Welcome to the Neighborhood!
About 40 staffers from the Cleveland Foundation paid a visit to Ward 7 to view the site of their potential new home on E. 66th Street between Euclid and Chester Avenues.
Earlier this year the Foundation decided that it wanted to be closer to the communities it serves so the Board of Directors approved a plan to move from its present long-time location in the Hanna Building to the Midtown Corridor.
The executive director of Midtown, Jeff Epstein, in tandem with Ward 7 councilman Basheer Jones, worked diligently behind the scenes to make the relocation to the prime site on Cleveland’s near Eastside a reality. During the same week of the planned visit came the exciting news that the Cleveland Public Library’s board approved the construction of a new library on the Southwest corner of Lexington and E. 66th, thus adding to the vision of making the corridor from Euclid to Lexington a destination for visitors to Cleveland, as well as for local residents.
The Foundation’s purchase of the site is presently being challenged in court by a small group of disgruntled board members and supporters of the Dunham Tavern Museum, the entity from which it is purchasing the parcels of land on the east side of 66th Street. However, it is predicted that the lawsuit will be settled by the Court of Appeals in the Foundations’ favor in the near future.
In anticipation of that positive outcome the Foundation decided to get staffers acquainted with its potential new neighborhood, and on August 30 a busload of employees visited the ward, making a stop at the site of their potential new building. Other locations included the Fatima Family Center at E. 66th and Lexington, and the historic League Park, which is located directly across the street from the neighborhood center.
The delighted staffers ended their visit at the Vineyards and Winery of Chateau Hough, located on 66th and Hough Avenue where they sampled a variety of fine wines produced by one of the few inner-city vineyards and wineries in the country.
Judging from the nods of approval a good time was had by all.