Crocker Park, Westlake, Ohio
Crocker Park, Westlake, Ohio
An impressive lifestyle center with high-end shops, restaurants, bars, offices and apartments.
Opened in 2004, Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio, just a half-hour west of downtown Cleveland along Interstate 90, offers a contemporary lifestyle center with New Urbanism aspirations to residents of northeast Ohio. Along with its picturesque and highly detailed architectural styling, the development sports brick-paved and cobbled walkways, fountains, lush plantings and classic street furniture.
Crocker Park is more properly considered a mixed-use development, as it has substantial office space, condos, and apartments on several floors above most of its street level retail, as well as a cinema, parking garages, park areas and a planned eventual perimeter of both townhouses and traditional homes. New Urbanism features include its small block sizes, rectilinear street grid, relative compactness and density, low-speed streets with on-street parking, traffic roundabouts, ample pedestrian amenities, generous landscaping, and a concentrated variety of uses. In its design, particular attention was paid to customer-friendly details, such as appealing lighting, ample on-street seating, and a dog walk/play area.
This 75-acre development, created by Stark Enterprises of Cleveland, will eventually flesh out 12 city blocks along the western flank of Crocker Road, at the heart of otherwise suburban Westlake. Eventual population is expected to reach 2,000, as Crocker Park’s 1.7 million square feet are built out. Roughly half of the project’s total square footage is to be dedicated to residential use, with retail tenancies accounting for just over 30% of the total, and Class A office space making up the remainder.
The retail tenant list for Crocker Park is typical of any self-respecting contemporary upscale lifestyle center — Coach, J Crew, Bombay, Chico’s, Z Galleries, Talbot’s, Eddie Bauer, Ann Taylor, Gap, Smith & Hawken, Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, H&M, Barnes & Noble, and so on. Enhancing the projects appeal are such restaurants as Cheesecake Factory, Blake’s Seafood, Brio Tuscan Grille and Hyde Park Steakhouse, among others. For Crocker Park residents, a Trader Joe’s is also available.
Stark Enterprises also developed the latest incarnation of Eton on Chagrin in Woodmere, Ohio, on the eastern reaches of Cleveland’s population density. (See my related article on Eton on Chagrin.) In concert with Legacy Village in Lyndhurst, Ohio, and Beachwood Mall in Beachwood, Ohio, Eton on Chagrin provides much of the high-end retail draw to Cleveland’s east, while Crocker Park (in tandem with Great Northern Mall) dominates the city’s west side.
This profile has been produced by architectural expert witness Rick Zimmerman, who enjoys shopping at Crocker Park whenever the opportunity arises. Rickzworld offers even more of visual interest and appeal.
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