Bedrock Adding Planters, Trees, Benches And Lighting To Downtown Cleveland

Tower City Public Square entrance.Photo: Artist rendering courtesy of MKSK

CLEVELAND - Bedrock announced details of the first phase of its public space program with a streetscape improvement initiative. The beautification efforts are being made as Bedrock advances its vision to develop a 15-minute neighborhood along the Cuyahoga Riverfront and the ongoing transformation of Tower City Center.

“We believe it is important to address some of the physical issues immediately adjacent to these core downtown spaces, even as we evolve our plans for Tower City and curate a mixed-use residential community on the Cuyahoga Riverfront,” said Kofi Bonner, CEO at Bedrock. “Working with the City of Cleveland, we have proposed a few straightforward but important features that will help provide a more welcoming, pedestrian friendly environment.”

Beginning Fall 2022, new planters, trees, benches, and upgraded lighting fixtures will be installed, housing perennial and seasonal plantings. The enhancements will take place in front of Tower City, near Public Square, on Ontario Street from Euclid to Huron Avenues, on Prospect Avenue between The May and West 6th and on Euclid Avenue from Ontario to The May.

The initiative, in partnership with Cleveland-based LAND Studio, will create a more interconnected, walkable and activated experience between high-trafficked destinations such as Tower City, Public Square, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Progressive Field, and JACK Casino. The streetscape improvements also align with Bedrock’s recent introduction of Skylight Park at Tower City that offers visitors an indoor green space comprised of classic midwestern-inspired foliage.

“Bedrock has taken a vested interest to improve the Downtown Cleveland experience for pedestrians through this streetscape enhancement along their landmark properties, as well as Public Square and key components of the Gateway District,” said Joyce Pan Huang, Director, City Planning Commission. “These simple, yet impactful improvements will make a significant difference in the overall District experience.”

Prospect Avenue Tower City Center entrance.Photo: Artist rendering courtesy of MKSK

The initiative is the latest component of Bedrock’s multi-phased plan to transform downtown in accordance with the City’s own Vision for the Valley. Recently, the real estate firm announced the addition of world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE to lead the master planning process for Tower City and the Cuyahoga Riverfront. Bedrock and the Adjaye Associates team are working closely with city and other public sector officials and organizations on conceptualizing plans to maximize these two critical assets.

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