Presentations from Central & Kinsman meetings here

July 30th, 2014 by jsugalski

On Thursday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 29, BBC and Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland hosted community meetings regarding master plans for Kinsman and Central, respectively. These were the second set in a series of three community meetings for residents and stakeholders to express their needs and desires for future development for their neighborhoods.

Here are the draft plans, which were created with community input as the foundation.

Kinsman  |  Central

These plans are not final, and we welcome your feedback.  Please feel free to either leave a comment below, email, or tweet at us or post on our Facebook page.

We will also have paper copies of the plans in our office.  They will be available for viewing during regular business hours.


Kinsman Community Planning Meeting

planning central

Central Community Planning Meeting

Central Community Meeting Tonight!

July 29th, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

Calling all Central residents! Your voice was heard in the last community meeting about your needs in the neighborhood. Now, come and see your ideas in pictures tonight! The second community meeting for the Central neighborhood is TONIGHT at Friendly Inn Settlement House.

Date: Wednesday, July 29th
Time: 6-8pm
Address: Friendly Inn – 2386 Unwin Road

Join the meeting to contribute to the transformation of the neighborhood. The first 100 people will receive a prize and delicious food will be available for all!

The best way to predict your future is to create it!

For more information, please call Burten, Bell, Carr Development at 216-341-1455!

Cyclist hit and run on Kinsman Road

July 28th, 2014 by jsugalski

Please keep an eye out for a Honda Accord with some front-end damage. The vehicle is dark-colored, either dark blue, green, or gray. If you see a vehicle that fits this description, please call the CPD Fourth District at (216) 623-5400.

A cyclist was hit by a motorist on Kinsman Rd near E 73rd St this morning shortly after 9am. The motorist pulled over to check on the cyclist, went back to his/her car to call EMS, and left the scene, according to the victim and a witness.


The cyclist, who lives in the Kinsman neighborhood, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center to be treated. He was alert, but was in a fair amount of pain.


PLAN, develop, celebrate Kinsman tomorrow

July 23rd, 2014 by jsugalski

Just a reminder…

Join us tomorrow as we plan for the future of Kinsman. A community meeting will take place at Heritage View Community Room, 7230 Kinsman Rd on Thursday 7/24 at 6:00 PM.

Plans are important because they guide future development.  Community members’ participation in the planning process is crucial because no one knows their neighborhood better than the people who live, work, or otherwise have a stake there. They generally have a sense of their community’s needs and wishes.

Join us for fun, food, and prizes!

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

Neighborhood Connections Grant Funding Available!

July 21st, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

Grant funding is now available for grassroots groups in Cleveland and East Cleveland made possible by Neighborhood Connections. Two grantseeker workshops are provided to provide tips on completing your proposal and providing insights into the decision making criteria, with limited one-on-one access to groups that have started writing their proposal. Additional funding for arts and cultural projects is available with support of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. The following dates are for the grantseeker workshops:

Wednesday July 23rd
Stockyard-Clark-Fulton-Brooklyn Centre CDC
3167 Fulton Road


Thursday July 31st
Neighborhood Connections
5000 Euclid Avenue (The Agora)


Applications are available at: , by emailing Neighborhood Connections at , or by calling 216-229-4688

Application Deadline: Friday, August 8th by 5pm
Proposal drop off locations:
The new Neighborhood Connections office
5000 Euclid, Suite 310 (East Side)


Stockyard-Clark-Fulton-Brooklyn Centre CDC
Lin Omni Building Lobby
3167 Fulton Road (West Side)

Help create the plan for the future of Kinsman & Central

July 18th, 2014 by jsugalski

Please join us to plan the future of the Lower Kinsman and Central neighborhoods!

BBC and Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland are hosting a second set of community meetings for residents and stakeholders of both neighborhoods to provide their input about a plan that will guide future improvements.

Planners will present concepts they have created based on your opinions and feedback.  You’ll have the opportunity to weigh in on topics such as housing, commercial and retail development, safety, transportation, and recreation.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Lower Kinsman Community
Thursday, July 24, 2014 – 6pm
Heritage View Community Room, 7230 Kinsman Rd

Central Community
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – 6pm
Friendly Inn Settlement House, 2386 Unwin Rd

The first 100 people in attendance will receive a prize.  Delicious food will be served.

Questions?  Please call (216) 341-1455.

FREE cooking class series featuring Chef Robin Blair

July 14th, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

Interested in learning knife skills, using different herbs and spices and stretching grocery money all while “Cooking 4 Health” ?? Then this cooking class series is for you. Every Thursday from 6-8pm at Cornucopia Place Chef Robin Blair will be teaching the ins and outs of cooking for your best health at no charge. It is not too late to sign up!

To register call 216-341-1455 or visit

Topics are as follows:
July 17: Breakfast
July 24: Fast Food
July 31: Fruits and Veggies
August 7: Grains
August 14: Menu Planning and Recipe Renovations
August 21: Rethink Our Drink
August 28: Desserts


Space is limited so please RSVP today!

Be a part of an exciting new model and help Kinsman youth in the process!

July 1st, 2014 by Joy Johnson

BBC is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member to serve a one-year term assisting with the wrap-around school model at Anton Grdina k-8 School in the Kinsman neighborhood.

This person will work on expanding the Homework Help Program, as well as developing and supporting additional in-school and after-school programs and events that promote student academic achievement.

For more information on how to apply, click here:

Please spread the word!

9th Annual Ward 5 Community Family Festival and Parade – this Saturday!

June 26th, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

Mark your calendars! This Saturday, June 28th, will be the 9th annual Ward 5 Community Family Festival and Parade. The festival, hosted at Friendly Inn, will begin at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Music, entertainment, food and activities will be available for kids ages 1-100, including MC Anthony Emory, a Bernie Mac Impersonator.

The parade kicks off at 12 noon. Be sure to come out and support the local participants in the parade.
The parade route is as follows:

  • Start at East 30th St. and Community College (corner of Tri-C Metro Campus)
  • Turn left on East 30th St. towards Central Ave.
  • Turn right onto Central Ave.
  • Turn right on East 36th St.
  • Turn right on Community College
  • Turn left on East 35th St.
  • Turn left on Longwood Ave.
  • Turn left on East 37th St.
  • Turn right on Central Ave.
  • Turn left on East 39th St.
  • Turn right on Community College
  • Keep straight onto Quincy
  • Ends at Friendly Inn (2386 Unwin Road)


Many thanks to the numerous sponsors that have contributed to making this a success:
• Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland/Cleveland City Council • Sisters of Charity Foundation • Friendly Inn • Burten, Bell, Carr Development •Third Federal Savings and Loan • Key Bank • Cleveland Public Power • Cuyahoga Community College • The WORD Church • ProMedica Health System • Bike Cleveland • Cleveland Tenants Organization •

As well as many thanks to all the individuals, groups and organizations that are volunteering with us!

See you this Saturday!

Potential Laundromat to be located at E 55th & Woodland

June 23rd, 2014 by jsugalski

We’ve heard residents express the need for laundry facilities within the neighborhood. There may soon be one slightly west of E 55th Street.

The owner of the Big Q building at 4967 Woodland Avenue intends to develop a laundromat.  The adjacent building was demolished not only because of its condition, but to provide parking to a future facility.

Here’s the story from Maingate Business Development Corporation‘s e-newsletter (which has not yet been posted to the Web).


Demolitions Lead to New Development and Expansion Opportunities

The long vacant property is located 4971 Woodland Avenue. While we often look to expansions and new construction projects as positive signs of development, it is easy to forget the integral part that demolitions and removals can make in preparing a site or area for future use and maximum potential. The adjacent property will be transformed into a much needed laundry mat. The demolished building pictured above will provide parking space for the up and coming laundry mat.