CDI serves a 500-acre district strategically located along the Euclid Avenue Corridor flanking the entire eastern edge of Downtown Cleveland’s Central Business District. It’s planning and service area is bounded by Lakeside Avenue on the north, Broadway Avenue on the south, East 18th Street on the west and East 30th Street on the east.
CDI’s vision is to create places and not just facilities by working to improve the quality of life for those who live, work, visit and study in this growing district. It builds competitive advantage by providing relevant and direct, hands-on economic and community development services in its district.
Campus District Inc. (CDI) connects Cleveland’s downtown campuses by leading, providing, and promoting community development services.
By connecting people and ideas, CDI promotes and strengthens the business, education, healthcare, religious, research, and service activities of its member institutions. CDI creates places and not just facilities by working to improve the quality of life for those who live, work, visit, and study in this growing district.
Allegro Realty Advisors, Ltd.
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Brothers Printing Company
The Plain Dealer
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland State University
Cleveland Housing Network
Cuyahoga Community College
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
FastSigns Downtown Cleveland
Ohio Educational Credit Union
Ohio’s First Class Credit Union
Red Dot Project
Sisters of Charity Health System
St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
Tap Packaging Solutions
Visiting Nurse Association
Tower Press Development
- Over 100,000 people visit weekly
- Over 26,000 students are enrolled at Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College
- Over 19,000 employees work in the Campus District
- Over 450 businesses, 100 institutions, and 100 professional organizations call the Campus District home
- The Campus District is strategically located in Northeast Ohio
- Excellent access from three interstate highways: I-71, I-77, and I-90
- Adjacent to Playhouse Square Center and the Theater District
- Easy walking distance to Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena
- Well positioned on the Euclid Corridor linking Public Square with University Circle
- Cleveland State University’s 7 colleges with 57 undergraduate degree programs and 38 graduate degree programs
- Cuyahoga Community College Metropolitan Campus with more than 60 associate degree career programs
- St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland’s oldest and only downtown hospital with its award winning Heart Care Center, Spine and Orthopedic Institute and Center for Bariatric Surgery
- Home of the Cleveland State University Vikings basketball team, Tri-C Jazz Festival and the bi-annual Superior Art Walk for City Artists at Work
- Performances of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra
- Cuyahoga Community College’s Unified technology Center, a state-of-the-art training and conference facility, serving more than 30,000 employees annually from over 700 companies
- Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center, a full service, multi purpose facility capable of seating up to 15,000 people for special events
1860s – St. Vincent Charity Medical Center opened as Cleveland’s first permanent general hospital.
1920s – The population of the area peaked and began to decline as immigration slowed and more prosperous residents moved elsewhere.
1930s – The nation’s first planned housing development, Central Apartments and Outhwaite Homes, was developed.
1950s – The City of Cleveland adopted an urban renewal plan for the “St. Vincent Center” that resulted in widespread clearance of the area. Super blocks were created to encourage large-scale development with upper income housing and a shopping center.
1960s – Tri-C’s Metro Campus, the Boy Scouts of America, the Salvation Army, and the Child Guidance Center (now Applewood Centers) occupied the new super blocks. To the north of St. Vincent’s the newly created Cleveland State University acquired Fenn College and began to erect classroom buildings.
1970s – The area had emerged as one of Ohio’s most important centers for public institutions. Once the explosive development subsided, the leaders of the three anchor institutions, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cuyahoga Community College, and Cleveland State University recognized the need to pool their skills and resources to undertake collaborative projects to improve the entire neighborhood.
1980s – Representatives of Saint Vincent Charity Hospital and Health Center, Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University signed The Saint Vincent Quadrangle Consortium Agreement to address issues of mutual concern, to encourage improvement in their area, and to change the real and perceived image of the community.
1990s – The Quadrangle’s geography changed in mid 1990. Originally, the Quadrangle district ended at Cleveland State University’s northern border. The City of Cleveland extended the northern boundary north to the lake adding Chinatown and additional light industrial properties to the district.
2000s – The area saw rapid development with the Superior Avenue Streetscape and Euclid Corridor projects. New buildings were constructed at Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Trinity Cathedral and The Plain Dealer. Renovation of existing buildings created over 680 living units.
Today – After working with stakeholders to develop a mission, strategy, and message for the Quadrangle, the Board voted unanimously to change the name of the place to Campus District and the organization to Campus District Inc. The Campus District Connections Plan was adopted as the road map for connecting the area’s assets through physical, transit, and other changes. The Plan also set forth recommended changes to the structure of the organization.