Central-Cedar transformation takes shape with opening of Sankofa Village

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) hosted a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the new Cedar-Central Development called Sankofa Village on Friday, March 10, 2017. Sankofa Village is a 15.2-acre residential phase of the Cedar Transformation Plan, the redevelopment plan that has resulted from the Cedar Choice Neighborhood Planning grant award.

“Sankofa Village is an investment in the Cedar-Central neighborhood that provides quality housing to its residents,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “It is another example of how we’re working together to make Cleveland a better place to live, work, play, and do business.”

Sankofa Village
Sankofa Village

Sankofa Village Phase I is a 61-unit four-story elevator building with units that consist of one-bedroom, full-bathroom, kitchen with energy-star range, range hood and refrigerator, living space, and closets. Sankofa Village Phase II is a 50-unit development of townhomes housed in five separate buildings. The site is 2.74 acres and has two parking lots, two playgrounds and will meet Enterprise Green Community Standards as well as LEED Neighborhood Development guidelines.

“Sankofa Village embraces the rich history of the area and serves as a catalyst to help transform the neighborhood by connecting people and creating new opportunities for residents within this community,” said Jeffery K. Patterson, CMHA Chief Executive Officer. “CMHA is pleased to have the opportunity to enhance the neighborhood based upon the input of various community stakeholders and residents.”

Ralph A. Falbo, Inc. and Pennrose Properties will develop and manage the properties and CMHA is the sponsor, property owner, partner, lender, and provider of Section 8 operating subsidies through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.

“Sankofa Village is an excellent example of what cooperation across the board can produce from CMHA to the developer, contractor, architect and the city. Congratulations to all for a job well done,” said Ralph Falbo, Owner of Ralph A. Falbo Inc.

“My son and I like Sankofa Village because it is a dynamic location and so close to downtown Cleveland with great access to the freeways. The materials used to build the townhomes are wonderful. The inside of the units are great, with an airy, open floor plan. I like the vaulted ceilings and large windows that bring in excellent, natural light,” said Monica Brentson, resident of Sankofa Village.

The goal of this Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant is to employ a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. The program will transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing and leverage investments in well-functioning services, high quality public schools and education programs, high quality early learning programs and services, public assets, public transportation, and improve access to jobs. In addition, Choice Neighborhoods will ensure that current residents will be able to benefit from this transformation by preserving affordable housing or providing residents with the choice to move to affordable and accessible housing in another existing neighborhood of opportunity.

More information on how to apply for residency at Sankofa Village is available here.