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Cleveland Gateway

City of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
28 acres
Planning and Urban Design
Additional Services
Landscape Architecture
Completed April 1994
American Institute of Architects, Honor Award in Urban Design
International Downtown Association, Downtown Achievement Awards, Special Achievement Award
American Society of Landscape Architects, Honor Award
Progressive Architecture, Citation Award

The Cleveland Gateway project was a multiple-phase planning and implementation strategy to create a 28-acre sports complex in Downtown Cleveland for which Sasaki provided planning and urban design. The cooperative planning study included the Mayor’s Office, City Planning Department, Gateway Economic Development Corporation, Transportation and Parking Authorities, and two major league sports franchises. Cleveland Gateway is part of a sophisticated strategy for urban economic revitalization, demonstrating the benefits of a coordinated consensus-building process to create a downtown sports district. The result is a $425 million-dollar urban district that serves as a model of downtown regeneration and the creation of economic vitality via quality public realm investment.

An important goal for the master plan was to incorporate the sports and entertainment district into the downtown streets and open-space fabric to serve as a catalyst for downtown economic development. The complex includes an open-air, 45,000-seat baseball stadium for the Cleveland Indians, a 20,000-seat multipurpose arena for the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball club, ancillary private development, and a 2,100-car parking garage. The project required parking for 14,000 cars, but Sasaki minimized the construction of new spaces through the use of shared parking that takes advantage of existing downtown parking structures within walking distance of the complex.

Sasaki’s role included not only planning and urban design services for the master plan and final design, but also construction documents and construction phase administration of all site improvements including plazas, streetscapes, site graphics, and traffic intersection design.

For more information contact Alan Ward.

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