Weston Inc. publicly presented plans this morning for “one of the largest mixed-use developments in downtown Cleveland," though it's not like that's an empty playing field anymore.
The plan is to fill the parking-lot footprint that spans West 3rd to West 6th between Superior and St. Clair. A covered parking garage is part of the proposal, which features 3 million square feet that will include 1,200 high-end residential units (and a rooftop bar, deck and pool) and some 100,000 square feet of retail.
The first phase — and leasing opportunities — should be open by 2017.
“This is going to be the most exciting thing to happen in downtown Cleveland in a very long time; it’s what we’ve all been waiting for,” Weston CEO T.J. Asher said this morning.
A very long time, indeed. We certainly haven't been this excited about mixed-use development since the folks behind the Huntington building sale announced their plans in June
. Before that, we'd have to go all the way back to November 2014 when the nuCLEus team laid out their downtown proposal
. You can scoot back to 2013 and remind yourself of the excitement stirred by plans for the Ameritrust complex
— "The 9," as we know it today. That was kind of a very long time ago.
Here's what the plot would look like in the future compared to the sea of asphalt that graces the 6 acres now.