The Flats is a historically significant, urban waterfront destination that is host for new development and several revitalization projects.
In Cleveland, the Ohio & Erie Canalway features the Cuyahoga River Valley and its adjoining neighborhoods and communities. The Towpath Trail alignment wraps the river's edge to create a "Canal Basin Park" District within its northernmost reach - the Flats. Canal Basin Park includes parcels that were once occupied by the canal itself. It is Ground Zero in the history of the canal - the place where the canal poured into the Cuyahoga River. Visit the Canalway Partner's website for more information on this project.
Canal Basin Park
The Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail (formerly Lake Link Trail) will connect with the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath at the southern end of Scranton Peninsula and traverse a transformed 1.3-mile abandoned railroad right-of-way through the West Bank of the Flats, terminating at Wendy Park on Whiskey Island. The first segment of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail connects the Towpath Trail at Scranton Flats to Rivergate Park. This project is a collaboration with the Trust for Public Land, Cleveland Metroparks, the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, LAND Studio, Inc. and additional community partners. Visit the Trust for Public Land or Cleveland Metroparks for more information.
Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail
Flats Forward in partnership with the Port of Cleveland installed three bike boxes in the Flats. The bike storage facilities were designed by Rustbelt Welding and are located on land donated by the Cleveland Metroparks and Nautica Entertainment Complex. The first box is located on the west bank on the south side of Main Avenue at the roundabout; the second is located on the east bank next to the Metroparks Water Taxi Station on Old River Road; and the third is on Columbus Peninsula on the south side of Columbus Road next to The Foundry. Each bike box provides cyclists a safe storage location for their bikes, while also connecting them to important Flats amenities, making the Flats one of Cleveland’s few neighborhoods with true multi-modal transportation options. The project was funded by Flats Forward and a grant from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency via the Federal Highway Administration Program.
Flats Bike Boxes
The Flats East Bank is an over $500 million waterfront development project along the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. Phase one of the project opened in May 2013 and features a new 18-story, 500,000 square foot office tower prominently housing Ernst & Young, Tucker Ellis LLP, Kelley & Ferrero LLP, and McKinsey & Company. This was the first new construction office tower in Downtown in more than 15 years. The remainder of the development houses Aloft Hotel and a range of local restaurants.
The $133M Phase 2 includes Flats at East Bank Apartments, a 241-unit residential building and 1,200 ft riverfront boardwalk. Recently opened restaurants in phase two included: Alley Cat Oyster Bar, Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar and FWD Day + Nightclub, Punch Bowl Social, Lindey's Lake House, Beerhead Bar & Eatery, Dante's Inferno, WXYX, Lago, BOLD Food + Drink, Margaritaville, Backyard Bocce, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co, True Cocktails and Bites, and Magnolia. Visit the Flats East Bank website for more information and to view renderings on the proposed Phase 3 which includes residential and retail space and a potential movie theater.
Flats East Bank
There are seven buildings on the peninsula of West 3rd and Stones Levee that are available for development. To view the property highlights click here.
Flats South Innovation District
In Spring 2019, the Flats installed four new Wayfinding signs to enhance visitor experience of the Flats through consistent, recognizable, and welcoming signage. Two such signs were installed at entry points into the East Bank, one sign on the West Bank, and one sign on the Columbus Peninsula. Sleek corrugated aluminum and I-beam construction pay homage to the region's industrial roots with a streamlined, easily-navigable layout. Conclusion of this project will see additional smaller signs with similar aesthetic throughout the Flats to direct visitors to parking and local attractions. Click here to learn more.
Flats Wayfinding Program
The Foundry is a $9 million Boathouse Project in the Flats on Columbus Peninsula. This project includes rejuvenation of a series of industrial buildings and properties along the Cuyahoga River, with the plan of transforming the site into a shared-use park, fitness center, and collegiate and youth boathouse. MCPc Family Charities is behind the vision for The Foundry which is to enable the creation, expansion and success of youth and collegiate rowing and sailing programs by developing facilities that provide competitive rowing and sailing environments for all of Cleveland’s youth. Visit their website for more information.
The Foundry Project
Great Lakes Brewing Company purchased eight acres of land on the Scranton Peninsula in March, 2018. The company has not yet confirmed that they will be building additional buildings for brewing operations. However, the strategic site near the West Bank and base of the peninsula offers Great Lakes Brewing Company exciting prospects in the future.
Great Lakes Brewery in Scranton Peninsula
In 2017 DigitalC purchased the 15,000 square foot building, now known as The Hive, on 2019 Center Street to develop unique and modern office environments for creative, collaborative companies. The building offers various amenities, including a fitness center and coffee shop. Click hereto learn more about this exciting project.
The historic Hubbard Cooke Building on 2220 Superior Viaduct located in the Flats West Bank has been updated for residential, retail and corporate use. Left Side Developments LLC purchased the building and now refers to the building as The Galewood. The building, which once houses Spaces Gallery, is currently home to an eclectic mix of unique small businesses. The building also has 11 charming unit apartments in addition to the retail and office spaces. Click here to learn more about The Galewood.
Hubbard Cooke Building becomes The Galewood
The Irishtown Bend is a collaboration between the Port of Cleveland, Ohio City Inc., Land Studio and the City of Cleveland to turn what was once an Irish shantytown on the West Bank of the Cuyahoga into a 17-acre park. Over $49 million has been invested in the future Irishtown Bend park in efforts to prevent erosion of the riverside hill from causing future infrastructure challenges. General construction on the project began in 2017. Click here to read more about the project.
Jacobs Investments, Inc. purchased 22 acres of land in the West Bank region of the Flats to develop a Nautica Waterfront District. Plans include 664 new residential units, 150-room hotel, 187,500 square foot office building, 3,715 more parking spaces, and various other amenities. The Nautica Waterfront District will create 230 full-time jobs and offer significantly more office space for companies looking to operate in the Flats. Click here to learn more about plans for the Nautica Waterfront District.
Nautica Waterfront District
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District conducted a $20 million project to build an additional sewer pump to service the growing population in the Flats and surrounding areas. The new pump prohibits combined sewer overflows from polluting the Cuyahoga River. The project demonstrates the call for greener infrastructure in Cleveland and the city's dedication to improving sanitation. The sewer pump was constructed in the southern portion of Settler's Landing Park and completed in 2018.
NEORSD Pump Station
Cleveland Metroparks has raised $6 million to fund a two-mile multi-purpose trail on the West side of Cleveland. The project has been named the Red Line Greenway because it will consist of land alongside RTA's Red Line on W. 53rd street extended through the Detroit Shoreway, Stockyards, Ohio City, Clark-Fulton, Tremont, Duck Island and Flats West Bank neighborhoods among other downtown areas. Click hereto read more about the plans for the Red Line Greenway Trail.
Red Line Greenway
Rivergate Park is the terminus of bustling activity at the tip of the Columbus Road Peninsula. Rivergate is adjacent to the future Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail and near the terminus of the Towpath Trail. Rivergate offers rowing, kayaking, bicycling & a skateboarding with easy access to nearby bike trails. The Cleveland Rowing Foundation hosts over 1,500 high school, collegiate and adult athletes on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. The Crooked River Skatepark opened in 2014, offering a unique amenity to the Flats. Rivergate hosts the Cleveland Metroparks restaurant, Merwin’s Wharf, which has a panoramic patio dining view on the Cuyahoga River. Click here to learn more about the Rivergate Park.
Welty Building Company, Ltd. renovated the former Sammy's building on 1400 W 10th Street in the Flats East Bank. The newly renovated building, renamed Settler's Point, offers 30,00 square feet of space for both office work and events. Developers maintained the building's historical integrity and took advantage of the building's prime location near the Cuyahoga river to create a scenic and unique working environment for Clevelanders. Click here to learn more about this exciting project.
Tenk West Bank opened in 2016 after BNR Ventures spent two years renovating the historic Tenk Machine & Tool Company building. Today, the building is used as an open work space for ThinkTenk members and includes several amenities, including an organic coffee shop. Other primary uses of the new space include complementary retail and light manufacturing. Click here to learn more about Tenk West Bank.
Tenk West Bank
The Thunderbird project is a marketing campaign to create a mixed-use neighborhood on approximately 14 acres of Scranton Peninsula. Thunderbird is an exciting project for future residents because of its unique position: a half mile from Public Square, a brief walk to Tremont and Ohio City, and its location on Cleveland's Riverfront. For more information on Thunderbird plans, click here.
Thunderbird Project on Scranton Peninsula
The Towpath Trail has become a defining feature in the Cuyahoga Valley landscape. Constructed 175 years ago as part of the Ohio & Erie Canal, it began as a simple dirt path on which to lead animals pulling canal boats. Today it has become an extraordinary recreational amenity, highlighting Cleveland's industrial river valley, and serving both its surrounding neighborhoods and region. Scranton Flats, the first publicly funded section of the Towpath in Cleveland, opened in July 2014 creating with it a major fish habitat, restoration and remediation of 2,800ft of shoreline, and 9 acres of meadowland. It is the first step in connecting the Towpath to downtown, and creating an uninterrupted trail that links Cleveland, Akron, Massillon, and beyond. Visit Canalway Partners website for more information on this project