Euclid continues lakefront development talks

News-Herald (Willoughby, OH), 2014-08-07

Aug. 07 --The second round of improvements are coming soon to Euclid's lakeshore.

Members of city council, city administration, planning and zoning committee and consultants on the Waterfront Improvements Plan, Smithgroup JJR, met at a public work session Aug. 6 to discuss the next phase of the project and the next steps the city needs to take to move forward. The first phase of the project was the Sims Park Fishing Pier and Trails, which opened to the public Oct. 3, 2013 .

The second phase will be to stabilize the shoreline, create wetlands and marine habitats, create public access points to historic beaches and create a lakefront walkway, spanning three-quarters along the shore from Kenneth J. Sims Park to East 250th Street .

The walkway will be ADA accessible and a plan will be created for safety forces to access the walkway.

In the future, a marina will be added, along with lakefront restaurants and marina facilities.

Frank Pietravoia , assistant to mayor Bill Cervenik for development, said the next phase for the project will cost between $8 million to $10 million for the walkway and shore stabilization.

If phase two was to include the marina, it would bring the price up to about $30 million .

The city is working on a memorandum of understanding with private property owners and beach associations on the shoreline for permission to use their property for the next phase, followed by an easement for use.

"The state will not allow the city to move forward unless we own the property or have permission from property owners," Pietravoia said at the meeting.

Next steps in the project also include council approval to allow Smithgroup JJR to continue design and consulting work as well as accepting grants and approving permits for the project.

Peitravoia said the city has secured $1 million from the state capital budget and will continue to apply for various grants through organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Department of Natural Resources .

"We could do part or all of the shoreline with the resources that we think will be available to us," he said. "It would probably be difficult, I wouldn't rule it out entirely, but would be difficult to do the marina as the next phase because of the high cost of the marina."

Cervenik is hopeful construction will begin on the next phase in 2016.

"This is a project of great magnitude, but it is also just tremendously important to the future of Euclid ," he said. "The fishing pier was the first step in showing credibility to what we are doing, and it will help us as we seek funding for this next phase. We will probably not have the funds for the marina for four to five years, but it is the last piece of the puzzle. In the meantime, we will concentrate on getting this shoreline done."


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