These Development Projects are About to Make Cleveland a More Exciting Place to LiveMichelle McQuade | August 28, 2020
From single-family homes in cozy suburban neighborhoods to luxurious condos at the heart of bustling downtown, there is certainly a lot to love about Cleveland real estate.
But residential properties are not the only properties that turn heads here. Cleveland’s local communities benefit greatly from development projects intended for commercial and public use. Here are four notable examples:
Cleveland Foundation Headquarters
As one of the pillars of Cleveland since 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is credited for helping shape the city’s neighborhoods as we know them today. The nonprofit organization is now aiming to establish a new headquarters and civic district in MidTown.
The Foundation is planning to build a three-story building surrounded by green space that will be open to the public. The entire property will occupy a 1.2-acre space near the historic Dunham Tavern Museum and is scheduled to open in 2022.
NASA Glenn Research Center’s Aerospace Communications Facility
For an agency like NASA, innovation knows no bounds. This is why a major project is in the works to upgrade its communications technology infrastructure. The Aerospace Communications Facility will be home to 25 state-of-the-art research and development laboratories that will enable NASA’s upcoming Mars missions and more.
Budgeted at $33.8 million, the new 54,000-square-foot facility will be designed to accommodate 100 researchers under its roof. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the project was slated to be completed by September 2021.
Paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams Company is a well-known Cleveland icon, having been in business since way back in 1866. Searching for a new headquarters to replace its Prospect Avenue address, the company assessed locations both in and out of Cleveland, including some outside Ohio.
Ultimately, Sherwin-Williams is staying home, opting for a 1-million-square-foot structure downtown, just west of Public Square. The company will also build a new research and development center in Brecksville.
“Vision for the Valley” Initiative
While The Flats is celebrated as a successful effort in revitalizing Cleveland’s riverfront areas, there are still sections of the Cuyahoga River Valley that can benefit greatly from an extensive makeover. This is what the “Vision for the Valley” revitalization initiative aims to achieve.
The initiative’s goal is to maximize the untapped potential of the riverfront areas by linking them with the city’s flourishing commercial and industrial assets. The project will cover an eight mile stretch along the Cuyahoga River, with four main focus areas. OHM Advisors is taking charge as architect, engineer, and planner of the initiative.
Vision for the Valley is now in its final planning stages, and is seeking input from local community members. OHM Advisors is gathering local insights in order to transform the Cuyahoga riverfront into “the centerpiece of the Cleveland experience.”
OHM Advisors estimates a fluid timeline for all revitalization efforts, with some projects attainable in as short as three years, while others can take more than a decade to complete.
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