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Cleveland Councilmen Mike Polensek, Jeffrey Johnson and Kevin Conwell are working with the city’s Planning Commission on how to improve a seven-mile stretch of St. Clair Avenue.
St. Clair is one of the most traveled corridors in Cleveland, serving more than 46,000 residents in the northeast area of the city.
The corridor, from East 55th Street to Nottingham Road, holds a mix of retail, industrial and residential properties.
Some stretches are being renovated or seeing new life, including the construction of a new Saint Martin De Porres High School on St. Clair Ave. Other sections need some sprucing or infilling.
The corridor runs through three council wards and all three have been working together to move the study forward.
Councilman Johnson, Ward 10, says many of the properties need to be demolished or rehabbed.
Councilman Polensek, Ward 8, says a study needs to look at pedestrian-friendly improvements like benches, crosswalks, lighting, bike lanes and green space.
Councilman Conwell and the others have attended the community meetings held to hear what residents and businesses on or near St. Clair Avenue hope for the corridor. The St. Clair-Superior Development Corp., Famicos Foundation and the Collinwood and Nottingham Villages Development Corp., are all participating in the project.
The St. Clair Avenue Corridor Study is in the works in the city’s Planning Commission, but it needs funding to move ahead.