Downtown Development Update: Stormwater Improvements At The Site Of The Former Lakewood Hospital

On September 6, the City will begin the next phase of stormwater improvements to the Downtown Site (the site of the former Lakewood Hospital) to eliminate temporary pumps installed during the demolition and remediation of the former buildings. Pending weather delays, this work will be complete on or before December 15, 2022.   This project involves the following work:

  1. Adding additional soil to the bottom of the excavation area to raise the elevation approximately two (2) to four (4) feet, which is the amount minimally necessary to allow stormwater to drain by gravity and without the assistance of temporary pumps.

  2. Relocate the stormwater pipe that currently runs under the parking lot at the south end of the Downtown Development Site to the tree lawn of Belle Avenue. This includes the removal of several trees located at the southwest corner of the City owned property. Please note that these trees, and many more, will be replaced on the property as part of the redevelopment.

  3. Install a new stormwater pipe that connects the relocated pipe to an existing manhole in Belle Avenue approximately 430 feet to the north

  4. Remove the buried sewer and temporary pump located in the parking lot.

  5. Perform site restoration including pavement, curbs and topsoil/seeding.

Please note there will not be any vibratory compaction taking place and all work will take place during permitted work hours in the City of Lakewood (Monday – Saturday 8:00am until 9:00pm and no work on Sundays and City Holidays).

As a result of this work, the parking lot will be closed beginning September 6, 2022. Additionally, the sidewalk and on-street parking along the eastside of Belle Avenue will be closed as soon as work moves into the street. These areas will be reopened as restoration work is complete. One lane of traffic will be maintained with flaggers during construction hours for the sewer work on Belle.

The general contractor completing the work is The Great Lakes Construction (GLC). It is likely GLC will begin staging equipment to the site prior to September 6, 2022.

Plans for redevelopment of the Downtown Development Site are still pending review by various City Boards and Commissions. For more information, please visit the link below:

If you have any questions regarding the construction work, please contact the Engineering Department at (216) 529-6692 or



ROMAN DUCU Director of Public Works

MARK K. PAPKE, PE, CPESC City Engineer


12650 DETROIT AVENUE • 44107(216) 529-6692


Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 5:29 PM, 09.07.2022