We’ve previously posted about how BBC is in the process of revitalizing a long-time blighted vacant parcel adjacent to the E 79th St RTA Blue/Green Rapid Station.
Through two community design charrettes held earlier this year, residents and stakeholders envisioned the potential for a refreshed greenspace. BBC Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow Erick Rodriguez created a design based on the feedback offered by the community.
See what is planned for the E 79th St site here.
BBC has received a $50,000 grant from Reimagining Cleveland, a program of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Wells Fargo CityLIFT® program, The U.S. Department of Justice, and Cuyahoga Land Reutilization Corporation. We continue to leverage additional resources to bring the full project to fruition.
Look for activity to begin on the site this spring.
Will this project incorporate any “green” infrastructure — e.g., bioswales?
Hi AJ, thanks for your comment.
NEORSD has provided technical assistance regarding stormwater capture. Their experts concluded that green infrastructure wouldn’t make a substantial difference because the site is already pervious. Improvements we would make on the property would still allow water to percolate into the ground and not the sewer system.
That being said, we do plan to incorporate an ornamental swale with a lot of colorful plants, but not until phase II of the project.
However, across the street from the site in the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone, NEORSD is doing a $5 million green infrastructure project. Construction will begin in the fall.