Transit-Oriented Development in Ohio
With a reviving downtown, stabilized economy and existing transit infrastructure, Cleveland is well positioned to advance an equitable transit-oriented (eTOD) agenda in the region. Building off the success of the Health Line, one of the country’s most catalytic bus rapid transit corridors, Enterprise’s Ohio office and key partners are taking advantage of new interest in thriving, diverse communities with multiple modes of transportation. Ohio staff are supporting the Northeast Ohio Area-wide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), which has convened a coalition to prioritize TOD strategy across sectors and throughout the region, and has provided seed funding to three organizations to enable early stage planning for affordable housing and neighborhood projects leveraging community and transit resources.
Proactive Planning to Leverage Transit
Ohio City Incorporated (OCI) received funding to support efforts related to a transit-oriented concept plan for the area surrounding the West 25th Street Rapid Station of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Red Line in Cleveland. In June 2012, OCI received a grant from the Cleveland Foundation and RTA to create a transit-oriented concept plan for the area. OCI is building off the recently completed plan to provide schematic-level designs for the commercial and housing aspects of the project directly adjacent to the transit station. This work will give OCI the ability to have detailed discussions with all stakeholders to help move the project forward.
Connecting Community via Multiple Modes
Slavic Village Development (SVD) received funds for the Fleet-Hyacinth TOD Reintegration Project. This multi-year, transit-oriented district expects to have a tremendous impact in Broadway Slavic Village, connecting residents with amenities – such as Trailside Slavic Village, Opportunity Corridor, and a new RTA light-rail station – and transforming blighted homes remaining from the foreclosure crisis into assets. The initiative reconnects the long-isolated Hyacinth neighborhood with the core of Slavic Village via two anchor projects connected by bike lanes. The first anchor project potentially includes a 40-unit affordable-housing development near transit utilizing a rigorous design process to enhance the Hyacinth TOD. The second anchor project, Slavic Village Recovery Phase II, will renovate and sell 35 vacant homes to owner occupants within ¼-mile around the Fleet Reconstruction Project.
Spurring Investment through TOD
Neighborhood Progress received a grant to support community-involved transit oriented planning along the West 25th Street Corridor on Cleveland’s west side. The TOD planning process for West 25th Street explored, highlighted, and identified opportunities in which a TOD strategy could facilitate or enhance the opportunity for affordable housing and economic development. Key to this effort is a cluster of existing large institutions – including the county hospital, Metro Health – and the potential for new job development. Also critical is branding and leveraging the vibrant Latino culture in the neighborhood, supporting new and ongoing retail/commercial development in the neighborhood, promoting walkability and safety, and creating a corridor connection to the West 25th Street/Lorain and downtown hubs.