About Slavic Village Development
Slavic Village Development (SVD) is a non-profit community development corporation serving the North and South Broadway neighborhoods of Cleveland, Ohio. With an investment of $160 million over the past 25 years, Slavic Village Development has proven itself to be an aggressive and capable community development corporation.
SVD is a member of the Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA), a statewide membership organization of Community Development Corporations that engages in capacity-building, advocacy and public policy development that fosters socially and economically healthy communities.
Slavic Village Development has a long history of highly successful physical development and community building, with particular emphasis on complex real estate site assembly. SVD has rehabbed or built more than 1,000 housing units, including a 200+ home planned community; several large multi-family buildings; and more than 400 homes for low income families.
In recent years, SVD has refined its programming and has increasingly used community organizing and community building activities to address quality of life issues, such as activities for youth, safety and recreation. Arts programming, including public art, concerts, festivals and parades have become more important as has the development of parks, green space and recreational amenities. SVD has been instrumental in the creation of several new parks, and in 2006 opened Morgana Run Bike Trail a 3-mile trail developed on an abandoned rail line. SVD leveraged the development of the trail and created a new park capitalizing on the Mill Creek waterfall, and linked the Morgana Trail to the Ohio Erie Canal Towpath, an extensive trail system just south of the neighborhood.
Slavic Village Development will promote, empower, and build BroadwaySlavicVillage as a thriving diverse community.
Broadway Slavic Village is a vibrant, connected and diverse community where all can live sustainably and well. Broadway Slavic Village neighborhoods are organized around active living where residents and visitors can walk and bike to work, shopping, arts, and worship. As neighbors we are empowered to help each other, work, and have fun together.
The goal of the organization is to revitalize the Broadway neighborhood through rehabilitation of existing housing, storefronts and buildings; construction of new homes; retention of existing buildings and recruitment of new ones; and provision of housing services and community organizing programs to improve the quality of life.
- Distinct identity
- Cultural, racial, social and economic diversity
- Entrepreneurial and proactive approach to resolving issues and enhancing neighborhood assets
- Real-estate development based
- Community Empowerment
- Compatible co-existence of residents, business and industry
- Sense of community ownership and belonging through the education and empowerment of residents and businesses
- Creation and support of a commonly held set of community behaviors and standards
Board of Directors
Suzanne Ferrara, PNC Business Banking
Sr. Ann Solma, Resident, Villa Montessori Center Staff
Treasurer & CHN Representative
Krume Stojanovski, Former Resident, Krume & Associates
Fr. Joe Callahan, Resident, Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Joe Fortuna, Fourtuna Funeral Home
Ja’Ovvoni Garrison, Resident, Public Square Group
Linda Golubski, Resident, Co-Owner at Golubski Funeral Home
Greg Knapp, Resident, Attorney at US Department of Labor
Dave Komorowski, Komorowski Funeral Home
Liz March-Robinson, Associate at Third Federal Savings
Josefa Martinez, Chief Financial Officer at University Settlement
Marty Piszczak, Director at Stella Walsh Recreation Center
Matthew Slates, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Chris Smetana, Newburgh Heights Resident, Way Point Partners
Jane Warner, Attorney at Tucker Ellis & West
Doc Warr, Warr & Daaly Enterprises