The Cuyahoga Land Bank has the potential to change the face of a neighborhood. Case in point: The Cuyahoga Land Bank has gone to significant lengths to restore this South Boulevard property in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood.
This 10-room mansionette, built in the early 1900s by architect George Kauffman, sat vacant for approximately eight years before first coming into the hands of the Cuyahoga Land Bank in 2011. The property was transferred to a developer shortly thereafter as part of the City of Cleveland’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2). The effects of time, climate and decades of neglect had taken a toll on this once great structure. The Cuyahoga Land Bank reclaimed ownership of the building in 2017 and has since completed extensive restoration and renovation of the dwelling.
The substantial renovations include new roofing, windows and doors, plumbing, and flooring, and granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, beautiful wood cabinets and attractive backsplash give it a modern feel. Other renovations include a new energy-efficient HVAC system, full electrical rewiring, and a new driveway. New historically appropriate paint and a new driveway and landscaping add the finishing touches to the home.
Throughout the renovation, the Cuyahoga Land Bank took measures to keep the historic character of the house intact. The City of Cleveland’s Department of Community Development provided helpful insight on the historical identity of the home and outlined ways to preserve its architectural features.
The Cuyahoga Land Bank is proud to have returned this residence to its original prominence as an anchor to the South Boulevard neighborhood of Cleveland. Eligible buyers may purchase the home through the NSP 2 program.