Kamm’s Corners is a well-maintained older neighborhood that perennially ranks high on the list of best places to live in Cleveland. The Kamm’s Corners downtown district however, did not reflect that same character and quality. For years the deteriorating street corridor conditions and under-utilized buildings along Lorain Avenue had been adverse to the community’s economic development efforts.
The City of Cleveland and the Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation engaged CT Consultants to work closely with a steering committee consisting of city officials, downtown merchants and neighborhood residents to prepare a comprehensive design plan for construction of downtown street corridor capital improvements and streetscape enhancements supportive of economic development.
Improvements and enhancements constructed and installed as part of the project include burying all overhead wires, historic-style streetlight and traffic signal poles, concrete sidewalks highlighted with stone insets, handicap accessible ramps, parking, street trees and landscaping, benches, bike racks, and furnishings. The project also extended new electric service underground to nearby Fairview Hospital.
The attractive, welcoming and pedestrian-oriented environment and strong positive district image established by the street corridor improvement/enhancement project has proven particularly appealing to restaurant and café entrepreneurs who are renovating buildings along with other new businesses in downtown Kamm’s Corners.