Between the Lines: Critic's-eye view of Innerbelt Bridge/Convention Center/Medical Mart

7:02 PM, Aug 15, 2010   |    comments
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The Innerbelt Bridge will cost $450 million and be Ohio's biggest-ever infrastructure project.

The present bridge is rickety and rusty and undergoing regular inspection. A repair project continues on the bridge's underside.

After years of discussion and delays, three design team proposals are the finalists.

The Department of Transportation is letting the general public get input on helping pick the winner.

Many have called the three submissions collectively underwhelming.

Should Cleveland expect a more signature project to welcome drivers from the south into Downtown.?

The Medical Mart/Convention Project continues on time and on budget so far, heading for a hoped-for October groundbreaking.

New renderings show a public space replacing the present mall that will be able to be used for concerts, pep rallies and other activities.  

An incline will slope up to Lakeside Avenue with an entry to the underground convention and exhibit area.

Plain Dealer Architect Steven Litt has strong opinions about these megaprojects.

He's critical of the bridge semifinalists and praises the Convention Center/Medical Mart vision center vision.

Tom Beres talks about these projects and their issues with Litt and Channel 3 Political Analysts Mary Anne Sharkey on this edition of Between the Lines.


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