There's a new push to remake Public Square in downtown Cleveland. Another local company is pledging millions of dollars to get work started and completed before the 2016 Republican National Convention.
It's a $32 million project. The drab square will be made over with green spaces, fountains and a space called Key Bank Promenade. Key Bank announced a $4 million gift to the project.
Tony Coyne, chair of the city's group planning commission, says Key Bank's gift has the group well on its way to financing the project, and things should get moving soon.
A key aspect to the project is permanently closing Ontario Street through the square. Superior Avenue will shrink in size and sometimes for special events, close completely. Traffic will be affected, especially RTA traffic.
CEO Joe Calabrese released a statement on the RTA's website. Calabrese states he's optimistic the new design will keep public transportation easy.
"Our goal is that a new design not only maintains, but enhances, the convenience and attractiveness of public transit in and around downtown," he said.
Coyne says there still are different options on the table and they are working with RTA to make this work.
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