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Cleveland City Council approves $31 million budget to upgrade public facilities

Paul Krasinic

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The city of Cleveland has approved more than $31 million in upgrades to improve the city's public buildings, parks, fitness facilities, pools, and other assets.

On May 17th during the city council meeting, the city council passed two bills authorizing the revitalization work.

Spending in the city’s annual capital improvements budget introduces more than $15 million for community center renovations, $2 million for swimming pools, and $1 million for courts and ballfields.

Buildings such as Music Hall and City Hall will also receive roof and ceiling maintenance, while the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse will receive structural repairs.

The West Side Market, a city historic site, will receive a budget of more than $2.1 million for renovations and construction work. The market's exterior doors will undergo replacement and its electrical infrastructure will be overhauled. Masonry work will be conducted on the clock tower, and the vendor booths will be replaced.

The butchers' meat processing area will be improved. Other improvements will also be conducted to the refrigeration and food preparation areas. Furthermore, the city council will make necessary improvements to enable better temperature regulation in the building, which does not have heating or air conditioning.

Although most residents expressed their full support for the proposal, others cautioned the council on the difficulties of obtaining parking during the market's operational hours, which is not included in the improvement plan. Residents also emphasize the importance of listening to vendors' needs before embarking on the project.

"A Comprehensive Plan to get the City out of this business. The Market needs to be spun off into a new business model like Findlay in Cincinnati or North in Columbus where it can be upgraded on many fronts including features to attract new audiences of people that will spend big money at venues...and seasonal themed events to families and hipsters," said one of the West Side Market top customers.

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