Over the past few years, the city of Cleveland has undergone a revitalization period from restaurants to apartments to millennials flocking to the city to enjoy the renowned arts culture, amazing food scene and the return of LeBron James. Cleveland’s surrounding neighborhoods, just a few miles outside of the city center, are also reaping the benefits of all the energy and effort. Enter Detroit Shoreway and specifically the Gordon Square neighborhood. Prior to the development of the Edison at Gordon Square, this site in the Gordon Square neighborhood held over 300,000 square feet of vacant industrial buildings next to a pedestrian tunnel leading to Edgewater Beach, a premier attraction on Lake Erie just west of downtown Cleveland. This project created a walkable community within a transit-oriented development that leveraged and enhanced existing public parks, trails and bikeways, including the creation of a new multi-use path that runs through the project and connects to Edgewater Park to the west and downtown Cleveland to the east.
The development provides an enhanced northern gateway to the Gordon Square neighborhood from the Edgewater Beach on Lake Erie, and its improvements to Father Caruso Drive improved traffic flow and street grid for better neighborhood circulation. The Edison development brings luxurious amenities that are often only seen in suburbs or bigger cities like Chicago, with a resort-style pool, fourth-floor resident lounge, billiards room, complimentary Starbucks coffee and a partnership with HEDGE Gallery, where local artists’ work is on display outside the resident lounge for purchase and switched out quarterly. The NRP Group worked extensively with the city of Cleveland during the development and construction. NRP met monthly with the project’s city councilman and community development organization for over 12 months to design a project that met the wants and needs of the neighborhood and the city.