CLEVELAND, Ohio - West 6th Street in downtown Cleveland is already a popular destination for food and entertainment seekers. The city of Cleveland wants to keep it that way and see it grow even more.
"We're enhancing it by widening the sidewalks. We're moving the public right of way to the inside of the trees, and we're taking the tree grates out for planting flower beds" said Thomas Starinsky, associate director of the Historic Warehouse District Development Corp.
The one million dollar project will begin on April 12. Benches, artwork depicting the history of the warehouse district and bike racks are also being added.
When the project is completed it will allow for additional outdoor seating at restaurants.
Bobby George, owner of The Barley House is already planning to expand his outdoor seating. He also plans on installing an outdoor fire pit for his customers.
"Now is the time to invest in the warehouse district. Especially with the convention center coming," said George.
A project of this size would typically take around seven months. The City of Cleveland is making the project a priority and hope to have it completed in four months.
Construction will undoubtedly make things messy for a while. Parking will also be limited.
"Four months is a small inconvenience compared to seven months" said Starinsky.