Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Cleveland to Suspend Rental Payments for West Side Market Tenants Due to COVID-19

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 9:05 AM

  • Emanuel Wallace / SCENE
The City of Cleveland will suspend rental payments for tenants of the West Side Market for the months of April, May and June, the city announced in its regular COVID-19 update Tuesday night.

The decision was made to "alleviate the burden of those facing financial hardship" due to the pandemic.

The city also announced that, in order to comply with social distancing requirements, there will be limited entrances and exits to the building located at Lorain Avenue and W. 25th Street. There will be signage on-site designating these locations.

Cleveland City Councilman Kerry McCormack, whose Ward 3 includes the West Side Market, applauded the announcement on social media.

The decision from the city comes several weeks after tenants had been begging for rental assistance. By the end of March, 40 percent of the Market's tenants had already temporarily closed, in many cases due to lack of business. 

The city also released updated numbers about the local spread of COVID-19. After a day of only four new confirmed cases, the city reported 19 new residents who are now confirmed to have the coronavirus, bringing the city's total to 335.

One new COVID-19 death (a man in his 40s) was reported as well, bringing the city's total to 6.  Cuyahoga County leads the state in both total confirmed cases and total hospitalizations. County-level data can be accessed on the Ohio Department of Health's COVID-19 dashboard

Sign up for Scene's weekly newsletters to get the latest on Cleveland news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.

Tags: , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

July 29, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation