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

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 08:00:55-04

CLEVELAND — 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.

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Barriers as part of Cleveland's temporary expansions for restaurants and cafes keep cars off of Market Avenue in Ohio City.

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.

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Barriers on West 25th Street will allow businesses like Bar Cento to serve customers in what was previously space reserved for cars.

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.

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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 Italy

  • Trattoria -- 12207 Mayfield Road

Downtown

  • Mabels BBQ -- East 4th Street
  • Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles -- 1144 Prospect Avenue

Tremont

  • Treehouse -- 820 College Avenue
  • Rowley Inn -- 1104 Rowley Avenue
  • Fahrenheit -- 2417 Professor Avenue
  • Dante -- 2247 Professor Avenue

Ohio City

  • Nano Brew -- 1859 W 25th Street
  • Market Garden Brewery -- 1947 W 25th Street
  • Bar Cento -- 1948 W 25th Street
  • Ohio City Inc. -- Market Avenue
  • Flying Fig -- 2523 Market Avenue
  • Great Lakes Brewing Co. -- 2516 Market Avenue
  • Market Ave Wine Bar -- 2521 Market Ave

Waterloo Arts District

  • Beachland Ballroom and Tavern -- 15711 Waterloo Road

Detroit Shoreway

  • Sweet Moses -- 6800 Detroit Avenue

High water levels shaping early stages of Cuyahoga County’s Lakefront Access Plan

Friday 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.

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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.

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