City of Cleveland News Updates – #397

The City of Cleveland today made the following announcements:

City of Cleveland & CMSD Release Second RFQ for Redevelopment of Surplus, Vacant CMSD Sites

In March 2021, The City of Cleveland (City) and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) issued a joint Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select real estate development project teams for the redevelopment of 12 vacant school buildings and seven sites of vacant land that were formerly the location of school buildings. Through that process, project teams were recommended to move forward to commence due diligence activities of 13 sites. This phase will include community engagement and further site investigation as project teams move forward to seeking conceptual approval for each site. 

On August 5, 2021, the City and CMSD jointly issued a second Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select real estate development project teams for the redevelopment of 6 remaining sites:   four vacant school buildings and two sites of vacant land. Sites are located across Cleveland’s East Side, in neighborhoods including Midtown, Slavic Village, Fairfax and Mt. Pleasant. Sites include one local landmark structure, two sites of vacant land, and sites that are located along highly-trafficked commercial corridors including Superior Avenue and East 55th Street. More information on each site and location can be found on the RFQ webpage, here: 

The deadline for responses to the RFQ is 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Project teams may submit proposals for more than one site; however, a distinct proposal for each site must be submitted.  As part of the process, the City and CMSD will host a virtual information session on August 18, and building tours on August 23. Project teams interested in submitted responses to the RFQ are invited to RSVP to Additional information can be found on the RFQ webpage.

Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Center Spray Parks to Operate until Aug. 22; Indoor Pool Schedule Expanded

Due to projected hot temperatures in the coming weeks, spray parks at City of Cleveland Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Centers (NRRCs) will remain in operation until August 22, 2021. Spray parks will only open on days when outdoor temperatures reach 80 degrees and above.

Additionally, since outdoor pools have now closed for the summer season, indoor pools will be open for an expanded schedule beginning August 9, 2021. Hours are as follows:

  • 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Closed Sunday

Other Important Reminders

Mayor Jackson Addresses Delta Variant of COVID-19 in Video Message to Clevelanders

On July 28, 2021, Mayor Frank G. Jackson recorded a video message to Cleveland residents, urging them to stay safe amid the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and to get vaccinated to protect themselves against the virus. To view Mayor Jackson’s video message, click here.

About the City of Cleveland

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