Cleveland Gateway Redevelopment Plan


Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Gateway is nestled in a crook of the curving Cuyahoga River, lying just south of downtown Cleveland and bounded by hills and a highway to the south. The peninsula site previously housed the city’s industrial heart, but since the 1960s, the surrounding area has gained a regional open space corridor connection, a baseball and basketball stadium, the central hub for the regional light rail system, and the redevelopment of Terminal Tower into a mixed-use regional shopping and entertainment destination.
The redevelopment of this brownfield site will serve as a model and catalyst to the remaining surrounding underdeveloped land, serving as an anchor and example for Cleveland’s downtown renaissance. The plan reconnects residents to the river via its accompanying open spaces and by providing view corridors to many of the prominent local landmarks and using an interconnected grid of streets to activate underused bridges, the Cleveland Gateway gives residents and visitors many options for maneuvering through, within, and off the site. 
The site’s proximity to downtown allows for truly urban densities (2,500 units on 65 acres). Using diverse housing types creates a varied streetwall and allows views of Downtown Cleveland from many of the units. In spite of greater densities and parking, the plan maintains a strong sense of urbanity and intimate open spaces. The plan includes a mix of 6, 4, 3-plexes, and live-work apartments which will attract families of different sizes and backgrounds. Open space opportunities include regional trails, a public plaza/marina, an urban park, a neighborhood pocket park, courtyards, roof terraces, porches, and landscaped streetscapes.
The plan preserves view corridors and enhances access to the Cuyahoga River
Topography and views are respected by locating taller buildings at higher elevations (in orange). Buildings taper down as they approach the river to ensure vistas for all residents.
Phase One Concept Plan
The Phase I section illustrates how the site's constraints such as topography and water were incorporated into the plan and used to create views and connections to the surrounding river environment, while still maintaining a strong urban character for the site.

Project Summary



Forest City (Cleveland, Ohio)


Urban infill | Neighborhood Plan


65 ac (26 ha) | 2500 DUs