Iconic St. Luke's Building Gets a Makeover

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The towering presence of it's Georgian architecture made the old Saint Luke's Medical Center an iconic structure in the community. Ward 6 Councilwoman Pat Britt says, it's closure in 1999 shocked area residents.

PAT BRITT: It was very traumatic, because the people in this neighborhood have been here for several decades and they saw the closing of the hospital as the loss of another medical facility that serves the central city community.

Britt says the residents immediately became involved in determining the fate of the building, rejecting several offers. The neighborhood held out for a mixed-use development, combining retail, housing and education.

Yesterday's million-dollar grant from the St. Luke's Foundation will help create that vision on what is being billed as a five-acre "learning campus" that will include a school building, a library branch and a public auditorium.

Image: The shuttered St. Luke’s hospital building is at the heart of a $90 million makeover in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood.

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