Advancing Opportunities: Cleveland's Opportunity Corridor
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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......

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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  • 1. OPPORTUNITIES Cleveland’s Opportunity Corridor prepared by: ADVANCING MARCH 2014 cudc.kent.edu + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
  • 2. 2 + 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 WHY OPPORTUNITY CORRIDOR MATTERS
  • 3. 3 There’s no comprehensive vision. An integrated plan is needed to maximize economic development potential and create lasting benefits for the neighborhoods most impacted by Opportunity Corridor. WHERE IT FALLS SHORT Employment, environmental remediation, and public health concerns of existing city residents must be addressed through the Opportunity Corridor investment. Opportunity Corridor is currently designed for conveyance of cars and trucks. Transit connections are weak. Intersections should better accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. Proposed green infrastructure projects are scattered, not designed as a green space system. Green infrastructure should manage stormwater and serve as an amenity for residents and workers.
  • 4. 4 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.
  • 5. 5 WHAT IS NEEDED • Thoughtful design of the public realm with a clear focus on providing benefits to the people who live in the neighborhoods along Opportunity Corridor. Science Park | New Haven, CT Kendall Square | Cambridge, MA 1 Neighborhood focus
  • 6. 6 WHAT IS NEEDED • Implement Complete & Green Street standards and intersection improvements for existing north/south streets that intersect with Opportunity Corridor. 2 Multi-modal approach Cleveland Complete & Green Streets Typologies Plan
  • 7. 7 WHAT IS NEEDED • 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. 2 Multi-modal approach
  • 8. 8 WHAT IS NEEDED 3 Development guidelines • Green Overlay Zoning District including standards for development and stormwater management, and design guidelines for buildings and sites.
  • 9. 9 WHAT IS NEEDED TRANSIT & NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS NEW BUILDINGS FRONT ON EXISTING STREETS SHARED DETENTION BASIN SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES COMBINED GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE & GREENWAY PUBLIC PLAZA WITH GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE 3 Development guidelines
  • 10. 10 WHAT IS NEEDED • 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. 4 Green System Menomonee Valley Redevelopment & Park | Milwaukee, WI
  • 11. 11 WHAT IS NEEDED • 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. 5 Meaningful Engagement
  • 12. 12 A VISION IS NEEDED Guidelines Zoning overlay district Low-impact development Form-based codes Green Systems Shared green infrastructure for stormwater runoff Publicly accessible paths & green spaces Multi-modal Complete & Green north/ south streets Bike and pedestrian friendly intersections Transit Access Density around transit connections Maximize use of transit infrastructure Neighborhoods Knit corridor development into neighborhoods Design for maximum connectivity & access INNOVATION ZONE RED LINE E.79 St. E.75St. BLUE/GREEN LINE URBAN AGRICULTURE
  • 13. OPPORTUNITIES COMMENTS ? Cleveland’s Opportunity Corridor ADVANCING cudc.kent.edu cudc@kent.edu