Ohio City Incorporated 2017 Annual Report

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We lead the development of Ohio City by collaborating to address the needs of a diverse community of engaged people, driving new investments in and preserving the quality of a historic place, and promoting an inviting urban neighborhood for all.

We are Ohio City Incorporated.












2 0 1 7 AWA R D E E S

Resident Leader: Julia Sieck Hospitality Leader: Angela Guinther Community Service: Near West Family Network Outstanding Small Business: Mason’s Creamery Residential Preservation: 2901 Clinton Avenue Commercial Preservation: 2032 W. 25th Street Arts & Culture: LGBTQ Pride Initiative - LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland Presidential: Jeffery K . Patterson Legacy: Charles Fridrich






Dear Ohio City stakeholder, Ohio City continues to be one of Cleveland’s fastest grow ing neighborhoods. As an organization, we understand that it is our responsibility to make sure all of our residents benefit from this success. This includes long-term home owners, renters, families, young professionals, retirees--and ever yone in between. It is this focus that makes inclusivity and smart grow th a priority in our 2017-2019 strategic vision. 2017 saw us take several positive steps for ward as a neighborhood. We continued to invest in the people and families that call Ohio City home. Near West Recreation continues to ser ve roughly 1,000 children from all backgrounds across the Near West Side, and has grown to include lacrosse and track. The Special Improvement District expanded to double its ser vice area reaching beyond the Market District. We hired a new full time safety organizer w ith Tremont West Development Corporation and expanded our safety camera program raising over $35,000 for neighborhood safety programs. We created a Community Engagement Committee of our board that w ill work to engage more residents from different backgrounds. In December, we secured an additional $6.1m to move for ward w ith the transformation of Lorain Avenue into one of Ohio City’s main commercial corridors. OCI, along w ith several community partners, continues to work to implement the new vision for Irishtown Bend, creating a 23-acre waterfront park. In the past year we saw over 500 homes constructed along our main corridors w ith another 750 currently under construction--38 of which are affordable units. A long w ith Tremont West, we hired a housing coordinator to help move our housing initiatives for ward. Small businesses continue to move to and grow in our neighborhood, w ith 20 new businesses opening in 2017, bringing more jobs to Cleveland’s third largest employment center.


Looking for ward, 2018 w ill be a significant year for moving important parts of our strategic vision for ward. This past year our board made a statement to preser ve meaningful neighborhood retail by purchasing the retail space that houses Family Dollar. We w ill move for ward w ith a neighborhood retail study aimed at preser ving and attracting ser vice based retailers to our community. We w ill also be working w ith the Ward 3 Councilman and the community to create new development guidelines that w ill steer Ohio City’s grow th and evolution using thoughtful development. Ohio City has always been blessed to be home to the most passionate people in A merica, it is our neighborhood’s greatest strength. We look for ward to catalyzing community conversations that bring people from all different backgrounds closer together. This annual report highlights the people and projects that have made 2017 a resounding success. On behalf of our board and staff, we would like to take the opportunity to thank our members, residents, elected officials, business owners and visitors for continuing to work w ith our organization as we continue to move our neighborhood for ward.


Christopher Schmitt

Thomas S. McNair

Board President

Executive Director




CLEAN & SAFE Ohio City Incorporated places safety and cleanliness as a top priority. In 2017, OCI expanded its investment in the successful Ohio City Safety Camera Initiative. These safety cameras serve as a crime deterrent and assist with police investigations. The organization also continues to promote Safety Audits throughout the neighborhood. In 2018, we will continue to expand the camera network as well as work with the community to seek innovative ways to address safety concerns. Working with the Ohio City Incorporated Safety Committee, Second District Police, and other area partners, we achieved the following in 2017: • Hired a full-time Community Safety Organizer to guide community safety efforts. • Worked with the Ward 3 City Councilman’s office to re-ignite neighborhood safety walks. • Expanded the Ohio City Safety Camera Initiative to more than 80 cameras across the neighborhood, which assisted in more than 40 criminal cases. • Raised an additional $20,000+ to continue the expansion of the Safety Camera Initiative.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT Ohio City Incorporated is dedicated to engaging the community around issues of importance. In 2017, we: • Attended and participated in over 80 resident block club meetings. • Conducted public meetings surrounding Irishtown Bend planning, engaging over 400 residents and community stakeholders. • Organized 10 volunteer opportunities and managed over 350 volunteers, committing over 1,100 hours to the community. • Formed a community engagement committee to further investigate ways that we can better reach and connect with our residents.



N E A R W E S T R E C R E AT I O N Near West Recreation, now in its sixth year, continues to grow as a community asset. The league primarily serves youth and families living and going to school on the Near West Side of Cleveland including the Ohio City, Tremont, Detroit Shoreway, Stockyards, Brooklyn Centre and Clark-Fulton neighborhoods. In 2017, Near West Recreation focused its efforts on expanding to serve older kids. Basketball and volleyball had their own teen divisions for youth up to 15 years of age, and soccer and baseball divisions were realigned to include youth up to 13 years of age. In 2018, Near West Recreation will engage more community groups to expand these age brackets to include all kids from age 4 to 17. Near West Recreation also added youth track for the late spring and summer months. Even with the league’s growth, Near West Recreation maintains affordable registration fees. All fees are under $40 per child, with financial assistance available for low-income families. In 2017, over 54% of registration fees were covered by financial assistance. Near West Recreation also continues to provide free baseball gloves, soccer shin guards and volleyball knee pads to those who need, and hosted free sports clinics for baseball, basketball, and lacrosse. Near West Recreation is supported by small businesses and corporate sponsorships including a presenting sponsorship form Ohio Savings Bank. In addition, Near West Recreation was able to secure a diversity grant from Molten USA Volleyball along with a two-year grant from US Lacrosse. The US Lacrosse grant has allowed Near West Recreation to hire an additional employee that will develope a year-round lacrosse program and assist with other programming.



With support from small businesses, corporate sponsorships, foundations, and league participants, the Near West Recreation league was able to provide the following for the 2017 season:














figure #1 The map below indicates where our participants come from.




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PL ACE I R I S H T O W N B E N D : OCI, in partnership with a coalition of public-private organizations, has worked to develop a plan to turn the 23-acre hillside along the West Bank of the Cuyahoga River into a public green space linking Ohio City to the waterfront. This will tie together a network of pedestrian and biking trails. After several public meetings engaging over 300 individuals and 3 steering committee meetings with a variety of stakeholders, a vision plan that was adopted by the Cleveland City Planning Commission in September 2017. This vision serves as a guide for the development of the park—work that will likely take several years to complete, but promises to be a regional asset for our community.

L I N K I N G T H E T R A I L S : Irishtown Bend is the missing link connecting a

network of trails from Edgewater Beach all the way to New Philadelphia.


C O N N E C T I O N S : A redesign of W. 25th St. will narrow

the road for easier pedestrian crossings, create bike lanes, and incorporate a series of overlooks and multi-use paths.

• PA R K

F E AT U R E S : A series of pathways will help visitors traverse a natural

greenspace and create a unique experience along the river’s edge. This concept also better integrates the Ohio City Farm into the community. D E T R O I T S U P E R I O R B R I D G E : Ohio City Incorporated worked with Bike Cleveland, NOACA, and the City of Cleveland to develop a plan for bike improvements to the Detroit Superior Bridge. The $81,000 city-funded project is underway, and will include East and West-bound bike lanes, green textured paint, two-stage bicycle turning boxes at intersections, and a bike signal at W. 9th and Superior. L O R A I N A V E N U E S T R E E T S C A P E : The Lorain Avenue Complete Street project was awarded $6.1 million from NOACA, fully funding the 3-mile cycle track portion of the proposed streetscape. Adopted by Cleveland City Planning Commission in October 2015, the project will reduce automobile traffic from four lanes to two and will include a two-way protected cycle track, new sidewalks, road resurfacing, and opportunities for public art and green spaces. OCI also participated in the APA Cleveland event, “We Plan CLE,” focusing on equitable transportation. OCI helped emphasize the importance of creating multi-modal cities to residents, funders and the broader Cleveland community. Since 2011, Ohio City Incorporated has invested nearly $200,000 in planning work for Lorain Avenue.


PL ACE PUBLIC ART In June 2017, Pride month, Instagram launched a national campaign promoting equality and compassion with the hashtag #kindcomments. The campaign included murals in five global cities: Madrid, Los Angeles, Nashville, London and Cleveland. The Cleveland mural, “Love Doves” by local artists Erin Guido and Joe Lanzilotta, was located in Ohio City because of the neighborhood’s existing collection of murals and role in Cleveland’s LGBT activism.

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT Ohio City Incorporated continues to steer improvements to the neighborhood by ensuring appropriate physical development. In 2017, Ohio City Incorporated continued to strengthen its commercial corridors and create an environment where businesses thrive by:

• Assisting 20 new businesses to open throughout the neighborhood, creating an estimated 200 jobs.

• Completing four storefront renovation projects, with four more under construction at the end of the 2017.

• Investing $7,500 in five businesses through Ohio City’s Small Business Development Fund. Since its inception in 2011, the program has provided funding to 72 businesses, leveraging nearly $200,000 from the City of Cleveland and $335,000 in private investment, spurring $660,000 in neighborhood investment. As of December 2017, the neighborhood has over 500 units of for-sale and rental housing completed and nearly 750 units under construction or development, resulting in an investment of $230 million. This investment meets the demand for housing on the Near West Side as shown in a 2013 housing study conducted by Ohio City Incorporated. The report showed an immediate demand for over 1,800 units of new housing. OCI will continue meeting this need in 2018. See figure #1 on page 15.

O H I O C I T Y I M P R OV E M E N T C O R P O R AT I O N In May, the Special Improvement District launched an expanded service area that moves north along W. 25th and W. 28th Streets. With the extended boundaries, the Ohio City Improvement District Ambassadors have extended their hours and now patrol the district every day. In 2017, ambassadors removed 87,925 pounds of trash and 1,525 instances of graffiti. They interacted with businesses, visitors and residents 6,589 times, addressed 757 public disturbances, provided 320 safety escorts, and assisted 39 motorists. Additionally, sidewalk snow removal launched in the Ohio City Improvement District in 2017, ensuring the corridors


remain walkable and accessible year round. See figure #2 on page 15.

PL ACE figure #1 Of the 1,800 housing units currently in demand in Ohio City, over 500 units have been completed and nearly 750 are currently under development.



figure #2 The map below indicates the original and expanded boundaries of the Special Improvement District.





PROMOTION In 2017, Ohio City continued to strengthen its brand and offer neighborhood events that serve as amenities for community residents and attract a regional audience. O H I O C I T Y I N C O R P O R AT E D E V E N T S : Ohio City Incorporated focused on producing two major events: Evening in Ohio City, and the Ohio City Street Festival. Evening in Ohio City, the organization’s annual fundraiser, raised more than $35k. The third annual Ohio City Street Festival brought in over 15,000 attendees and featured live music, arts entertainment, neighborhood vendors, and the KeyBank Kid Zone, offering family-oriented activities and programming throughout the day. PA R T N E R S F O R P R O G R A M M I N G : OCI utilized partnerships to bring major events to the neighborhood, including: Cleveland Public Theatre’s Station Hope, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Ohio City Stages, Cleveland Bazaar’s Open Air in Market Square, Hermes’ Ohio City Run & Crawl, the Ohio City Merchants Association’s Market Square Music, and Shop Ohio City day. O N L I N E R E A C H : Ohio City Incorporated has earned over 42,800 Twitter followers, 6,491 Facebook likes, 9,276 Instagram followers, and continues to build these audiences. Ohio City Incorporated also manages accounts for the West Side Market which include over 104,000 Facebook likes, 31,600 Twitter followers and over 44,000 Instagram followers. Ohio City and West Side Market e-newsletters go out to a combined audience of over 10,000 subscibers.



Resident Leader Award: Julia Sieck Ohio City is home to a diverse population of residents, spanning a wide range of cultures, lifestyles, and socio economic backgrounds. It takes strong leadership to embrace these differences, find ways to build connections, and create an environment where everyone feels that they are welcome and heard. Since Julia Sieck stepped up as the head of the South of Lorain (SOLO) block club in 2012, it has been her mission to be this kind of leader. “Making sure we give everyone a chance to be heard and have their opinions respected regardless of how long they have lived here, how much money they have, what they look like, or how comfortable they are speaking publicly is really important to me,” says Sieck. “Living in such a densely populated neighborhood has its challenges and its perks. I believe many of the challenges stem from us needing to work more closely together since our proximity automatically increases the number of people around you who are impacted by any one decision. But this also means we have so many opportunities so close by.” In addition to her involvement with her block club, Julia is a committed volunteer. She is often one of the first names on the list for neighborhood clean up days, events, and planting days, and serves on the board of the West Side Catholic Center, an organization that provides much needed services to the broader community. “I continue to be inspired by the pride people take in our neighborhood. This is a community full of passionate doers. There are so many ways to be involved and so many different people who want to be a part of our continued progress.”


Hospitality Leader Award: Angela Guinther The Carnegie West Branch of the Cleveland Public Library has sat in the heart of the Ohio City neighborhood for over 108 years. As the neighborhood evolves, the library remains constant - a space where all walks of life cross paths and connect. Since she signed on as Branch Manager in 2011, Angela Guinther has worked to maximize the library’s offerings and cultivate an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. “Ohio City is a great community to work in,” says Guinther, “a dynamic and wonderful diversity of people to be around.” In her time at Carnegie West, Angela has worked to re-model the children’s section, facilitate skill-building workshops for adults, and build partnerships with arts and cultural organizations to provide classes and opportunities for visitors of all ages. In this space, residents can seek cost-free aid in services such as legal counsel and tax preparation, and learn skills in writing and computer programs that can open up employment opportunities. In addition to these programs, Guinther pours herself into projects big and small that make the visitor experience at the Library as welcoming as possible. She can be found coordinating after school snacks for kids, potting herbs on the front steps for guests to help themselves to, and coordinating plant donations for a butterf ly garden in the library courtyard. “CPL is a great organization that fulfills a community need,” says Guinther, “I love what I do.”


Community Service Award: Near West Family Network Often times, urban neighborhoods carry a stigma that they are not a place to raise a family. With the growth of family-oriented services and ammenities on the Near West Side, however, that sentiment is changing. In comparing the resuslts from a community survey conducted in 2013 and again in 2016, Ohio City has seen an 11% increase in people who view the neighborhood as a quality place to raise their children, and a 9% increase in people who currently do. The Near West Family Network has played an important role in creating a welcoming environment for families living in Ohio City and across the Near West Side of Cleveland. This volunteer-led organization is made up of parents with the shared belief in the strength of community. The network launched in 2013 after several months of discussion amongst residents about an organization that could better connect and address the needs of a diverse range of families and residents in the area. The Near West Family Network gives parents in the area a platform to ask questions, share information and resources, and make social connections with other families in their community. They also facilitate a series of events throughout the year such as an annual Easter Egg Hunt, Sweetheart Dance, and summer playground crawls; with the focus of creating a broad appeal and reducing barriers for families in the area. They advocate for family-friendly facilities and events, doing their part to help sustain a community where families and children can grow and thrive.


Outstanding Small Business Award: Mason’s Creamery Ohio City is home to over 250 small businesses, offering unique retail and dining experiences for residents and visitors alike. When Helen Qin and Jesse Mason moved to Cleveland in 2013, they were surprised by the thriving food scene and the amount of appreciation that the community had for local businesses. It was this environment that inspired the couple to turn their hobby of ice cream making into a business. They purchased a property that had served as a neighborhood ice cream stand for over 60 years, hoping to breathe new life into the space and add to the history of the building. The shop is tucked away in a residential pocket of the neighborhood, and has quickly become a favorite gathering space for Ohio City residents. The building’s exterior is wrapped with murals by neighborhood artists, and welcomes visitors with the vibrant phrase “Come over all the time!” painted in large letters across their side wall. Over the years, Helen, Jesse, and their staff have had the opportunity to meet and share a scoop with many neighbors and visitors. They have hosted marriage proposals, hidden engagement rings in ice cream, and watched their regulars grow and start families. From the very beginning, they have found ways to give back to the neighborhood they call home. They can be seen passing out free scoops to dogs, peddling their mobile scoop shop to neighborhood events, and creating ice cream f lavors inspired by those who pass through. The shop has also hosted a global potluck to encourage community amongst neighbors, and donation drives for global causes, such as the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. “We got enough supplies and food to fill up half the shop, and then neighbors came to help us pack it up.” says Helen. “Just really great neighbors and people in this neighborhood, which is why


we have a shop and live here.”

Residential Preservation Award: 2901 Clinton Avenue Long time Ohio City residents Gretchen Snediker and Scott Jackson purchased the historic home on the corner of Clinton Avenue and West 29th Street in January of 2013. After living nearby on Woodbine Avenue for over a decade, the couple was looking for a new home within the neighborhood that was more spacious and had more of the historic charm and character that made them fall in love with Ohio City when they moved to Cleveland from Baltimore in 2006. The home, that they have lovingly come to refer to as “the Pink Lady,” was built in the 1850’s, and was once the home of John Beverlin, an early mayor of Ohio City, before it annexed by the city of Cleveland. “We loved the history behind the house,” says Snediker, “It was really perfect for us.” The couple began the process of restoring the property in the summer of 2013, shortly after purchasing it, and have been working on rennovations ever since. “ The exterior needed the most amount of work,” says Snediker, “We rebuilt the eaves and roof, replacing the wood siding and the front porch, and we built a two-car garage.” Inside the home, updates were made to the kitchen and bathrooms. “We’re currently completing the finishing work. The house was structurally sound, and the interior fairly well preserved for the age of the house. It’s still a very big project, but one that we would do all over again.”


Commercial Preservation Award: 2032 West 25th Street Originally built by the Gund Brewing Company in the 1870’s, the building at 2032 West 25th Street has been home to neigborhood retail and restaurants on the first f loor and housing on the second f loor for nearly 150 years. The original tennants of the building are unknown, but when the Scott family purchased the property in the 1920’s, the first f loor was converted into a drug store and served as a neighborhood staple until the 1960’s. From there, it has been home to a series of bars and clubs. Neighborhood property owner Tom Gillespie purchased the building from the Scott family nearly three years ago, with plans to maximize the potential of the space. The first f loor would become two storefront spaces for retail tennants, and the second f loor apartments would be reconstructed; and the third f loor would be converted into living space for the first time in the history of the building, as it had previously been used as an attic. Restoring such an old building did not come without its challenges. Many of the structural components of the building had to be rebuilt, including the main structural wall and supporting beams. With the help of historic tax credits, Gillespie and his team at Getco Environmental were able to make proper repairs that honored the historic integrity of the building and are working to return the property to its former glory, ensuring that it remains a neighborhood staple for decades to come.


Arts & Culture Award: Ohio City LGBTQ Pride Initiative In 2015, Ohio City Incorporated launched the LGBT Initiative with the help of a grant from The Cleveland Foundation and support of community organizations such as the The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland (The LGBT Center). With the goal of creating a more welcoming community in Ohio City, OCI worked with the LGBT Center to facilitate a series of SafeZone trainings for nonprofit organizations located in Ohio City. In 2017, OCI Board Members and the LGBT Center applied for and were granted a historical marker that was installed at the site of the first home of the LGBT Community Center on W. 29th St, which was also the site of the first Pride Festival in Cleveland. With the mission of enriching the lives of the diverse LGBT+ community through advocacy, support, education, and celebration, the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland has been working to address the needs of this community since 1975. The LGBT Center offers programs for youth and young adults; discussion and support groups; advocacy groups for seniors; health & wellness programs; and transgender-specific programs that work to increase support systems. Phyllis “Seven” Harris has been the Executive Director of the LGBT Center since May 2012. Since joining the organization, Ms. Harris has worked to leverage government and local ordinances to implement programming “…focused on becoming the hub and center of the LGBT community.” In spite of the challenges that The LGBT Center faces, their team works dilligently and collaboratively to foster a greater sense of understanding among their community, for their community.


Presidential Award: Jeffery K. Patterson Jeff Patterson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) by the Board of Commissioners in 2012. In this position, Patterson directs CMHA’s efforts to be the leader in cultivating safe, sustainable, dynamic communities where everyone can strive for success. During his tenure, he has worked to increase communication with, and amongst, residents and the surrounding communities. CMHA is the 7th largest housing authority in the nation, with 10,500 units of housing and nearly 55,000 residents and participants. There are approximately 1,200 units and nearly 2,000 residents in CMHA housing in the Ohio City neighborhood. Mr. Patterson is constantly working to create a positive quality of life for residents- communities where residents can feel, “integrated into the culture, fiber, and fabric of the neighborhood.” Patterson asserts that this work cannot be done without strong partners in the community. “We invest in our community to invest in ourselves,” says Patterson. Over the years, CMHA has worked to develop community partnerships that provide amenities and opportunities for residents of Ohio City’s Lakeview Tower and Estates and Riverview Tower. A collaboration with Cleveland Public Theatre brings the weekly drama program Brick City Theatre to the Lakeview Community Center, and a partnership with the Ohio City Farm provides fresh produce and agricultural education opportunities for residents of Riverview Tower. Through this work, CMHA has also been a tremendous supporter of the vision for Irishtown Bend, which would sit at the doorstep of both properties and provide CMHA residents with access to a world-class riverfront park. Without the support of CMHA, and the vision of Jeff Patterson, projects like these would not be possible.


Legacy Award: Mr. Charles Fridrich Fridrich Bicycle has been an instituion in Ohio City for 135 years. What started as the Joseph W. Fridrich Coal & Feed store just South of its current location, is one of the oldest bike shops in the country. Originally located at 3815 Lorain (the current home of The Grocery OHC), the store moved across the street to its current location in the 1890s when it became Fridrich Bicycle & Auto Supply. After the move, bicycles and bike parts were mixed in with the car tires and fan belts. It was not until the mid-50s that an entire room was dedicated to bicycles. As the market began to change, the store gradually began to focus solely on bicycles. This family business has sparked a love of bicycles for generations. What started as an auto parts store, gradually grew to include bicycles. The current boom in “bike culture” is not new to Mr. Fridrich. He recalls a similar boom in the 60s and 70s similar to the resurgance taking place over the past few years. He thinks there is staying power to the current phenomenon. “Bikes have always been an inexpensive way to get things done, and it is a very healthy way, too.” Charles Fridrich, the third generation owner of the store, is looking forward to seeing what the transformation of Lorain Avenue will do to help grow the biking infrastrucutre in Northeast Ohio. The store has seen business improve as there have been general improvements in Ohio City. “ There is something about Fridrichs; something about bikiing; something about Lorain Avenue that is just special.”







Thank you to the following people and organizations for making the work of Ohio City Incorporated possible through financial donations and ongoing support. This list represents gifts received between January 1 to December 31, 2017. 3500 Lorain

Lauren Feighan

Natalie Leek-Nelson

Michele Scheuf ler

ABC Tavern

Ethnea Ferguson

Jerry Lischak

Celine Shenk


Alan Fodor

Marion Mag yar

Ryan Sheppard

Tyler Allchin

Don Frantz

Donald Malone

Jeanette Shiepr

Robert Ball

Molly Friedman

Al Mancuso

Seth Simons

Sean Baran

Alex Frondorf

Flo T. Marcinko

Helen Smith

Mark Biggar

Daniel Garbo

Michael McCarthy

Laura Sodor

Elijah Bisbee

Leslie Gentile

Ellen McCarthy

Robert Solich

Blackbird Fly Boutique

Lynn Gentile

Ward 3 Councilman

Pat & Melissa Sullivan

La Borincana

John Gill

Holly Bowen

Thomas Gill

Paul Meeker

Kate Tasseff

Lynne Brenner

Tim Gingerich

Bill & Jean Merriman

Donna Taylor

Alex Budin

Guide Studio

Lisa Metro

Tony Thomas

City of Cleveland

Corrine Hartman

Michael Baker

Sierra Thompson


Cheryl Hayes

Conveyor & Caster

Hayoun Corporation

Susan Muglich

Townhomes on Vine

Alan Clancy

Brendan Heil

Chistopher Murphey

Andy Trares

Cleveland Neighborhood

Lori Henry

My Place Homes

Rita Trickel


Kerry McCormack


Lori Switaj


Lesa Hess

Deborah Nemec

Jennifer Tyner

Judy Comeau-Hart

James E . Hicks

John Nosek

Linda Uveges

Consolidated Solutions

Lee Ann Howard

Maria Nosse

Vintage Development

Krystal Criss

Patricia Hughes

Eva O’Mara

Jane Ann Vogel

Courtney Crockett

Jim Jackson

Ann O’Neal

William Vogelsang

Cross Country Mortgage

Margaret Judd

Donna Orban

Walter Haverfield LLP

Leighan Croxen

Linda Kaufman

Mark Owens

Randi Weaver

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture


Daniel Prignitz

Mary Wehrle

Robin Davenport

Kathleen Knittel

Helen Qin

Welcome House

Jade Davis

Garryd Koynock


Joel Wimbiscus

Bea Delpapa

Amy Kulisheck

Pricila Rocha

Deanna Wolfe

Karen Desotell

Alex Lackey

Pamela Sandy

Ward 15 Councilman

Brendan Doyle

Lamar Advertising

Greg Sattler

Chrisopher Doyle

Abby Lang

Roger Scheve

Julie Eccleston

Mark Lastition

Chris Schmitt

Edge 32

LDA Architects

Sharon Schnall

Matt Zone


O H I O C I T Y CO M M U N I T Y PA R T N E R S PARTNER HIGHLIGHT - MIAMI UNIVERSITY Since 2012, the Miami University Urban Teaching Cohort has brought students from the University’s education program to Ohio City to experience working with urban schools. Funded by grants from the Cleveland Foundation and the Thomas and Sandra Sullivan Foundation, the program aims to create an environment for students to experience the challenges faced by urban schools, and immerse themselves in the neighborhoods where the students live to better understand what life is like outside the classroom. Program participants take up residence in Ohio City for three weeks, working alongside Cleveland educators in schools in the morning, and engaging with neighborhood nonprofits in the afternoon each day. Students partake in meaningful dialogue around issues of public education, and share their experiences with Ohio City Inc.

Thank you to the following community partners who help us to advance the mission of our organization and broaden the programs and resources that we are able to offer to our residents. APA Cleveland AZA Events Baldwin Wallace University Bike Cleveland Brite Winter Cleveland - Cuyahoga Port Authority

Reutilization Corporation Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization

Northeastern Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency Ohio CDC Association Ohio State University Extension Port of Cleveland Providence House

Cleveland Housing Court

Downtown Cleveland Alliance

Refugee Response

Cleveland Metroparks

Economic & Community

Third Federal Savings & Loan

Cleveland Museum of Art

Development Institute

Thomas C. & Sandra S. Sullivan

Cleveland Police Second District

Enterprise Community Partners

Cleveland Public Library

Greater Cleveland RTA

Transformer Station

Cleveland Public Theatre

LAND Studio

Tremont West Development

Cleveland Transformation Alliance

Metro West Development Corporation

Court Community Service

Miami University

UH Bikes

Cuyahoga County Board of

Moore Yourkvitch, & Dibo Ltd.

Urban Community School

MVP Valet Parking

West Side Market

Developmental Disabilities


Cuyahoga County Land

Neighborhood Housing Services



N E A R W E S T R E C R E AT I O N S P O N S O R S SPONSOR HIGHLIGHT - US LACROSSE In 2017, Ohio City Incorporated and Urban Community School entered into a unique partnership with US Lacrosse as a part of their Lacrosse Communities project. The initiative was developed to introduce the sport to children who might not otherwise have the resources to play the game. The US Lacrosse Foundation has brought in $300,000 in local and national funds to build a new field, and provide equipment, staffing and program funds for the league. The program is already showing success, hosting nearly 100 youth participants at workshops and clinics in the first few months. This partnership has allowed Near West Recreation to grow both their offerings and capacity, and has the potential to bring new opportunities to the participants.

Near West Recreation programs wouldn’t be possible without the support of committed partners and sponsors. Thank you to the following donors for the 2017 calendar year: City Life Center

Legends Sports Photography


Cleveland Hostel

Lutheran Hospital

Tremont Trek

Constellations Schools: Stockyards

Metro Mini Storage

Vision Yoga & Wellness

Community Elementary & Middle

Metro West Community Development

Urban Community School


Mitchell’s Ice Cream

U.S. Lacrosse

Conveyer & Caster


Westown Tire

Dave’s Market

Near West Intergenerational School

Detroit Shoreway Community Devel-

Neighborhood Family Practice

opment Organization

Ohio City Burrito

Dickey Lanes

Ohio City Provisions

Duck Island Development

Ohio Savings Bank

E Prep & Village Prep Williard

Progressive Urban Real Estate


Saint Ignatius High School

Franklin Plaza LHS Health

Snavely Group


Starting Point

Knez Homes

Strateg y Design Partners

Kowalski Heat Treating Co.

Tremont West Development Corpora-


O H I O C I T Y G UA R D I A N S The Ohio City Guardians program launched in 2016 to ensure the safety and security of the neighborhood. We recognize this inaugural group of neighborhood stakeholders who have supported the program and made a signigicant donation to Ohio City safety initiatives.








REVENUES AND SUPPORT 60% $681,953 Grants

100% 100%

23% $261,582 Property Income 10% $114,149 Events


3% $38,460 Contributions


4% $39,289 Other


total revenue


EXPENSES total expenditures


$44,826 Overhead



Operational Expenses

$352,310 $564,715

Professional Services

Program Expenses

Salaries & Benefits





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C h ad B ig ge r s

M at t B u rke

C o m m u n i t y S a fe t y O r ga n i z e r

Ne a r We s t R e c L a c r o s s e Ma n a g e r

K h a l id H aw t hor ne

H at t ie Kot z

E n t e r p r i s e Ho u s i n g Fe l l o w

Ma r k e t i n g & E v e n t s Ma n a g e r

W h it nye L ong Jone s

T hom a s S . Mc Na i r

C o m m u n i t y E n ga g e m e n t O r ga n i z e r

Executive Director

C a r r ie M i l le r

Ke r i P a l m a

D i r e c t o r o f Ne i g b o r h o o d S e r v i c e s

Ne a r We s t R e c r e a t i o n Ma n a g e r

A sh le y S h aw

B e n T r i mble

Economic Development & Pl a n n i n g Ma n a g e r

Senior Director of Real E s t a t e & Pl a n n i n g

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