MidTown Cleveland has historically been known for its progressive approach to both business and residential living. “It [was] a center of innovation where people lived, worked and played,” says Jim Haviland, executive director of MidTown Cleveland Inc. “It was just a real vibrant district.”
MidTown was home to the first electric streetlight and first electric streetcars and was a hub in the auto industry. “It was a really dynamic area,” says Haviland.
The same holds true today. Many of the grandiose homes along what was known as Millionaire’s Row still stand today, and business continues to thrive. “One of the nice things about MidTown is a lot of historic architecture has been maintained, and occupancy continues with innovative companies,” says Haviland.
- 2 square mile area between Downtown and University Circle
- Home to 650 Businesses
- 18,000 employees
- 2,000 residents
The Baker Electric Motor Car building was once the Cleveland showroom and service facility for Baker electric cars. Designed by Frank B. Meade in 1910, The Baker Electric building is listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Today, it houses medical technology companies, a financial group and a real estate company, to name a few. Dick Pace, principle at Cumberland Development LLC, restored the urban, industrial-era building's ornate brickwork, high ceilings, wood-paneled offices and original foyer tile using a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED) certification that measures and quantifies sustainable building design, earning it a silver level designation.
In the Community
"MidTown Cleveland Inc. is not only a partner for the area businesses, but a strong advocate for the issues that are important to the community, such as safety and visual quality."
-Robert B. Lash, president, Moskey Dental Labs Inc.