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Columbia building moves toward demolition
Cleveland's Landmark Commission votes to replace the 100-year-old buliding with a parking garage and welcome center for the Horseshoe Casino

An artist's rendering of the welcome center and parking garage to be built by Rock Ohio Caesars across from the Higbee building.
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Rock Gaming moved one step closer today to building a parking garage and welcome center for its 600 million dollar Horseshoe Casino in downtown Cleveland. After a two and a half hour hearing, the Cleveland Landmarks Commission voted 4 to 3 to give Rock Gaming a permit to tear down the more than 100-year-old Columbia building on Prospect Avenue near public square.

But, the group opposed to the demolition says the decision isn’t a total loss. David Jurca of the Cleveland Coalition says the Rock Gaming must meet one important condition before demolition can begin:  An impasse with the state that has stalled casino construction must be overcome.

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Rock Gaming halted renovations to the Higbee building last month when state legislators in Columbus proposed levying higher taxes on the casinos than they say is in the constitutional amendment voters approved in 2009.

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