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How Repurposing Basements Can Improve a Neighborhood

Robert Donaldson

Currently under construction in Cleveland, Ohio, the proposed BioCellar of Chateau Hough is taking shape. The concept of a BioCellar is in response to the numerous vacancies that plaque the urban landscape -- an innovative repurposing of a residential basement for use as a year-round greenhouse for access by the community to fresh crops with surplus to be sold by community stakeholders to local restaurants and markets.

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  • Kris Giere

    I would love to work with a group on a BioCellar project in my neighborhood in Indianapolis. It sounds amazing!

    • Robert Donaldson

      Kris - Our team would be happy to help develop a BioCellar in Indianapolis. Please drop me an email at rob [dot] donaldson AT gmail [dot] com as I would be happy to give some pointers and help make a BioCellar come to be in Indianapolis.

    • Robert Donaldson

      Thanks for the tips Alessandra; I have updated my profile to reflect my involvement as the architect for the project.

  • Adele Peters

    This is such an interesting way to make use of the foundation of a house. Are there plans to do this in any other cities?

    • Robert Donaldson

      Thanks for the comment Adele. At the moment, we are testing the concept in Cleveland but would enjoy taking the concept to another city.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Looking forward to when you get this off the ground in other cities. Please let us know when you do! Email me at [alessandra]at[goodinc]dot[com] if you want to tell your story in a longer format.