When Tim Trumbull and his wife built a house in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood in the mid-1990s, finding a vacant lot on East 89th Street was a challenge.
It’s been 15 years since the foreclosure crisis hit East 89th Street between Cedar and Quincy Avenues, just south of the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.
President and CEO of Saint Luke’s Foundation, 51-year-old Tramble is preparing to take his neighborhood’s revitalization into his own hands. Outside of his day job, he plans his nearly $9 million project to recreate a once-glamorous street.
“As a foundation, we want to fund people and organizations that are closer to the people and issues within our community, and empower individuals to use their talents to define and address their own problems. That’s what I was saying… all through the first year,” said Trumbull, a longtime leader in community development. I participated June 1, 2020 St. Luke’s Foundation.
“It dawned on me,” he added. “I tell everyone, I have the skills to develop. My streets need redevelopment. Why don’t you use my skills to redevelop my streets?”
Through We Rise Development LLC, which he set up in February, Trumbull aims to build multifamily homes on land owned by the city’s land bank and local community development firm Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp.
The first phase of the project spans six large houses, each divided into eight apartments.
Designed to evoke the rambling Victorians that once supported the street, the building has large porches, gables, turrets and multicolored façades. Each residence is a mix of flats and townhouse style apartments, with one bedrooms approximately 550 square feet and two bedrooms approximately 1,000 square feet.
This is a rare product for Cleveland, where developers and builders are primarily focused. bigger apartment Or single-family homes. It’s also a project that the neighborhood leader has had on his wish list for the past decade.
Of the residential neighborhoods lined with Callum House, the nation’s oldest African-American theater, said Dennis Banrea, executive director of Fairfax Renaissance, “If there was a historic street in the area, it would be 89. It would have been right,” he said. , and EF Boyd & Son, a venerable black-owned funeral home.
In 2013, Fairfax Renaissance teamed up with Cleveland-based City Architecture to come up with a concept to replace huge old homes that fell prey to foreclosures and disrepair. The nonprofit included the proposal in his 2014-19 strategic plan and pitched the idea to a series of builders. But for years, no one could make numbers work.
Investments are now pouring into an area called Innovation Square.
small format meyer grocery store, with apartments on the second floor, is under construction at Cedar and East 105th Street at the north end of Opportunity Corridor Boulevard. On East 103rd Street, site preparation is underway for an 82-unit mixed-income apartment being worked on by Fairfax Renaissance and his St. Louis-based developer, McCormack Baron Salazar.
Also, Knez Homes and Cuyahoga Land Bank, or Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corp., are both building homes on lots interspersed between East 93rd Street and East 100th Street.
“I think the timing is right,” Trumbull said. “Maybe five years ago it would have been difficult to do what I’m proposing. Ten years ago it wouldn’t have worked.”