Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan

Updated May 2018

“Euclid is close to realizing a brilliant lakefront project that could serve as a precedent for Cleveland, if not the entire Great Lakes region.” – Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer (November 2017)


Euclid’s vision to provide unprecedented public waterfront access, habitat enhancements, and upland stability is moving closer to reality after reaching significant milestones in 2017 and 2018.

A video of Phase II improvements can be viewed here: <> .

An interactive virtual tour of Phase II can be viewed here: <> .

Phase II Updated Milestones:

  • The City is positioned to break ground on the western portion of Phase II (Sims Park to E.242nd Street) in Summer 2018. Construction on this phase will be complete by October 31, 2019. This milestone reflects years of planning and the support of public and private partnerships.
  • In Fall 2017, the City successfully executed easement agreements and property donations from project area stakeholders, setting the stage for improved economic opportunity in the region while providing ecological benefits, erosion control, and unprecedented public access to Lake Erie.
  • As of April 2018 (after 19 months of review!), the City  secured all State and Federal permits for Phase II.
  • Following Council’s approval, in Fall 2017 the City applied for $2,670,712.50 from FEMA for pre-disaster mitigation (PDM) funding. On March 23rd we were congratulated by the Mitigation Branch Chief at the Ohio Emergency Management Agency because the waterfront project was “selected for further review” by FEMA.  This grant award is highly unusual for FEMA who typically works with the PDM program on safe rooms, county hazard mitigation plans, and floodplain disasters. Out of the 15 projects awarded “further review” designations in Ohio, Euclid’s project ranks second on the State’s priority list. The Chief said many eyes nationally will be on this project because of the size of the funding award and it’s unique circumstances and we believe this award gives us an opportunity to leverage these federal funds for additional fundraising.
  • The FEMA funding prohibits us from bidding a portion of the project before a contract is finalized this summer. The funding is specifically tasked for the eastern phase of the project, specifically the City of Euclid’s properties and K&D’s properties at E.242nd Street and eastward. Therefore, the City split Phase II into a western and eastern phase of construction to align with the grant funding timelines.
  • The City solicited bids in March 2018 for the western phase and opened 4 competitive bids on April 30th, 2018. The apparent low bidder is Mark Haynes Construction. Their bid is in line with our engineer’s estimates.
  • The City has over $5M in hand specifically for western phase construction activity and is still actively fundraising.
  • The project continues to receive local and national press.  On Monday March 19, a national urban affairs publication, Next City, published this article on the project which describes the unprecedented private and public partnerships that can set the tone of future development around the Great Lakes. Through interviews with area experts as well as Euclid property owners, the article brings national positive attention to our efforts. This article has been shared with project supporters and potential and existing funders: In Fall 2017, the Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan was the subject of multiple news articles extoling the ambition of the project. You can read The Plain Dealer’s architecture and art critic Steven Litt’s review here: <>

For additional information, please contact:
Allison Lukacsy-Love, Community Projects Manager
(216) 289-8160

 The News-Herald article on the waterfront May 23rd

Jan. 16, 2018 Euclid City Council Public Meeting Update

Phase IV Central Shoreline Enhancements
Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan
Presented December 12, 2016

2016-0524 P&Z Special Public Meeting

Phase IV Shoreline Enhancements,
Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan
Presented August 5th, 2014

The Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan.
Adopted by Euclid City Council as an addendum to the City's Master Plan (Rev. 2009)