On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Mayor Jackson participated in a ribbon cutting on Larchmere Boulevard to celebrate the completion of the Larchmere Boulevard streetscape project.
The streetscape project capped off a total $13 million dollar investment into the Larchmere area and the surrounding community, resulting in the complete resurfacing of Larchmere Boulevard, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, new bike lanes and sharrows, and the resurfacing of four additional streets in the community.
The $13 million dollar investment in the Larchmere community is a continuation of Mayor Jackson’s plan to invest and rehabilitate the neighborhoods of the City of Cleveland.
“When I first ran for Mayor of Cleveland in 2005, I published a vision for Cleveland’s economy,” said Mayor Jackson. “In that vision, I wrote that public-private partnerships must help finance neighborhood streetscape, greening, and beautification projects throughout the city. The investment you see here in Larchmere is a real-world representation of that vision.”
Streetscape projects throughout the city have been a priority of Mayor Jackson and his administration. Since 2006, the City of Cleveland has dedicated 93% of all capital expenditures on projects outside of the downtown business district. Some of these projects include a $5.7 million dollar investment in the Gordon Square Arts District, $6.4 million in Kamm’s Corners, $4.7 in Waterloo, $9.4 million on Clifton Boulevard, $6.0 million in Cedar Avenue and various other projects exceeding $450 million dollars’ worth of capital investment in Cleveland neighborhoods.
“It is crucial that we continue to use the majority of our capital funds to invest in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Jackson. “Revival does not happen in isolation, we must continue cooperation between public and private entities in order to fully transform our communities into neighborhoods of choice.”
The Larchmere Boulevard streetscape project features a complete resurfacing of the area, ADA compliant curb ramps, new sidewalks and drive aprons, upgraded traffic signals, and rectangular rapid flashing beacons at designated crosswalks. Additional design elements include colored concrete crosswalks, a five-foot wide permeable paver amenity strip, new trees and plantings, new benches and trash cans, bike racks, and a public art installation.
All photos from the Larchmere Boulevard ribbon cutting. 11/6/2014