What do dying retail shopping malls have to do with a local downtown? More than you might think.
CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO – Between the 1970s and 1990s, Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls was known to the community as the city center pedestrian mall. With indoor shopping malls quickly disappearing and the demand for accessible downtowns on the rise, The City of Cuyahoga Falls created the Downtown Transformation project. This unique project changed the face and function of Cuyahoga Falls for many years to come.
A fresh, enjoyable downtown experience for residents and visitors alike: that was our goal. Pavement and utility upgrades coupled with aesthetic improvements and new recreational amenities paved the way for a beautiful, modern, and safe focal point for the City. Cuyahoga Falls chose the design-build project delivery method for this high-profile project, teaming up with us as we provided design-build contractor services.
As part of the Downtown Transformation, several streets including Front Street, Second Street, Oakwood Drive, and Stow Ave received newly-resurfaced pavement, along with new or upgraded ADA- compliant curb ramps, new sewers, and upgraded traffic control devices. To improve each citizen’s traffic experience, the project created multiple changes in traffic patterns. These included modifying Second Street to bi-directional traffic from Oakwood Drive to Northland Street, as well as converting Front Street to bi-directional traffic from Oakwood Drive to State Rt. 59.
The most noticeable component of the transformation? Definitely the upgrade to the Front Street Pedestrian Mall. The existing facility was replaced with upgraded utilities, hardscape, and landscape features, with a focus on function and aesthetics. Key amenities included a modern decorative fountain as well as an interactive splash pad for little ones.
The Green Parking Garage also received a facelift as part of this project. Garage access was improved with a new stair tower, complete with a new elevator. This access structure is not only aesthetically pleasing, but is also bright, open, and airy, as the stair tower enclosure and elevator were constructed with a predominance of light-permitting glass.