Park Synagogue Project Receives $10M in Tax Credits

Developers behind the preservation and redevelopment of Park Synagogue’s Cleveland Heights campus recently received $10 million in state historic tax credits – the highest award in the most recent round of funding, writes Betsy Raspe in Cleveland Jewish News.

Announced by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Development Director Lydia Mihalik, nearly $50.6 million was awarded on June 29, helping 38 preservation projects that will rehabilitate 59 historic buildings in Ohio, including 10 in Northeast Ohio, according to a news release.

Park Synagogue used the Cleveland Heights campus as the congregation’s main home until 2005 and put the 28-acre property up for sale in 2021. The congregation now uses its Pepper Pike building for its operations. The Cleveland Heights campus was designed by German architect Erich Mendelsohn, featuring a domed roof. The original building opened in 1950.

Sustainable Community Associates, a Cleveland-based developer led by Naomi Sabel, Ben Ezinga and Josh Rosen, is poised to purchase the property, working closely with the congregation and surrounding Jewish community to develop the future of the space while also tapping into its legacy, Susan Ratner, the synagogue’s immediate past board president, told the Cleveland Jewish News July 2.

Read Raspe's full article in The Plain Dealer.


This article was originally published on Jul 3, 2023 in the Cleveland Jewish News.