Hate us or love us. There's no two ways about it. Cleveland is a city in transition. The Flats are just one part of a revitalization project, that's sure to change the look and feel of Cleveland. First businesses are expected to move in, hoping people are to follow.
The transformation on the East Bank of the Flats is no less than stunning. A massive apartment complex, a key piece to the revitalization, will be home to 243 upscale apartments, and should have people moving in by mid-summer.
"They're going to start their marketing campaign probably in about two weeks. We are and have been taking a list of people interested for about a year or longer," said Brice Hamill with Fairmount Properties.
The Aloft Hotel, Ernst and Young office tower, along with ground floor restaurants, was the first phase of the Flats project, but the real transformation will take place when people start moving in.
"Retail and entertainment and excitement meets the water, the boardwalk, the public park, new restaurants, residential. You're right, it's really a destination, the whole of the Flats becomes one again," said Hamill.
What's next for the Flats? An entertainment complex will start to rise, a riverfront boardwalk and a public park.
When the second phase of the project is done, it will dramatically change the look of the Flats. Then the possibilities are endless.
"We're going to start construction on Toby Keith's and Zack Bruell's new restaurant, and in another pad building, the Metroparks is bringing back the water taxi," said Hamill.