Cleveland City Council Makes Way for Lakefront Progress

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CLEVELAND -- Shops, offices, restaurants and attractions now have a place to be built on Cleveland's lakeshore near the Rock Hall and Browns Stadium.

On Monday night, Cleveland City Council approved legislation that shrinks port space, re-structures control and allows major repairs to the shoreline to be made so the makeover can begin.

“There's three significant parcels of land on the lakefront that are now prime development," Cleveland City Council member Martin Keane said.

The city has tried to re-vamp the lakeshore before over the years, but each time the plan has fizzled.

So what makes this vision different?

"And it's really the first time in over 70 years that the City of Cleveland and the Port Authority have started to work together on what they want to do collaboratively, instead of kind of trying to figure out what they are going to do each on their own," council member Joe Cimperman said.

With this plan the port stays put, albeit smaller.

Part of the port behind Browns Stadium is slated for development - possibly a park, restaurants or maybe condos.

The coast guard station across from the Rock Hall also stays put.

So does Burke Lakefront Airport, but both get upgrades.

"You are not going to see Disney overnight. You are not going to have ferris wheels there July 4th. What you are going to see is a methodical moving-forward process of how we develop our lakefront and it can only mean good things for the City of Cleveland," Cimperman said, adding it will be five to ten years before the development is complete.