The East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp. opened its doors to the public Tuesday to show off and celebrate the renovated East Akron Community House building.
The agency invested nearly $200,000 to spruce up the facility and has partnered with various agencies to boost services there.
“This building is essential to stabilizing the community,” the agency’s President and Chief Executive Officer Grady Appleton said.
The future of the building and programming in the struggling neighborhood had been in jeopardy until the group bought the property last year.
The open house featured tours, a special fundraising T-shirt for sale and agencies offering information about services available at the building at 500 S. Arlington St.
Those agencies include Akron Summit County Community Action, Project Learn and the Good Samaritan Hunger Center.
The Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center also will start providing wellness programs there soon. The health system brought its mobile health unit to the open house.
East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp., which specializes in redeveloping the neighborhood, also is based at the building and offers homebuyer assistance, emergency home-repair help and other services.
Appleton said the group is looking to provide more services, especially programs for youth.
Chris Verich, who heads Summit County’s consumer affair department, said the agency has been a great partner in educating the public.
“They are a wonderful organization,” he said.
Arverta Buchanan, 61, who has lived in East Akron for more than 30 years, came to the open house to support the group’s efforts.
The building is instrumental in helping to improve the surrounding neighborhood, she said.
“The fact that it is still here is a great relief and joy and source of pride for us,” Buchanan said.
For more details about East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp., go online to: eandc.org.
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