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Reviving the Past: Cleveland’s Dall-Mays Houses – Your Chance to Be a Part of Cleveland’s History

Reviving History: City of Cleveland and Partners Seek Redevelopment Heroes for Dall-Mays Houses

Cleveland, September 8, 2023 — In a city where history whispers through its cobblestone streets and architecture tells tales of yesteryears, the City of Cleveland is embarking on a journey to breathe new life into the cherished Dall-Mays houses. This ain’t just any renovation project; it’s a chance to write another chapter in Cleveland’s story, and they want you to be a part of it.

A Restoration Quest Like No Other

  • The City of Cleveland is teaming up with the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS), Ward 5’s Councilman Richard Starr, and the ever-supportive Burten Bell Carr Development, Inc., to issue a (RFQ) that’s destined to turn these historic houses into a vibrant part of Cleveland’s future.
  • Nestled on 2225 and 2229 E. 46th St., the Dall-Mays houses sit like silent guardians, waiting for a savior. Alongside these gems, up to 16 vacant land parcels from the City of Cleveland Land Bank are up for grabs, perfect for those with dreams of fresh beginnings.

Unlocking the Treasure Chest of History

  • These houses are more than just brick and mortar; they’re history. They’re on the National Register of Historic Places, and they’ve got the official “City of Cleveland Landmark” title. The best part? Sprucing them up could earn you Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits and Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits. Cha-ching!
  • Are they in decent shape, you ask? Well, the answer is a “generally yes.” But hold your paintbrushes because no one’s tested them for hazardous materials yet. If you’re the chosen one, it’s your job to find, fix, or flee from any unwanted surprises lurking behind those walls.

A Walk Through Time

  • Once upon a time, after the Great Migration, Cedar-Central was the heartbeat of African American life in Cleveland. It’s where history met community, and both thrived. The Lane Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, a living landmark, stands nearby. And so does the George Washington Carver Elementary School, where dreams of young scholars once filled the air.
  • Don’t forget the Phillis Wheatley Association’s Emeritus House, a vintage beauty from 1927, offering affordable senior living. Plus, the former Cleveland Central High School is ready to don a new avatar, with plans to house 80 affordable senior apartments and some cool community space. The neighborhood is buzzing, and you could be at the center of it all.

Join the League of Redevelopment Heroes

  • It’s not every day you get a chance to write history. The City of Cleveland, along with CRS, is putting together a dream team—a task force filled with experts and enthusiasts, a bunch of smart folks who know a thing or two about restoring the past while paving the future. They’ve got lawyers, architects, contractors, historians, preservation pros, and even a few community stakeholders thrown into the mix.

Ready to Make History?

This isn’t just another real estate project; this is your chance to make a mark on the city you love. The Dall-Mays houses are waiting, and so is your destiny.

How to Get Involved:

  1. Respond to the RFQ: Show off your skills and qualifications; let them know why you’re the one for the job.
  2. Join the Task Force: If you’re passionate about preservation and restoration, there’s a seat at the table with your name on it. Be part of the magic.
  3. Spread the Word: Even if you’re not the one wielding the hammer, you can still make a difference. Share this opportunity with your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested.

Cleveland’s history is waiting to be resurrected, and they’re counting on you. Step up, take the plunge, and let’s make history together!



Kyle is a content creator with a passion for exploring and telling stories. When he's not at his computer, you can find him in the city with his wife Kaitie, and/or his two kids. You'll enjoy reading about his experiences and insights if you're all about The Land, through, The Cleveland Tea Newsletter, and some of the posts on Cleve or Leave.

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