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Flats and University Circle on drawing board

GCBL staff  |  07/29/08 @ 11:26am

A pair of public meetings tonight begin to shape the future for two of Cleveland's prime destinations: The Flats and University Circle.

First, Ohio Canal Corridor and the City of Cleveland will introduce the Canal Basin District Plan. The focus of the plan is on "connections"-trail, bikeway, public transit and pedestrian boardwalks-to and from a new 21-acre urban park at the last oxbow in the river with major redevelopment activity in the Flats. Canal Basin Park will serve as the destination or jump off point for the Towpath Trail, but beyond that goal, how it integrates with the boardwalk along the river to Flats East Bank and to public spaces in and around the Flats and Cuyahoga Riverfront are still up for discussion.

Going on at the same time, uptown, is the continuation of plans to find a higher purpose for the sea of surface parking lots along Mayfield Road-the main artery connecting Little Italy and University Circle. Last year, an arts and retail village idea was floated along with RTA's plans to move a Rapid Transit station to Mayfield and E. 119th (from its current location at E. 120th). Tonight's meeting will introduce the city's streetscape planning project for this stretch, begin to analyze traffic circulation and set goals to improve pedestrian friendliness.

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