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Crocker Park's construction boom

Construction at Crocker Park brings hundreds of jobs (Source: WOIO) Construction at Crocker Park brings hundreds of jobs (Source: WOIO)
WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) - You can call it a "city within a city."

"It's lifestyle living with multi use. You can live here. You can work here. You can shop here. You can have dinner here," says Assistant
V.P. of Operations Tina Roberts.

Crocker Park construction in Westlake is bringing an economic boost to the area. The $300 million project adds up to more than 300 new jobs, and that doesn't include the hundreds of construction crews from across northeast Ohio that working already.

"It's going to grow to probably 500, half a dozen general contractors that are working for us. It's going to keep three to five hundred people working for at least a year and a half or so," explains construction manager Bill Trump.

Hundreds of apartments are being built with retail space below, along with four parking garages and several new restaurants.

"We're going to have Texas de Brazil, Yard House, Bonefish," says Roberts.

American Greetings is also a part of the big construction plan. Thousands of employees working at the facility.
 
The Hyatt Place Hotel will set up shop near the movie theater that's expected to be complete this fall.

RNC delegates have already inquired about staying at the hotel and hosting events at Crocker Park. 

"I like the growth. I like to see it. The surrounding area. Instead of having to go to the eastside all the time. I think there's a lot more going on over here and I think it's nice. My kids come up here. They play. I shop. It works for everyone," says Becky Horvath.

"Now to see it actually really coming to life it's really cool," explains Emily Guthlein.

The first few apartments, retail space, and hotel will be open this fall. The entire project is expected to be complete a year later.

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