Downtown redevelopment centers around East 9th and Euclid

Downtown redevelopment centers around East 9th and Euclid

With all due respect to Public Square, the intersection at East 9th and Euclid was once and still is considered by many to be the heart of downtown Cleveland.

But it's hard to be the heart of the city when that heart has a hole in it. In recent years disinvestment has led to a city canyon, especially on Euclid towards East 12th.

But the life is coming back to East 9th and Euclid, Heinen's opened a supermarket on the corner just down the street from the The 9 and the Cuyahoga County Office Complex.

Across the street on the southeast corner of 9th and Euclid, the Schofield Building is in the middle of the major reconstruction project.

The bottom floors will reopen as a Kimpton Hotel and the top floors will include 52 high end apartments.

"It's going to be a beautiful red terra cotta facade when it's done and they anticipate having it done in early fall," said Joe Marinucci of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

On Euclid Avenue just to the east of the Heinen's, the Truman Building is undergoing a complete renovation. A restaurant and retail space will take up the first floor, topped off by the 29 high end apartments.

27 of the 29 apartments have already been rented. The common areas of the Truman Building, which will be renamed "Ivory on Euclid," include stunning refurbished marble floors.

On the north side of Euclid Avenue, the five properties between the Huntington Building and the Statler, will be redeveloped as a Le Meridien hotel.

The financing for the project is just about wrapped up and $5 million worth of demolition work has been completed inside.

The iconic Cleveland intersection is close, Marinucci believes, to being part of the new downtown neighborhood.

"It's a neighborhood, people actually on Sunday mornings, and there's tons of them, you'll see walking through downtown Cleveland and that's really the type of environment we want to create," he said.

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