Celebrating Grand Opening of New Housing at Sankofa Village
CMHA CEO Jeffery Patterson and Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland are joined by representatives of Sankofa Village developers Pennrose and Ralph A. Falbo companies, funders and investors at ribbon cutting.
Clockwise from upper left: Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority CEO Jeffery Patterson, Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, Tri-C Metro Campus President Michael Schoop, Campus District Board President and VP at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Wendy Hoke.
March 10th may have been a rather chilly morning, but the grand opening of the new housing development Sankofa Village on Community College Avenue fostered a warm gathering of community stakeholders, public officials, residents, and the project developers of Pennrose and Ralph A. Falbo Companies. The ceremony celebrated the completion of Phases 1 and 2 of the Cedar Transformation Plan with 2.74 acres of new residential housing that includes affordable and market rate housing in apartments and townhouses.
Partners on the project spoke about the need for high quality housing that this development addresses as well as plans for future collaborative efforts to build phases 3 and 4 in the Campus District-Central neighborhood. In reference to the significance of this accomplishment, Councilwoman Phyliss Cleveland of Ward 5 said "We hear so much about what's wrong in our city - it's important that we celebrate what's right."
Sankofa Village Phase I consists of 61 one bedroom units in a four-story elevator building and Phase II features 50 units of townhomes housed in five separate buildings. The site has two parking lots, two playgrounds and will meet Enterprise Green Community Standards as well as LEED Neighborhood Development guidelines. “Sankofa Village embraces the rich history of the area and serves as a catalyst to help transform the neighborhood by connecting people and creating new opportunities for residents within this community,” said Jeffery K. Patterson, CMHA Chief Executive Officer. “CMHA is pleased to have the opportunity to enhance the neighborhood based upon the input of various community stakeholders and residents.”