City to review all options to achieve integration and improve service
The demand for parking at the West Side Market and in Ohio City in general is at an all-time high and continuing to grow; and the City of Cleveland is taking steps to improve parking amenities and increase the number of parking spaces available by implementing a consolidation plan that will improve and merge Lots A and B behind the West Side Market.
“The consolidation plan will increase parking capacity by more than 100 spaces to make it easier for people to get in and out of the parking lot,” said Director of Public Works Michael Cox. “While we are looking to improve parking at the Market in the future, we are simultaneously evaluating our best options to maintain an expedient and efficient flow of traffic during lot consolidation.”
To date, the City of Cleveland has secured $2.6 million of the total estimated project cost of 3.3 million through general obligation bonds and grants. The City has hired consulting firm Behnke and Associates to begin design work for the consolidated on-grade parking lot and create the appropriate construction documents for bidding while the remaining $700,000 is being secured.
During the design process, the City will be scheduling various meetings with the West Side Market tenants, Ohio City Incorporated, and Ohio City vendors and stakeholders to collect input on transitioning to paid parking for visitors and shoppers, an option the City is strongly considering. Bidding is expected to occur in the late spring or early summer of 2015 with construction possibly beginning as early as the fall of 2015.
“The proposed West Side Market parking lot project presents a solution that meets the financial and capital needs of the City and the demand for parking for all stakeholders,” said Ken Silliman, Chief of Staff for Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “The project will reduce cut-through traffic, improve security with new lighting and, with paid parking, should increase turn over, allowing more customers to access parking and shop at the West Side Market.”