Urban Community School

Urban Community School (UCS) in Ohio City has constructed a 32,200 square foot addition to serve as a dedicated Middle School wing.  UCS provides primarily low-income children from Cleveland’s near west side with an individualized, innovative, and challenging education.  Urban Community School is a model of education in the City of Cleveland and a recognized leader in developing educational programs that help inner city children achieve academic success.


Project Partners: PNC

Project Details

Completed 2015
Location 4909 Lorain Ave; Ohio City neighborhood
Project Type School; New Construction
Program 32,200 SF expanded classroom space
Sponsor Urban Community School
CDA Investment $5 million NMTC allocation; $1 million Ohio NMTC
Total Project Costs $6.2 million
Community Demographics Poverty Rate: 45.3%
Median Income: 36.99%
Unemployment Rate: 18.9%


  • Job Creation

    The project will create 16 new jobs.

  • Goods or Services to Low Income Community

    The project will increase enrollment by 100 students.

  • 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 new construction is pursuing LEED certification.

  • Executed Community Benefits Agreement

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