McDonald Hopkins attorneys contribute insight to improving infrastructure along Cuyahoga River

The Urban Land Institute Cleveland Technical Assistance Panel, co-chaired by McDonald Hopkins attorney Kirstyn Wildey, recently hosted an event to celebrate the release of its report containing recommendations and thoughts on bulkhead management practices and their impact on economic development in the Cuyahoga River Valley.

The report – which can be accessed here – represents the culmination of work from an interdisciplinary panel of real estate experts that included Teresa Metcalf Beasley, Chair of McDonald Hopkins’ Public Law Practice Group, along with local and out-of-state developers, architects, and engineers.

"The ULI TAP process provided the opportunity to explore this complex issue in a diverse and comprehensive manner," said Wildey. "I am encouraged to see how our community uses the data from our report and the panel's recommendations to implement next steps to help overcome barriers for development and encourage activation of our incredible riverfront."

Last year, ULI was engaged by the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Metroparks, Port of Cleveland, Flats Forward and the Cleveland City Planning Commission to provide technical assistance in connection with infrastructure questions related to the Cuyahoga River. ULI convened a panel for  a two-day event in November 2021 to focus on addressing what bulkhead management practices could be adopted to remove barriers to private development, encourage beneficial enhancements to privately-owned riverfront properties, and enhance public access and utilization of the riverfront, while continuing to effectively service the industry in the valley.

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