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Homes slated for demolition in Slavic Village become art exhibit before demolition

Creating art in abandoned homes before demo
Posted at 3:04 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 18:23:23-04

For the fifth year, artists in Northeast Ohio will turn three abandoned homes slated for demolition into art exhibits and installations.

This year, roughly 90 artists are part of the “Rooms to Let” project, working on several homes in the Slavic Village neighborhood — turning eyesores into artwork.

Slavic Village was one of the hardest hit neighborhoods during the foreclosure crisis, with 1400 abandoned homes in 2008. Currently, there are about 900 vacant homes within five square miles, according to Slavic Development.

The development group works to save the houses they can through various partnerships with homeowners and the community, but some are too far gone and must be torn down.

The “Rooms to Let” project allows the community the chance to say one final farewell to homes steeped in history before they are demolished.

The public can view the installations and artwork next weekend from 12 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 and 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 29.

The addresses are 6806 Fleet Ave., 6904 Fleet Ave., and 6720 Forman Ave.

The events are free and open to the public, but attendees will need to sign waivers before being allowed to walk through the vacant homes.