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Demolition begins today on part of downtown Cleveland's Ameritrust complex
Redevelopment of Ameritrust building will include new government headquarters
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Kevin Niedermier
 
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Demolition begins Tuesday on a pair of downtown Cleveland office buildings to make room for Cuyahoga County’s new government headquarters.
The buildings are part of the long-vacant Ameritrust complex, which the county sold to a developer earlier this year. The developer will also turn the historic Ameritrust Bank rotunda and office tower into retail, entertainment and residential space. The entire project is expected to bring thousands of workers and residents to the area.

Josh Cabot owns “Cleveland Pickle,” a sandwich shop across the street from the construction site. He welcomes the expected influx of people to the area.

Cabot on the new headquarters bringing people downtown

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“One of my favorite mottoes in business is ‘People draw people,’ so the more people there are, the more people it’s going to bring and I think it will start a chain reaction bringing even more people downtown just because this is essentially the center of the city,” Cabot says. “So you want the center of your downtown to be hopping with people and lively and energetic. Hopefully this is one step towards that.”

The new county administration building is expected to be completed in just over a year. The rest of the Ameritrust development will follow.                                                 

Cuyahoga County bought the Ameritrust complex in 2005 with plans to convert it into a new administration building. But that plan failed, and the buildings remained empty.

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