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Councilman Anthony Brancatelli focused on quality of life issues: Cleveland City Council summer recess

September 5, 2018

Councilman Anthony Brancatelli focused on quality of life issues: Cleveland City Council summer recess

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Councilman Anthony Brancatelli has spent much of this summer focused on quality of life in his ward. 

Quality-of-life issues -- access to adequate housing, cultural events and good parks – play an important role as Cleveland works to retain its population.  

That is particularly true in old industrial areas such as Brancatelli’s Slavic Village neighborhood, where houses are often 100 years old and younger residents might be looking to move to the suburbs.  

So Brancatelli has helped to sponsor efforts that build a sense of community -- art displays, park improvements, ribbon cuttings on new housing and ice cream socials with safety forces.  

Cleveland City Council is on summer recess, operating on a limited meeting schedule since the beginning of June. It won’t resume its regular meeting schedule until Sept. 10.     

This story is the 12th installment in a cleveland.com series that looks at what council members are doing during the recess.    

Brancatelli, a member of City Council since 2005, represents Ward 12, It’s an area that straddles the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland’s Industrial Valley. In addition to Slavic Village, the ward includes parts of Tremont, Brooklyn Centre and Old Brooklyn neighborhoods.  

Working with organizations such as Slavic Village Development Corp. and the MetroWest Development Corp., Third Federal and Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration, Brancatelli, can point to several projects that came to fruition this summer. 

Among them:  

New environmentally friendly homes on Hosmer Avenue near Fleet Avenue. New affordable housing in the Trailside at Morgana Run project. Rededication of W.C. Reed Park on the West Side after completion of a $6.1 million EPA cleanup and $1 million in improvements to the grounds and equipment by the city. The start of demolition at the long-vacant Brooklyn YMCA building on Pearl Road. The site will be redeveloped with transitional housing. 

The payoff, Brancatelli said, is that as the community events and activities have grown, residents have developed a greater sense of ownership of their neighborhoods. 

Previous stories: Cleveland City Council summer recess   

Cleveland Councilman Kevin Kelley helping Old Brooklyn get prepped for schoolCleveland Councilman Joe Jones focused on school issues By phone, Facebook and tweets, Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland’s constituents keeping her busy Councilwoman Dona Brady on the lookout for trouble in her ward  For Councilman Mike Polensek, fewer meetings means more focus on constituent calls  Councilman Kerry McCormack studying app technology as a way to improve downtown parking: Cleveland City Council summer recess  Councilwoman Jasmin Santana devoting summer recess to constituent services  Charter review, constituent calls keep summer schedule full for Councilman Martin Keane: Cleveland City Council summer recess  Councilman Basheer Jones’ ‘big impact’ idea would extend development benefits to neighborhoods   Tending to growth, tackling poverty issues key focus for Glenville councilman   Cleveland councilman focused on development, potential job gains in East Side ward 

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