For the first year I lived downtown, I walked everywhere. I lived and worked downtown, so it was a no brainer that I was out and about in the city daily. About three months ago, I stopped working downtown and began commuting outside the city. My daily walks downtown ceased and I started to feel out of the loop with how the city was changing.
Now, my daily walks have returned with the addition of a pet into my life. I adopted Nena, my boxer mix, three weeks ago and already I feel like I’m reacquainting myself with all of the happenings downtown. So for all of you Clevelanders that don’t live or work downtown, I’ve captured the various states of progress happening around the city. With our skyline literally changing everyday, it’s time to take notice.
Hilton Cleveland Downtown (Completion Date: June 2016)
This fabulous new hotel is going to be 28 stories high with 600 rooms, will connect underground to the Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation, and will feature a rooftop bar. While it might not look like much right now, the amount of work that has been completed in just a few short months is pretty incredible. They are working on this building day and night in preparation for 2016!
Heinen’s (Completion Date: February 25, 2015)
Taking over the first two floors of The Rotunda at the old Ameritrust building and the first floor of the Swetland Building on Euclid Avenue, Heinen’s will finally be opening this winter. While dramatic changes can’t be seen from the outside (aside from the new signage), the biggest updates will be on the interior. Having a grocery store downtown will be a huge step in the right direction for making our city more livable.
Flats East Bank Apartments (Completion Date: Spring/Summer 2015)
With 243 new upscale apartments coming to the area, The Flats won’t be dead for much longer. And forget about street parking after this project is completed. Luckily with the addition of Flats East Bank apartments comes multi-level parking, restaurants, retail and a boardwalk park area. It’s about time Cleveland!
Schofield Building (Completion Date: mid-2015)
Slated to become a Kimpton hotel and apartments, this building’s construction was put on hold back in 2010. Previously covered by a metal facade, the building has been stripped to it’s original brick and terra cotta. With a lot of work to complete to restore this building to it’s former glory, this project is back on track. Once this project is completed, the corner of East 9th and Euclid will be a strong one in our city.