Phoenix Village brought ninety-eight new townhomes for CMHA residents to the Central neighborhood from East 59th Street to East 66th Street between Scovill and Woodland Avenues. BBC collaborated with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, TESCO Builders, and Lowenstein Durante Architects in the development of Phoenix Village.
This $12.3 million dollar project, which was completed in 2005, replaced 270 units on the site of the former King Kennedy North. Phoenix Village was the first public housing development that BBC was involved with from concept to design, from garnering community support to facilitating a workforce development initiative that promoted minority participation in the construction.
As the local community development organization, BBC’s goal was to ensure a quality housing product that did not appear to be typical public housing. The organization was vocal in the planning of the design of the site and the units, which incorporated many innovative features not traditionally found in public housing, including basements, private outdoor spaces, larger room sizes, and designated parking in rear of unit.
The development team also wanted to ensure that Phoenix Village complemented the new market-rate homes in Woodland Village, one of the Villages of Central located directly across the street.