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Educated, relatively high-earning workers are flocking to urban neighborhoods at a rate not seen since at least the 1970s.

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As Councilman Joe Cimperman has resigned from his role as Ward 3 City Councilman to pursue a position at the nonprofit organization Global Cleveland, Kerry McCormack, the former Director of Community Affairs at Ohio City Incorporated, has been appointed to this role for the remainder of the term. 

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Ohio City Incorporated is teaming up with Knez Homes to provide affordable new construction housing opportunities in the Ohio City neighborhood. This partnership will work to simplify what can be a lengthy and intense process of building a home on a land-bank lot and meet the growing need for affordable housing in Ohio City.

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Joe Cimperman has resigned from his role as city councilman after 18 years serving Cleveland's ward 3. Cimperman will take on a new role as the president of Global Cleveland, a non-profit organization focuses on welcoming immigrants, refugees and other newcomers to the city.

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The Music Settlement, a century-old nonprofit that provides early childhood and music education, has announced its expansion to Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. The mission of the institution revolves around creating a community of growth and artistic expression. The school will be located on the ground floor of a 194-unit appartment building that is also set to feature a local grocery store and a swimming pool. 

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The West Side Market has appointed Felicia Hall, former Director of Administration at the Cleveland Restoration Society, to begin serving as the market manager starting August 17th, 2015. After a year of operating without a manager, the West Side Market welcomes Hall as tenants are eager to address issues pertaining to the management of the building and the future of the Market. 

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The Ohio City neighborhood continues to evolve as the South of Lorain (SoLo) district welcomes a wide array of new businesses. From neighborhood amenitites to night-life attractions, the district is becoming a revitalized destination point. 

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On Friday, October 16th 2015, Cleveland's planning commission unanimously approved plans for the proposed Lorain Avenue Bikeway. The plans for this project, which have been in the works for over three years, include restructuring 2.25 miles of what is currently a four-lane street into a multi-modal avenue. Lorain Avenue between West 20th Streett and West 65th Street would be converted into a route that includes two lanes for vehicles, a lane for parking and bus stops, and a 10ft. traffic-protected lane for bicycles. 

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The Ohio City Safety Camera Initiative is designed to deter crime by installing, and identifying through signage, safety cameras in strategic locations throughout the neighborhood. Priority will be given to areas in the neighborhood with the highest incidents of crime according to Cleveland Police statistics, with the long-range goal of placing safety cameras throughout the neighborhood. Similar safety camera initiatives in other neighborhoods in the City of Cleveland have resulted in a reduction in crime through deterrence and positive feedback from residents. In other instances, safety cameras have documented crimes being committed and led to the successful prosecutions of the perpetrators.

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A long-discussed and oft-delayed apartment project in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood got the green light last week, as money finally fell into place to transform a vacant cluster of buildings on West 25th Street.

Developers Rick Foran and Chris Smythe closed Wednesday on financing for a $27.4 million project that will turn the old Exhibit Builders property into 83 residences and commercial space. Construction, starting with interior preparations, is scheduled to start this week. The apartments could open in September 2016.

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