Slavic Village Development
is encouraging members of the community to take down public signs that advertise anything to the effect of "We Buy Houses," or "Houses for Cash."
For a new promotion, Clevelanders are welcome to bring these signs to SVD offices (5620 Broadway Ave.) to receive a free cone coupon from Daisy's
Community engagement coordinator Joseph Linsky says these companies prey on at-risk home owners to get properties cheaply.
"For the last couple years, we’ve seen them all around the city, but in our neighborhood especially we can see how badly predatory practices can hinder us," Linsky tells Scene.
Linsky says he and his coworkers remove these signs whenever possible, and have a nice pile going. Now the plan is to upcycle them for an installation at the group's annual Rooms to Let
art event May 18-19. But SVD still needs more signs to complete the work, hence asking for outside help.
"We hope to have enough by next weekend," Linsky says.
No matter how many signs are removed, however, Linsky says they are quickly replaced, sometimes within the day. Yet Linsky says his group still thinks the removal effort is worthwhile.
"It sends a message to these people who are running these pseudo-companies," Linsky says. "We're looking out for the neighborhood. We want our housing stock to be as good as possible."
Call Slavic Village Development at (216) 429-1182 for any other information. Or find out more about the promotion, which runs beyond Rooms to Let through summer, right here.
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