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May Co. as housing: The next steps in downtown Cleveland's expansion
One urban planner says the next step is connecting downtown to neighboring communities

David Jurca, associate airector at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, believes that a continuous connection needs to be made between downtown Cleveland and neighboring communities.
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A local investor group is negotiating to buy the May Co. building for a $110 million project that would create an additional 400 apartments.

David Jurca is the associate director for Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. He says that an ideal number of residents in downtown Cleveland would be 20,000-25,000.

Other than creating more housing, Jurca believes attention needs to be on establishing a continuous connection from downtown to neighboring communities.

LISTEN: David Jurca on downtown Cleveland's housing expansion

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“And that’s a world class amenity to have access to Cuyahoga Valley National Park from a major city like Cleveland is something many other cities can’t boast. And once all these pieces start fitting together I think we’ll be surprised at the quality of life that we’ll experience at that time.”

Jurca says that downtown Cleveland has approximately 11,000 residents now. He believes that when it nears the 20,000 mark, Cleveland will see more interest from retail businesses as well.
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