The Cleveland Clinic is bullish on its hometown.
A new master plan completed by Ohio’s second-biggest employer envisions a big, green future for the institution’s 160-acre main campus west of University Circle.
The plan, released to The Plain Dealer last month after several requests, shows that the Clinic has room for dramatic growth over the next 30 to 50 years — a prospect that could mean more jobs and economic activity for decades to come.
But while the plan offers a stirring glimpse of the Clinic’s future, it does not address how it could also reshape its outer edges, often dominated by surface parking lots, or help spur revitalization around it. The message is that now is not the time for the Clinic to reach out in a more substantial way.
Led by Foster + Partners of London, one of the world’s leading architecture firms, the plan proposes organizing the campus around an internal “Green Spine,” a nearly continuous corridor of leafy outdoor plazas modeled loosely on Cleveland’s downtown Mall and on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.