Join Resident Focus Groups for the MidTown Neighborhood Vision Plan

RSVP to participate in a Focus Group: https://bit.ly/MidTownRSVPMidTown Cleveland, Inc. is beginning a visioning and planning process for the MidTown neighborhood of Cleveland.Bounded by I-90 to the West, Cedar Avenue to the South, 55th and 79th Streets to the West, and Payne and Chester Avenues to the North, the MidTown neighborhood is a commercial corridor that is home to its own residents and local businesses. Development activity has increased dramatically since the opening of the Regional Transit Authority’s bus rapid transit “HealthLine” in 2008, which has led to $350 million of real estate investment in the MidTown neighborhood.

Further, the corridor is the center of gravity for a growing Innovation District in Cleveland’s health-tech and high-tech business sector anchored by the new Cleveland Foundation Headquarters, coming to MidTown in 2022. The MidTown neighborhood is now at a critical junction with several catalytic development projects that will spur the acceleration of real estate development and economic opportunity in the neighborhood. What happens to MidTown over the next decade will directly impact the tens of thousands of residents in neighborhoods north, south, east, and west of MidTown

This effort aims to develop a cohesive vision for the identity of MidTown, by creating a place-based and holistic neighborhood plan.  The Neighborhood Vision Plan will include strategies that grow MidTown as a neighborhood, reinforce MidTown as a great place to work, visit, and live.  It will also, create, accessible job opportunities, and expand MidTown as a destination for entertainment and services that better support the surrounding communities. It is a priority to align this new plan with existing development and planning efforts into a cohesive whole that reflects MidTown Inc.’s core commitment, which is to equitable and inclusive growth. The creation of this plan will bring together the desires of a diverse range of stakeholders and provide a roadmap toward achieving the collective vision through actionable steps for the next 5 years.

“We are interested in building a future that includes the diverse voices in our community, from businesses in the commercial corridors to residents in MidTown and adjacent neighborhoods”, said MidTown Cleveland, Inc’s Executive Director Jeff Epstein. MidTown selected Interface Studio, a planning firm from Philadelphia, through a competitive selection process. Partners in this effort include ThirdSpace Action Lab, LAND studio, and a 20+ person Steering Committee of civic, residents, and business leaders from MidTown and adjacent neighborhoods.

To engage the community safely during COVID-19, MidTown Cleveland, Inc. is adapting the public input process to primarily online tools and virtual meetings. A project phone line is available to make the process accessible to individuals without digital access. Beginning Friday, August 28th, the MidTown Vision team will host virtual focus groups. Residents of MidTown or the bordering neighborhoods will each receive a $10 gift card for their participation in the focus groups. Please RSVP for one of these meetings at the following link: https://bit.ly/MidTownRSVP.

A digital collaborative map collecting stories and ideas about the neighborhood, and community survey for residents, workers, and visitors to MidTown will also be released publicly this month.

More information about the project, updates, and ways to get involved are posted on the project website: https://midtowncleveland.org/our-vision2025/

About MidTown Cleveland, Inc.

MidTown Cleveland, Inc. (the organization) is the CDC (Community Development Corporation) working in the MidTown area. MTC’s mission is to leverage the diverse assets in the area to develop a dynamic neighborhood that unites the city’s downtown and innovation districts. The organization facilitates conversations, makes connections, addresses safety concerns, and manages programs that help residents and businesses achieve their goals by providing services and connecting resources to MidTown’s members, stakeholders, businesses and organizations, residents, and visitors to create a connected and complete community.

Joyce Pan Huang
Vice President of Community Development
MidTown Cleveland, Inc.
5000 Euclid Avenue Suite 100
Cleveland, OH 44114
216-391-5080 x 103 – this number will forward to my cell

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