Advancing Opportunities: Cleveland's Opportunity Corridor

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Published on March 4, 2014

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The report includes a general assessment of Cleveland's proposed Opportunity Corridor project and offers a forward-looking vision for maximizing the potential benefits of this large investment. The illustrated document outlines a range of strategies for improving the project's return on investment, including links to surrounding neighborhoods, multi-modal connectivity, green infrastructure benefits, and overall identity.

The report was self-initiated by Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) in order to meaningfully contribute to the ongoing conversations about the Opportunity Corridor's future. Development of the report supports the CUDC's mission; "advocacy to impact urban design decisions and land use policy in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio."

For inquiries regarding the report, please contact the CUDC at: cudc@kent.edu

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WHY OPPORTUNITY CORRIDOR MATTERS + A $330 million investment + Critically important connection between the Airport, I-490, and University Circle + Opens up acres of vacant land in one of the most distressed areas of the city + Large parcels can be assembled for development that creates jobs + Infrastructure investment will drive economic development + Transit-rich area of the city–potential for job-centric, transit-oriented development + Huge potential for shared green infrastructure/green space network 2

WHERE IT FALLS SHORT There’s no comprehensive vision. An Employment, environmental remediation, integrated plan is needed to maximize and public health concerns of existing economic development potential and create city residents must be addressed through lasting benefits for the neighborhoods most the Opportunity Corridor investment. impacted by Opportunity Corridor. Opportunity Corridor is currently designed for conveyance of cars and trucks. Transit are scattered, not designed as a green connections are weak. Vehicle lanes space system. Green infrastructure should are too wide. Intersections should better manage stormwater and serve as an accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. 3 Proposed green infrastructure projects amenity for residents and workers.

WHAT IS NEEDED 1 Neighborhood focus • Integrated Development & Amenities Plan for the entire swath along the Opportunity Corridor, spanning the Fairfax, Central, Kinsman, and Slavic Village neighborhoods. 4

WHAT IS NEEDED 1 Neighborhood focus Science Park | New Haven, CT Kendall Square | Cambridge, MA • Thoughtful design of the public realm with a clear focus on providing benefits to the people who live in the neighborhoods along Opportunity Corridor. 5

WHAT IS NEEDED 2 Multi-modal approach Cleveland Complete & Green Streets Typologies Plan • Implement Complete & Green Street standards and intersection improvements for existing north/south streets that intersect with Opportunity Corridor. 6

WHAT IS NEEDED 2 Multi-modal approach • Sound walls, dead-end streets, and wide turning radii should be removed from the Opportunity Corridor plan. Highway-inspired elements will make the new roadway function as a high-speed bypass, rather than an integral part of the surrounding neighborhoods. 7

WHAT IS NEEDED 3 Development guidelines 8 • Green Overlay Zoning District including standards for development and stormwater management, and design guidelines for buildings and sites.

WHAT IS NEEDED 3 Development guidelines TRANSIT & NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS 9 NEW BUILDINGS FRONT ON EXISTING STREETS SHARED DETENTION BASIN COMBINED GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE & GREENWAY SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES PUBLIC PLAZA WITH GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

WHAT IS NEEDED 4 Green System Menomonee Valley Redevelopment & Park | Milwaukee, WI • Multi-tasking green infrastructure investments that manage stormwater, reduce combined sewer overflows, create usable and beautiful public spaces, and enable new development projects to direct runoff to a shared system. 10

WHAT IS NEEDED 5 Meaningful Engagement • Deeper understanding of neighborhood needs, priorities, and values. • Greater involvement of Bike Cleveland and RTA in planning for an integrated, multi-modal system. • Productive engagement with people opposed to the Opportunity Corridor, leading to a shared vision for how we can make the project better. 11

A VISION IS NEEDED Guidelines Multi-modal Transit Access Green Systems Neighborhoods Zoning overlay district Low-impact development Form-based codes Complete & Green north/ south streets Bike and pedestrian friendly intersections Density around transit connections Maximize use of transit infrastructure Shared green infrastructure for stormwater runoff Publicly accessible paths & green spaces Knit corridor development into neighborhoods Design for maximum connectivity & access NE BL UE /G RE EN LI NE I RED L E. 79 . St t. 5S E. 7 12 RE LTU E CU ZON RI AG ON AN OVATI B UR INN

COMMENTS ? ADVANCING OPPORTUNITIES Cleveland’s Opportunity Corridor cudc@kent.edu cudc.kent.edu

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