The Salvation Army West Park Corps

This project is one of four sites being developed as part of The Salvation Army’s Cleveland Plan.  The CNMIF II NMTC investment supports all four sites.

The West Park Corps is the fastest growing Corps center in Northeast Ohio.  The Corps has maximized it space available and there is simply not enough space to properly serve all the people in the local neighborhoods who need help. The planned renovations of the existing building and addition of 14,400 square feet will nearly double the size of the current facility without increasing operating costs. The Army will increase the space for its food pantry, including a better designed space for clients and larger food storage areas. By expanding the space for food storage, The Salvation Army can reduce its food delivery costs and enhance its inventory to best meet client needs. The Army also plans to renovate the kitchen area to meet the demand for hot meal delivery and on-site meals, expand the space for after-school education programs from the basement to a new second floor, and increase the space for its music and arts programs. The West Park Corps has reached maximum capacity for its church services, so the Army will also expand and redesign its chapel.

Project Partners: Chase, IFF

Project Details

Completed Under construction - 2017 completion
Location 12645 Lorain Avenue; West Park
Project Type Community facility; New construction and renovation
Program 27,600 SF Community center
Sponsor The Salvation Army
CDA Investment $10 million NMTC allocation and $1 million Ohio NMTC
Total Project Costs $36.2 million
Community Demographics Poverty Rate: 24.5%
Median Income: 77.2%
Unemployment Rate: 14.3%


  • Job Creation

    The four sites are expected to create 28 FTE jobs.

  • Goods or Services to Low Income Communities

    The four facilities will provide homeless services, hunger relief and support services, direct emergency assistance, drug/alcohol treatment, workforce development, education and mental health/counseling services.

  • Healthy Food Financing

    The facilities will provide food pantries, daily meals and home meal delivery to the homebound. All four locations are considered a second tier food desert.

  • Diversity and Inclusion

    The project sponsor committed to construction participation goals for Minority, Female, and Cleveland Small Businesses (MBE/FBE/CSB) as well as minority, female and City of Cleveland resident workers.

  • Environmentally Sustainable Outcomes

    The projects will incorporate a number of sustainable design features.

  • Executed Community Benefits Agreement

    The project sponsor has committed to quantifiable community impacts by executing a Community Benefits Agreement.