City Manager Joe Fivas told the Cleveland City Council that efforts are underway to secure a multimillion dollar grant to fund improvements to the Inman Street corridor.“We are working on a build …
City Manager Joe Fivas told the Cleveland City Council that efforts are underway to secure a multimillion dollar grant to fund improvements to the Inman Street corridor.
“We are working on a build grant application,” Fivas said. “It will be in the neighborhood of $25 million and will help us redevelop all of Inman Street, from Keith Street all the way underneath the bridge.”
Fivas said the grant will also include funding to work on underground utilities.
If the grant is approved, matching funds will be needed.
“We are also planning on how we can lobby decision makers at the federal and state levels,” Fivas said.
In addition, Fivas said the city is working with an expert to help guide officials through the grant process.
“This is a big deal, and will be an important topic over the next couple of months,” Fivas said. “It’s the heart and core of our Whirlpool development and downtown [redevelopment].”
According to some leaked details of the downtown revitalization master plan that is being developed by civil engineering firm WSP, U.S.A., the Inman Street corridor will be converted to what Mayor Kevin Brooks refers to as a “walkable, livable and memorable downtown” with new streetscapes featuring more trees, as well as streets where traffic flow is enhanced to improve the visitor experience.
Portions of the Inman Street corridor will be reduced to one lane in each direction, in a move designed to help facilitate the downtown experience. In addition, more sidewalks and trees will be added.
Streets downtown will feature cobblestones, which will not only be aesthetically pleasing, but will also regulate traffic flow.
Fivas said WSP’s master plan will be unveiled during the next city council meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, May 13.
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