Bedrock beautification project Downtown Cleveland
Anyone that has been to Downtown Cleveland lately may have noticed some
beautiful new fixtures lining the streets. Dan Gilbert’s plan to revitalize the streets and pedestrian areas
around Tower City and The Jack has come to fruition. Looking closely, you will notice dozens of flower filled
planters, new steel and wood benches with some units functioning as both. They range in size from several
feet to as large as an SUV. STREETLIFE, an eco-friendly company with many years’ experience with sustainable
materials and vandal proof construction, was chosen to design Bedrock’s vision.
In 2022 STREETLIFE commissioned Rodewald MFG in Lake County to cut the steel and fabricate the units.
With experience in engineering, welding and laser cutting, Rodewald fabricated 117 pieces, many the size of
an SUV, and shipped them out January 14th. A “weathered” steel alloy, often referred to as CORTEN was
used in the construction. It forms a protective oxide film on the metal’s surface thereby slowing future corrosion.
As a benefit this creates a visually aesthetic patina on the sides of the planters and benches. The planters, filled with
flowers, line the streets surrounding Tower City including Ontario, Huron and Prospect. A stroll along these iconic
Cleveland streets will reveal a multitude of people from all walks of life enjoying the benches, it creates a
beautiful and unique space to meet friends and enjoy a snack!