Planners Seek to Avoid Lining Opportunity Corridor with Payday Lenders, Other Undesirable Uses

By Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Planners are gearing up to use a new kind of zoning, a new design review district and other tools and techniques to realize the economic and aesthetic potential of the $331 million Opportunity Corridor boulevard scheduled for completion in 2019.

The goal is to avoid lowest common denominator development that might otherwise occur along the three-mile, 35 mph roadway, designed to connect the stub end of I-490 at East 55th Street to University Circle.

"Pardon me, but we don't want a street full of payday lenders and Popeye drive-throughs and gas stations," said Marie Kittredge, executive director of the Opportunity Corridor Partnership, the project's 35-member steering committee.

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