DSCDO meeting features neighborhood improvements
and honors special contributions

(Plain Press, March 2005) Over 100 people who filled Pope John Hall at Our Lady of Mount Carmel for the 32nd annual meeting of the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) on February 24th received a hearty spaghetti dinner, listened to an update on neighborhood developments and helped to honor those who have made special contributions to the neighborhood.

Ward 17 Councilman Matt Zone noted that millions of dollars of investments in the neighborhood were either in progress or soon to be underway. He specifically mentioned the 320 units of housing proposed for Battery Park; the 33 units of senior housing just completed at Colman Court; and $2 million worth of streetscape improvements scheduled for Detroit Avenue between W. 58th and W. 74th, site of the Gordon Square Arts District.

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization’s annual report released at the meeting states that a newly formed Gordon Square Arts District – a partnership between DSCDO, Cleveland Public Theatre and Near West Theatre—plans to raise $18 million through a capital campaign to “fund the renovation of CPT’s two theatres and the purchase and renovation of the adjacent church properties for CPT; transform the former Lou’s Furniture warehouse (W. 67th and Detroit Ave) into a lobby and offices for Near West Theatre, and build a new auditorium for NWT; and transform the now dark Capitol Theatre into a multi-screen, art and independent film cinema.”

Councilman Zone noted that Cuyahoga County is close to announcing a major grant for the Capital Theatre project.

The Weed and Seed program will receive another $225,000 this year to help improve the housing stock in the Urbanteer neighborhood.  Targeted streets in the Urbanteer neighborhood include Elton, Dudley and Colgate (north of Lorain Avenue and west of W. 73rd), said Zone.

Housing Court Judge Ray Pianka presented the annual Irene Catlin Awards to Nancy McCormick and Rita Kiousis.

McCormick, the leader of the West Clinton Block Club, was recognized for her hard work and tireless energy. A recent project she initiated paired youths with senior citizens in the neighborhood. The effort helped to bridge the generation gap as neighborhood youths assisted seniors with errands and yard work.

Rita Kiousis, a leader of the North Shore Neighbors Block Club was recognized for her passion in making her community a better place to live. Kiousis worked with her neighbors to restore Herman Park and make it a safe place for families to relax and enjoy. Pianka noted that Kiousis, whose family has resided in the neighborhood for many years, was the granddaughter of May Dugan, a neighborhood leader and bar owner for whom the May Dugan Center is named.

Councilman Zone presented three neighborhood improvement awards. The residential award went to Albert and Christina Kerfonta for improvements made to the exterior of a house at 2023 W. 83rd Street. The commercial award went to Billy Scanlin and Don Schuergerer for the renovation of the Happy Dog at 5801 Detroit Avenue. The Regional Transit Authority was awarded the public agency award for its renovation of the W. 65th Rapid Station, a centerpiece of the Cleveland EcoVillage.

Two special awards were given. Pat Dibello, a long time Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization board member, was honored with a special award “for her many years of dedicated service to the neighborhood.”

The men and women of the First District Police Division were honored with a special award for their “concentrated efforts to improve safety in the Weed and Seed area.” (Lorain to Lake Avenue between W. 73rd and W. 85th).


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