PLAIN PRESS - Councilman introduces first zoning designation for community gardens

Last year, developers removed a thriving community garden on West 117th Street to make room for a new Target store. Since gardeners there did not actually own the land, they had no recourse to protect their garden. Five other community gardens just like the one on West 117th Street have been lost within the last five years alone.

Earlier this year, Ward 13 Councilman Joe Cimperman introduced legislation to give these gardens a layer of protection. On March 5, Cleveland City Council created the nation’s first ever zoning designation for community gardens.