New barriers, plans for street dining while Cuyahoga County prepares for lakefront improvements

Part of Ohio City looks a lot different this weekend with jersey barriers closing off the curb lanes on West 25th Street near West Side Market, and Market Avenue once again closed to street traffic.See News 5’s coverage of Market Avenue’s closure during the All-Star Break in the summer of 2019.More than two months after the idea was floated to extend restaurant and cafe seating into areas normally reserved for cars, the jersey barriers were installed in mid-July.Below: The layout submitted with Ohio City Inc.’s proposal to the City of Cleveland shows seating for the Flying Fig, Great Lakes Brewing Company, and Market Avenue Wine bar starting at West 26th Street and stretching halfway up Market Avenue.Koffie Cafe could potentially have space in Market Square Park, with public seating running from West 25th Street halfway down Market Avenue.The expansions are temporary and will expire on November 1. For now, it will allow approved businesses more space to serve customers outside with more room to properly distance customers.16 approvals were granted in the first batch.Little ItalyTrattoria — 12207 Mayfield RoadDowntownMabels BBQ — East 4th StreetChicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles — 1144 Prospect AvenueTremontTreehouse — 820 College AvenueRowley Inn — 1104 Rowley AvenueFahrenheit — 2417 Professor AvenueDante — 2247 Professor AvenueOhio CityNano Brew — 1859 W 25th StreetMarket Garden Brewery — 1947 W 25th StreetBar Cento — 1948 W 25th StreetOhio City Inc. — Market AvenueFlying Fig — 2523 Market AvenueGreat Lakes Brewing Co. — 2516 Market AvenueMarket Ave Wine Bar — 2521 Market AveWaterloo Arts DistrictBeachland Ballroom and Tavern — 15711 Waterloo RoadDetroit ShorewaySweet Moses — 6800 Detroit AvenueHigh water levels shaping early stages of Cuyahoga County’s Lakefront Access PlanFriday was Cuyahoga County’s deadline for Requests for Quotation for partners to work with the County Planning Commission to create a Lakefront Access Plan.The request specifically mentioned how the water level in Lake Erie has been consistently rising, eroding private and public land.See News 5’s coverage of lakefront rising water concerns from May 2019, June 2019, and March 2020.The County says the goal of the plan is “to identify areas impacted by shoreline erosion in order to determine where and conceptually define what opportunities exist to improve transportation networks and increase public access to the lakeshore as part of shoreline stabilization and preservation efforts.”Below: An image with the request identifies focus areas at East 185th Street to Neff Road, Wildwood Park to Easterly WWTP, Bratenahl Road to Lakefront Reservation, and West 117th Street to Cliff Drive.Cuyahoga County Planning Services Manager James Sonnhalter tells News 5 the county plans on picking a consultant or team of consultants in early August. Public meetings to weigh in on the plans will be scheduled for after that.Download the app now for more stories from us, plus alerts on major news, the latest weather forecast, traffic information and much more. Download now on your Apple device here, and your Android device here.You can also catch on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube TV, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu Live and more. We’re also on Amazon Alexa devices. Learn more about our streaming options here.

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