Brooklyn, at one time a thriving location for greenhouses, is now characterized
as one of Cleveland's most stable residential communities. Brooklyn
Centre, with its quaint historic architecture undergoes continuing
commercial and residential investment. The neighborhoods offer a variety
of housing options and styles. Old Brooklyn has a large senior citizen
population, as well as young families. Current retail in the area includes
specialty shops, restaurants, and stores offering daily necessities.
The new shopping center, Steelyard Commons, borders the area to the
north east. This Center offers several larger retail outlets as well
as smaller retail stores. Both Brooklyn Centre and Old Brooklyn are
situated within the National Heritage Corridor surrounding the historic
Ohio & Erie Canal.
The ward areas and ward numbers for OBCDC were changed starting in January
of 2010, however, the area covered by the CDC still remains the same,
Old Brooklyn and Brooklyn Centre. Therefore, in this section data and
reports may say Ward 15 (which was Brooklyn Centre) or 16 (which was
Old Brooklyn). Since these reports and data were from before January
2010 we are not changing the Ward boundary names or numbers. All statistics
in this section are for the area the CDC covers but are also from 2000.
They will be updated when new census data is available.
The CDC is now covered by parts of four wards: Ward
13, Councilman Kevin Kelley; Ward 14, Councilman Brian Cummins; Ward
12, Councilman Tony Brancatelli; and Ward 3, Councilman Joe Cimperman.
However, there most likely will be further changes in ward boundaries
before 2012. See 2010 – 2013
Cleveland City Council Ward Boundaries or Cleveland
City Planning Commission Ward Maps.
For more information on local attractions and merchants
in Old Brooklyn see our area map [pdf].
Wards 15 and
16 averages. For details on each ward go to Neighborhood
% owned = 55%
% rented = 45%
Average Household Income: $31,100.
accessible from Interstate 71 at West 25th Street/Pearl Road and Fulton
Road, from Ohio176 (Jennings Freeway) from the Denison Avenue and Spring
Road exits, and from I-480 at State Road and Ridge Road.
dedicated American Byway includes Pearl Road, Broadview Road, and Schaaf
Cleveland Regional Transit Authority runs along all major and commercial
streets including Pearl (West 25th Street), State, Fulton and Broadview
Roads, Denison and Memphis Avenues.
retail stores: coffee shops, small eateries, video stores, auto supply
stores, small scale grocery, drug stores, bakeries, hardware stores,
health and beauty outlets, print shops and specialty stores.
Centre and Old Brooklyn (Brooklyn Centre and South Brooklyn Historic Districts are listed
on the National Register of Historic Places and Brooklyn Centre has
been designated a Local Landmark District. This District is comprised
of historically significant structures, both commercial and residential.
There has been a recent increase in improvements and investment to promote
and preserve the Brooklyn Centre Historic District.
stakeholders in the neighborhood include: Cleveland
Metroparks Zoo and The MetroHealth
- Active social service organizations include: Brookside Center, Brooklyn
Kiwanis, Senior Citizen Resources, and United Hearts Life Mission. There
are approximately 163 active block clubs as well as three residential-based
citizen groups: Brooklyn Centre
Community Association, Southwest Citizens Area Council and South
Hills Community Association.
- A Ward
15 Commercial Revitalization Plan has been developed and implementation
includes the Main Street philosophy and practices.
for Further Information
"brooklyn 101: unlocking the mysteries of the cleveland brooklyns," by Erin O'Brien, Fresh Water (December 08, 2011).
Planning Commission Data:
(Former) Ward 15 [pdf];
(former) Ward 16 [pdf];
Brooklyn Business Revitalization District [jpg], Old
Brooklyn Business Revitalization District [pdf]
Statistical Planning Area (SPA) Maps:
Centre [jpg], Brooklyn
Brooklyn [jpg], Old
West Design Review Region [jpg], Near
West Design Review Region [pdf]
Statistical Planning Area (Census Tracts: 105602, 105500, 105400,
Brooklyn Statistical Planning Area (Census Tract: 106100, 105700,
106300, 105900, 106200, 106400, 106600, 106800, 106900, 107000, 106500).
the official guide to Cleveland neighborhoods 2010-2011.
See Old Brooklyn/Brooklyn Centre on page
Network (ClevelandHealth.info) Demographic Report (old ward designations) [pdf]:
Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS):
Centre - Parcel
Map - Orthophoto
with streets [pdf]
Old Brooklyn - Parcel
Map - OrthoPhoto
with streets [pdf]
2000 Census SF3 Profile Report [pdf]:
Living in Cleveland Center
Cleveland Center brochures [pdf]:
Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition
City of Cleveland, Community Development Department
City of Cleveland, Building & Housing Department
Road Corridor Study, Old Brooklyn, June 2005
Big Creek Community Revitalization, Phase Two, February 2006 [pdf]
Lower Big Creek Planning
Initiatives, Summer 2005 [pdf]
Lower Big Creek Study, Phase One, December 2002
of Cleveland History
Centre Historic District: Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor:
A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
Centre National Wildlife Community - A National Wildlife Federation
Greenway Restoration Project
A $1.1 million project for restoration and preservation of a riparian corridor
in Treadway Creek ravine in Old Brooklyn.
The greenway trail brings access for the Old Brooklyn Harmody
Park neighborhood to the Lower Big Creek Valley and the Canalway's Towpath