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Downtown Cleveland's $350 million plan includes hotel and green space
Lower costs for convention center construction and higher sales tax collections will provide much of the cash

Artist's rendering of the Cleveland skyline near Mall C, including a hotel, and the health innovations center.
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The city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County are planning to spend $350 million to build a Convention Center hotel,  redo Public Square, build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge down to Lake Erie and improve Mall C and bridges downtown.

The plan was unveiled today by Mayor Frank Jackson and county Executive Ed FitzGerald. The hotel will be paid for with money left over from the Convention Center construction, which came in under budget. It will include 650 rooms, underground parking and be built on the site of the county Administration Ontario Street and Lakeside Avenue.

Jackson says the project draws together long proposed plans for downtown, but will extend beyond downtown.

LISTEN: Jackson on the ripple effects

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“People love success. And this will better guarantee the success of Cleveland, particularly downtown and the tying of the job- and contracting-opportunities to neighborhoods and Cleveland-based companies and people who live in the city of Cleveland and the county.”

The pedestrian/bicycle bridge will connect the downtown malls to the Great Lakes Science Center and include solar panels. And the $30 million redo of Public Square would close it to through traffic and make it more open green space and a place for public events. 

LISTEN: Urycki on downtown's big plans
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