Two Local Nonprofits Awarded Grants for Green Improvement Projects in Cleveland; Enterprise Announces Availability of More Green Funding
Ohio Emerging as a National Leader for Sustainable Communities
CLEVELAND – Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise), a leading national provider of the development capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable homes in thriving communities, today announced that Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. (BBC) and Detroit Shoreway Community Development Corporation (DSCDO) have been awarded grants to support their work in the EcoVillage and Kinsman EcoDistricts. Enterprise also joined the City of Cleveland to announce funding available through a Request for Proposal to expand sustainability plans in the city.
“The thoughtful and groundbreaking efforts of these Cleveland nonprofits have helped elevate Cleveland as a national leader in sustainable communities,” said Mark McDermott, VP and Ohio Market Leader at Enterprise. “Congratulations to the teams at BBC and DSCDO. Together we are making a difference as we seek to strengthen our neighborhoods here at home and create models of excellence to share nationwide.”
BBC will leverage a $40,000 grant from Enterprise to develop a plan to improve the ability to safely walk and bike along a busy two-mile portion of Kinsman Road between East 55th and 93rd Streets. A recent multi-car accident in which five people, including two young children, were injured, is a stark reminder of the safety issues along Kinsman for all road users. Forty percent of Kinsman residents do not have access to an automobile and depend on walking, cycling or public transport, according to BBC. Pedestrian and bike improvements to Kinsman Road will greatly improve the quality of life for Kinsman residents.
BBC and Enterprise anticipate that by making Kinsman Road more walking, biking and transit friendly, more residents of all walks of life will take advantage of several recent investments in the neighborhood, including the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone, the newly redeveloped Heritage View Homes and Anton Grdina School, CornUcopia Place, and the Green City Growers Greenhouse.
DSCDO will use their $40,000 grant to develop a comprehensive plan for a community composting facility in the Cleveland EcoVillage. The plan will identify a potential site, recommend a design, identify best practices, make educational workshops available and identify applicable regulations and permits. DSCDO will also leverage the grant to expand access to local food and to increase usage of the Gordon Square Farmers Market, particularly for families receiving government food assistance. DSCDO will identify strategies to expand local and fresh food access through a community survey.
The Request for Proposal made available by the City of Cleveland and Enterprise will provide funding for a Neighborhood-Based Climate Action Plan for two Cleveland EcoDistricts and a Climate Action Community Toolkit to be used by all Cleveland communities. Both deliverables will complement a forthcoming citywide Climate Action Plan that identifies what works at the neighborhood level and applies it citywide.
Enterprise works with partners nationwide to build opportunity. We create and advocate for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to jobs, good schools, health care and transportation. We lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created 300,000 homes, invested nearly $14 billion and touched millions of lives. Join us at www.EnterpriseCommunity.com or www.EnterpriseCommunity.org.
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