Empower citizens and 
revitalize blighted and underserved communities.
Empower citizens and 
revitalize blighted and underserved communities.

Who We Are

Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. (BBC) is a non-profit community development corporation named for three civic leaders who made a profound impact on our community, Lonnie Burten, James Bell, and Charles V. Carr. Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. has been empowering residents and revitalizing blighted and underserved communities in Cleveland’s Central and Kinsman neighborhoods since 1990. BBC has now extended its service area to include the Buckeye-Shaker Square and Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhoods.

NEIGHBORHOODS

Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. has been empowering residents and revitalizing blighted and underserved communities in Cleveland’s Central and Kinsman neighborhoods since 1990. BBC has now extended its service area to include the Buckeye-Shaker Square and Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhoods.

RESIDENT RESOURCES

At BBC, we offer our residents various resources, with a focus on housing and community programs. Our goal is to foster knowledge of homeownership, wellness, youth opportunities, and more within the community.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

BBC focuses its efforts on economic development in two main areas: business development and commercial development. We pride ourselves on our work, uniting new and old business owners with industry knowledge, resources, funding, and more. In addition, our commercial development offers those same business owners the possibility of moving into their own spaces, furthering our local economy and providing jobs to the communities.

Donate

Will you help us Build a Brighter Community?

Make a tax deductible donation to support our work in the Buckeye-Shaker, Buckeye-Woodhill, Central and Kinsman neighborhoods.

Volunteer

Do you want an active role inneighborhood revitalization?

Sign up for our volunteer mailing list! We will notify you when volunteer opportunities become available.

Partner

Does your organization’s work complement BBC’s mission?

Let us know! We would love to have you to our office to discuss how we can work together.

Neighborhood Impact

Gwendolyn Garth, Local Artist

Gwendolyn Garth, a self-employed freelance artist, is from the Cedar Central neighborhood.  Garth is the founder of Kings & Queens of Art, a grassroots artist collective that focuses on promoting art from presently and formerly incarcerated artists.

Garth operated an art Gallery in BBC’s Bridgeport Place between 2015-2017.

…I can be a catalyst in changing my neighborhood. My intent for the art gallery was to be a warm, inviting place. As soon as they [ community residents] come in they would be inspired.

Darrell Dobson, Resident of 23 Years

Darrell Dobson has lived in the Central/Kinsman neighborhood for 23 years. A passionate cycling advocate, Mr. Dobson has taken his passion for urban biking to a new level as a Healthy Eating, Active Living Ambassador at BBC. During the summer of 2018, Mr. Dobson organized community bike rides to five of Cleveland’s iconic institutions for neighborhood children:

The vision for Central Biking was to collect a group of kids and take them around Cleveland so that they can see the wonders of Cleveland…I hope that the children learn something from this and tell their other peers about the wonders of Cleveland.

Karaoke & Conversation Tonight, July 11th🎙 Civic engagement collaborative presents Karaoke and Conversation. Join us in empowering and building better communities through civic education and engagement. This event is on the 2nd Thursday of each month, July 11, August 8, and October 10. There will be food, raffles, networking, and fun! Karaoke and Conversation will kick off at 6PM at the BOXSPOT (8005 Kinsman Rd., Cleveland). We hope to see you on that mic!

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Tune in tonight to News 5 Cleveland to catch our very own Executive Director Joy Johnson on the evening news! 📺 She'll be discussing the Buckeye Commerical Corridor, sharing insights and updates that you won't want to miss. Set your reminders and join us for this special moment!

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Merchant Meetings💼 Join us on the 3rd Thursday of every month for an opportunity to network with other business owners in the area, hear experts discuss various economic development opportunities, or share your business needs or concerns. We offer in-person meetings in the Central/Kinsman, Buckeye, and Shaker areas. Additionally, we provide a virtual meeting that is open to all businesses. Join us as you navigate your business journey! Buckeye 11am - 12pm Buckeye Plaza 11461 Buckeye Road Cleveland, OH 44104 Central/Kinsman 1:30pm - 2:30pm Friendly Inn Settlement 2386 Unwin Road Cleveland, OH 44104 Shaker Square 3:30pm - 4:30pm Shaker Square Visitor Center 13206 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120 Virtual Meeting 9am - 10am https://i.mtr.cool/qvgtvnvvyn Go to the link above to join the meeting. For more information, contact LarKesha Burns at 216-353-4135 or [email protected]. #cleveland #buckeye #shakersquare #central #kinsman #smallbusinesses #burtenbellcarr #businessdevelopment

The Ward 6 Community Meeting has been cancelled for today, July 9, 2024.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy is currently hiring for a Community Forestry Coordinator. Head over to their website to learn more about the position and apply! https://wrlandconservancy.org/careers-internships/job-opportunities/

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TODAY: WE ARE BUCKEYE Neighborhood Pop-Up #1 Join us today, July 3rd, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at 12201 Buckeye Rd., Cleveland. There will be free food, music, games, resources, and more! We hope to see you and yours there as we celebrate our neighborhood! For more information contact DaQuavion at [email protected] or 216-302-1226. To help plan future pop-ups, scan the QR code.

All BBC offices will be closed on July 4th in honor of Independence Day. We wish everyone a safe and joyful holiday filled with celebration and gratitude for our freedom. We will resume regular business hours on July 5th. Have a fantastic Fourth of July! 🎇🎆 #IndependenceDay #HolidayHours #OfficeClosed #FourthOfJuly

Merchant Meetings - NEW LOCATION Join us on the 3rd Thursday of every month for an opportunity to network with other business owners in the area, hear experts discuss various economic development opportunities, or share your business needs or concerns. We offer in-person meetings in the Central/Kinsman, Buckeye, and Shaker areas. Additionally, we offer a virtual meeting that is open to any and all businesses. Join us as you navigate your business journey! Buckeye 11am - 12pm Buckeye Plaza 11461 Buckeye Road Cleveland, OH 44104 Central/Kinsman 1:30pm - 2:30pm Friendly Inn Settlement 2386 Unwin Road Cleveland, OH 44104 Shaker Square 3:30pm - 4:30pm Shaker Square Visitor Center 13206 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120 Virtual Meeting 9am - 10am http://tinyurl.com/ffkafwkt Go to the link above to join the meeting. For more information, contact LarKesha Burns at 216-353-4135 or [email protected].

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TOMORROW: WE ARE BUCKEYE Neighborhood Pop-Up #1 The We Are Buckeye Neighborhood Pop-Up has been rescheduled for July 3, 2024. Join us on the 3rd from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at 12201 Buckeye Rd., Cleveland. There will be free food, music, games, resources, and more! We hope to see you and yours there as we celebrate our neighborhood! For more information contact DaQuavion at [email protected] or 216-302-1226. To help plan future pop-ups, scan the QR code.

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Cooking with Chef Wells: Seafood Explosion

Cooking with Chef Wells: Seafood Explosion

Join us for a fun and delicious evening with Chef Wells as we cook up some amazing Seafood dishes!
Cooking with Chef Wells: Taste of the Mediterranean

Cooking with Chef Wells: Taste of the Mediterranean

Join us as we cook up some amazing Mediterranean dishes with Chef Wells!
Cooking with Chef Wells: French Fusion

Cooking with Chef Wells: French Fusion

Join us for a delicious evening as we cook up some phenomenal French dishes with Chef Wells!
Cooking with Chef Wells: Bayou Classics

Cooking with Chef Wells: Bayou Classics

Join us for a fun night as we cook up some amazing dishes from the Bayou with Chef Wells!
Cooking with Chef Wells: Caribbean Nights

Cooking with Chef Wells: Caribbean Nights

Join us for a fun and delicious evening as we cook up some amazing Caribbean dishes with Chef Wells!

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