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    West 25th Corridor Benefits from One Community's Grant


    One Community, a locally owned, ultra-high speed broadband provider, announced yesterday in a news release that the West 25th Street Corridor will be the recipient of monies from its Big Gig Challenge Grant.

    "The Big Gig project will build off of the successes and projects we're implementing on the W.25th Street corridor. It will ensure that the corridor is globally competitive and bring 21st Century internet connectivity to our community," according to Councilman Brian Cummins. 

    Based on its award-winning proposal, the West 25th Corridor will create a fiber network through Ohio City, Tremont, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Center and Old Brooklyn. The proposed route encompasses 900+ properties including 14 available development sites. The corridor is four miles long and represents a collaborative effort among four Cleveland City Council Wards: Ward 3, Councilman Joe Cimperman; Ward 12, Councilman Tony Brancatelli; Ward 13, Councilman Kevin Kelley; and Ward 14, Councilman Brian Cummins. 

    Some of Cleveland's small businesses and nonprofits in addition to its most prominent west side institutions would be impacted including The West Side Market, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, MetroHealth Systems' Main and Old Brooklyn campuses, Nestle's LJ MInor Facilty, Voss Industries, Great Lakes Brewing Company and Lutheran Hospital (Cleveland Clinic). 

    The project will mirror development goals of the West 25th Street Corridor Initiative, supplementing development commitments from a proposed $400 million Metro Health System redevelopment and expansion project. It would ultimately connect 50 commercial properties in an effort to increase commecial viability and competitiveness while providing access to fiber along the four-mile route. 

    "The impact of introducing fiber to this burgeoning district cannot be overstated," according to OneCommunity CEO Lev Gonik. "Hospitals, industry and businesses of all sizes, regardless of their scope will benefit from the network. We are proud to be part of this major leap in to the future as outlined by the West 25th Street Corridor Initiative."

    In addition to Big Gig Grant funding, creative funding for the project will be comprised of monies from Cleveland City Council, Casino Tax Revenue Funds, Steelyard TIF funds and City of Cleveland Economic Development Funds. 


    OneCommunity.org