Greater Cleveland Partnership Supports Places with Impact in Recommended State Capital Bill Projects
The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is recommending that the Ohio Legislature include financing for 14 high-impact projects in the state’s 2017-18 capital bill.
The GCP – the largest chamber of commerce in Ohio – traditionally submits its list of capital budget priorities to the legislature. Legislators have given the GCP recommendations a high priority in the crafting of past capital bills. The 2017-18 capital bill will be released early next year. The 2016-17 capital bill included over $30 million for community projects in the greater Cleveland area.
“GCP has been in the midst of a strategic planning process that culminates at the end of this year,” says Joe Roman, GCP’s President and CEO. “All of the projects on this list represent important economic development efforts in our region and deserve priority status however our Tier I recommendations reflect Places with Impact – an emerging priority in our strategic plan.”
Places with Impact will continue GCP’s development efforts to improve access to Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River, downtown development, and transformational neighborhood projects. It will also include support for multi-modal connectivity.
GCP is focused on securing $5 million in the state capital budget for Phase II of Restoring the Irishtown Bend, which will support continued investment to stabilize the bulkheads along the Cuyahoga River while beginning work to convert the top of the hillside into a public greenspace. This is a joint project of the Port of Cleveland and Land Studio.
In addition, the following six projects were also categorized as “Tier I”, meaning the GCP considers them to be strategic priorities for Greater Cleveland. The amounts listed below were requested by the project sponsors:
• The Foundry Community Rowing and Sailing Center – $750,000 for a community rowing center in the Flats and the redevelopment of the Old Coast Guard Station into a community sailing center.
• CCH Development Corporation – $1.25 million for the development arm of the MetroHealth System to create a neighborhood innovation space on the W. 25th Street Corridor as well as an expanded site for the MetroHealth Police Station and Life Flight Unit.
• Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development – $250,000 for El Mercado, a business incubator in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland.
• Karamu House – $2 million to support the redesign of the arts campus in the Fairfax neighborhood.
• FRONT International – $350,000 for the redevelopment of the Madison and Front Porch buildings on E. 105th Street in the Glenville neighborhood.
• Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority – $1.2 million to finish the last phase of the Brookpark Station redevelopment. The station is a key connecting point for Cuyahoga, Lorain and Medina county residents who rely on public transportation.
GCP is also supporting projects from the following organizations as a part of its Tier II priorities, also considered to be important initiatives for the region:
• Cleveland Clinic – for a satellite location for children therapy services.
• University Hospitals – for a heart and vascular center in University Circle.
• Musical Arts Association – for upgrades to Severance Hall.
• Cleveland Museum of Natural History – for renovations to the core exhibit and research space.
• Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – for renovations to the core exhibit space.
• Playhouse Square – for upgrades to the main theaters.
• Cuyahoga County – for a Mental Health Jail Diversion facility.