Below is a summary of results from the Summit Neighborhood Revitalization Plan
Parade of Homes
The Urban Housing Foundation received a $1,000,000 grant from the City to acquire 18 properties near the Summit School in 2006. These properties were acquired and demolished with a site plan for 14 new single-family, market rate homes. 8 Parade homes were built for a July 2007 Parade of Homes, with two “upgraded” homes built and purchased on neighboring lots in 2009. Community Building Partnership of Stark County, Inc. and the Summit Neighborhood Planning Coalition held a major Neighborhood Fair in June 2008 to spark interest in the Parade and promote the neighborhood; over 200 people attended, facilitating sales. Both Community Building Partnership of Stark County, Inc. and the Hoover Foundation provided down payment grants to spark sales and interest.
Freed Housing Corporation
A rental conversion to homeownership effort spearheaded by the non-profit Freed Housing Corporation and joined by SCOPP in 2006 renovated 7 properties. This work has spurred private developers to renovate over a dozen homes independently.
Weed and Seed
A 2-year Safety Campaign led by Multi-Development Services to strengthen police presence in the neighborhood led to the successful recognition of the Summit Neighborhood as a Weed and Seed site. The Central Canton Weed and Seed program was awarded $1,000,000 of Weed and Seed federal funding for 5 years to reduce crime and to support community activities in the neighborhood. CBP was instrumental in securing this funding by investing over $65,000 in staffing, technical assistance, and grant writers for this effort.
The development of several major housing and commercial development plans for the lower tier of the neighborhood was the neighborhood’s greatest challenge. Through the efforts of CBP Board member and civic leader Bill Clarke, the former warehouse lot of Hilsher-Clarke Electric at the corner of McKinley and 6th St NW was developed into The Wilson Pointe Senior Housing Project, a 40 unit, $ 8 million senior rental complex, by CBP partners ABCD, Inc. and the NRP Group. In addition, two neighborhood businesses expanded, two additional businesses were opened; and two potential housing projects remain in the feasibility and financing stage of development.