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» Staff


REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
Real Estate Development roles include facilitator and developer, where appropriate, as in the $1.3 million Fruitland School Redevelopment, the $700,000 historic restoration of the Scharkofsky Building, 9201 Lorain Avenue, the restoration of the Southwestern Savings & Loan Building 9815 Lorain Avenue and the construction of fifty new, market rate single family homes.


WEATHERIZATION
A decades-long participant in the State of Ohio Home Weatherization Assistance Program and a 25-year provider in the Housewarm Program completing more than 200 homes annually (over six thousand units).


HOUSING
Activities include concentrated code enforcement, rehabilitation loans, education, organizing, technical assistance, multi-family rehab and management technical assistance.


COMMERCIAL REVITALIZATION
Implementation of the Storefront Renovation Program (completed more than 160 projects), completion and implementation of a Place Marketing Strategy for the Lorain Station Historic District, completion and implementation of a Retail Market Study and Land Use Plan for Detroit Avenue and the Madison Avenue Corridor Study.


BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Technical assistance for small and medium sized commercial and retail businesses in areas of site searches, property leasing, financial packaging, security programs and governmental intervention and advocacy.


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INDUSTRIAL RETENTION
Working with medium and large manufacturing and warehousing firms in areas of employment and training as well as site searches, access to capital, leasing and cooperative ventures through WEBCO and WIRE-Net.


CRIME PREVENTION
Citizen-based training and involvement in proactive target hardening (Neighborhood Watch), seminars, assemblies, interaction with the Cleveland Police Department, Juvenile Court and Cleveland Public Schools as well as the organization and maintenance of geographic networks of block clubs to provide a regular vehicle for the exchange of information and ideas among peers.



YOUTH SERVICES
Gang prevention initiatives, violence reduction and out-of-school-time activities.


PLANNING
In addition to various planning initiatives for parking and development projects, Cudell Improvement, Inc. completed a Master Plan in 2001 for the Cudell/Edgewater area with the input of more than four hundred neighborhood residential and business stakeholders and now is in the process of updating the Plan through a series of public meetings.


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MARKETING
Implementation of special events such as the Clifton Arts & Musicfest that improve the image of the area and showcase local businesses as well as special campaigns such as the discoverlorainave.com.


COMMUNICATIONS
Several forms of communication are available to members and the public. Cudell Improvement’s e newsletter, eSnippets, is available on a semi monthly basis. Printed newsletters are produced periodically such as the Cudell News and 98 Great Homes Press. In person presentations are available by key staff and board members to constantly stay in touch with stakeholders and funders.


FORUMS
Regular opportunities for area stakeholders to hear speakers on topics of interest as well as exchange ideas.


PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIVES
Continuing as well as special initiatives are carried out with groups such as Fashion Guild of Greater Cleveland, Childrens’ Aid Society, the Cleveland Restoration Society, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, city of Lakewood, Cuyahoga County Work & Training Family Service Center, Cleveland International Program, Greater Cleveland Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, RTA and numerous merchant, business, social service and community development organizations.


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SERVICE AREA BOUNDARIES

PRIMARY
NORTH – Lake Erie
SOUTH – Lorain/Denison Area
EAST – West 85th Street
WEST – West 117th Street

SECONDARY
(Various Contracts)
West Side of Cleveland, City of Lakewood


STAFF

Anita R. Brindza, Executive Director; James Comiskey and Robert Cain, Estimator/Inspectors, Home Weatherization Assistance Program; Pat Konopka, Finance Manager; Ed English, Neighborhood Services Coordinator; William Swan, Outside Accountant; Linda Giermann, Receptionist/Intake Clerk; Charles Brown; Jeff Barkas.


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