Cleveland Browns Stadium Rebuild: The Cleveland Hopkins Airport Effect

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is getting a $3 billion renovation to rebuild its aging terminal and upgrade its services, potentially coinciding with a Cleveland Browns stadium rebuild in nearby Brook Park.

Texas-based Paslay Group is overseeing the early phases of the project with the Cleveland Hopkins airport construction and expansion construction expected to begin in 2027 and continue for at least a decade.

Meanwhile, Airport Director Robert Kennedy has said that initial projects can begin to start clearing the way, such as utility work and the removal of existing buildings.

Along with a remodeling of the main terminal building, planned expansions include ticketing, customs, baggage claim, security, concourses and parking, according to The number of concourses will grow from three to five, potentially targeting Cleveland as an airport hub, which has not existed since United closed its Hopkins base in 2010.

Design and construction companies from Texas, New York, Tennessee, California and Ohio already are on board for the start of site preparation and construction.

The Browns, meanwhile, have hinted at a move from their downtown location to Brook Park, a location about two miles from the airport. That project also is expected to include a $200 million mixed-use development near the team’s headquarters in Berea.

Browns executives have indicated that plans could include hotels, office space, retail, housing, a recreation center and community fields - much of which will need to be rezoned and subject to a detailed permitting process. Though nothing is official yet.

Cleveland Browns stadium construction remains in the planning stages, though a rendering of the proposed new stadium did surface recently, and Browns owners are reportedly in the process of purchasing 176 acres of land in the Brook Park area.

All of this could potentially come together at the same time, leading to a stressful decade for many city planning departments, not to mention infrastructure, road and traffic concerns.

More will be revealed when local site plans are filed. Along with construction, landscaping, stormwater and other major earth-moving permits, items such as lighting, signage, parking, safety and more will bring the entire scope of the project into view.

The exact location of the building site will determine whether Department of Natural Resources permits or specialized building permits such as grading.

For a project this large, it normally could take years to clear all of the plan, review and permitting processes.

Whether these two massive projects coinciding would affect other building and zoning projects independent of the NFL team’s plans is unknown. Navigating the process may become additionally complex for Northeast Ohio developers as government agencies try to balance these major projects with regular business needs.

Either way, though, it is advisable for anyone needing to advance their permitting process to do it sooner rather than later.

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