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City Partners Support $3.5 Million Upgrade of Cleveland’s Public Square

Public Square Upgrade Project to Proceed in 2023 with Funding Support from City Partners

Cleveland, OH – The Group Plan Commission, a non-profit organization responsible for the maintenance and operation of Public Square in Cleveland, announced today that it has secured $3.5 million in funding for a project to upgrade the Superior Avenue crossing and remove jersey barriers in Public Square. Funding for the project has been provided by the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Greater Cleveland RTA, KeyBank, The Sherwin-Williams Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, Bedrock, Cavaliers, Rocket Mortgage, and JACK Entertainment.

Mayor Justin M. Bibb said, “We are one step closer to the Public Square that Clevelanders deserve. We are grateful to all the partners who are committed to getting this done. Thank you for your ongoing support and collaboration.”

In January, the project team will present a detailed conceptual design to the Downtown Flats Design Review Advisory Committee and the City Planning Commission. The updated design includes the creation of permanent curb extensions in the center of Public Square to increase pedestrian safety, as well as the replacement of jersey barriers with new security bollards. There will also be a raised “tabletop” crosswalk to facilitate safe pedestrian flow between the northern and southern portions of Public Square.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish added, “Cuyahoga County is pleased to support these improvements to Public Square and Superior Avenue. It benefits all of us when the heart of Downtown Cleveland is safe, attractive, and accessible.”

GCRTA General Manager and CEO India L. Birdsong Terry said, “The Greater Cleveland RTA is proud to serve as a partner in redefining the city’s mobility options through and around Public Square. Financial contribution opportunities such as these underscore the importance of public transportation to our region, and the subsequent improved safety and access for our customers.”

Circulation improvements around the perimeter of Public Square, including a protected bikeway for cyclists who do not want to ride in traffic, will be addressed in a separate phase.

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