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South Euclid fights foreclosures with green building

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/20/13 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Home

Looking for examples in Northeast Ohio of a suburb responding to the foreclosure crisis with innovative, green ideas? We found one while surfing the Northeast Ohio Green Map.

Green idea<br />This is the sixth green house South Euclid has built or rehabbed in response to foreclosures and vacancyNice eye<br />South Euclid has been proactive in dealing with foreclosure. This was the first new construction home built to green standards.

The South Euclid Green Neighborhoods Initiative is a response to the foreclosure crises that involves the use of almost $1,000,000 in combined competitive grant funds. The city is acquiring vacant, bank-owned houses and rehabilitating them using green building methods and universal design features to reposition the post-war bungalow as a first choice housing option.

The initiative targets the two areas of the city most severely affected by the foreclosure crises, the West Five Neighborhood behind Cedar Center and the Bexley-Rowland Neighborhood.

The city will host an open house for its second, new, green home (built over a former vacant lot) at 1033 Argonne Road at 5 p.m. on December 3, 2013. Like the green house built on Linnel Road in 2012, this one was also designed in partnership with the Cleveland Institute of Art to “showcase the possibilities for affordable, new green construction located in a walkable, transit-friendly community,” the city writes.

It brings to completion six green homes since 2010; the city has a goal of ten. In some cases where the vacant homes are too damaged to be saved, the city is using grant funds to raze the structures and replace them with community gardens or green infill construction. Two new community gardens have been created.

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Blue-Green
4 years ago

Props to SE for considering bike improvements, but it will have to do something bolder than sharrows if it wants to track millenials. Also, it's interesting to see South Euclid develop a master plan that calls for creating character in its city center. There was a time not too long ago when SE had just that . . . before it opened the door for bulldozing an apartment block with thriving ground floor retail for a crummy CVS that is set back from the street and ringed with parking.

Marc
4 years ago

"To expand on Sally's comments regarding the Master Planning process, the draft version of the plan makes the recommendation that South Euclid explore opportunities to become a more bike-friendly community. For example, this could include sharrows along South Belvoir Blvd. Upon adoption of the plan, there will be a committee of residents and city officials in charge of finding methods of implementation for all the different areas of the plan, including increasing bike-friendliness. A draft of the Master Plan will be posted to our website, www.cityofsoutheuclid.com prior to it being referred to the City Planning Commission."

Michael Love, South Euclid Economic Development Director

Marc
4 years ago

@Blue-Green, I shared your question with Sally Martin, Housing Manager,
City of South Euclid, who writes:

"First of all, thank you for the coverage. Actually, this new construction project is our 7th completed project. The last two have been new construction to show the possibilities for affordable new green construction on typical (R40 Zoned) in-fill lots--which are becoming abundant in NEO due to demolition activity. I do hope you will be able to attend the opening! The majority of our grant funding came from HUD through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. We also have five community gardens and three "pocket parks" that have been built with the grant funds.

We are having a Master Plan open house for the community tonight at 6:30 pm at the Notre Dame College Administration Bldg PAC to go over the citizen driven progress on the Comprehensive Master Plan update that we have undertaken over the past 6 months. This will be the time for anyone to review the work done so far and provide input into the plan before it is finalized. I don't have the answer regarding the bike lanes, however, I have copied Keith Benjamin, our Community Services Director and Michael Love, our Economic Development Director who are the staff most closely involved with the plan's update. I will ask that they respond to the comment on the city's behalf."

Blue-Green
4 years ago

Please provide some coverage of the South Euclid master plan. Specifically, where does it want to paint bike lanes?

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