Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. serves most of Cleveland’s Ward 5, which includes the Central and Kinsman neighborhoods. BBC’s area, which is slightly less than four square miles in area, encompasses the Central and Kinsman Statistical Planning Areas (SPAs) designated by the City of Cleveland, as well as parts of the Fairfax and Union-Miles SPAs. Major thoroughfares in BBC’s communities include Kinsman Road, Woodland Avenue, East 55th Street, Cedar Avenue, Central Avenue, and Quincy Avenue.
According to the 2000 US Census, approximately 18,000 people live within BBC’s service area. 94% of residents are African-American. The community has a very high poverty rate, and the median household income in 2000 was around $10,000. Approximately 84% of housing is rental, and roughly a third of Cuyahoga County’s public housing is concentrated in the neighborhoods BBC serves. This area may also include the highest concentration of vacant land in Cleveland, which can be both a liability and an opportunity.
However, due to an infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars of new investment over the last decade, BBC’s neighborhoods are currently experiencing a revitalization unlike any other neighborhood in the city. In recent years, over a thousand units of affordable and market-rate housing have been constructed in the community, including the Villages of Central and Arbor Park Village.
BBC’s service area accommodates several regionally-renown institutions, including Cuyahoga Community College Metropolitan Campus, Cleveland State University, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, and Vocational Guidance Services. Its central location is just minutes from Downtown Cleveland, the Midtown Corridor, University Circle, Maingate Business District, and arts, culture, medical, and educational institutions.
Additional statistics about Burten, Bell, Carr Development’s neighborhoods and service area are available through a variety of sources on the Web, including Case Western Reserve University’s NEO CANDO database. Further information about these communities can be reviewed on the neighborhood profile on LiveCLEVELAND!’s website.
Please click here for a downloadable map of BBC’s service area.