A photo of Brooklyn Centre resident Christopher Hudson as he makes a public comment about poor living conditions at a downtown apartment building.
Brooklyn Centre resident Christopher Hudson speaks about poor living conditions at a downtown apartment building. Credit: Cleveland City Council YouTube

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What happened: Some tenants at a downtown apartment building are preparing for a rent strike, according to Ward 12 resident Christopher Hudson. He took the public comment mic to voice concerns about living conditions at Winton Manor located at 1012 Prospect Ave E. A pipe burst in December, flooding several floors, Hudson said. He called on city officials to support residents and hold the property owner accountable, saying Chicago-based Evergreen Real Estate Group has not finished promised renovations. Cleveland 19 reported that some tenants were fed up with conditions last November.

Cleveland Tenants Organization resurgence? Ward 13 Council Member Kris Harsh said he would support the re-establishment of the Cleveland Tenants Organization. He said this advocacy group ceased to exist years ago. He listed several ways that the organization could help, including by providing emergency services and helping with code enforcement. 

Grass-cutting program gets some green: Council passed legislation setting aside up to $65,000 for the Union-Miles Development Corp. to help run a senior lawn care program. 

The city accepts applications each year for no-cost lawn cutting. Call 216-664-2833 to learn more.

Two public commenters encouraged council to honor Glenville resident Hattie Holifield for 45 years of providing home daycare. Watch the full public comments or read transcripts edited by Documenter Carolyn Cooper on the Public Comment CLE website created by Ohio City resident Angelo Trivisonno.

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