Sep 14


Greater Cleveland has experienced an explosion of diverse and substantial water and waterfront investment that is helping to ensure public health, reduce pollution, improve public access, support commerce, create jobs and enhance our communitys quality of life. While the pandemic has created new challenges, our penchant for hard work and collaboration will be at the core of our resurgence.

Today, a new published report shows how the region is embracing its substantial water resources as never before. This is thanks in large part to the collaborative efforts of the Greater Cleveland Civic Connection partners: The City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, the Port of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD). Civic Connection is an initiative of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Highlights of the report include:

  • An overview of investment into maritime facilities, including a $9.7 million major seawall repair at the Port of Cleveland’s 45-acre Cleveland Bulk Terminal.
  • An update on NEORSD’s $3 billion, 25-year Project Clean Lake, which involves creating seven massive storage tunnels to control raw sewage discharged into waterways during heavy rain. The most recently completed structure, the Dugway Storage Tunnel on Cleveland’s near east side, was completed in June at $4.6 million under budget.
  • A look at Vision for the Valley, a comprehensive study of the Cuyahoga Valley in Cleveland led by Civic Connection partners the City of Cleveland and Port of Cleveland, as well as the Cleveland Metroparks and Flats Forward with a cross section of community, business and agency stakeholders. The goal: a unifying vision for the next 30 years.
  • Key developments including the $144 million mass-timber INTRO project under construction across from the West Side Market and just up the hill from the Cuyahoga; the third phase of Flats East Bank; and the Thunderbird development on Scranton Peninsula.
  • Civic Connection partners support for the Sherwin-Williams new $300 million global headquarters and R&D facility
  • Plans to increase accessibility to the Cuyahoga and Lake Erie throughout Cuyahoga County.
  • The massive, multi-partner plan to fix the unstable hillside at the river’s Irishtown Bend, resulting in new infrastructure and a new 17-acre public park.

A full copy of the special report can be found here.