Lee Miles Senior Apartments Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On a rainy November day in 2011, representatives from the Cuyahoga Land Bank, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), US Senator Sherrod Brown’s Office, State Senator Nina Turner, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Cleveland Ward 1 Councilman Terrell Pruitt and a hopeful gathering of CMHA supporters and future residents gathered under a tent to celebrate breaking ground on the Lee Miles Senior apartment building.
ribbon_cuttingA little more than a year and a half later on a beautiful and sunny May afternoon, this same group, along with many more community members, gathered together at the front doors of the new Lee Miles Senior Apartments for a ribbon cutting.  Speaker after speaker credited the partnerships for bringing an idea to life.
“Before you can have a ribbon cutting, you have to have a groundbreaking and before you can have a groundbreaking you have to have a vision to see a project through – to see the unseen,” said State Senator Turner, who began working on replacing the abandoned and asbestos-ridden Beehive School building at this site six years ago while she served on Cleveland City Council.
The new senior living facility is three stories and contains 40 units of affordable senior housing, including 12 units that meet uniform federal accessibility standards.
The investment in the community is already multiplying.  “Two million dollars in development started directly after the groundbreaking,” said Councilman Pruitt.  “That’s all because of this building.”
cmha_buildingCMHA opens the doors to the new Lee Miles Senior Apartments at this ribbon cutting ceremony.
As the lead agency in the Cleveland – Cuyahoga Consortium, the Cuyahoga Land Bank helped administer $3.8 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2) funding that made the new CMHA Lee Senior Apartments possible.
“Despite all of the skill and combined brainpower of the partner agencies, none of this could have happened without the vision of the community,” said Cuyahoga Land Bank President Gus Frangos.  “This site was an eyesore for a long time and we are thrilled to have been a part of bringing new vitality to this community in the form of much needed senior housing.”

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