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Opportunity Corridor Project Overview

Opportunity Corridor has the potential to be a road to progress – helping to provide economic resurgence, community reinvestment, better mobility, ecological restoration and more.

Extending from I-490 at East 55th Street to East 105th Street, the boulevard will offer quicker, more direct access to University Circle, a home to world-class cultural amenities, higher education institutions and the robust core of Cleveland’s growing health care industry. The three-mile boulevard will also provide improved connectivity to and through the Slavic Village, Central, Kinsman, Buckeye-Shaker, and Fairfax neighborhoods. Click here for a project map.

The positive spillover from the development is expected to energize the surrounding neighborhoods. As part of the project, about 300 acres of underutilized land will be made available for development. When complete, the Corridor will offer great opportunity for new residential and commercial developments alongside or close to it, along with increased access to jobs for nearby residents.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 12 is leading the project in partnership with the City of Cleveland and numerous other partners. Public policy leaders see Opportunity Corridor as  a chance to move Greater Cleveland forward by: 
  • Connecting University Circle to the area highway system. Residents and the public will have better, more efficient access to vocational, educational and social destinations from Downtown to Midtown to University Circle. 

  • Feeding the growth already underway in University Circle, helping to stimulate more expansion and job creation, providing economic growth when Cleveland needs it most. 

  • Redeveloping an estimated 300 acres of what is now underdeveloped, underutilized land and large-scale brownfield reclamation. 

Transportation Benefits

It is vital for any city to maintain and improve its infrastructure if the city is to grow. Opportunity Corridor will enhance roadway connection to the freeway system, improve Interstate mobility, support existing economic development activities, and promote economic redevelopment at the neighborhood level. It will encourage private sector investment reliant upon transport facilities and services to export and import raw materials or access markets for products. 

Building a new road such as Opportunity Corridor involves a tremendous amount of intelligent, thoughtful planning. Everyone associated with this vital project not only wants it to be done – they want it to be done right. This three-mile boulevard has the potential to trigger cascading economic benefits that will affect tens of thousands of Greater Clevelanders: 
  • It will allow workers in University Circle better access to their jobs.

  • It will make it easier for visitors to get to Cleveland’s cultural gems in University Circle. 

  • It will revitalize a worn, underutilized part of our city, allowing residents of these neighborhoods better access. 

  • It has the potential to spark economic development – and create jobs – along its three-mile path. 

  • It will result in industrial brownfields to be cleaned up and returned for new use.

Economic Redevelopment

By creating an environment conducive to support existing and emerging development, the Opportunity Corridor will raise the level of private sector activity and public engagement along the corridor which has the ability to foster sustainable economic growth in the area. The benefits of a coordinated economic investment include:
  • Better integration of economic and social resources

  • Improved transport efficiency

  • Harnessed latent economic potential

  • Enhanced economic competitiveness

  • Well marketed local and regional trade and investment 

  • Strong public/private partnerships

  • Improved quality of life

Community Reinvestment

Constructive public input is an essential component of the Opportunity Corridor's ability to maximize community assets and produce substantial economic and social benefits to the nearby neighborhoods and businesses. The Steering Committee is dedicated to ongoing community engagement process that incorporates the public’s will as a part of its decision-making process. Community outreach includes:  
  • Open forums

  • Community group presentations
     
  • Business stakeholder presentations