50,750 residents, in an ideal location - twenty minutes from downtown and very close to University Circle, Cleveland’s cultural center. This community enjoys places with distinctive, historic character, artistic ingenuity, passionate craftsmanship and quality. Fine natural materials and details have been carefully preserved. Human scale and a neighborly feel have endured. Lee Road has a rich and varied character, and to support this the new streetscape design provides safe, direct and pleasant access for pedestrians, as well as consistent routes for a variety of road users including cyclists, buses, and vehicular traffic. It uses durable, cost-effective materials that are easily cleaned and maintained, and wholly complies with national regulations and standards. It is not only the quality of individual components but also their coordinated arrangement that creates a good streetscape, an idea that was central to the inspiration for this project.
Euclid/St. Clair Community Development Corporation seeks to develop roughly 40 acres of land currently used for light to medium industrial use north of the rail tracks on the West side of East 140th St. in the Collinwood Neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. The site is bounded by Interstate 90 and Nine Mile Creek to the West, Highway 90 and a small (roughly 300 structure) residential pocket to the North, East 140th on the East and by the CSX/Norfolk Southern rail tracks to the South. Access to the site from East 140th is currently limited to 88’ of existing street frontage (bounded by retaining structure for the rail overpass and the property line of the commercial lot on the southwest corner of Deise Ave. and E140th). The proposed site is located within half a mile to Interstate 90/2, a major East-West throughway which serves Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs and offers Highway connections to Ohio’s major arteries as well as local airports including Hopkins International Airport and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority for shipping via container ship. The adjacency to Collinwood Railroad Yards (part of CSX’s network) provides quick access to major rail freight and shipping with CSX Transflo™ Bulk Transfer and CSX Intermodal Terminals. Currently one existing tenant is utilizing the site to store, sort and ship specialty metals for recycling. The existing tenant has expressed an interest in remaining on the site due to location and current needs and has begun developing a set of criteria for the tenant’s future use and growth which will be used as a basis of design for the Incubator Master Plan. The local CDC (Euclid – St. Clair Community Development Corporation) has expressed interest in the development of a technology and light manufacturing incubator to reinvigorate the local community via job creation and the injection of low cost residential mixed with commercial/business use in order to knit the new development into the existing fabric (a mix of manufacturing, single family home residential and commercial).
In 2007, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) hired Project for Public Spaces, Inc., studioTECHNE Architects, Atlas Architectural Services, Wade Trim, Jake Beckman Public Art Consultant and Bemba K. Jones, Surveyors to undertake a Master Planning Study for the E. 120th Street and Euclid Avenue Red Line Rapid Transit Station which the agency has identified as its first TOD initiative, whereby a new station facility will be incorporated into a future mixed use development within the study area. The Master Planning Study also included identifying the location and layout of a series of new public spaces and amenities, and works of public art that will create a series of lively civic gathering spaces where members of the diverse populations within the University Circle and Little Italy communities can meet and socialize and share the community they all love. Identifying ways of enhancing the streetscape to encourage walking, cycling, and transit bus ridership was part of this plan as was identifying a new location for and conceptual redesign of the station, boarding platforms, waiting areas and entrance-ways so as to provide a clear and positive identity for transit service for the University Circle area. The plan also identifies opportunities for sustainable, environmental preservation practices that will both conserve resources while taking advantage of prevailing conditions to reuse and recycle both materials and energy.