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Downtown Cleveland Alliance taps Chicago’s PORT to reinvent a shadowy underpass

Chicago-based PORT Urbanism will work with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance to turn a forbidding underpass near Cleveland's warehouse district into a vibrant pedestrian space, now that the Chicago-based firm has been selected as the winner of a design competition to revive the Main Avenue Bridge. Renderings of a plan to remake the Main Avenue Bridge underpass in Cleveland. (PORT) Speaking to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Steven Litt, PORT principal and Ohio native Christopher Marcinkoski said the hope is to "make a space that's exciting and comfortable for the pedestrian, but that's also efficient and clear for vehicular traffic coming through it." The Main Avenue Bridge spans the Cuyahoga River just south of the $500 million Flats East Bank development. Litt describes the existing condition that prompted the design competition:
The dark and shadowy underside of the bridge, which rises above Main Avenue as the road descends west of West 9th Street at the edge of the Warehouse District, can feel confusing to motorists and unwelcoming to pedestrians.
The firm's proposal, which comes with a tentative budget of $800,000, beat out plans from two other finalists: New York's Balmori Associates and fellow Chicagoans Latent Design. That money will have to come quickly, as the project is scheduled to open before the Republican National Convention meets in Cleveland next year. Renderings of a plan to remake the Main Avenue Bridge underpass in Cleveland. (PORT) Renderings of a plan to remake the Main Avenue Bridge underpass in Cleveland. (PORT) Renderings of a plan to remake the Main Avenue Bridge underpass in Cleveland. (PORT) Renderings of a plan to remake the Main Avenue Bridge underpass in Cleveland. (PORT)

After planning commission okay, Cleveland is set to install its first pop-up parklet

Parklets are coming to Cleveland. The urban planning tool remaking urban streetscapes from Los Angeles to Chicago got a nod from Cleveland's Planning Commission last week, clearing the way for an outdoor living room to replace a parking space in front of the popular Noodlecat restaurant at 234 Euclid Avenue. Pending permits, the pedestrian area and space for street theater should pop up in less than one month, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Steven Litt. The nonprofit Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corp. worked with David Jurca of Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and architect Jason Rohal of Vocon to design the space, gathering about half the of the necessary $7,000 from the co-op Cleveland Collectivo. Cleveland's first miniature, plug-in public space will take the form of a wooden deck, outfitted with moveable furniture and stools. If it's popular, it could be the first of many.

Unveiled> Foster + Partners’ Health Education Campus in Cleveland

Cleveland's ongoing efforts to solidify its place among the nation's top cities for medical education got a new face last week when Foster + Partners unveiled new designs for a joint "Health Education Campus" run by the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University. The 485,000-square-foot building, sited for the intersection of East 93rd Street and Euclid Avenue, conceals millions of dollars of medical equipment beneath a broad, overhanging plane meant to recall the midwestern horizon. The designers are targeting a Spring groundbreaking date, assuming they get approval from the city's Planning Commission on meetings scheduled December 4 and 5. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Steven Litt observes, the building—which could cost anywhere from $197 million to $388 million—is part of a larger trend:
The Cleveland Health Education Campus is part of a national construction boom in medical education. The medical college association's website lists 145 current projects at colleges and universities that total $30.4 billion.
In an accompanying commentary piece, Litt lauds the project as "a fresh sign of Cleveland's evolution as a postindustrial city" but raises questions about Cleveland's reliance on outside architects. Cleveland Clinic has been rolling out its expansion for years, a process which is helping remake the University Circle area of the city.