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NORTH COAST HARBOR MASTER PLAN APPROVED

 NORTH COAST HARBOR MASTER PLAN APPROVED
 CLEVELAND, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Cleveland Planning


Commission today approved the Master Plan for North Coast Harbor. The approval paves the way for the future development of the 176-acre downtown waterfront site bounded by Burke Lakefront Airport on the east, the eastern bank of the Cuyahoga River on the west, Lakeside Avenue on the south and Lake Erie on the north.
 The Master Plan, undertaken by a team of consultants led by Sasaki Associates, Inc. of Watertown, Mass., integrates current and existing facilities to create a singular, unified waterfront destination for Cleveland. Issues undertaken by the plan include program and amenities, image and urban design, connections, parking and open space on the waterfront. North Coast Harbor currently includes a 7.6 acre harbor and 20 acre festival park and landscaped promenade and the Str. William G. Mather Museum. North Coast Harbor will also be the future site of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Great Lakes Museum of Science, Environment and Technology and the Cleveland Aquarium.
 "North Coast Harbor is an exciting project that will help make Cleveland a world-class city," said Mayor Michael R. White at a news conference today at Cleveland City Hall. "It will bring vitality to our lakefront and be a destination point for the citizens of our area as well as for visitors from around the country and the world."
 "We at North Coast Harbor, Inc. are excited about the progress we have seen toward realizing our goal of completing this major family destination complex that will create jobs and economic benefit for our community," Russell R. Gifford, North Coast Harbor chairman and president and CEO of East Ohio Gas, said at the news conference. "At the same time, this lakefront project will also provide educational and entertainment value for the citizens of Greater Cleveland and throughout Cuyahoga County.
 "Much of the success of this project is due to the public/private partnerships that have been formed," Gifford went on. "Public participation has been a key feature in our planning process and we feel it has added greatly to our ability to develop a harbor that has something for everyone."
 Several goals set by the City of Cleveland to ensure the long range viability of downtown were applicable to, and taken into consideration during the creation of the Master Plan: create activity centers around the downtown office and retail core; support economic development; enhance the visual quality of downtown; strategically locate new parking facilities; enhance the downtown convention and tourism market; and maintain public access to Cleveland's waterfront.
 During the eight-month planning process the consulting team conducted detailed interviews with Harbor-area stakeholders and held brainstorming sessions with nearby neighborhood organizations, minority group leaders, boating associations and shipping interests. Four major public forums were held at key stages in the planning process, each attracting more than 100 persons with a wide range of ideas and suggestions.
 The Master Plan describes a waterfront that, when fully completed, will be one of the finest in the nation. Public open space at North Coast Harbor will include eight major parks and multi-use public spaces for passive recreation or organized events including a 10-acre, beautifully landscaped East 9th Street Pier Park capable of holding large concerts or festivals. Proposed facilities for this park include public restrooms, information, snack foods and others.
 Access to North Coast Harbor will be from East 9th Street and West 3rd Street, both modified and improved to allow easier access and a stunning entry to the lakefront. A weather-protected pedestrian bridge will connect the central downtown business district, Willard Garage and a new North Coast Harbor garage to a North Coast Harbor Plaza, or directly into a retail center and public spaces within the museums. A second pedestrian bridge will connect Dock 20, home of the Cleveland Aquarium, and Old River Road on the east bank of the Flats. A "Harborwalk" will be built as a continuous walkway and bikeway extending along North Coast Harbor beginning south of the Conrail tracks at the Cuyahoga River continuing east to the west end of Burke Lakefront Airport. All walkways and access to North Coast Harbor will include "signature" lighting and walkways to signify a unified destination.
 Parking will include a North Coast Harbor Garage located south of the harbor between the Shoreway and railroad tracks, underground parking located adjacent to the Great Lakes Museum and parking on Dock 20.
 A proposed rubber-tire trolley system will connect museums, attractions and parking at North Coast Harbor as will a planned water shuttle. RTA has proposed a light rail trolley system to connect several key downtown locations, thereby accommodating public transportation access to the harbor.
 The North Coast Harbor Master Plan model and drawings will be publicly displayed throughout the Cleveland area during the next year.
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 /CONTACT: David E. Gilbert of North Coast Harbor, 216-781-6232/ CO: North Coast Harbor, Inc. ST: Ohio IN: LEI SU:


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