Public Square

The project is a collaborative public/private effort to dramatically update the 10-acre Public Square into a catalytic, dynamic, world-class public space in the heart of downtown Cleveland.  As it exists today, Public Square is almost 60% hard scape. The new design will remove 50,000 square feet of pavement and will add 20% more space. The design for Public Square is an opportunity to create a space that works for all users whether they visit on foot, bicycle, car, or bus.

Project Details

Completed Summer 2016
Location Public Square: Downtown
Project Type Public space
Program 10-acre programmed public space
Sponsor Group Plan Commission
CDA Investment $5.25 million from ACDF
Total Project Costs $42 million
Community Demographics Poverty Rate: 36.4%
Median Income: 116.5%
Unemployment Rate: 17.8%


  • Diversity and Inclusion

    The project sponsor committed to construction participation goals for Minority, Female, and Cleveland Small Businesses (MBE/FBE/CSB) as well as minority, female and City of Cleveland resident workers.

  • Executed Community Benefits Agreement

    The project sponsor has committed to quantifiable community impacts by executing a Community Benefits Agreement.

  • Accessible Public Transit

    The completed project maintains and enhances access to public transit through new bus shelters.

  • New Public Space

    The project creates a vibrant public space for all of Cleveland in the heart of the city.