In addition to these services, DSCDO is currently involved in various infrastructure, economic development, and housing activities throughout the neighborhood, including:
Located in the historic Gordon Square Arcade at Detroit Avenue and W.65th Street, the organization was founded in 1973 as a grassroots organization to work with residents and businesses with a goal of revitalizing the neighborhood.
The turning point for DSCDO was in 1979 when the Arcade’s cornice fell to the sidewalk and onto Detroit Avenue. The building was literally crumbling and DSCDO stepped in to not only facilitate the repairs and save the historic structure but become a real estate developer and property manager too. The organization was the first to receive an Urban Action Development Grant in the country in an effort to purchase the Gordon Square Arcade and save it from demolition.
In 1987, DSCDO became one of the first organizations to receive low income and historic tax credits in an effort to complete the arcade’s $4.2 million rehabilitation. Upon completion, the organization created 64 subsidized apartments, a 10,000 square foot office atrium, and 12,000 square feet of retail space. This enabled DSCDO to begin an aggressive real estate agenda in an effort to revitalize the neighborhood through, among other things, improved housing.
From 1990 to 2004, DSCDO and other non-profit partners collaborated to build and/or rehabilitate 500 housing units in order to lay the foundation for future growth. Because the non-profit sector entered the market to bridge the investment gap that private companies were not filling, developers and government officials saw the level of commitment coming from these organizations as an asset and a foundation upon which future development could be leveraged.
The accomplishments from the previous fifteen years have stimulated private investors to enter the neighborhood and aid in Detroit Shoreway’s revitalization. In 2007, the neighborhood led the city in new housing starts with the majority by private companies, something that was unheard of in the ‘90s. DSCDO is now redoubling our efforts to create affordable housing while preserving the character of the neighborhood and maintaining mixed-income demographics.
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The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization | 6516 Detroit Avenue | Cleveland, Ohio 44102 | 216.961.4242