Cuyahoga Land Bank demolishes 27 apartment buildings, 31 homes in East Cleveland to clear path for new development

Last week, we began to reimagine seven acres in East Cleveland, when we started the demolition of 27 apartment buildings and 31 homes that had long stood vacant and abandoned on Hartshorn Avenue, in addition to the deconstruction on five apartment buildings on Eddy Road.
The largest scale joint demolition and deconstruction project that the Cuyahoga Land Bank has undertaken to date, this gathering of three redevelopment sites for new housing or small commercial and mixed use development is a prime example of strategic land assembly.
The deconstruction element of this project creates eight jobs, each paying $10 an hour. Approximately 80% of the wood and 60% of the brick in these units will be diverted from land fills and recycled in the marketplace.
Working with the City of East Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, the Cuyahoga Land Bank put forward approximately $1 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Funds (NSP2) in order to make this project a reality, thereby moving this land one step closer to productive use.
We were fortunate to attract the attention of WCPN, WKSU, WTAM, The Plain Dealer, Channel 3, Channel 5, Channel 8 and Channel 19.
These videos were taken by the Plain Dealer as we began the demolition:

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