CLEVELAND — The first plans for a Shaker Square makeover were released and some of the ideas might face some backlash.
One of the controversial proposals includes removing Shaker Boulevard and turning the area into a park or event space.
Wayne Mortensen of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress said that while the boulevard is an important road for commuters going through the square, the condition of the area is not pedestrian friendly.
“When you walk around the square, for instance, every intersection you have to look both ways twice and so as you do a full lap you're really crossing traffic 12 times,” Mortensen said.
The idea to take out Shaker Boulevard is just a concept as designers explore possible options.
The proposals will be shared with the public during a series of meetings throughout the week at the following times and locations:
Wednesday, Feb. 20-
- Shaker Heights Library, 16500 Van Aken Blvd., 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Our Lady of Peace, 12406 Buckingham Ave., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21:
- North Union Farmers Market, 13207 Shaker Square., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.