Mayor Frank G. Jackson's
Neighborhood Transformation Initiative
Healthy, Equitable, and Sustainable Communities
Neighborhood Transformation Initiative
Re-investment Approach in Targeted Geographies
Mayor Jacksons Neighborhood Transformation Initiative will introduce various housing product types at various price points. This approach will create housing options for new and existing residents at various income levels with the goal of providing housing choice for residents. The ability to move up and down the economic spectrum and remain in a community facilitates economic diversity.
Creating places where people can live, work, play, and shop, in a safe well-connected environment are the basics of any community. We however understand that opportunity and quality of life is not equally distributed. Equity is defined as a fair opportunity to obtain one's full potential. Due to past policy and investment decisions, there exist areas of Cleveland that have suffered disproportionally and will need deliberate focus to create opportunities for residents to realize their full potential.
The Mayors Neighborhood Transformation Initiative will target "fringe neighborhoods" or those that exist just outside of growth areas in the City of Cleveland. These areas have seen disinvestment in the wake of tremendous growth in close proximity. The initiative will utilize a suite of strategic programs, tools, and approaches designed to restore value, create wealth, and opportunity in several targeted geographies citywide. However, this effort will be more than just the dispensation of City resources; the initiative will also require the strategic alignment and deployment of various resources from multiple agencies. By working with select partners who share the value proposition of "equitable neighborhood development", we can ensure that we have the greatest impact on each of the select geographies. The strategies on this website represent the toolkit of actions that will be utilized to facilitate neighborhood transformation in each of the targeted areas.
New Housing Construction
The Mayors Neighborhood Transformation Initiative will provide new infill scattered site housing development on vacant parcels throughout targeted neighborhoods. New single and multifamily infill homes will add to the residential fabric of the targeted areas and begin the process of improving market confidence in each of the target areas. Both market rate and affordable housing product will be constructed on city-assembled vacant land in the target areas.
Setting the stage for investment has been a key component for the Jackson administration. Mayor Jackson made abandoned property elimination a priority. City and County demolition efforts have resulted in vacant land that will be leveraged for new housing construction, greenspace expansion, and neighborhood beautification.
Critical Home Repair
A key objective of the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative is to ensure that existing residents who own homes in the target area benefit from the public and private investments in new construction. Vulnerable populations such as seniors will be targeted for specific programing resources. Mayor Jacksons Neighborhood Transformation Initiative will therefore focus on critical home repair for existing residents in the target geographies.
Entrepreneur support programs and wrap-around services to promote business development and build wealth for residents are important components of the Mayors Transformation initiative. Programs such as Core-City Cleveland (offers free one-on-one business advising services), credit repair, retail incubator program, and financial literacy training, and micro lending are a few of several programs that will be used to foster entrepreneurship.
Mixed Use Development
The Mayors Neighborhood Transformation will reinforce the idea of creating walkable neighborhoods where residents can access goods and services in walking distance from their home. Mixed use developments will be to developing walkable neighborhoods and restore value back into our commercial corridors. Transit Oriented Development along commercial corridors will combine residential, commercial, and greenspace on single sites that will begin to transform strategic corridors in the identified target areas.
The Mayors Neighborhood Transformation Initiative will focus on streetscape and road enhancements within each of the target areas. The City Planning Commission and the department of Public Works will partner to identify road conditions in each of the target areas utilizing the Cityworks pavement management platform designed to grade streets based on their condition. Road Improvements will ensure that the neighborhood is accessible and that street conditions complement new investment.
Vacant Land Re-Utilization
The Mayors Neighborhood Transformation Initiative will target vacant parcels that are underutilized and are poorly maintained. These lots will be cleaned, greened, and stabilized to further change the market perception in target areas. Once cleaned, these lots will create opportunity for productive reuse that will include housing, greenspace, agriculture, and other uses that will provide desired community benefits.
Vacant Home Rehabilitation
The Mayors Neighborhood Transformation Initiative will focus on vacant home rehabilitation as an approach to addressing vacant and underutilized housing. Critical to this effort will be the provision of rehabilitated homes for senior populations. Given the quality of housing stock in the target geographies opportunities to capitalize on existing homes will provide opportunity for new and existing residents and help to maintain the character of housing in neighborhoods. The stabilization of existing homes will also encourage new housing construction.
New Tools and Programs
Innovative programming is essential to the success of the Mayors Neighborhood Transformation Initiative including the programs and tools that will help to create wealth, make investments more equitable, and create opportunity for new and existing residents. The provision of incubator space for entrepreneurship and the introduction of new mortgage products will help decrease the barriers to entry for home and business ownership. The initiative will test new approaches to addressing community needs. These approaches will include new products and services and those that have been developed previously that have demonstrated success.
Providing Digital access to every resident will be important for any City seeking to provide quality of life for its residents. The Mayor’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative will work with local organizations to ensure that access to wireless and broadband connectivity happens. Ensuring that new investments and capital improvements are completed in a manner that provides digital accessibility to all residents will be an important component of the initiative.
Green Space Expansion
Health starts where you live, work, and play! Neighborhood conditions and access to the amenities to lead a healthy lifestyle are critically important for the long-term health prospects of residents. Access to parks, openspace, and recreation amenities are important components to promote population health. The Mayors Neighborhood Transformation initiative will identify opportunities for improvements to parks and greenspaces in addition to the development of trail connections for pedestrians and cyclist. A recent report by the Trust for Public Land provides strong evidence that people exercise more when they have access to parks. Regular Physical activity can reduce risk of disease such as heart disease, colon cancer, and diabetes.
Neighborhoods are the incubators for young people to develop and grow. Every neighborhood should have access to opportunities for youth. Although access to opportunity is provided in some communities, others suffer disproportionately from the lack of educational, recreational, and job opportunities for young adults. The consequences of this inequality create many problems for society. Therefore, it is critical that we create opportunities for youth in our neighborhood by providing them with the choices necessary to be successful. The Mayors Neighborhood Transformation Initiative will integrate youth opportunities through apprenticeships, construction trade opportunities, and other approaches.
Urban Design & Zoning
The aesthetic appeal of a neighborhood has social, economic, and environmental implications on a community. The aesthetic appeal of the community drives perceptions of safety, market perceptions of investors, and is a determinant for economic investment decisions. The Mayors Neighborhood Transformation Initiative will ensure that urban design and built form are established in a way that will attract residents, businesses and investors to the neighborhood through the creation of aesthetically pleasing physical developments. Urban design that promotes density, walkability, and ensures that there exists mixes of uses within walking distance of each resident in the targeted geographies will be a primary goal for development.
Public Art is an aspect of community development that has been used to celebrate the history and culture in a neighborhood, tell the story of a community, inspire residents in a community through messaging, and serve as an attraction for visitors. Neighborhoods are continuing to capitalize on its arts and cultural amenities. The integration of Public Art into development has become a matter of policy through the City’s percent for the art ordinance. The Mayors Neighborhood Transformation Initiative will ensure that public art serves as an integral part of the investments being made in the target geographies.
Multi-modal transportation will be important for creating healthy and connected places. The Mayors Neighborhood Transformation Initiative will ensure that transportation options are available to every resident no matter their age, income, or ability level. Key to providing those options will be the infusion of bike infrastructure along key corridors and residential streets. The addition of bike amenities such as bike lanes, racks at key investment locations, and access to Bike share programs will be important to provide transportation options to residents.