Owner of 'Alternative Site' for Cleveland Convention Center Says It's Not Out Yet

The owner of Tower City Center said it will revise its Cleveland Convention Center site design to meet the $425 million development budget agreed to by Cuyahoga County commissioners and its private partner Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. Forest City Enterprises said it will invite the county and MMPI to look at the revised site design, which will be ready before the end of the month, even though the decision to build on the existing convention center site at Malls B and C is close to being finalized.

Tower City had been proposed as the location for a new convention center plus a medical equipment showplace. But last month, county commissioners chose the downtown mall, where the current convention center is, after MMPI determined the existing foundation can be reused for the new building, thereby making the site $108 million less costly than Tower City. The county has hired locally based Osborn Engineering to vet MMPI's foundation plan.

Proponents of Tower City say the site has better transportation access to Cleveland Hopkins Airport and is a more attractive riverfront location.

Meanwhile, in Dallas, the city council, after some delays, is scheduled Wednesday for a final vote on the developer and operator agreements for the proposed Omni-managed, 1,016-room convention hotel for the Dallas Convention Center. More to come.