Mayor Frank G. Jackson Announces Demolition Strategy to Remove Blighted Structures in City Neighborhoods

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Additional $5 million allotted for demolition as a result of Mayor’s enhanced budget

CLEVELAND – Mayor Frank G. Jackson is hosting a press conference Thursday, May 25 to announce a comprehensive strategy to remove blighted homes from City neighborhoods. The announcement is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, a series of programs and legislation aimed at improving the quality of City neighborhoods.

WHO: Mayor Frank G. Jackson; Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams; Chief of Youth Intervention, Opportunity and Prevention Duane Deskins; Director of City Planning Freddy Collier; Interim Director of Building & Housing Ayonna Donald

WHAT: Mayor Jackson will announce his comprehensive strategy to demolish blighted structures within the City. He will discuss safety and blight in City neighborhoods and the strategic plan to address them through collaborative efforts with City departments and community partners.

WHEN: Thursday, May 25

  • 7:00 a.m.: Mayor Jackson, Chief Williams, Chief Deskins and City Directors join Safe Routes volunteers at a designated station to guide children along the route to school (B-Roll Opportunity)
  • 7:30 a.m. Press Conference and Q&A
  • 8:30 a.m. Demolition of three homes (B-Roll Opportunity)

WHERE: Intersection of 93rd Street and Gaylord Avenue;

  • The intersection will be closed; parking suggested on the far end of Gaylord Avenue

WHY: Abandoned properties create significant safety concerns. The City has designed a demolition strategy that follows identified ‘safe routes to school’, with the intention of demolishing hundreds of structures along these routes by the end of 2017.

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