Gardens and Greening

Gardens and Greening


Slavic Village Development and its partners support the efforts of innovative community groups and organizations to clean, maintain and beautify vacant land properties. Creating pocket parks and community gardens, developing green spaces, and hosting volunteer clean-ups are all strategies we use.


Could that vacant side yard next door be part of your yard?

Cuyahoga County homeowners with a Cuyahoga Land Bank-owned vacant land adjacent to the right or left of their home may have the opportunity to purchase that property as a side yard for a nominal cost. It is the Land Bank’s intention to merge such land bank parcels with adjacent owner parcels so that the property owner’s land value is enhanced and such vacant lots are restored to the tax rolls. Programs conform to local city policy and may not be available in all communities or with all lots.

If you have a Land Bank owned lot next door that you would like to purchase, visit the City of Cleveland’s Side Yard Program or the Cuyahoga County Landbank’s Side Yard Program and contact Lynn Rodemann at 216-429-1182 ext 141,


Slavic Village Development partners with the city as well as public and private sector organizations to use vacant land to support urban gardening where practical. We also assist community groups that want to develop and maintain gardens in targeted areas. These gardens can be a part of broader water retention, a beautification initiative, or a food production. Our gardening programs conform to local city policy and may not be available in all communities.

If you are interested in embarking on an urban gardening project for a vacant property contact Marlane Weslian at 216-429-1182 ext 104,