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Horseshoe Casino buys the lot where the Stanley Block building once stood
Sheriff's sale bid of $350,000 tops attempts by the family to buy the lot back

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M.L. Schultze
In The Region:

The Horseshoe Casino cast the winning bid of $350,000 today to buy a vacant lot that had been the site of one of the oldest historic buildings in downtown Cleveland.

The Stanley Block building on Ontario Street near the Gateway complex was torn down in late 2012. Its rare stone structure led preservationists to try to save it, but the city said the building was unstable.

The casino owns all the property around it.

The purchase of the land – which comes to about a tenth of an acre -- is to be completed within 30 days, ending a years-long battle among the casino and the Maloof and Anter families who owned the building. The families were the only other ones bidding at the Cuyahoga county sheriff’s sale.

The property also has a $500,000 demolition lien against it.

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