Oct. 5 – Cleveland Board of Control
Covered by Documenters Kellie Morris and Emma Sedlak

What happened: The board issued contracts for the city’s Storefront Renovation Program. The program helps property owners design and finance signage and fix up storefront buildings. The board approved a $35,000 contract with Aurora Research Associates, LLC, and a $15,000 contract with LMB Consulting, LLC, to help applicants in 2023. Community Development Director Alyssa Hernandez said both companies were familiar with the program.

Land sold: Hernandez presented the sale of four land parcels. They are part of the Land Reutilization Program. The board approved all the sales, including the $200 sale of land at 1472 E. 111th St. to the Orlean Co. to build housing.

Documenter Teela Patterson wondered how folks could transform abandoned land parcels into environmentally rich “healing spaces.” Check out a documentary — created with Documenters Kevin Naughton and Courtney Green — that tracks what Teela learned. Teela also led a seminar about environmental justice at Case Western Reserve University on Sept. 27.

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