A main street and 65-acre park will form
ROBERT STEUTEVILLE    MAR. 1, 2004
A main street and 65-acre park will form the heart of Brunswick Town Center, now under construction in the City of Brunswick, south of Cleveland, Ohio. Developed since World War II in a suburban pattern, Brunswick had no downtown for its 35,000 residents, according to Sid Welch, community development director. The city was lucky in that 143 acres were preserved in the center of the municipality — most of the land formerly used as a private campground and recreation facility. The city purchased the land for $6.5 million, and the risk has paid off, Welch says. The land was sold for $8 million to Zaremba, a development company that shared the city’s vision of creating a downtown. The city gets to keep the park acreage surrounding an existing lake, and will ultimately benefit from the tax base from $100 million in new development. Finished so far is a 100,000-square-foot Home Depot, which will serve as one anchor to the main street. A second anchor, a 75,000-square-foot supermarket, is under construction. Another 40,000 square feet in main street retail are also under construction. An additional 100,000 square feet of retail will connect the main street to the lakefront park. About 300 residential units and a planned city hall and amphitheater will round out the project. “We are creating a downtown here,” says Welch. “Fortunately we had what amounted to a greenfield site to do that. It will have a hugely positive impact if we manage to do it right.” The current plan is by City Architecture. Sasaki Associates drew the original concept plan for the city.