The Fairfax neighborhood is one with a rich history and an eye toward the future. The area is known for its diverse housing stock — both historical homes and new construction — and a wealth of cultural attractions, such as Karamu House and the Cleveland Playhouse. Fairfax is one of the seven neighborhoods that make up Greater University Circle, and the development corporation administrators the Greater Circle Living Program. "The Fairfax neighborhood is a work in progress, and we are excited about the possibilities," says Vickie Johnson, executive director of Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp., located between downtown Cleveland and University Circle, the neighborhood affords easy access to virtually all of the city's attractions and businesses. Located between downtown Cleveland and University Circle, the neighborhood affords easy access to virtually all of the city's attractions and businesses.
The Fairfax Grandparent Housing Project will be the first of its kind in the Midwest and the first in the country to be built specifically for grandparents raising their grandchildren. The 40-unit townhouse development is scheduled to begin construction in the fall of 2010 and will be located on Central Avenue across from Fairfax Recreation Center. The project's unique appearance is the result of a national design competition held in 2008.
Another Gem is the The Langston Hughes Center which returns a historically significant neighborhood gem to productive use. The building, an original Andrew Carnegie Library, was built in 1914 and became know as the Langston Hughes Library to honor Langston Hughes, an African American poet. The structure had various uses after it closed in 1977 but stood vacant since 2001. The original 10,000-square-foot library was renovated and has become the headquarters for Senior Outreach Services, a nonprofit human services organization. A 14,000-sqaure-foor addition houses a commercial kitchen and the Cleveland Clinic's Community Health Outreach Center, which offers medical screenings and health education and assessment to area residents. The project also acts as a catalyst to spur additional development and completes a critical corner of the neighborhood's overall revitalization strategy. Support for the project came from the entire community, including 72 foundations, corporations and government entitles and 111 individuals.
Otis Moss Jr. Health Center
Cleveland Play House