As you are reading this, November elections are over and I have been re-elected for my third term to Cleveland City Council. The election came with changes in ward boundaries throughout the City of Cleveland. Ward 5 now includes all of Cleveland State University (and other parts of downtown). This is very exciting for me as I get to work with more of the Campus District community.
Several projects and initiatives loom brightly. I will continue to champion the East 22nd Streetscape, as this corridor is key to bringing Cleveland State and Cuyahoga Community College into closer alignment. This alignment is more than physical, as it will create the most vibrant education hub in our region.
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Choice Neighborhood Plan will be a game changer, completing the build out of lower Central in a significant way. Choice supports the redevelopment of the dilapidated Cedar Extension Family Estates with mixed income housing, creation of retail business and more neighborhood-based initiatives.
St. Peter with the key to the Holy Gates of Heaven. One of three original statues in the church, carved in the 1860s by an Ohio craftsman. Photograph By Dan Morgan.
Last month, I wrote about the tremendous renovation of the old M.T. Silver Building into the new 2320 Lofts residential apartments. This month I focus on a more ethereal renewal: St. Peter Church at East 17th and Superior Avenue.
When St. Peter Church was closed in April of 2010 by Bishop Richard Lennon, a dual effort to continue the work of the church took place, resulting in a splintering of the church community.
In September of last year, after an emphatic appeal, the pope ordered the church to reopen. Meanwhile a large stable of parishioners moved to a new location, against the wishes of Bishop Lennon. The resulting challenge: a great church with a tremendous history and a LOT of room to grow in numbers! Many “opportunities exist for people to really get involved,” said parishioner Tom Wiencek. Wiencek is one of 40 or so original parishioners leading the effort.
St. Peter Church was constructed between 1857 and 1859. It was patterned after the German Hallenkirche, or hall church, by many devoted German immigrants. The church has been renovated at least four times in its history. This is a lovely church, most recently modernized in the early 1990s.
Photo courtesy of CMSD Communications.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s MC2STEM High School is complete now that its juniors and seniors have found a permanent home on the Cleveland State University campus.
The innovative school, which specializes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, celebrated at a grand opening last month, along with leaders from the district, Cleveland State University and KeyCorp.
The KeyBank Foundation contributed $1.25 million to renovate space for the students on two floors of Rhodes Tower and has given more than $2.5 million to STEM education in the district. The facilities at CSU include a “fab lab” equipped with computers linked to laser-powered cutters and other machinery.
“This is a statement of our commitment to this program,” said Margot James Copeland, executive vice president of KeyBank and chair of the foundation, “but more importantly, this is a statement of our belief in the young people of this community.”
Jewelry and photo by Mindi Burton/MIOTAL.
The weekend of December 7 is a wonderful time to experience the creative talents and spaces in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood. With events at Zygote Press, Artcraft Building, Terra Vista Studios and the Tower Press Building, there is no shortage of beauty or history.
Now in its fifth year, the December Cleveland Handmade Market at Tower Press will once again bring in a fresh crop of handmade goods from local artists and makers. Price points and media vary, but each seller will have unique gift-able items to choose from.
You’ll find hand-screened clothing and houseware from Apemade Apparel by April Bleakney and Cleveland Tart by Beth Hess; leather goods from Wright & Rede; children’s clothing and accessories from Jill Polk; hand-blended teas and tisanes from T by Sarah; gorgeous jewelry from Ana Molnar, Lila McRainey, Mindi Burton, Tamera Strieter, Cynde Hujarski, and Kerri O’Connor; original artwork from Karen Koch and Bonnie Kamps; Crochet and knitwear from Stephanie Johnson of Suite Ideas, Emily Gainer of Gainer in Stitches, and Mia Jones from Piper & Stone; personalized houseware from Katy Corigan; woodwork from Clayton Fant of Three Frog Studio; books and cards from Margaret Bakke; paper lanterns from Jan Kious; and the perennial favorite, Blastmaster, with Cleveland-themed and personalizable sand-blasted glassware.
In addition to the Market, Artefino Art Gallery Cafe will be open for special Saturday hours offering delicious espresso drinks, soups, salads and sandwiches named with art history in mind. The cafe also features work from local artists on display and available for purchase. Even more art can be found in the open studios of the first floor of the Tower Press Building.
The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department began its “Police Assistance Referral” program about three years ago, and since then nearly 4,600 CMHA residents – primarily in the Central Neighborhood – have benefited.
The referral initiative shifts police-citizen relations and recognizes that police are usually the first responders to social crises.
“Eighty percent of police officers respond to non-arrest situations, and the CMHA police are no different,” said Michael Walker, executive director of Partnership for a Safer Cleveland, a non-profit dedicated to increasing safety and providing developmental opportunities through collaborative initiatives.
Police Assistance Referral gives CMHA officers another tool, and the family they’re dealing with options. Recognizing the long-term effects violence has on children and families, CMHA police connect them with FrontLine Service (formerly Mental Health Services).
Frontline contacts the family within 24 hours of the event to provide consultation, information and ongoing support for those who want it, working with adults and children to overcome trauma as well as connect them to other appropriate agencies and services.
Interactive exhibit offers visitors the chance to share their hopes and dreams.
Last month, Cleveland Public Library (CPL) began offering visitors a unique way to make their voices heard and announce their life’s hopes. CPL’s Main Library is now featuring a wall chalkboard installation of the Before I Die project, which invites passersby to fill in the blank for the prompt, “Before I die, I want to ________.”
CPL joined communities in New York, Memphis, Milwaukee, Little Rock, and Monterrey, Mexico to celebrate “A Day of Walls” on November 5. The event coincided with the release of the Before I Die book, which features photos and stories from Before I Die projects around the world. CPL will periodically photograph the installation and share the results online.
“The Before I Die project provides community members the chance to pause from their busy lives, reflect on their dreams, and share those aspirations in a public way,” said Felton Thomas, director of CPL. “CPL has a strong tradition of displaying art that inspires contemplation and participation, and we can’t wait to see what the community has to say.”
Before I Die is a global public art project originally conceived after the loss of a loved one by artist Candy Chang, whose first “canvas” for the project was an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood. More than 350 walls have been created in over 25 languages and 60 countries, including Kazakhstan, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Iraq, Argentina and South Africa. The project has been featured on NBC, CNN, TED, and Oprah Magazine.
The exhibit will run through January 31, 2014. For more information, please visit cpl.org or beforeidie.cc.
Don’t miss this Cleveland Christmas tradition! Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral presents the beloved Annual Messiah Sing on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 12:10 p.m. This year’s event is sponsored by Mrs. Robin Hitchcock Hatch. The annual Messiah Sing is free and open to the public.
Director of Music and Worship Todd Wilson conducts the Trinity Chamber Orchestra, soloists and audience in the massed choir! Trinity’s Messiah Sing includes all the beloved choruses and solos of Part I (the Christmas portion) of Messiah, and concludes with the Hallelujah chorus. Experience the thrill of singing this great music as part of a massed chorus with orchestra! Messiah scores will be available and singers are also welcome to bring their own.
Free parking is available on Prospect Avenue at East 22nd Street. Overflow parking is available in the Cleveland State University Prospect garage. Trinity Cathedral is located at 2230 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland. Learn more about Trinity at www.trinitycleveland.org.
Members of the Trinity Urban Service Corps pictured with Rev. Sahra Harding, Very Rev. Tracey Lind, and Rev. Canon Will Mebane. Visit www.trinitycleveland.org/urban-service-corps to find out more about the group’s mission.
One of eight interns working as a Trinity Urban Service Corps member in Cleveland has had to exit our program, which began in late August, due to family circumstances. As a result, we are recruiting for a replacement participant with a college degree or the equivalent and who is familiar with the Protestant Christian tradition, to begin as soon as possible.
The 40 hours per week are spent developing the house community of interns living in the Detroit Shoreway-Gordon Square district of Cleveland, Ohio, and the worksite would be based on the intern’s skills and interests. Housing, health insurance, transportation costs and food costs are provided through July 31, 2014. A personal stipend of $300 a month is included.
If you are available and interested in joining our mission of developing leaders for the civic community then please contact the Rev. Sahra Harding as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website for more details about the program and the current interns that are involved: http://trinitycleveland.org/urban-service-corps/.
Dear Friends of the Campus District,
Thirty years ago in 1983, the leaders of Cleveland State University (CSU), Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and St. Vincent Charity Hospital came together to create an entity for community improvement. Together with other community and business leaders they founded the St. Vincent Charity Quadrangle – later shortened to the Quadrangle – to become what is now known as Campus District, Inc.
Over the years the group improved safety in the district, offered child care to its employees, marketed the area to attract development and made several plans on how to bridge the Innerbelt trench that sliced through the neighborhood in the early 1960’s.
Wendy Hoke, a member of the executive committee of the CDI board and senior director of marketing and communications at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, presented the Outstanding Leadership Award to Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland for her work on the East 22nd Street infrustructure project and the CMHA Choice Neighborhood Plan.
Over 100 civic leaders, business people, anchor institution representatives and community stakeholders filled the Community Room at the Plain Dealer on November 22 to attend the Campus District, Inc. Annual Meeting. The meeting also commemorated the 30th anniversary of the founding of the St. Vincent Quadrangle in 1983, which eventually became the Campus District, Inc. (CDI).
Dr. Michael Schoop, president of the CDI Board of Directors (president of the Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus), welcomed the audience and introduced Bobbi Reichtell, executive director of CDI. Reichtell gave a report on the work of the Campus District over the past year and the recent large investments in the Campus District by private developers and institutions.
She pointed to the student housing opportunities that are continuing to expand with a warehouse in the Superior Arts Quarter being renovated by Dave and Karen Perkowski to provide loft units to accommodate 140 students, adding to the new 600-bed Langston apartment project on Chester Avenue developed by Guy Totino of Polaris Real Estate Equity and Buckingham Properties.