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  • Starwood Hotels to bring upscale Le Méridien brand to Cleveland

    October 17, 2013 – 2:27 pm

    BY SCOTT SUTTELL
    From Crain’s Cleveland

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: HOT) said it’s bringing an upscale Le Méridien brand hotel to Cleveland.

    The hotel operator said Le Méridien Cleveland is expected to open in January 2016 “following the completion of a highly anticipated, adaptive re-use project that will join together and transform two adjacent, historic buildings on Euclid Avenue.”

    Starwood said the hotel will be developed at 1001-1101 Euclid Ave. as part of a project that will connect the John Hartness Brown Building (JHB Building), constructed in 1901 as a multistory office building with retail space, and 1101 Euclid Ave., built in 1915 as an office building.
    The hotel will have 206 guest rooms and suites. Starwood said Le Méridien Cleveland also will feature a full-service restaurant, signature bar, a 3,000-square-foot lounge, an indoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center and more than 12,000 feet of meeting and event space.
    The development also will include 10,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a 125-space parking garage.
    The hotel will be owned by an investor group called JHB Hotel LLC. Starwood said Le Méridien Cleveland will be the brand’s third historic adaptive re-use project in North America, following Le Méridien Philadelphia and Le Méridien Tampa. It will showcase “a timeless chic design ethos that juxtaposes traditional architecture with contemporary style.”
    “Le Méridien Cleveland will build upon the brand’s success with historic, adaptive re-use projects and provide travelers with an enticing new option in the heart of Cleveland’s thriving theatre district,” said Allison Reid, senior vice president of North America development for Starwood, in a statement.

    FULL ARTICLE: http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20131017/FREE/131019841

  • Downtown Cleveland Alliance honored for work on NineTwelve District

    October 9, 2013 – 4:30 pm

    From Crain’s Cleveland
    By SCOTT SUTTELL

    Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s work related to the city’s NineTwelve District has earned kudos from the International Downtown Association. The Cleveland group won IDA’s Downtown Merit Award in recognition of initiatives on the NineTwelve District, which covers the area from East Ninth Street to East 12th Street between Euclid and Lakeside avenues.

    The award was announced during the IDA World Congress and 59th Annual Conference in New York City, which runs through Wednesday, Oct. 9.

    In a news release, Downtown Cleveland Alliance said the NineTwelve District was among eight qualified entries in the category of Economic and Business Development. Finalists in the category were projects that recruited new businesses or improved retention efforts in downtown; recruited new sectors of the economy to downtown; and created or enhanced economic development efforts through creative financing, unique operating strategies or public-private partnerships.

     

    “The Downtown Cleveland Alliance recognized the need for a renewed focus and rebranding of the former financial district when we formed the NineTwelve District in 2009,” said Joe Marinucci, president and CEO of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, in a statement.

    “There were many office vacancies and few restaurants, retail stores and residential buildings,” Mr. Marinucci said. “Now, office occupancy is at new heights, more than 2,500 new jobs have been committed to the district over the past two-and-a-half years, there are seven new residential projects that have recently come online or are in the pipeline, and the NineTwelve District has become a hot spot for new retail.”

    Washington, D.C.-based IDA has 550 members.

  • Did You Know?

    October 7, 2013 – 11:14 am

     

    • A new grocery store is coming to Downtown Cleveland:  Heinen’s will open a 33,000 square foot grocery store in “The 9” development at E. 9th and Euclid

    http://www.cleveland.com

     

    • Downtown Cleveland leads Ohio in Downtown Development:  Downtown Cleveland Alliance hosted guests from Columbus, Akron, Dayton and others to  share best practices on downtown development

    http://hivelocitymedia.com

     

    • Downtown is Moving Fast:  Over 7000 registered to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

    http://www.cleveland.com

     

    • Visitors flocked to Downtown Cleveland in September: Sparx City Hop attracted big crowds in 2013! City Hoppers rode Lolly the Trolley to check out  Downtown Cleveland and surrounding neighborhoods

    http://www.cleveland.com

     

    • Downtown Cleveland NineTwelve District is leading downtown’s economic recovery:  NineTwelve is now Downtown’s fastest growing mixed-use neighborhood

    http://www.cleveland.com

     

    • Downtown Cleveland has the hottest housing market in Northeast Ohio:  Crain’s Cleveland Business noted the growing housing supply that is meeting renters’ increased demand

    http://www.crainscleveland.com

     

    • Downtown Cleveland is for foodies:  Renowned restaurateur Zack Bruell announced that he will open  “Kafeteria” in 200 Public Square later this year andCrop Bistro owner Steve Schimoler will open two new spinoff restaurants in the Flats East Bank  in 2015

    http://www.cleveland.com

    http://www.cleveland.com

     

    • Entrepreneurs and start-ups thrive in Downtown Cleveland:  Venture for American Founder Andrew Yang delivered the keynote address at the unveiling of the newest companies launched through FlashStarts, Cleveland-based technology business accelerator.

    http://www.cleveland.com

  • Public art installed in the NineTwelve District

    May 6, 2013 – 1:19 pm

    Cleveland organizations have come together to give a new home to a sculpture in the NineTwelve District, one of downtown’s most dynamic, mixed-use neighborhoods. This piece of public art will be installed on Friday into the district that continues to build itself as a destination for business and development.

    The Cleveland Foundation has donated the sculpture to Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) from the Frank H. and Nancy L. Porter Fund. The Cleveland Foundation also awarded a grant to cover the cost of the renovation for the sculpture of stainless and painted steel designed by Anthony Magar. DCA collaborated with Optima Ventures, the largest property owner in the NineTwelve District, to identify a public location for the sculpture to live, and One Cleveland Center covered the costs for the installation.

    The decision to place the sculpture at the southwest corner of East 12th Street and St. Clair Avenue came to be because the area is open with great visibility for downtown workers and visitors. Other recent streetscape improvements on East 12th Street include sidewalk plant beds, benches and additional public art features. Magar’s sculpture will add another artistic element to the appearance of the district.

    The sculpture is one of two dozen pieces of art that the Cleveland Foundation has donated over the past eighteen months to local nonprofit institutions through its Frank H. and Nancy L. Porter Fund. The Porters’ modern art collection was part of their estate, which they left to the Cleveland Foundation in 2003. It was the largest gift in the Cleveland Foundation’s history. This sculpture will be the first from the donations to be displayed in a public area.

  • Downtown’s NineTwelve District continues to gain momentum

    April 24, 2013 – 2:48 pm

    By continuing to build itself as a destination for business and development, Downtown’s NineTwelve District has emerged as one of the area’s most rapidly-evolving and vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods.  The excitement in NineTwelve ramps up next month when Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) kicks off Walnut Wednesday and Pop-Up Parties in Perk Plaza.

    Now in its third year, the Walnut Wednesday food truck meet-up has become a top lunchtime destination for downtown workers and residents. More than a dozen food trucks descend on Walnut Avenue and East 12th Street in the NineTwelve neighborhood at lunchtime every Wednesday during the spring and summer.

    Walnut Wednesday begins Wednesday, May 1 and runs through Wednesday, September 25. Lunch from the food trucks will be available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and live music will be featured each week, courtesy of 87.7 FM Cleveland’s Sound.

    Walnut Avenue is adjacent to the newly revitalized Perk Plaza at Chester Commons, a state-of-the-art park that adds an engaging, vibrant public space to the downtown neighborhood. Perk Plaza is the perfect place to gather with a delicious Walnut Wednesday lunch or relax any time of the day.

    “Walnut Wednesday, which has grown increasingly popular over the years, has helped reintroduce downtown workers and residents to the NineTwelve District,” said Joe Marinucci, president and CEO of DCA. “Businesses that have moved – or are thinking of moving – to the NineTwelve District see Walnut Wednesday and the proximity of the revitalized Perk Plaza as a huge benefit for their employees.”

    After a successful first season, Pop-Up Parties at Perk Plaza will continue on Thursday, May 16. These monthly after work get-togethers, which run through August, will feature live bands and drinks from Great Lakes Brewing Company. Pop-Up Parties are the perfect opportunity to unwind and get ready for the weekend.

     “These popular events, new business growth, and an increase in the residential population have helped drive momentum in the NineTwelve District in recent years,” Marinucci said. “Downtown’s trolley service, with extended hours in the NineTwelve District, makes it even easier to make the area a destination.”

    With downtown apartment occupancy at more than 95 percent, DCA projects that at least 1,100 housing units will be available within the next two years. Much of this growth is in the heart of the NineTwelve District at 1717 East 9th Street, Reserve Square, and Chester Commons.  Perk Park at Chester Commons will be the most densely populated residential area in downtown by the end of 2014.

    Seven new world or regional headquarters have located in NineTwelve over the last two years, and major new tenants like Alexander Mann Solutions, AmTrust Financial Services, BrandMuscle, and Britton Gallagher are bringing more than 1,700 jobs to the neighborhood. They are joined by major downtown employers like Oswald Companies, Osborn Engineering, and Grant Thornton that are recommitting to the NineTwelve District.

    The NineTwelve Trolley recently extended its hours to serve the influx of new employees in the NineTwelve District. The trolley now runs from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The trolleys run on 15-minute loops during all times except 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., when they pick up every half hour.

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