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VIDEO: What’s happening under Public Square in Cleveland?

Behind the concrete barriers and orange construction fencing at the corner of Superior and Ontario, there is an overwhelming amount of activity taking place to renovate Public Square.

Cleveland.com showcased aerial images of the site’s progress in a recent story as crews rush to take advantage of good weather to stay on schedule for a 2016 completion. But what’s happening underground?

Often overlooked is the infrastructure that will help improve water quality and manage stormwater at the same time, innovations that will increase greenspace on the site and promote sustainability.

Stormwater Technical Specialist David Ritter recently took us behind the barriers to give us an idea of how this “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity that began last October is taking shape and how sewer improvements have a positive effect on Lake Erie.

“The Sewer District saw this as an opportunity to manage stormwater in a highly urbanized environment,” Ritter said, “and was able to work with [partners] to leverage the work that was already going on here at Public Square.”


Jeremy Paris of the Group Plan Commission told cleveland.com that the project is on schedule to be complete for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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