East College Street Project Recap
Oberlin College graduates bridge town-gown divide with East College Street project
By Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer on October 16, 2010
OBERLIN, Ohio — It’s been clear for a decade or more that neighborhoods around colleges and universities offer some of the hottest development opportunities in American cities.
But it took three freshly minted graduates of Oberlin College starting in 2002 to see the potential in a vacant former Buick dealership on the tattered eastern flank of downtown Oberlin.
Eight years later, the dealership and two adjacent properties have sprouted the widely acclaimed East College Street Project, which blends apartments and retail shops with street-smart, environmentally friendly architecture.