Community Development

Asset Redevelopment

Contact Info

601 Lakeside Ave, Room 320, Cleveland, OH 44114

216-664-4610

Weekdays 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Overview

At the City of Cleveland, we recognize that our neighborhoods are rich with many types of assets: not only does Cleveland have one of the strongest networks of community development and nonprofit organizations in the nation, but we are also bountiful in access to green space and waterfront recreation, multi-modal transportation options, and are home to committed and creative small businesses alongside generations of citizen-activists. Another asset is our abundance of publicly-owned land.

The Department of Community Development is excited to be taking a proactive approach to reinvest in our surplus, City-owned land. The newly-established Asset Redevelopment Office works collaboratively across City Divisions and Departments and with public and nonprofit partners to identify, create, and implement viable and community-centered property redevelopment opportunities across Cleveland neighborhoods. The Office regularly issues redevelopment opportunities, typically in the form of Requests for Proposals and Requests for Qualifications. Check back often to learn about current and upcoming redevelopment opportunities!

Note: Development Teams interested in seeking financial subsidy to support their projects should also inquire with the Community Development Department’s Housing Development Office. Additional development opportunities are also available through the City’s Land Bank Office and through the Department of Economic Development.

Resources

Are you a prospective developer interested in staying up-to-date on redevelopment opportunities across the city of Cleveland? Please fill out our general interest form in order to be added to our mailing distribution list for future redevelopment opportunities. 

Current Redevelopment Opportunities

Dall-Mays building

Historic Dall-Mays Redevelopment Opportunity (RFQ)

The Department of Community Development has partnered with the Cleveland Restoration Society to administer a redevelopment opportunity for two landmark properties and approximately sixteen parcels of vacant land bank land in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood. A Request for Qualifications process occurred in September and October, 2023. Following the identification of qualified respondents, a competitive Request for Proposals process is now underway through March, 2024.

Aerial view of Lee-Harvard area

Lee-Harvard Redevelopment Opportunity (IEOI)

In Fall 2023, the Department of Community Development invited Expressions of Interest for a future redevelopment opportunity on Cleveland’s Southeast Side. This information-gathering process enabled cross-sector partners to respond with interest and feedback on the site and opportunity. Information gathered through this process will help the City structure the redevelopment opportunity. Next steps are likely to be released 2Q2024.

The Lee-Harvard neighborhood is a legacy neighborhood recognized as the beacon of Cleveland‘s black middle class and, home to generations of citizen-activists, the area historically boasts the City’s highest rate of voter turn-out. As part of the Bibb Administration’s vision for the Southeast Side, we look forward to working collaboratively with project partners to reinvest in this historic and community-centered redevelopment opportunity.

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Fullerton Redevelopment Opportunity

The City of Cleveland, in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, is releasing a Request for Qualifications seeking professional real estate development project teams to reinvest in the former Fullerton Elementary School site (now vacant land) in Cleveland’s Broadway-Slavic Village neighborhood. The site totals 2.6 acres. An upfront community engagement process occurred in late 2023 to help inform the goals of the RFQ. Qualifications are being accepted February 5, 2024 through March 25, 2024.

Southeast Side Redevelopment Opportunities – Coming Soon

Past Opportunities & Under Development

Hawthorne building

Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School – Middle Neighborhood Housing Adaptive Reuse

The former Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary was included in the 2021-2022 School Sites RFQ process. A designated local landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this property sat vacant for approximately 10 years. In partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and through a recent competitive process, the site was awarded to Sustainable Community Associates who will convert the existing building into approximately 36 units of middle-market housing in Cleveland’s Jefferson neighborhood. The site will also include greenspace with climate resiliency interventions. Construction is slated to commence in Winter 2023.

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John W. Raper School – Vacant Land Reuse into Hough Community Green Space

Adjacent to the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center and Ward 7 Community Services Center, this site was also included in the 2021-2022 School Sites RFQ process. The site was awarded to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy who, through a series of community engagement sessions and in collaboration with nearby community partners, designed the site as a future nature-based space with active and passive recreation opportunities. Construction is slated to commence in Spring 2024.

Asset Redevelopment Office Staff

Trudy Andrzejewski, Asset Redevelopment Strategist216-664-4610
Ellen Baker, Asset Redevelopment Assistant216-664-2430
Akshay Kalra, Cleveland Public Service Fellow216-420-7626