Central Kinsman Neighborhood Guide – Cleveland
Kinsman is in the midst of an infusion of investment that will surpass $100 million, including a new Anton Grdina K-8, community recreation center, and Cleveland Public Library branch. More than fifty new-construction single-family homes have been built in the Kinsman neighborhood in recent years. Hundreds more units of housing will be constructed as part of Hill Place and the redevelopment of the Garden Valley Estates, both of which are currently under construction.
Many exciting initiatives are underway to provide community members with opportunities for convenient shopping and services, as well as meaningful employment. These include the recently-completed Bridgeport-place, upcoming Kingsbury Crossings shopping center, new headquarters of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, and the Urban Tree Farm project.
Retail, commercial, and industrial businesses are emerging to serve a market with an abundance of opportunity rising from a steady influx of new community members living and working in the neighborhood. Kinsman is home to the world headquarters of the Orlando Baking Company, and accommodates several other large industries and manufacturers.
The revitalization of Cleveland’s historic Central neighborhood is one of Northeast Ohio’s best-kept secrets. Located at the southeast edge of Downtown Cleveland, this community is experiencing a dramatic revival facilitated by Burton, Bell, Carr Development Inc. and community partners that began nearly two decades ago and actively continues today. Several hundred newly constructed single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums have taken root in Central, and families have flocked to the community en masse to reap these exciting living opportunities. Other major investments that have occured in Central in recent years include new places for shopping and services, improved schools, renovated parks and recreation spaces, and upgraded streets and infrastructure.
One of the most alluring features of historic Central/Kinsman is the outstanding access it provides to Northeast Ohio’s top assets. Downtown Cleveland, PlayhouseSquare, the Midtown Corridor, University Circle and many arts, cultural, medical and educational institutions are just a short distance away. Central is home to many regionally renowned establishments, such as Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College Metropolitan Campus and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Residents can take a class, commute to work or catch a performance, have dinner at an acclaimed restaurant, see a physician or visit a museum within a matter of minutes from their homes. Interstates 77, 90 and 490 are all immediately accessible.
Arbor Park Place is just one of the many exciting recently completed projects in the Central neighborhood. Opened for business in 2005, Arbor Park Place offers conveniently nearby shopping and services in the hearth of Central. This neighborhood shopping center includes a Dave’s Supermarket grocery store, a full-service KeyBank branch, a Dollar Mart general merchandise store, Fashion 216 apparel, You Ask for It soul food restaurant and the El Dorado Barbershop. Arbor Park Place has been cultivated as the town square of the neighborhood and center for community activity. The revitalization of what was formerly Longwood Plaza, led by Neighborhood Progress Inc. and Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc., the local nonprofit community development corporation, has created more than 60 permanent jobs, increased property taxes more than four-fold and encouraged substantial investment in other areas within the community.
“Knowing that so many families invested in Central and are creating a great community made my decision to purchase a home here very easy.”
– Donovan Duncan
“What’s great about Central is that it offers convenient access to downtown, restaurants and eateries, shopping, education, health care and so much”
– Larry Wanzo
A hydroponic greenhouse, the first in a series of projects, will be a major producer and suppler of lettuce and basil locally. About 35 percent of its power will be generated by a wind turbine 10 times more powerful than the one at the Great Lakes Science Center.
Nearly three hundred homes have been built and part of the Villages of Central. Homes range from $145,000 to $250,000 and feature a variety of architectural designs. Several incentives are available, including 15-year tax abatement and up to $20,000 in down-payment assistance.
Parks and Recreation
- Marion Motley Playfields -25 acre multipurpose park with baseball fields located at Carson Avenue and East 71st. One million dollars has been allocated for their renovation in 2011.
- Port Park -Spray basin and Basketball courts at Port Avenue and East 73rd.
- Luke Easter Park – One of Cleveland’s most expansive parks located at Kinsman Road and East 93rd. It contains amenities for both active and passive recreation.
- Otter Park – Includes playground and Basketball courts located at East 83rd and Gill Avenue.
- Grant Park -East 38th Street and Central Ave.
- Lonnie Burton Recreation Center-located at East 55th Street and Outhwaite Avenue.
- Anton Grdina-PreK-8
3050 East 77th
- Giddings Elementry School-PreK-8
East 71st Street
- Cleveland School of the Arts-Dike Campus-PreK-8
2501 East 61st Street
- Carl & Louis Stokes Central Academy-K-8
2225 East 40th Street
- Jane Adams Business Career Center-9-12
2373 East 30th Street
- High Tech Academy-10-12
2900 Community College Boulevard
- East Technical High School-9-12
2439 East 55th Street
- Mt. Sinai Baptist Church-7510 Woodland Avenue.(Baptist)
- Original Harvest Baptist Church -7101 Kinsman Road.(Baptist)
- St. John’s AME Church -2261 East 40th Street (African Methodist Episcopal)
- Shiloh Baptist Church -5500 Scovill Avenue (Baptist)
- Triedstone Baptist Church -3782 Community College Boulevard (Baptist)
- Mt. Sinai Baptist Church -7510 Woodland Avenue-(Baptist)
- Bridgeport Place -7201 Kinsman Road (5/3 Bank, Cleveland Public Library)
- Arbor Park Place -East 40th& Community College Boulevard (Keybank, Dave’s Supermarket, Dollar Mart, Fashion 216)
- Midtown -Carnegie, Prospect and Euclid Avenues (Alanbe Food Outlet, Sutton Hardware)
- You Ask For It– 2508 East 40th Street(216)915-1768 (American/Barbecue)
- Somer’s Dinner -4002 Prospect Avenue(216)361-1743 (American)