Cuyahoga County seeks architect to plan new convention center hotel

Cuyahoga County is searching for architects to design a new convention center hotel in downtown Cleveland, The Plain Dealer reports. Interested firms must present their qualifications for the $260-million, taxpayer-financed project by July 9.

County officials will negotiate privately with firms and negotiate a deal by July 22, the paper reports.

"It's a very tight schedule," Matt Carroll, chief of staff for county Executive Ed FitzGerald, told The Plain Dealer.

FitzGerald announced plans for the hotel, which he wants to have open by 2016.

The county reportedly wants the hotel to include ballrooms and a bar or restaurant that could add life to the grassy mall atop the underground convention center.

Ownership of the hotel and underground parking garage has yet to be decided.

The county expects to generate $150 million for the project through bonds backed by anticipated new bed taxes from the hotel, a portion of the new property-tax revenues and a slice of the hotel's operating revenues.

The hotel would connect to the $465-million Cleveland Convention Center and the Global Center for Health Innovation.

 

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