East 22nd Infrastructure
The East 22nd St. Street Rehabilitation and Streetscape project from Orange Avenue to Euclid Avenue began as an idea back in 2010 by the Campus District Board and anchor institutions. Through strategic visioning sessions, stakeholders had identified East 22nd Street as our community’s main north-south street which was key to connecting people to the Campus District’s primary assets of educational and health institutions.
It began with a Transportation for Livable Communities planning grant from Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) that created the vision for the project of East 22nd Street becoming a complete and green street with bike and pedestrian accommodations.
Prominently featured in the plan were wider sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian amenities, new lighting, signage, public art and significant greening of the street. With leadership from Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, the City submitted federal applications for over $4 million of construction funding to match the City’s commitment of over $1 million to the project. During 2014, the Campus District convened stakeholder meetings to give community input on designs and functionality of the street and streetscape elements to brand the district. The project will include planted median strips, and streetscape elements such as benches, bike racks, lighting and public art.
Construction of the $4.2 million infrastructure project will began in July 2015 and the hardscape will be completed by November 2015 with plantings, signage and streetscape to be done by June 2016. This project is creating a new “Main Street” for the Campus District that will link Cleveland State University, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Cuyahoga Community College.