euclid corridor project snags urban land institute's awards for excellence

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's Euclid Avenue Transportation Project, aka the Euclid Corridor project, has been selected as a winner of the 2011 Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Awards for Excellence. Ten outstanding developments were chosen to receive the award, widely recognized as the land-use industry's most prestigious recognition program.

The competition is part of the Institute's Awards for Excellence program, which is based on the guiding principle of recognizing best practice through the awards to promote better land use and development. ULI's Awards for Excellence recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design. The criteria for the awards include leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnership, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial viability.

The ten winners were selected from 148 entries throughout North and South America.

Describing the winning project, ULI says, "The $200 million Euclid Avenue Transportation Project brings bus rapid transit (BRT) and an improved streetscape along 8.3 miles of Cleveland's historic Euclid Avenue, connecting the central business district with major cultural, medical, and education users -- all at one-fourth the cost of light rail. The transit project has helped catalyze $4.7 billion in spin-off investment and 11.4 million square feet of new and planned development, offering a successful example of the economic leverage potential for BRT."

See the other winner here.

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