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October 13, 2013

$250M Project to Deliver Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel, 205 Apartments to Downtown Cleveland

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

The GEIS Cos. and Sandvick Architects, both based in Cleveland, have teamed to bring new life to the intersection of East Ninth Street and Prospect Avenue, a long-overlooked area of the city’s downtown. Dubbed “The 9,” the $250 million development calls for the renovation and transformation of the former AmeriTrust Tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda into a high-end complex featuring a luxury hotel, apartments and much more. The project will create 1,000 construction jobs.

The GEIS Cos. acquired the 29-story AmeriTrust Tower earlier this year from Cuyahoga County. When the project is finished, expected in late 2014, the skyscraper will house the 156-room Metropolitan at The 9 hotel, which will be affiliated with Marriott International’s Autograph Collection. The hotel will also include The Adega restaurant, with its Mediterranean cuisine and featuring downtown’s largest outdoor dining area; 12,000 feet of meeting and event space; a Heinen’s grocery store; an art gallery; and The Alex Theater. Amenities include an indoor dog park, a spa and fitness club, and the Azure Sky, downtown’s largest rooftop bar and sun deck.

The tower will also be home to 105 spacious luxury apartments, located on the upper floors. Their residents will have access to the hotel’s guest services. In addition, to answer the high demand for apartments in Cleveland’s downtown, 1010 Euclid Ave. will be turned into 100 market-rate apartments, which will be available to employees of The 9 at a subsidized rate.

“The 9 will be like no other hotel or residence in the city – or the country, for that matter,” said Greg Geis, the company’s CEO, in a statement for the press. “From the old bank vaults that we are turning into private dining areas and the magnificent Tiffany glass dome of the rotunda building to the bellmen and intuitive technology that will recognize and anticipate our visitors’ needs, The 9 will be a marquee destination that rivals anything in the country – but also celebrates what’s great about Cleveland and its rich history.” The hotel, residences and restaurants are all scheduled to open simultaneously in the fall of 2014.

Photo credits: The GEIS Cos.

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