Villages of Central

New-construction homes on Central Avenue near East 39th Street

New-construction homes on Central Avenue near East 39th Street

Construction in the Home Ownership Zone (HOZ), also known as the Villages of Central, brought a variety of new homes to Cleveland’s Central neighborhood.    Approximately 300 homes were built and sold between 2000 and 2010.

BBC served as co-developer of the project along with BFR Partners,  which also acted as the general contractor. The Villages of Central also features homes built by Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.

The Villages of Central boundaries are East 36th Street to the west, East 71st Street to the east, Cedar Avenue to the north and Quincy/Community College Avenue to the south. The Villages of Central are comprised of six neighborhoods: Central Village, Friendship Village, Garden Village, St. John’s Village West, St. John’s Village East, and Woodland Village. Each village features distinguishing amenities and attractions while maintaining a strong sense of community.

New-construction home in St. John's Village West

New-construction home in St. John's Village West

In addition to housing, the Villages of Central brought several other capital improvements to these target neighborhoods.  The project included brownfield remediation, renovation and creation of parks and greenspace, and resurfaced streets and new curbs, sidewalks, and sewers on streets where new homes were constructed.

BBC conceived an alternative project, named St. John’s Village West Family Homes, as a means of continuing the progress in the Villages of Central, fulfilling the neighborhood master plan driven by the input of residents and stakeholders, returning vacant land to a productive use, and providing much-needed new opportunities for safe, healthy, affordable housing to community members.  For more information about St. John’s Village West Family Homes, please click here.