MainStreet Cleveland hears possible downtown options

TONY EUBANK Banner Staff Writer
Posted 3/16/15

A program detailing possible plans for a park and Greenway extension to the old Hardwick Woolen Mill, as well as ideas on how to revitalize Inman Street, were presented recently during a MainStreet …

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MainStreet Cleveland hears possible downtown options

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A program detailing possible plans for a park and Greenway extension to the old Hardwick Woolen Mill, as well as ideas on how to revitalize Inman Street, were presented recently during a MainStreet Cleveland webinar.

Local business, elected officials and property owners were presented with a live streaming meeting, led by University of Tennessee professor Brad Collett.

The meeting was designed to gather feedback to help select and develop design ideas for Inman Street based upon the 2004 Downtown Master Plan.

Various ideas for the extension of the Greenway along Woolen Mill Branch and plans for a revitalizing streetscape of Inman Street were showcased.

Some of the stated goals of the project included providing a new foundation redevelopment so Cleveland can continue growth in a sustainable manner.

The issue of downtown flooding was also addressed by targeting areas for green infrastructure to reduce peak flows and improve water quality.

A suggested solution to the flooding problem was the creation of an “urban stream” or artificial waterway.

Ways to increase pedestrian access and the interconnectivity of a revitalized downtown and the rest of the city were also discussed.

Plans also included ways to create a “green ribbon” through the city, which would create more green recreational space and access to water.

Ways to build new sidewalks and create alternative ways to better integrate transit, pedestrian and bicycle traffic between Inman Street and adjacent streets were included in the presentation.

A look was also given to adding more trees, plants and street furnishings to Inman Street.

The outlined ideas and plans were designed in conjunction with the 2004 Downtown Master Plan, as laid out by the University of Tennessee Smart Communities Initiative.

After the presentation, Collett fielded questions from the audience and addressed concerns about the traffic and pedestrian safety, parking and access to buildings.

Collett is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences with a faculty appointment to the Landscape Architecture Program. He is responsible for providing and leading community engaged service-learning opportunities for students through the Smart Communities Initiative and the Environmental Design Lab.

More detailed information about the downtown plan proposals will be published in a future edition, as well as charts and maps showing some of the possibilities.

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