Community Groups & Resources
Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corporation (BSSDC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has served the neighborhoods of Buckeye for over 45 years. BSSDC works with residents, institutions, merchants, stakeholders, and other participants to collaborate across neighborhood boundaries to improve the area as a whole.
Our goal is to leverage what makes the commercial and residential areas in the Buckeye, Larchmere, Shaker Square, Woodland Hills and Ludlow neighborhoods unique.
BSSDC is currently engaged in a strategic planning process to help guide its future work. Based on the input and needs of the community, we hope to produce a cohesive community and neighborhood strategy that will serve as a blueprint for improving and maintaining neighborhood stability.
Your input is essential to making BSSDC’s planning efforts successful. Please take the following survey, which can be completed in only a few minutes. Thank you.
Vaughn P. Johnson, Deputy Director
Surveys will be accepted through April 30, 2018.
- City of Cleveland
- Cleveland Housing Network
- Cleveland Restoration Society
- Community Development, City of Cleveland
- Coral Group
- Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
- Economic Development, City of Cleveland
- Financial Literacy Program
- Fairhill Partners
- Greater Circle Living
- Home Energy Assistance Program
- Healthy Eating and Active Living
- Housing Court
- Larchmere Merchants Association
- Ludlow Community Association
- Live Cleveland
- Neighborhood Progress, Inc (now Cleveland Neighborhood Progress)
- Planning Commission
- RTA (Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority)
- Senior Home Maintenance Assistance
- Shaker Area Development Corporation (SHAD)
- Shaker Square community website
- Saint Luke’s Foundation
- Storefront Renovation Program
Nuisance Properties & Code Enforcement
Information about Code Enforcement in our neighborhood
The City of Cleveland and your local community development corporation, Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corporation (BSSDC) have formed the Code Enforcement Partnership to help stabilize our neighborhoods and preserve the housing stock in Cleveland. The goal of the program is to promote housing maintenance in order to improve housing value. The program is designed to help identify the worst housing first and make sure that it is improved.
For many years the City of Cleveland Code Enforcement efforts have been based on individual complaints. The Code Enforcement Partnership is designed to look at every property in Cleveland over a four year cycle to identify those most in need of repair and at the same time to alert homeowners about problems that impact the quality of their housing and neighborhood.
The way the program works is that BSSDC staff will survey the houses in their service area. BSSDC has been divided into 16 subareas that will be surveyed. BSSDC will let you know when they will be in your area. If BSSDC notices issues with your property, they will inform you either by letter or by delivering a notice, stating what needs to be fixed and what assistance if any BSSDC can provide. The letter will request that you contact BSSDC to discuss your plans to resolve the problem. If you contact BSSDC and work out a plan, the property will not be submitted to the City. BSSDC will check to make sure that the work has been completed and if not, refer appropriate properties for an inspection by the City.
By responding to the notice from BSSDC and fixing the problems, you will not only avoid the possibility of a housing code violation notice but you will help to maintain the value of your property and the quality of the housing in your community.
In addition to the Code Partnership, the Building and Housing Department still treats vacant and abandoned housing as the highest priority and is using whatever resources are available to either have the responsible owner fix the property or demolish it. Unfortunately, there are more vacant properties than the City has the funds to demolish. The City is working with BSSDC to prioritize these vacant properties so that those that are doing the greatest harm to the neighborhood will be dealt with first.
If you have questions about the Code Enforcement Partnership, please call BSSDC directly at : 216.491.8450
If you have been cited with a complaint from Building and Housing and have been issued a court date, please visit the housing court website here.
There are several community block club groups and model block club groups that operate within the Buckeye Shaker Square Service district. These group exist to strengthen ties to the community, to serve as a voice for community issues and to develop strong relationships with community service groups, neighborhood non-profit groups and city departments.