Port of Cleveland awards TLCI contract to Michael Baker International for catalytic project at Irishtown Bend
The Port of Cleveland, in partnership with the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, LAND studio and Ohio City Incorporated, have announced a Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) planning process for Irishtown Bend with the award of a $125,000 contract to engineering firm Michael Baker International. Michael Baker International will bring partners CMG Landscape Architecture, a San Francisco-based firm, and 4ward Planning, a planning group from Pittsburgh, to the project.
This unique collaboration of community partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors is working together to transform vacant, potentially dangerous land into publicly accessible green space, preserve maritime operations vital to Northeast Ohio and spur economic development and recreational opportunities along the Cuyahoga River.
The TLCI planning effort is the first step in the process to stabilize the hillside from crumbling, ensuring that the shipping channel along the Cuyahoga River remains open to connect businesses with the supply chain. The project is a culmination of several years of efforts by Ohio City Incorporated and the City of Cleveland to convene government and community partners. The Port of Cleveland has been working toward a viable solution for bulkhead stabilization for five years, including a catalytic investment of nearly $500,000.
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