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.
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.