Brookpark, from Broadview to Ridge
From The Master Plan - Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation
Brookpark Road is not only the southern edge of the Old Brooklyn neighborhood, but also is the dividing line between the cities of Cleveland and Parma. The assets of the two-mile length of Brookpark Road in Old Brooklyn include proximity to highway access, availability of mass transit, and road capacity capable of handling car and truck traffic without impacting residential neighborhoods. Over the years, traffic volumes on Brookpark Road have declined, due to the construction of Interstate 480, which is located less than 1,000 feet north of and parallel to Brookpark Road.
Sections of the road however, suffer from an obsolete arrangement of parcels and buildings due to the early 20th century development as lumber yards, coal yards, construction yards, and manufacturing facilities with rail access. In addition, each parcel is divided into two different industrial zoning classifications. Currently, some clusters of buildings have significant vacancy rates and/or underutilized space.
The goal, which aligns with the Connecting Cleveland – 2020 Citywide Plan, is to significantly increase property value, employment, and tax revenue by creating quality light industrial/flex space development. This type of redevelopment could result in approximately a four-fold increase in property value and create six to ten jobs per acre.
Rezone selected parcels or groups of parcels completely to the Semi-Industry zoning classification in order to direct future development toward the desired outcome of light industrial/flex space.