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Next phase of Circle Square gets approval from City Planning Commission

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Posted at 8:00 AM, May 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-29 08:00:07-04

CLEVELAND — The next phase of the already-started Circle Square project got approval from the City Planning Commission on May 21, allowing it to join The Artisan residential building, which started construction earlier this year.

MLK Jr. Library Branch and Library Lofts

The Cleveland Public Library’s MLK Jr. Branch and Library Lofts will be built just west of the corner Stokes Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, behind the Fenway Manor.

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The lofts will be behind Fenway Manor and will face Euclid Avenue.

The bottom two floors would be the new library branch, relocating the MLK Jr. Branch from Stokes Boulevard just around the corner. The current library space will eventually be used for future Circle Square development, according to renderings of the entire project.

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The entrance from behind the building will allow residents to enter the lofts while also providing public access to the new library branch.

The upper floors will be residential spaces, called the Library Lofts. Both the library and lofts will have entrances on Euclid, with a second set of entrances behind the building, facing The Artisan site. Right now, that space is a parking lot but planners suggested that it could one day become a public area as the project progresses.

The library and lofts could start construction in August or September and be finished by March 2023.

The Artisan

The Artisan will be a "23-story, 298-unit luxury high-rise apartment property that will include a mix of studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom spaces along with ample covered parking and commercial retail space," according to the project's website.

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The Artisan will add apartments and retail space to University Circle at the location of a former Cleveland Police District Headquarters.

Work on that building started in early 2021 with a completion date at the end of 2022.

Circle Square

The bigger plan for the project includes a 13-floor office building in what’s now an open grass field. Five levels of parking will be capped with seven levels of office space.

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The entire Circle Square project aims to eventually restore the traffic circle pattern where Euclid Avenue, Chester Avenue, and Stearns Road meet, while adding hundreds of apartments and brand new office space.

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