Neighborhood Vision 2025
Momentum, creative energy, and funding coming from the growing Innovation District is a huge benefit to the MidTown community. Steps must be taken to demystify the term “innovation”, and make the area a natural extension of, and benefit, to the surrounding community. MidTown’s Innovation District can be a model for growing an inclusive business environment from the ground up. The far-reaching impact of major place-based anchor institutions - like the Cleveland Foundation - locating in MidTown present great benefits for the local area and position MidTown to be an economic engine for the regional as the local innovation economy matures.
Create an Innovation District that is of and for the community. Establish guidelines that integrate new development in the Innovation District into existing fabric of MidTown. Incorporate design elements to signal that the Innovation District is for the community, not just Innovation District workers and visitors.
Offer incentives (such as annual awards) for developments with community-oriented features.
Planning & Programming
Developers & Designers
Build Out an Innovation Economy
Create Design Guidelines for New Development in the Innovation District
Ensure that the Innovation District is reflective of the aspirations of MidTown residents and businesses. Establish clear physical guidance for new development that integrates buildings and spaces into the fabric of MidTown and reinforces the significance of E 66th Street and Euclid Avenue as a critical anchor.
Shepherd the Development of New Spaces and Buildings
Sustain the momentum and tenacity needed to realize ambitious growth goals for the innovation economy in MidTown by bringing new spaces online. Shepherd the development of 2-3 new buildings and 500,000 SF in the Innovation District over next five years.
Expand Programming and Community Building Around “Innovation”
Build a broad community around innovation that includes residents, businesses, and innovators alike that helps to demystify “innovation”. Make events and programs fun and accessible and engage local businesses outside of the Innovation District. Use events as an opportunity to connect job seekers and youth to unique employment pathways and training opportunities.