Group Plan Public Input: The Mall
About the Work
The public input phase for the Mall designs took place from March 4th - March 24th. Thank you for sharing your ideas! Stay tuned for updates as we review your feedback and share it with the designers.
The above images offer a look into the current phase of the design process for the Group Plan. In order to fulfill both the vision of the Group Plan and the needs and desires of the public, we ask that you take a moment to give your feedback on the downtown enhancements and select an option presented for the Mall activity amenities. The input we receive will be reviewed by our design team and cataloged for use in the development of this plan.
Thank you for taking the time to tell us what you think!
How It Started
World-class cities have a number of defining characteristics, foremost is the presence of inspiring public spaces that enliven neighborhoods and drive their success and development. In 1903 Cleveland’s leadership embraced this concept with the formation of the Group Plan Commission led by three renowned city planning and architectural visionaries: Daniel Burnham, John Carrère, and Arnold Brunner. The results spurred the momentum of a downtown renaissance that redefined Cleveland. Today their efforts still serve as the framework for a large area of downtown Cleveland.
One hundred and ten years later, Cleveland is again offered a once in a generation opportunity to reinvent itself as roughly two billion dollars are being invested in downtown revitalization projects such as the Medical Mart and Convention Center, Public Square, the Horseshoe Casino and the Flats East Bank development. In response to the unique opportunity to provide the city with a comprehensive vision to this focused period of change, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson created a new Group Plan Commission in 2010. The Commission is not only tasked with redefining the Mall space affected by the Convention Center renovation, but to also look at all of downtown holistically, to re-envision, rebuild, reconnect and reactivate the public spaces and streets that link key assets of downtown, both existing and in the process of being created.
The Group Plan Commission is currently leading a process to fulfill Cleveland’s commitment to a sustainable, healthy city, to provide amenities that focus on both residents and visitors, and to strengthen and reconnect to what is already successful and thriving in downtown as new construction proceeds. Bringing people and projects together through these great public spaces can spur another renaissance for our city, county and larger region.