By Jacob VanSickle/Slavic Village Development
Slavic Village Development (SVD)
is a community development corporation in Cleveland,
Ohio, that serves the Broadway Slavic
SVD's primary focus has been housing and business development, but the
organization is also engaged in property management, green space development and community organizing.
In 2006 Slavic Village Development took its green space development to the
next level when it spearheaded the public-private development of the Morgana
Run Trail, a three-mile urban rail-trail. While promoting the trail as an
alternative form of transportation for residents, the SVD hasfound that it is a
great tool to market the neighborhood.
In the past year a public-private housing partnership, Opportunity Homes, has formed. The
partnership creates unique, fully renovated, energy-efficient homes in targeted
Village was selected in
part because of its proximity to the Morgana Run Trail and other numerous
amenities in the neighborhood that the trail links together.
Slavic Village Development is responsible for marketing the houses, both in
flyers and at open houses. One of the main selling points is the close
proximity to the Morgana Run Trail and the connections the trail makes both
within the neighborhood and beyond. Having access to shopping, schools, parks,
employment and recreation via the trail has proven to be an important asset in
selling houses and revitalizing the neighborhood. In total five houses in the
residential area near the trail will be renovated through the
Opportunity Home program. Three houses were complete in November 2009 and one is currently under
Image courtesy of Opportunity Homes & Slavic Village Development
Jacob Van Sickle of Slavic Village Development described how the Morgana Run Trail has been "an important asset in selling houses and revitalizing the neighborhood."...
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