City Architecture created a two-block redevelopment plan focused towards providing quality, mixed-income housing while contributing to the revitalization of the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. This urban mixed-use development involves historic renovation and new construction, residential and commercial uses, condominiums and apartments as well as the integration of a new parking garage. The infrastructure and public spaces throughout the site have been designed to promote a cohesive, connected and vibrant neighborhood.
Spry Concierge Medical Office
City Architecture engaged with a local healthcare system to create a high-end membership-based medical office within an urban core. This newly conceived business model required an interactive design approach between the client and designers to ensure a serene and comfortable environment was created. The project consists of an office build-out within an existing building shell to create a calming oasis that is easily accessible to patients.
Cedar Neighborhood & Central Choice Plan
Working with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), the City of Cleveland, institutional stakeholders, community groups and a wide array of residents, City Architecture assisted in the creation of a Choice Neighborhoods planning grant for the Cedar Central Neighborhood. The Central Neighborhood and the Cedar Extension Estates are both positioned to take advantage of their direct connections with Downtown Cleveland and major employment hubs, as well as their proximity to a number of medical, educational and community services facilities. Through this initiative, City Architecture managed a diverse range of public and private partners to develop a plan that proposes residential redevelopment, commercial growth, institutional expansions, parks and recreation amenities, infrastructure improvements, crime prevention programs and safety initiatives directed to impact resident groups and issues identified through a comprehensive analysis.
2013 Project of the Year - American Society of Highway Engineers Project Recognition – 2014 Greater Cleveland Trails and Greenways Conference
After completion of the Cleveland Waterfront District Plan, City Architecture, collaborating with the Ohio Department of Transportation, led the initial phases of implementation by developing the Lakefront West Plan. The $200M infrastructure plan extends from Edgewater Park on the west side, to East 25th Street on the east, and proposes to transform this under-utilized highway to a grand, tree-lined byway, complete with 2 miles of continuous lakefront bike path that link existing neighborhoods and waterfront parks. The initial phase included creating accessible pedestrian connections, via a series of ramps, stairs and tunnels, between surrounding neighborhoods and Lake Erie's shoreline. Public art installations, combined with creative landscaping, soften the environment and create two grand entries to one of Cleveland's most utilized parks.
Heritage Ohio Historic Preservation Award Historic Preservation Office Award - Ohio Historical Society Honor Award for Urban Design - Cleveland Center of the American Institute of Architects Preservation Award - Cleveland Chapter of the AIA & Cleveland Restoration Society
The League Park Redevelopment Plan represents a neighborhood initiative to identify areas of improvement in the neighborhood immediately surrounding the historic League Park site in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood. The project area is defined by Superior Avenue to the north, Chester Avenue to the south, East 55th Street to the west and East 79th Street to the east. The planning process has involved the identification and analysis of vacant and under-utilized properties, the design and coordination of a range of new residential projects (tax-credit and market rate), the design of new neighborhood identification elements and infrastructure improvements, and the identification of new commercial and institutional opportunities. A significant amount of community interaction has helped to guide the neighborhood reinvestment strategies that are a part of this plan. Neighborhood improvements are intended to complement the planned reconstruction of the League Park baseball stadium.
The renovation of League Park repositions this national icon as an historic attraction, community park and Hough neighborhood gem. City Architecture worked closely with the City of Cleveland and the neighborhood’s development corporation to develop programming and a master plan for the district, capitalizing on the energy created by the ballpark’s reconstruction. The project includes the adaptive re-use of the historic ticket house as the Baseball Heritage Museum, the bleacher wall's stabilization, a new visitor center building that serves as a community facility and the reestablishment of the baseball field itself into a fully functional facility. The field's layout and orientation matches its famed 1920 World Series configuration. The construction of the "Great Wall" towers over Lexington Avenue and serves as a reminder that Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run at League Park. This reinvestment into the Hough neighborhood extends beyond the ballpark, but signifies momentous district-wide investments that enhance residents' quality of life and adds to Northeast Ohio's richness and regional history.
GCRTA - Little Italy Station
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority constructed a new Red Line Station where the train line crosses Mayfield Road to service both University Circle as well as the Little Italy neighborhood. City Architecture designed the new station to be constructed within an existing hillside site that contained a vacated train bridge and concrete vault within the bridge abutment. The station design includes methods of utilizing natural sunlight through solar panels on the platform roofs, sunshades within the summer months and thermal mass collection areas within the winter months to naturally heat and cool the headhouse. Working in conjunction with surrounding development, the Mayfield Road Station provides a multi-modal transit hub defining a true Transit Oriented Development district.
Smart Growth Community Excellence Award - Mixed-Use Development
Downtown Akron's emerging Northside District is a mixed-use neighborhood on the northern edge of Downtown Akron, overlooking the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This urban development serves an integral role in Akron's revitalization, offering new residents, shopping opportunities, restaurants and a hotel. A linear park threads the site, creating a series of plazas that serve as a promenade to the adjacent national park, the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath trail system and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Akron Station.
Northside's new construction includes a 60-unit mixed-use loft building, a 146-room hotel, and townhomes. The loft building's post-tensioned concrete structure allows each unit to be finished in an industrial aesthetic with exposed concrete floors and ceilings. The new 10-story hotel features enclosed parking, a restaurant, meeting space, pool, theater, and a fitness center and will be the first first hotel constructed in Downtown Akron in the past 40 years. Overall, the Northside redevelopment brings new activities to Downtown's edge, re-establishing the district's important role with its urban context and offering market-rate residential options within the metro area.