The Salvation Army to build or renovate four facilities to meet community needs May 1, 2016

The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland held a groundbreaking April 28 for West Park Corps, whose renovations will double the facility’s space from 13,273 square feet to 27,682 square feet. West Park Corps is one of four community center facilities being built or renovated to increase capacity and meet the community’s current and long-term needs.

The projects, being built or renovated through $6.5 million in new markets tax credits provided by IFF, include expansion of Temple Corps from 24,800 square feet to 34,182 square feet; relocation of the Zelma George Emergency Family Shelter to a new 29,044-square-foot building; and construction of East Cleveland Corps, a 31,069-square-foot gathering space for community members and other nonprofits.

Cleveland New Markets Investment Fund and Chase New Markets Corporation also are providing NMTCs for the $36.2 million projects, with JPMorgan Chase as the equity investor.

The decision to expand or build facilities arose out of a 2012 comprehensive study conducted by the Salvation Army to determine how to address space issues. The Cleveland Plan was developed to enhance the organization’s presence and services throughout Greater Cleveland.

The NMTC projects will add capacity for job training classes and after-school programs; increase access to healthy foods; offer supportive programs for senior citizens; provide services to homeless families and adult human trafficking victims; and better support Harbor Light Complex, a program that provides shelter and rehabilitation services to a variety of populations.

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