Empower citizens and 
revitalize blighted and underserved communities.
More About BBC

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.

Community Planning

Buckeye-Shaker Square, Buckeye-Woodhill, Central and Kinsman residents have a voice in shaping the future of their neighborhoods.  Hundreds of residents and community stakeholders participated in planning workshops, community surveys, and interviews for BBC’s  Central and Kinsman  Neighborhood Plan.  BBC began community planning for the Buckeye Road Corridor and will eventually conduct planning for the Buckeye-Shaker Square and Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhoods.

Real Estate Development

We revitalize neighborhoods by transforming vacant and underutilized land into bold new housing, retail/commercial, mixed-use, and greenspace developments.

Empowerment Services

Whether you are a small business looking to grow your customer base, a parent trying to improve your healthy cooking skills, or a teen looking for summer employment, BBC will connect you with the supportive services you need to succeed.

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.

Let’s build a brighter community together!


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