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It's not. As indicated with a previous article, that's certainly not clickbait, some of those conventions included comic books and companies that were not peddling or working in any realm of health care. It's become a de facto extension of the convention center but wholly underutilized.

 

This is the same county that is approaching its credit limit and has talked about reducing its role in future pet projects for this very reason. And yet it is now in talks with rebuilding the still-fresh Q because...?

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The Global Center may be at 80% occupancy but a good number of those tenants signed 5 yr deals and the leases are going to start coming up.  Will be interesting to see who renews and at what rate they pay going forward. When you look at the cost of the buildout of the spaces and the rents paid, I can't imagine it's been a good business move for many

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The Global Center may be at 80% occupancy but a good number of those tenants signed 5 yr deals and the leases are going to start coming up.  Will be interesting to see who renews and at what rate they pay going forward. When you look at the cost of the buildout of the spaces and the rents paid, I can't imagine it's been a good business move for many

 

Exactly. Better start now trying to figure out what that place is going to be.

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FWIW, my wife works for a large healthcare company and has hosted several large internal meetings there.  These are the kind of events that don't end up on the marquee, but are happening there. 

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FWIW, my wife works for a large healthcare company and has hosted several large internal meetings there.  These are the kind of events that don't end up on the marquee, but are happening there. 

 

It wasn't built for that though, those are spot bookings.  It was built for long-term tenants offering one-stop shopping for health care purchasers.  To the extent that business model works, there were already private companies doing it when the project was conceived.  It should be clear at this point that the mission is a failure and a new one is needed.  My concern is that they're looking for new management who are dedicated to the original mission.  Then again, maybe the long hiring process means they're just bringing people in to brainstorm ideas.

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Vacant space in Global Center for Health Innovation is an eyesore, report says

By Karen Farkas, cleveland.com

on April 27, 2017 at 7:20 AM, updated April 27, 2017 at 7:22 AM

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The long-vacant spaces in Cuyahoga County's Global Center for Health Innovation remain an unfinished eyesore, according to an inspection of the facilities.

 

The much ballyhooed center, formerly called the medical mart, was supposed to be the draw for the county's convention center, built together for $465 million in tax dollars. About 20 percent of the center remains vacant more than three years after its grand opening, making the building look perpetually under construction.

 

"The unsold spaces on the upper levels of the Global Center should be developed to a certain level of finish to convey to potential tenants that the spaces are near-ready for occupancy," according to a study prepared for the Cuyahoga County Convention Facilities Development Corp., which oversees the operation and management of the Huntington Convention Center and the Global Center. "At minimum, carpeting, code-mandated electrical and data/telecom outlets, a 'cloud' ceiling with lighting and finishing the soffits on the perimeter to match adjacent units should be conducted without delay."

 

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http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2017/04/global_center_for_health_innovations_vacant_space_is_an_eyesore_report_says.html#incart_river_home


In 1976, the City of Cleveland issued NINE building permits. NINE. When we start to feel down about the progress of development here vs. other cities, remember how lifeless Cleveland was and how far it's come.

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Vacant space in Global Center for Health Innovation is an eyesore, report says

By Karen Farkas, cleveland.com

on April 27, 2017 at 7:20 AM, updated April 27, 2017 at 7:22 AM

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The long-vacant spaces in Cuyahoga County's Global Center for Health Innovation remain an unfinished eyesore, according to an inspection of the facilities.

 

 

But some kitchens and baths in them and rent them out as apartments.  They are flying off the shelves in downtown Cleveland!

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It's almost time to start discussing what else could be done with that parcel.  This thing was a monumentally bad idea from the outset.

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And now we have an extremely expensive space for... comic book conventions (per an earlier article). I would agree that opening the incubator space up to every type of business would be great - as well as repurposing the space for higher-end offices that are absent the medical industry. Let's get this baby used!

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For some reason I thought at least part of it was supposed to be an incubator.


In 1976, the City of Cleveland issued NINE building permits. NINE. When we start to feel down about the progress of development here vs. other cities, remember how lifeless Cleveland was and how far it's come.

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For some reason I thought at least part of it was supposed to be an incubator.

 

I don't think so. More than anything, this thing was meant to generate hotel nights and restaurant demand, by attracting institutional medical equipment buyers from out of town and generating some additional national meetings in the convention center.

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I think this is a negative way to look at it.  Failed concept, yes, but I think we all knew the medical mart concept was just that, a concept, unproven and carried the element of risk.  That risk became greater when MMPI got out of the picture as it's other marts faltered, but by then there was no turning back. 

 

So we may be left with a building that needs to refine / redefine it's purpose, but I think everyone knew this was a possibility coming into it.  Back then however the goal was to get a new convention center built, a goal since the 1980's that routinely went no where.  The convention center got built this time because of the Global Center concept, and without it I fear we'd have no new convention center or new Hilton hotel, both of which played a key role in a 2016 that redefined Cleveland and created great momentum. 

 

So we took a risk on the concept, but the resulting new convention center, rebuilt malls, and new Hilton hotel were worth it, and we have an asset that can be re-purposed into something great.  It's new, energy efficient building in a great location attached to the convention center and hotel. 

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Note that the Medical Mart, in part, incubated the US offices of this Irish firm until they could expand to a new spot at Tyler Village.....

 

RelateCare picks Cleveland for U.S. center

April 23, 2017 UPDATED 9 DAYS AGO

By LYDIA COUTRÉ 

 

An Irish-American health care company has chosen Cleveland to launch its largest office in the United States.

 

Operational since December, RelateCare's first U.S. Patient Coordination Center already employs more than 30 clinical and administrative staff who provide patient access and engagement services to several health care systems.

 

...RelateCare already had a couple of small offices in Cleveland: One in the Cleveland Clinic Innovations offices, which they will maintain, and another in Global Center for Health Innovation, which they've given up in their move to the new Patient Coordination Center.

 

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http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170423/NEWS/170429934/relatecare-picks-cleveland-for-u-s-center


In 1976, the City of Cleveland issued NINE building permits. NINE. When we start to feel down about the progress of development here vs. other cities, remember how lifeless Cleveland was and how far it's come.

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Global Center still has room to grow

May 21, 2017

By JAY MILLER

 

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is probably the most successful tenant of the Global Center for Health Innovation. Its fourth-floor HIMSS Innovation Center is averaging 1,000 visitors a month.

 

"We've had a lot of international visitors," said John Paganini, the HIMSS Center's senior manager for interoperability initiatives. "At the same time, there is a heavy Northeast Ohio presence here."

 

The HIMSS center is a demonstration, exhibition and education facility, for several dozen firms offering health IT-related services to the health care providers. Since its opening, it has hosted 450 events in the building on Cleveland's Mall.

 

The Global Center also has seen a tenant grow its way out of the building on Cleveland's Mall.

 

MORE:

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170521/NEWS/170529992/global-center-still-has-room-to-grow


In 1976, the City of Cleveland issued NINE building permits. NINE. When we start to feel down about the progress of development here vs. other cities, remember how lifeless Cleveland was and how far it's come.

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Hindsight is 20/20, but the building probable should have been designed in such a way that it could easily be converted into something different should the medical Mart concept not take off. Maybe it is, of course the exterior windows built to look like strands of DNA could be problematic.

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of course the exterior windows built to look like strands of DNA could be problematic.

 

Strictly speaking, they resemble an electrophoresis scan.  When the building was under construction, I asked if it was expandable - got no answer.


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October 31, 2017 10:27 am      UPDATED 4 HOURS AGO

MedRespond to take up space in Global Center

By [/color]LYDIA COUTRé

[/size]A Pittsburgh-based online health care communications company is opening a Cleveland office in the Global Center for Health Innovation.MedRespond, which won first place at the inaugural Medical Capital Innovation Competition in April, combines artificial intelligence, search and streaming media to enable health care enterprises to provide personalized, relevant and scalable engagement solutions for their patients, clients and their families, according to a news release.MedRespond anticipates hiring several employees with its expansion to the Global Center, focusing on expanding its content development resources, according to the release.MORE:http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20171031/news/140606/medrespond-take-space-global-center[/size]


In 1976, the City of Cleveland issued NINE building permits. NINE. When we start to feel down about the progress of development here vs. other cities, remember how lifeless Cleveland was and how far it's come.

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Kennedy is a gubernatorial candidate in Illinois

 

Chris Kennedy's troubled Cleveland deal: Taxes raised, company collected millions

http://www.chicagotribune.com/g00/news/local/politics/ct-met-chris-kennedy-cleveland-20171115-story.html?i10c.encReferrer=aHR0cHM6Ly90LmNvL1pzOE5OUHJDenA%3D


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The instant I heard about the med mart concept I thought it sounded really dumb. Then I thought, well, these people are pretty smart, so...." And I was both right.

 

 

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The interview with Kennedy includes a point rarely discussed, that the Medical Mart itself wasn't supposed to generate revenue.  It was meant to be a loss leader, offering retailers free rent to mitigate any doubts they had about the concept and the city.  Kennedy has a point.  That's the same idea I've pushed for years in regard to general consumer retail, since it's proven to be effective in other cities. 

 

In the case of the Medical Mart, where the concept is a tough sell and the market is inherently limited, that financial inducement was especially important.  If we're treating it as a regular office building that needs to be independently profitable, it can't succeed and the whole thing becomes a waste.  Apparently that was never the plan.  But how was this crucial aspect so quickly forgotten?  Why wasn't it front and center in the first place?

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I agree with you that in some aspects retail should be subsidized because of the reasons you've cited before. Wouldn't it be awesome if small businesses could get the same red carpet treatment that the big developers (and people with the last name Kennedy) get? Probably a good thread topic on its own. But with MM, don't you think if it was a such a great idea that places like Nashville, NYC, etc. would have followed through on their initial plans to compete with Cleveland? 

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Totally.  Point is, this thing had no chance without the free rent.  Even then it was dicey.  There were already distributors in health care who offered one-stop shopping for purchasers.  Their impact on convention generation was established and measurable.  What's the point of having trade shows when that role is filled by existing showrooms?  A solution in search of a problem. 

 

Of course the whole idea on our end was to get funding for the convention center renovation, which nobody wanted, so it was paired with a second thing nobody wanted and forced through.  And then we ran away from the base concept of it, which, to be fair, probably wouldn't have worked anyway.  And then we actually got ourselves a top-tier convention, but that was unrelated to health care and held at the Q, which itself was deemed inadequate right afterward.

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^I agree that focusing on its rental income sort of misses the point, but even as a loss leader the Med Mart failed, no? Even at cheap rents it never filled with the healthcare showrooms and sales offices that were envisioned, prompting name change, new types of tenants, and management changes. I haven't followed the convention center's bookings closely, but is there anything to suggest it's outperforming peer centers because of the Global Center's tenants? The whole point was to boost the low wage service economy through hotel stays and restaurant meals, with a really nebulous boost to the city's healthcare companies, I guess, through additional exposure, but as far as I know, the Global Center has been a big zero on those fronts.

 

Oops, I'm a few posts behind. 

 

I think the operators did give the initial concept a try, and it failed, so now we're left with a box that can either be a loss leader, a revenue generator, or some combination, but I don't think we've seen anything to date that justifies the additional expense it entailed.

 

 

 

 

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I still don't think the convention center alone was enough to get funding.  The medical mart was the sweetener.  I'm sure there are differing opinions, but I feel the new convention center accelerated all of the downtown development, including hotels, which lead to us landing the Republican convention.

 

I'm hoping for good things with the Bio Enterprise incubator, but even if it isn't a significant success, I still feel it was worth the money.

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In 1976, the City of Cleveland issued NINE building permits. NINE. When we start to feel down about the progress of development here vs. other cities, remember how lifeless Cleveland was and how far it's come.

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Ohio State relocates regional recruitment office in downtown Cleveland

Space will foster engagement with prospective students, high-school counselors

https://news.osu.edu/ohio-state-relocates-regional-recruitment-office-in-downtown-cleveland/


In 1976, the City of Cleveland issued NINE building permits. NINE. When we start to feel down about the progress of development here vs. other cities, remember how lifeless Cleveland was and how far it's come.

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