Living Lorain Avenue - Final Streetscape Plan

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The final plan for Lorain Avenue in Cleveland Ohio. The plan streteches from W. 20th to W. 85th and includes Cleveland's first protected bike lane.

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<ul><li><p>We would like to thank the following project sponsors:</p><p>Councilman Joe Cimperman, Ward 3 Cleveland City Council</p><p>Councilman Matt Zone, Ward 15 - Cleveland City Council</p><p>Ohio City Incorporated</p><p>The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization</p><p>Saint Ignatius High School</p><p>Ohio Savings Bank</p><p>Ohio Finance Fund</p><p>We also extend thanks to:</p><p>City of Cleveland</p><p>Urban Community School</p><p>GCRTA</p><p>Project Stakeholders</p><p>Public Meeting Participants</p><p>A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T S</p></li><li><p>The Lorain Avenue Corridor Improvement Plan will encourage </p><p>economic redevelopment on </p><p>Lorain Avenue through enhanced </p><p>transportation options, safety, and </p><p>aesthetics for residents, merchants, </p><p>commuters, and visitors. Lorain Avenues history as a primary transporta-tion and commercial corridor dates back to the mid 1800s. The opening of the West Side Market in 1912 and introduction of streetcars spurred the corridors expansion west, creating the foundation for todays commercial district. </p><p>The corridor study area extends from West 25th to West 85th Streets, connecting two neighborhoods Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway. Councilmen Joe Cimperman and Matt Zone work with Ohio City Incorporated and Detroit Shoreway Commu-nity Development Organization (CDC) to faciliate redevelopment efforts. The project study area includes the Ohio City/</p><p>Market District, Saint Ignatius High School, Urban Community School, EcoVillage, Lorain Historic District, and Antiques District. </p><p>Ohio City is a thriving community, featuring over 150 locally-owned businesses that cater to con-sumers demand for local products. The Detroit Shoreway neighborhoods nearby Gordon Square Arts District is another popular dining and enter-tainment area, offering new restaurants, shops, and entertainment that attract both Cleveland-ers and tourists. Although Gordon Square is not within the study area, its streetscape design and overall character was considered in development of this plan.</p><p>The Ohio City/Market District and Gordon Square Arts District are both catalysts for economic growth, and Lorains close proximity to Down-town Cleveland presents further opportunities for redevelopment. The project planning team -- composed of Ohio City Incorporated, the De-troit Shoreway CDC, Cleveland public and private stakeholders, Behnke Associates, and Michael Baker Corporation -- collaborated to develop a plan that builds on this momentum. Designed to reinvigorate Lorain, the teams system of roadway, streetscape, and branding improvements will es-tablish high-quality standards that generate inter-est in business redevelopment and reinvestment throughout the corridor. Photos, left: Anchored by West Side Market, the Market Districts new restaurants, </p><p>gathering spaces, and entertainment attract both local residents and visitors. </p><p>1</p><p>2</p><p>3</p><p>4</p><p>5</p><p>6</p><p>7</p><p>8</p><p>PROJECT GOALS:</p><p>Express Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway brands, strengthen the identity of individual stakeholders and segments along Lorain, and create a sense of place within the corridor. </p><p>Respect and reflect Lorain Avenues history and architectural styles, while renewing the corridor with a forward-looking appearance. </p><p>Improve the safety and efficiency of transportation on Lorain Avenue.</p><p>Develop the most complete street configuration possible. </p><p>Create a safer and more welcoming pedestrian and cycling en-vironment, to attract business patrons and reduce dependence on the automobile for all types of trips.</p><p>Coordinate with and improve GCRTAs transit waiting environ-ments, for increased ridership. </p><p>Examine ways to reduce the corridors stormwater impacts on the Cuyahoga River and neighboring watersheds.</p><p>Coordinate with current and past planning studies and development plans. </p></li><li><p>C H A P T E R 1 : P R E P A R A T I O N &amp; P R O C E S SRelated Studies........................................................................................................Process....................................................................................................................</p><p>C H A P T E R 2 : E X I S T I N G C O N D I T I O N SHistory &amp; Culture......................................................................................................Land Use.................................................................................................................Districts....................................................................................................................Corridor Function.....................................................................................................Public Transit............................................................................................................Bicyclists..................................................................................................................Architecture..............................................................................................................Corridor Edges.........................................................................................................Utilities......................................................................................................................Furnishings...............................................................................................................Public Art &amp; Ownership............................................................................................Existing Conditions Map..........................................................................................Traffic Analysis..........................................................................................................</p><p>C H A P T E R 3 : T R A F F I C A N A L Y S I S Existing Conditions..................................................................................................Potential 2-Lane Configurations............................................................................... Potential 2-Lane with Turn Lane/Median Configuration...........................................Capacity Analysis Results (overall intersection performance).................................</p><p>C H A P T E R 4 : C O N C E P T S &amp; R E C O M M E N D A T I O N SComplete &amp; Green Streets......................................................................................Design for Pedestrians............................................................................................Design for Public Transit..........................................................................................Design for Bicyclists................................................................................................Intersection Treatments...........................................................................................</p><p>Proposed Lane Configurations......................................................................................Streetscape....................................................................................................................Parking...........................................................................................................................Maintenance..................................................................................................................Identity &amp; Brand.............................................................................................................Recommendations Summary........................................................................................</p><p>C H A P T E R 5 : C O S T E S T I M A T E SKey Map.........................................................................................................................West 25th - West 28th Streets........................................................................................West 28th - West 32nd Streets.......................................................................................West 32nd - West 45th Streets....................................................................................... West 45th - West 52nd Streets.......................................................................................West 52nd - West 58th Streets......................................................................................West 58th - West 65th Streets........................................................................................West 65th - West 73rd Streets........................................................................................West 73rd - West 81st Streets........................................................................................West 81st - West 85th Streets........................................................................................Fulton Avenue Plaza.......................................................................................................</p><p>APPENDIX </p><p>C O N T E N T S :11</p><p>33356667788913</p><p>13151617</p><p>1919212124</p><p>283031313234</p><p>3638394041424344454647</p></li><li><p>LIVING LORAIN </p><p>1 </p><p>LAUNCH LORAIN</p><p>G.R.C.T.A. WEST 25TH STREET T.O.D. </p><p>COMPLETE AND GREEN STREETS</p><p>CLEVELAND BIKEWAY </p><p>WEST 65TH T.L.C.I. STUDY</p><p>OHIO CITY TRANSPORATION PLAN</p><p>PROCESS STAGES:</p><p>OHIO CITY VISION T.O.D. </p><p>Traffic calmingStreetscape enhancementsTransit Waiting Environments (TWE)</p><p>Complete StreetsWayfinding</p><p>Importance of historic and urban character Prioritize non-motorists</p><p>Improve livability and walkabilityBalance transportation modesEnhance transit ridership</p><p>Balance transportation modesDevelop complete and green street standards</p><p>Make Cleveland a bicycle-friendly communityBicycle parking ordinanceEstablish Lorain as a neighborhood connector</p><p>In progress</p><p>The past and current studies to the right all re-late to Lorain Avenue. The planning team consid-ered each studys observations and conclusions to develop a coherent system of recommenda-tions for the corridor as a whole. For example, the Living Lorain improvement plan grew directly out of goals and recommendations generated at the Launch Lorain design charette. Additionally, Clevelands Complete and Green Streets Plan is establishing new transportation mode balance and green infrastructure standards, which Living Lorain incorporates on many levels. Living Lorain also employs the principles of livability and pe-destrian prioritization encouraged by the Ohio City Vision TLCI and GRCTA West 25th TOD studies. </p><p>The Living Lorain improvement plan adheres to all of these studies proposed guidelines. Designed to enhance safety, aesthetics, and efficiency, this new plan will establish the standards necessary to make the study area a pedestrian-focused place comfortable for commuters, residents, and visi-tors.</p><p>chapter 1: preparation &amp; process</p><p>CHAPTER 1: PREPARATION &amp; PROCESS</p><p>The planning process began in February of 2013 with a public kickoff meeting. A series of surveys, analyses, and public meetings followed, creating the foundation for the corridor plan. </p><p>Once project goals had been developed, the planning team conducted a block-by-block walk-ing audit of the corridors existing conditions, </p><p>including land use, architecture, streetscape de-sign, and traffic. The site inventory cataloged and photographed community assets with develop-ment potential, as well as properties in disrepair. The analysis process also considered the con-cerns of residents, merchants, and other stake-holders. OCI and DSCDO conducted a survey that asked residents and merchants specific questions about Lorains current transportation options and streetscape. Their responses helped the planning team to develop a better understanding of the communitys wants, needs, and expectations for the project. </p><p>Following the traffic and site analysis, the planning team compiled its data into a detailed presentation for stakeholders. The presentation encouraged discussion and teamwork; participants formed groups to develop potential design alternatives. </p><p>These group discussions influenced the next phase of the planning process -- concept develop-ment. The planning team used participants feed-back to create options for improving the corridors right-of-way configuration and streetscape. Plan-ners explored conceptual alignments that would incorporate on-street parking and bike facilities, as well as increase pedestrian comfort and safety. The proposed configurations and streetscape el-ements -- including benches, trash receptacles, street trees, and lighting -- were then presented to stakeholders and the public; their feedback was incorporated in the development of the final con-cepts shown in this report. </p><p>PROCESS</p><p>The projects planning process </p><p>was a collaboration between Ohio </p><p>City Incorporated (O.C.I.), the Detroit </p><p>Shoreway Community Development </p><p>Organization (DSCDO), project </p><p>stakeholders, and the public.</p><p>Use traffic analysis and public input to propose configurations that better serve Lorains residents, merchants, commuters, bicyclists, and pedestrians.</p><p>Examine Lorains existing right-of-way, lane configurations, traffic patterns, and traffic volumes to determine the corridors transportation needs. </p><p>Within the context of the preferred corridor configuration, develop streetscape treatments that meet the project goals.</p><p>TRAFFIC ANALYSIS</p><p>CONCEPTUAL CORRIDOR </p><p>CONFIGURATIONS</p><p>STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS</p><p>RELATED STUDIES</p></li><li><p>CITY OF CLEVELAND, OHIO</p><p>2 </p><p>intentionally blank</p></li><li><p>LIVING LORAIN </p><p>3 </p><p>In the mid-nineteenth century, German, Irish, and Hungarian immigrants seeking employment in Cleveland began to settle the area around Lorain Avenue. These new Americans brought popular-ity and economic growth to the stagecoach route; by 1900, Lorain had emerged as a key arterial for commerce and transportation between downtown Cleveland and points west. The corridor evolved from a stagecoach to streetcar route and contin-ued to expand. By 1930, Lorain had become pre-dominately commercial. </p><p>Today, Lorain Avenue continues to be commer-cial-oriented with a diverse range of businesses, including specialty shops, ethnic markets, res-taurants, delis, antique stores, and entertainment venues. </p><p>DISTRICTS The planning team identified six distinguishable areas of significance within the study area: Ohio City/Market District, Saint Ignatius High School, Urban Community School, EcoVillage, Lorain Historic District, and Antiques District. Based on discussion with stakeholders, the planning team determined that the: - Ohio City/Market District - EcoVillage - Antiques District are most important to emphasize in the proposed improvements. These areas are well-established destination points for visitors and local residents, and offer high potential for future business devel-opment. </p><p>The Ohio City/Market District continues to attract new restaurants, retail, and residences. Anchored by the West Side Market, this districts recent growth as an artisan community has generated new opportunities for development throughout the corridor. In contrast, the Antiques Districts pop-ularity has declined. This plan aims to reinvigo-rate the Districts unique retail venues to promote...</p></li></ul>

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