Mar 8, 2019

CLEVELAND -- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) today was among the distinguished recipients of the 2019 the Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Award. The Catalytic Partnership Award is from the Greater Ohio Policy Center for RTA's work in partnership with the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization for the Aspen Place Development in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland.

"RTA is proud to receive this important honor," said RTA Interim CEO and General Manager Flounsay Caver, PhD.

"The working relationship between GCRTA and Detroit Shoreway is an excellent example of the success that can be attained when partners work together for a common goal," he said.

"This is a true demonstration of agencies working together for the public good.  RTA is truly grateful to have such valuable partners. No doubt, sustainability and community stewardship is a vital part of RTA's role within each community it serves," Caver said.

The Award recognizes individuals and entities working to create vibrant and sustainable communities, cities, and regions in Ohio. The Award was presented at the March14 Keynote Luncheon during the 2019 Greater Ohio Summit.

According to the Greater Ohio Policy Center, "This award recognizes a cross-sector partnership that has had a measurable positive impact in a community or region in Ohio, and represents a model for creative and effective collaboration. Communities are strengthened when sectors work together to meet common goals for sustainable development. Aspen Place is an affordable housing development in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland that was made possible through a partnership between Detroit Shoreway CDO and the Greater Cleveland RTA. The housing development, which received funding from multiple state and local partners, is located on a former RTA-owned brownfield. The collaborative is also currently in negotiations to provide residential units with transit passes. This project innovatively links affordable housing to rapid transit access on a major neighborhood corridor, providing a hallmark example of equitable Transit-Oriented Development."

For more information about Aspen Place, click here.

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