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Cleveland Planners Pin Hopes On County HQ, Hotels, And Heinen’s To Fill Euclid Avenue “Gap”

Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 11:53 PM

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Cleveland’s $200-million Euclid Corridor project has largely delivered on its promise of spurring economic activity along its 8-mile expanse. But there are still pockets of empty, shuttered buildings – what you might call “gaps in the grin” - especially in the stretch from East 12th Street to Public Square. One such gap is well on its way to closing, as ideastream’s Brian Bull reports.

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Construction elevators crawl across the Ameritrust Tower, part of a $250 million development project (pic by Brian Bull) Downtown Cleveland Alliance President Joe Marinucci (insert) has high hopes for the Geis Companies' Ameritrust project (pic: Brian Bull) This past April, excavators tore down older portions of the Ameritrust complex, namely the P & H Buildings (pic by Brian Bull) Crews are steadily fixing up the E. 9th-12th Avenue stretch of the Euclid Corridor (pic by Brian Bull) Back at the Ameritrust Complex, Geis crews pour concrete where the old P & H Buildings once stood (pic by Brian Bull)

Here at the Ameritrust Complex off of East 9th and Euclid, renovation work is underway on a $250-million project. 

Geis Companies workers weld beams, pour concrete, and clean the face of the historically significant Ameritrust Tower, designed by famed architect Marcel Breuer.

Geis bought the tower from the county last winter, along with the Cleveland Trust Rotunda and two other properties that make up the complex.  The tower will become a high-end hotel, while a new county headquarters will open at East 9th and Prospect next summer. 

And Heinen’s will open a 32,000 sq.ft. two-story grocery store in the Rotunda.

“You’ve really have the dynamics to create an exciting residential and commercial district, right at the heart of 9th and Euclid,” says Joe Marinucci is President of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

He says in addition to the 700 county employees coming to the heart of downtown Cleveland, there will be an influx of tourists and visitors. 

“If you look across street from the Rotunda Building, there’s a new Kimpton Hotel.  In addition there will be about 55 Hyatt apartments associated with that project,” says Marinucci. “Catty corner across the street on the north side of Euclid, there is a Le Meridien Hotel which is going into five vacant storefront buildings between the Statler and the 925 Euclid Building. 

“So in many ways, this is really going to become the hospitality nexus of downtown.”

Marinucci adds another developer is trying to work out financing for a mixed-use project where the Cleveland Athletic Club now sits.  The hope is that these developments will fill in the economic gaps in this hardscrabble patch of the Euclid Corridor.

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