slideshow shows images of Phase I of Cuyahoga Community College's
planned Westshore campus. (Graphics courtesy of city of Westlake,
Burt Hill architects)
C’s Westshore campus on target for fall groundbreaking
By Kevin Kelley
Published June 17, 2009
Council approved the development plan for Phase I of Cuyahoga Community
College’s planned Westshore campus on June 4 following the Planning
Commission’s recommendation for approval three days earlier.
Ann Proudfit, Tri-C’s Westlake campus director, said
the college anticipates breaking ground this fall for the new campus,
which will be located over 33 acres at the corner of Bradley and
The first of three planned classroom buildings will
welcome students in January 2011, Proudfit said.
The college paid $4.6 million for the property last
Although the college was not required to submit a
master plan for the site because it is part of the city’s industrial
zone, it did so anyway, according to Will Krause, assistant director
of planning and economic development for the city of Westlake.
Krause said approval from the Planning Commission
and council was fairly straightforward.
“There were no conditions placed on it, which was
very unusual,” said Krause, who added that the large size of the
property made issues such as setbacks less of a problem than for
many other projects.
One resident asked that the numerous sourgum, or black
tupelo, trees near the property along I-90 be preserved during construction.
Krause said many of the trees are outside of Tri-C’s property. He
did say some of the trees on the site may be cleared at a later
Areas not being developed will be left in their natural
state, Krause said. Some wetlands will be maintained on the property,
The college will pay for road improvements at the
intersection of Bradley and Clemens roads.
Phase I of the development plan includes 460 parking
spaces, more than is required by the city’s code, Krause said.
Future students will be able to access the campus
from Bradley Road and the RTA circulator that travels on that street.
“There will be some access beyond just automobiles,”
Approval of the college’s signage will be done separately,
according to Krause.
The first building, which will have two floors, will
focus on the college’s health care programs, such as nursing, health
information management, sleep studies and occupational therapy,
Proudfit said. The building will include biology, chemistry and
physics laboratories, she added.
That building will also house offices for student
services, Proudfit said, with the aim being to provide one location
where students can easily register, pay tuition fees and apply for
A second building planned for the campus is scheduled
to open in 2010, and a third will host classes by 2014, Proudfit
Those buildings will likely hold classes in fields
such as environmental sustainability, engineering, criminal justice
and radiography, according to Proudfit.
Meanwhile, credit classes continue at Cuyahoga Community
College’s Corporate College West. Earlier this year, the college
announced that students can now attend all classes required for
associate’s degrees in arts, science, and applied arts in business
administration right at the Center Ridge Road building.
Proudfit noted that course enrollment this summer
at Corporate College West is up 77 percent over last summer. Enrollment
in college credit courses at the Center Ridge Road location increased
more than 20 percent between the 2008-09 academic year and the year
She attributes the rise to a mixture of easy access
for Westshore students and economic reasons. Some students will
attend their first two years of college while living at home to
save money, then transfer to a four-year college, Proudfit said.
In the spring semester, 1,427 students enrolled in
2,622 courses at Corporate College West, Proudfit said.