David Beach | 11/14/07 @ 3:52pm
One of the most important decisions about the future of Cleveland's lakefront could take place in the coming weeks, as the City of Cleveland decides whether to close the 450-acre Burke Lakefront Airport or plan to improve it. Previous lakefront planning by the city had left the fate of the airport undecided. Mayor Frank Jackson now wants to settle the issue.
At an informational meeting today, airport consultants described a number of studies scheduled to be completed by October: a market assessment of the development potential of land around the airport, an assessment of Burke's role as a reliever airport in the regional air system, and an airport master plan update that will result in a 20-year development plan for airport improvements (assuming Burke continues as an airport).
Some key questions: Could Burke's flights be reallocated to other airports in the region? Is Burke playing its intended role as an amenity to promote the downtown corporate office market? Is it possible to develop other uses on Burke's land (much of which is a landfill)? Will aviation consultants be able to help the city create a vision for a 21st century lakefront?