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Old Brooklyn/Brooklyn Centre Neighborhood Master Plan

This presentation summarizing the key elements of the OBBC Master Plan was made to the Cleveland City Planning Commission on June 19, 2009 and is available for downloading (5.6 MB).

The City of Cleveland recently adopted the Connecting Cleveland 2020 Citywide Plan, a plan for the future of Cleveland and its neighborhoods. This comprehensive but general plan establishes "an overarching vision of the City's future." The plan provides a number of wide-ranging goals and policies that overall are appropriate for the city, with the expectation that individual neighborhoods will prepare more specific neighborhood plans to identify goals, policies and action steps that are appropriate for their section of the City.

The Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, (CDC) with funding from Council members Brian Cummins (Ward 15) and Kevin Kelly (Ward 16), retained the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission to assist in the preparation of just such a Neighborhood Master Plan for the Old Brooklyn and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods.

The 2009 Old Brooklyn/Brooklyn Centre (OBBC) Neighborhood Master Plan has been approved by the Old Brooklyn CDC and adopted by the Cleveland City Planning Commission. The Plan is the result of a nearly two-year effort involving the community. The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission worked with a 30-member advisory committee to identify and analyze issues facing the City, and to prepare this document.

The entire OBBC Neighborhood Master Plan as well as each individual chapter of the Plan can be downloaded below as PDFs:

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Project background

A Master Plan Advisory Committee was formed at the start of the project and was the core vehicle for public participation. The Committee was comprised of the two Council members, OBCDC board members, representatives from the MetroParks, RTA, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and City Planning Commission and approximately 15 residents and business owners who were selected to represent a wide range of interests. Over the course of 18 months, the advisory committee met regularly to identify assets and issues; review, refine and reach consensus on goals and strategies; and agree on the implementation structure and priorities for achieving the goals.

Community-wide meetings were held at key points during the project (March 2008, June 2008 and April 2009) so that all residents and stakeholders had opportunity to 1) help refine the issues and goals, 2) provide feedback on alternatives for achieving the goals and 3) comment on the possible implementation strategies.

Related documents

Concurrent studies:

  1. Pearl Road/West 25th Street Comprehensive Transportation Study, City Architecture
  2. Lower Big Creek Valley Greenway Redevelopment & Restoration Plan; prepared by Floyd Browne Group, June 2008
  3. Areawide Brownfield Assessment of Lower Big Creek Area (Phases I and II), Hull & Associates
  4. Comprehensive Market Strategy: Old Brooklyn and Brooklyn Center Neighborhoods (PDF, 1.9 MB); prepared by Anderson Economic Group, June 2008

Previous studies:

  1. Lower Big Creek Study Phase 1 Report (PDF, 32.4 MB); prepared by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), December 2002
  2. Lower Big Creek Planning Initiatives Summer 2005 Update (PDF, 2.3 MB); prepared by NOACA
  3. Lower Big Creek Study Phase 2 Report (PDF, 10.1 MB); prepared by NOACA, February 2006
  4. Pearl Road Corridor Study (PDF, 5.5 MB); prepared by NOACA, June 2005
  5. Big-Box Centers and Neighborhood Business Districts: Impact Analysis and Competitive Strategy (DOC); prepared by Michael J. Berne/MJB Consulting for the Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition, November 2006
  6. Northeast Ohio Regional Retail Analysis; prepared by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission for NOACA, October 2000
  7. Connecting Cleveland 2020 Citywide Plan; prepared by the Cleveland City Planning Commission
  8. Ward 15 Commercial Revitalization Study (PDF, 0.5 MB); prepared by the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, April 2002
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