MainStreet reflects on past 10 years of its Master Plan
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
May 13, 2014 | 694 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

MainStreet Cleveland’s monthly meeting was filled to capacity this week as a presentation of the changes made during the past 10 years was made.

Those changes were significant and numerous regarding the downtown revitalization and the 10-year Master Plan which had been adopted.

Joe Burton, president of MainStreet Cleveland, introduced longtime member Doug Caywood who gave an overview of the MainStreet projections and projects during the past 10 years.

The organization has been responsible for providing landscaping and plantings as well as coordinating the gateways into the downtown area. First Street Square was one major addition to the downtown area.

According to MainStreet Executive Director Sharon Marr, 443 downtown properties have been defined and mapped, and details have been made available of aspects of the buildings.

Planning and design of the Inman Street project area is still underway. Recently, the underpass at Five Points was reclaimed with a more attractive paint scheme. Windows in the lofts of downtown Cleveland buildings were adorned with artwork.

A report was also provided regarding the first MainStreet Cruise-in of 2014, which was held last week. More than 600 vintage vehicles were included in the first of the events that run through the fall.

Marr also provided an update on the newest MainStreet event — the Downtown Dine Around held Thursday.

“The Dine Around was successful and was a great idea that showcased downtown Cleveland dining options. The walking tour of the restaurants allowed visitors the freedom to sample the variety of foods available in the area,” Marr said.

Eight eateries participated in the inaugural event. Musical entertainment was also strategically placed throughout the tour.

Marr also reminded the MainStreet meeting attendees of the upcoming Evening Shade events, the Farmers Market opening in June, the Brew-ha-ha and ongoing planning for fall and winter events.

Member Traci Hamilton told the audience that MainStreet Cleveland now has a Twitter account — @MainstreetCleve — where happenings can be shared. The hashtag is #happeningsindowntown.

The organization is also on Facebook.

Loft living has also become a major part of the 10-year plan. Recently, Nicholas Lillios completed lofts in the historic C.C. Card Ford building, located on Inman Street.

He reported all have been occupied, adding to the culture of downtown living space, by repurposing the structure.

MainStreet Cleveland is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization and promotion of historic downtown and was accredited in 1990.