The Ohio City Market District, anchored by the West Side Market, is positioned to be the premier district for celebrating local artisan businesses and building on Ohio City’s strengths of food culture and providing access to affordable and healthy local food. The energy surrounding the Market District will attract mixed-use development, historic preservation and frequent programming. As the second largest transit hub in Cleveland, the Market District provides a plethora of bus and rail connections, allowing for increased attention to Transit Oriented Development and improved bike and pedestrian amenities, strengthening Ohio City’s position as the most complete and connected neighborhood in Northeast Ohio.
In addition to the Market, institutions such as Lutheran Hospital, Saint Ignatius and Great Lakes Brewing Company provide the Market District with anchors unmatched outside of Cleveland’s two major employment centers. Announced in the summer of 2010, Ohio City Incorporated was selected as one of nine neighborhood organizations included as a Strategic Investment Initiative (SII) by Neighborhood Progress, Inc. This designation focuses targeted development and investment to promote sustainability, stabilization and collaboration.
Over $32 million in planned and completed investment in the District since 2009 will catalyze an already dynamic neighborhood. Through the Growing Communities Initiative, funded by Charter One, an initial investment of $130,000 is supporting programs designed to incubate businesses, improve neighborhood connections, provide nutritional access and grow the local food economy.
Ohio City’s Market District is home to a re-emerging merchant class of artisans including farmers, brewers, bakers, butchers, artists, chefs, retailers, neighborhood service providers, barkeeps and more. Over the past two decades this group has created hundreds of jobs and revitalized the Ohio City community, and Ohio City Incorporated looks to build on this economic activity and attract new artisan businesses to the neighborhood.