Around ideas of greater impact through collaboration, African-American led nonprofit’s board members, executive directors, and representatives banded together is support of Bickerstaff’s design.  With the Famicos Foundation as the Lead Agency & Developer, BBC and Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation each presented a $10,000 check that their boards had approved prior to the meeting. Over $50,000 additional pledges were made on the spot by several entities to meet the initial goal of $100,000.  The energy in the room reached a high point when Mayor Jackson called into the meeting to express how, although he could not be there, he supports this proposal.

The group will reconvene this summer to discuss significant progress and future collaborative potential.

Help Spruce Up St. John’s West

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Join us in beautifying the St. John’s Village West neighborhood on Saturday, May 3 at 10am.

We’ll be planting, mulching, and watering twenty new street trees along E 38th and 39th Streets.  We can definitely use your help!

Also, free mulch, topsoil, and grass seed will be available to residents of E 37th, 38th, 39th, and 40th Streets between Cedar and Central Avenues.  We will have tools and equipment (including wheelbarrows) available for use between approximately 10am and 1pm.

Questions? Please call BBC at (216) 341-1455.