The Glenville Wade Park Neighborhood: A Renaissance

Posted by Jake Lohser on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 at 8:25am.

Something is happening in Cleveland, its not your imagination.  People are working together to help create a re-birth of this city because they see the historic significance of our neighborhoods, they know the potential of our people and they are dedicated to seeing Cleveland achieve all that it is capable of.

One great example of this phenomenon is the Glenville Wade Park Neighborhood and what is happening at its newest housing undertaking, Heritage Lane.  This is a row of century old multi-family homes that have been restored as single family homes.  The quality and beauty of the time tested construction has been maintained while combining modern luxurious amenities to create something truly special.  The rehabilitated historic homes are complimented across the street by a row of new construction townhomes. 

This area has begun a quiet renaissance and has no plans of stopping any time soon.  The focus and mission of the community, according to its community development corporation, Famicos Foundation, are to:

  • Capitalize on neighborhood greenspace resources to enhance neighborhood identity.
  • Create and maintain a safe and secure neighborhood.
  • Transportation, infrastructure and programming-enhance connectedness of the neighborhood to its park and its institutions.
  • Commercial development.
  • Community building.
  • Housing and historic preservation.

Why this area and neighborhood, you ask?   When you take a look at Heritage Lane, the first attempt at establishing a “model block” in Glenville, it makes a lot of sense.  These homes are truly timeless and unique.  They sit along E. 105th Street by Wade Oval, minutes from all of Cleveland’s best museums and art and symphony venues.  They overlook Rockefeller Park and Cultural Gardens, which in my opinion is a national treasure.  The newly renovated and expanded V.A. is up the street and the Cleveland Clinic and C.W.R.U. are a few blocks away.  In any other city an area that boasted these amenities would already have an established and in-demand real estate market.

 

The Glenville Wade Park Neighborhood is not an isolated case either.  The driving resource is a non-profit company called Neighborhood Progress Inc., which has the backing of the Cleveland and George Gund Foundations to name a few. 

 

Neighborhood Progress Inc. has launched a mass campaign to revitalize different areas around Cleveland that have the potential to make a comeback but might just need a little direction.  The others include Detroit Shoreway, Fairfax, Broadway Slavic Village, Tremont and Buckeye neighborhoods, all of which have already gotten going!  

 

For a close up look at Heritage Lane please feel free to give me a call.