Joint committee hearing focuses on developing Cleveland's lakefront, port

CLEVELAND - Developing the lakefront and port for recreational purposes was the main focus of a joint committee hearing with the Aviation & Transportation Committee at Cleveland City Hall on Wednesday.

The committee heard the development plans Wednesday morning. Among the priorities is to make the area more recreational and more of an all-year destination for people to visit and see Cleveland.

There are talks of making it a mixed-use area including restaurants, shops and even plans for apartments.

The joint committee is also looking at delegating some responsibilities to the Port Authority, while the city oversees the actions.

Ward 5 councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland said the goal is to make the port more economical.

"Ultimately, we want a fully functional port. We have a great maritime shipping industry and we want to make that more efficient."

The next step is for the amendments to go to the finance committee, but members aren't expected to discuss the matter until the end of the month or beginning of March.

The Aviation & Transportation Committee handles all matters relating to the city-owned airports, aviation, bridges, harbors and river and lake travel, as well as public transportation and limousine and taxi operations. In addition, it oversees the Department of Port Control and Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority.

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