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Arbor Park Place
When Arbor Park opened in 2005, it was the first large-scale retail development project in the Central neighborhood in over 40 years. The $6.2 million redevelopment of the former Longwood Plaza eliminated a neighborhood blight and serves as a striking example of Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.’s social- and community-benefits approach to commercial development.
In the year before Arbor Park was redeveloped and opened, Longwood Plaza had been the site of more than one hundred recorded police incidences. The year after BBC took ownership and redeveloped the property, the number of recorded incidences dropped to three. Since opening, Arbor Park Place has created over seventy-five new jobs, more than half of which have been filled by low-to-moderate income neighborhood residents.
Area stakeholders take great pride in Arbor Park Place, and have cultivated it as the “town square” of the Central neighborhood and a center for community activity. Today, Arbor Park provides residents with a convenient place to shop for healthy food, get a haircut, pick up household items, and drop off their kids at daycare. Our success in redeveloping Arbor Park Place demonstrates that not only can strategically planned retail and commercial development create jobs and bring viable shopping services to the community, but it can reduce crime and improve neighborhood safety as well.
In 2017, Arbor Park underwent a series of capital improvements aimed at updating the properties appearance and enhancing visitors’ experience.
Tenants: Dave’s Fresh Market | El Dorado Barbershop | Dollar Mart
Address: 2500 E 40th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44104
Leasing Information: BBC is looking to fill three vacancies at Arbor Park Place. If you are interested in opening a restaurant or retail space in the Central neighborhood, please call BBC at 216-341-1455 and ask for Omelia Thornton.
In April of 2008, Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc. hosted the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Bridgeport Place, a $2.2 million commercial space on Kinsman Road and East 72nd Street. The 13,200 square foot, new-construction development became the permanent home for Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.’s offices, as well as Bridgeport Café, Cornucopia Place, and the Cleveland Public Library Garden Valley Branch. The latest addition to Bridgeport Place is BBC’s brand new community radio station, Our Voices United (WOVU 95.9 FM).
Bridgeport Place complements recent and on-going development activity in the Garden Valley neighborhood, including the Heritage View Homes, Bridgeport (Colfax Road) Model Block, new Anton Grdina School, East Central Place, Kinsman Road resurfacing, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s new headquarters, and the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone.
Tenants: Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. | Bridgeport Café | Cornucopia Place | WOVU 95.9 FM | Central Public Library Garden Valley Branch
Address: 7201 Kinsman Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44104
Leasing Information: Bridgeport Place is fully leased at this time. Check back to see if space becomes available!
The BoxSpot will consist of a series of recycled shipping containers arranged as an open-air market within a newly created community space. BoxSpot will provide an affordable alternative to bricks and mortar establishments, with lower rent, lower operating costs, and less expensive tenant build out. Starting a business is easier for neighborhood residents when barriers to entry are lowered.
The containers will be retrofitted as shops and kitchens for entrepreneurs to sell their wares or provide services. The BoxSpot will function like a shopping center, where a number of diverse businesses clustered in a single site could create a shopping destination for customers.
December 2017 – BBC received nearly 100 applications from businesses interested in renting a BoxSpot container.
January 2018 – BBC hosted a Meet & Greet, where staff had the opportunity to meet and understand more about each applicant. Businesses that attended had the opportunity to record a 60-second pitch for BBC staff to review.
March 2018 – BBC hosted a Resource Fair featuring local organizations that assist entrepreneurs and current business owners with business planning, development and financial assistance. The top 20 semi-finalists were announced.
March 2018 – BBC staff interviewed each of the 20 semi-finalists and determined the top 11 finalists based on information provided during the interview.
April 2018 – BBC hosted The Final BoxSpot Event: The Pitch. The top 11 finalists each gave a 5-minute business pitch in front of over 100 people. A panel of six judges and the audience voted for their top six businesses. The top seven businesses (since there was a tie) are:
Summer 2018 – Groundbreaking.
Fall 2018 – Grand opening.
Address: Intersection of E 81st Street and Kinsman Road
Leasing Information: BoxSpot is fully leased at this time. Check back to see if space becomes available!
The Opportunity Corridor is a $331 million planned boulevard that will connect I-90 to University Circle. This project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2021, is being managed by the City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Partnership, and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
During the planning phase of this project, the City of Cleveland received a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency that funded an assessment of current conditions on the land adjacent to the Opportunity Corridor and the creation of a master plan to guide future development. Community outreach and engagement were central to the planning process, and meetings with a local advisory committee helped planners gain an understating of the community’s needs and concerns.
Residents and stakeholders ultimately decided that the most desirable development along the corridor would come from the consolidation of land into “superblocks” that could accommodate light industry or commercial development that would provide neighborhood residents with meaningful employment.
Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. is committed to ensuring that the Opportunity Corridor is a catalyst for economic development in our neighborhoods. If you are an employer interested in locating along the Opportunity Corridor, please call Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. at 216-341-1455 and ask for Jeff Sugalski.