Construction has officially commenced on a new convention center hotel in downtown Cleveland, according to Positively Cleveland, which yesterday hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the hotel along with officials from the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Hilton Worldwide.
“The start of this construction project marks another step forward in Cleveland’s rebirth, and puts Ohio’s largest city in an even stronger position to compete for trade show and convention business,” Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald said in a statement. “I am especially proud that we are creating hundreds of new jobs for hardworking families in our region, and I thank all of our public and private partners for their unprecedented collaboration in moving this project forward.”
Upon completion in 2016, the new hotel will link to both the Cleveland Convention Center and the Global Center for Health Innovation using subterranean walkways. Along with 600 guest rooms, it will have approximately 55,000 square feet of meeting space, a restaurant, a lobby bar, an indoor pool and a fitness center.
“The groundbreaking for this hotel is yet another sign that Cleveland continues to improve itself in order to provide visitors and businesses with the finest amenities,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. “World-class entertainment venues, great amenities and Clevelanders’ welcoming attitude are the things that will keep people coming to Cleveland to work and play.”
The new hotel, a Hilton, will cost $272 million and will employ 450 full-time staff.
“Hilton’s brand recognition, loyalty programs and national sales teams will add to Cleveland’s growing reputation as a meeting and convention destination,” said David Gilbert, president and CEO of Positively Cleveland. “Bringing Hilton to Cleveland marks an unprecedented increase in the number of hotel rooms available and adds depth and variety to the city’s downtown market, creating a healthy competition between all of the existing hotel brands.”
For more information about the hotel, including a time-lapsed video and photos of construction, visit Cuyahoga County’s website.
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