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Largest Hough Development in a Century

NEOtrans Blog-By Ken Prendergast / November 28, 2023


The largest planned, single development in a century is proposed for Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood by reutilizing the huge site of the closed Martin Luther King Jr. High School, 1651 E. 71st St. On that 11-acre property bounded by Hough and Lexington avenues plus East 71st and 73rd streets, 310 housing units and two divisible commercial spaces are planned as part of a neighborhood destination.

They are intended to serve a variety of residents — ranging from the growing workforce and student population in the University Circle area to those retired and looking for modern, single-level housing. In the center of the development, a roughly 3-acre community park is envisioned with gardens, farms, a pond, fountain and quarter-mile-long walking path.

Proposed by Structures Unlimited LLC of Greenbelt, MD in suburban Washington DC, with offices in Cleveland and West Palm Beach, FL, the developer has built major residential and commercial projects in suburban Maryland but also in Baltimore, Durham, NC and elsewhere. The minority-owned firm....


New retail development in Hough neighborhood will honor America's first Black female millionaire Eric Heisig / June 22, 2021 

CLEVELAND — A new retail development in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood will bring new businesses and retail establishments to the area while also honoring Madam C.J. Walker, considered “the first Black woman millionaire in America” thanks to her homemade line of hair care products for Black women.

The development will be located on the south side of Hough Avenue at East 85th Street, according to the Cleveland Planning Commission.

Developer Kareem Abdus-Salaam of Structures Unlimited, based in Maryland, told News 5 that a portion of the space would be dedicated to Black entrepreneurs.

Salaam said the development models after Walker’s basic philosophy, that encouraged self-opportunity and self-help among African Americans by keeping money earned and money spent in their community.

“She [Walker] made sure that dollar turned over in the community four to five times before it left,” he said.

The space represents what can happen when like-minded people come together to create a business hub celebrating

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