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Ohio grants $3 million for Flats East cleanup
Two decades of decline seem to be turning around with a $500 million redevelopment project
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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The City of Cleveland is getting $3 million from the state to help clean up the Flats’ East Bank in preparation for new development. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
Ohio grants $3 million for Flats East cleanup

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The grant is intended to help with clean-up costs at the site, which has been increasingly abandoned since its 1980s glory days.

Now, a $500 million second phase is expected to turn the area into a mix of retail and office space, plus 72 residential units. The Aloft Hotel is already open on the East Bank as part of phase one. It includes Ken Stewart’s restaurant, and sous chef Vinnie Cimino says the grant money should help keep the momentum going.

“I think it’ll be great once they start the second phase on the waterfront. The Flats is completely revitalized from what it used to be: brand new hotel [and] three new restaurants, a lot different from what it once was [with] a completely different clientele coming down. Seems like it’s starting to come back.”

The grant money has been approved by the Clean Ohio Council, but still needs to clear the Ohio Controlling Board. The Clean Council has also approved $3 million for other projects in Alliance, Columbus, Dayton, and Marion.
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