CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland City Council recently approved a tax financing plan that should lead, finally, to the redevelopment of what is known as the Hartness-Brown Complex on Euclid Avenue.
There have been multiple redevelopment plans announced for that stretch of Euclid Avenue, which is just east of East 9th Street on the north side of Euclid across from the new Heinen's and Geiger's stores.
None of those plans have ever gained much traction after they had been announced, but it appears this plan approved by council will finally get a project off the ground.
Development plans include apartments and ground level retail. People moving into the city center continues to be the driving force of the downtown redevelopment that is now taking a turn that includes retail outlets that will be needed as more people move into the city.
Heinen's has had a hugely successful move into the city.
The same goes next door at Geiger's where the retail outlet reports great success, "People love that there is retail downtown, they love coming in and shopping. We have a great customer base," said Christy Geiger the downtown store manager.
Playhouse Square continues to see an influx of residents and that should continue as construction has started at The Lumen, a 38-story apartment tower right on Euclid Avenue. The energy in that neighborhood enticed Little Italy based Corbo's Bakery to open a second location.
"There really is great energy here we've made so many customers with the business around here," said Maddie Link of Corbo's.
Construction is expected to start at the Hartness-Brown complex on Euclid in early fall.