In 2014, Mt. Vernon Manor CDC partnered with the Mantua Civic Association to launch re-zoning efforts for the Mantua neighborhood.
Zoning determines the use and size of new construction and rehabilitation projects. Since the 1950’s, virtually all property had been zoned multi-family in Mantua. To preserve the neighborhood fabric of single-family home-ownership and to ensure residents have a say-so in the development process, community members organized to re-zone the neighborhood to primarily single-family. This change requires legislation from the District Councilperson.
Over the course of 3 years, residents organized community meetings with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell to demonstrate the neighborhood’s majority support for re-zoning. On April 13, 2017, the resident-support legislation was introduced into City Council and dozens of residents rallied to attend the Rules Committee’s Public Hearing of the bill. Then, on June 22, 2017, City Council voted unanimously to re-zone Mantua!