The City of North Olmsted has partnered with City Architecture, an urban planning and architecture firm, to plan for the future of the Lorain Road Corridor. Mayor Jones stressed the importance of the corridor as an economic driver for the City. “The future of Lorain Road directly correlates to the future of our City,” said Jones. “Public Infrastructure projects are some of the largest capital expenses cities face. As Mayor I want to ensure that any improvements to Lorain Road are forward thinking and will allow our City to prosper for another generation. We look forward to engaging with our residents and our neighboring communities to craft a cohesive plan for the corridor that connects from the County line to the Core City. Lorain Road is a regionally important corridor and we look forward to the process and are excited to partner with City Architecture.” Economic and Community Development Director Max Upton stressed the goal for the project is one that focuses on all modes of transportation, “Our goal for this plan is for it to serve as a framework for developing a complete and greener corridor. Specific emphasis will be placed upon identifying changes to public infrastructure to keep up with the changing demands of those that travel the corridor. We want to create a built environment that encourages non-motorized transportation such as walking and bicycling, as well as variants such as small-wheeled transportation (skates, skateboards, push scooters, and hand carts) and wheelchair travel. Along the Lorain Road corridor, this plan will improve access for all users by building, enhancing, and developing a multi-modal, active transportation network of connected paths, all-purpose trails, streets, driveways, and public access spots. It will positively impact the lives of residents and create economic development opportunities for all residents by increasing public accessibility and increasing the resiliency of the corridor.”
Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris of City Architecture is excited about the potential impact of this initiative, “studies like this are critically important because they provide time to really dig into what works and may not be working. North Olmsted has amazing resources and assets – wonderful homes, fantastic school district, great parks and spaces and incredible shopping options. Our work will focus on creating a Lorain Road experience that is reflective of what people love about their community. Part of our job will be to turn what is not working as well as it could into a series of initiatives that strengthen the corridor, City, and have regional impact.
This is an opportunity to re-calibrate Lorain Road to better serve all users along the Corridor. City Architecture is thrilled to partner with the City of North Olmsted in studying the Lorain Road corridor. Our team’s commitment to active transportation planning spans decades, and we recognize tremendous opportunities to make improvements along the 6-mile study area. We must rethink the way people move through our communities, and this work extends beyond a transactional approach. North Olmsted’s leadership recognizes opportunities to make Lorain Road better for all users. We believe there is value in that work, and will diligently work to ensure multiple voices are influencing recommendations and next steps. When you look at places like Lorain Road, it’s clear that it’s not a result of planning. It’s a result of decades of reacting. We are thrilled to help the City of North Olmsted outline a new vision that is founded on solid transportation planning principles and place making. We believe a collective vision, considering multiple perspectives, will provide direction for future decisions. We are confident that an actionable plan will better serve current and future generations. In our time on the corridor, we have observed a wide-range of people. Of course, there are a lot of people driving. We were surprised to see so many people walking and riding bikes along the corridor. Frankly, the existing conditions do not support a balanced transportation system, which is part of the reason we were surprised by what we have seen. Our work here will be to recommend changes that create a safer environment for everyone – transit riders, pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Right now, I think everyone would agree the corridor’s focus is on cars and trucks, not people. We believe complete cities focus on all modes, and we appreciate the opportunity to work with the City of North Olmsted and its residents to find a better balance.”
The City of North Olmsted’s first public meeting will be held in the next few weeks at the North Olmsted Community Cabin on Thursday February 2nd at 6:00pm.