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The PH building was all lit up last night at 9:30 pm as I walked from the Cavs game to Playhouse Square. I believe that was right after the county council's vote. Could they have started some preliminary pre-demolition inspection work literally within minutes of the vote?


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Previous articles have stated that as soon as the deal was passed work could start immediately. I guess they really meant it!!

 

There probably is some motivation to get started before Optima finds a sypathetic judge to hold things up.  The farther along they are, and the more investment sunk in, the less likely it will be for a judge to throw in a roadblock.

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My take away is that they're moving quickly: Feb 2013 asbestos, Apr 2013 site demolition, July 2014 building completion.

 

Ameritrust deal will cost taxpayers $16 million for new headquarters, on top of lease

By Laura Johnston, The Plain Dealer

January 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM, updated January 26, 2013 at 8:02 PM

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio --

 

On top of $6.7 in annual rent payments, Cuyahoga County taxpayers can expect to spend at least $16 million to finish their new government headquarters at the downtown Ameritrust campus.

 

That cost will consume much of the $27 million the county will make off the sale of the complex, which includes a historic rotunda and 28-story tower. The total could creep up, too, because the county has yet to decide what furniture to buy, or how many interior walls to construct.

 

Geis plans to begin asbestos abatement in the H&P Buildings at the Ameritrust complex in February, then demolish them in April to make way for the new county headquarters.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2013/01/ameritrust_deal_will_cost_taxpayers_16_million_for_new_headquarters_on_top_of_lease.html

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Not so sure the B. Tower is out of the woods just yet.... Talk of its redevelopment could remain just talk...just like the S. Block Bldg. What are the chances that some of the wise thinking that pays no regard to structures of significance around here...could prevail in seeing this thing go down. Any time Frangos is mentioned in these talks, it is frightening.

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^that title is incredibly misleading.  Sure it'll cost money, but it's also getting the Ameritrust off our back, and hopefully adding a huge amount to economic development in a much needed area.

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Geis Cos. emerges as key downtown player with Ameritrust win

Company known for big industrial developments has come a long way from humble beginnings

By STAN BULLARD

4:30 am, January 28, 2013

 

When the late Erwin Geis in 1967 built his first Northeast Ohio industrial building in Warrensville Heights, his family spent a Saturday doing the landscaping. A grade-schooler at the time, Erwin's son Greg Geis once talked about how he got hungry and tried the green fertilizer as a would-be lunch — one he quickly lost.

 

However, Greg and older brother Fred Geis developed an appetite for construction and property development that has propelled the now Streetsboro-based Geis Cos. far from its humble beginnings. Today, its website says, it has active projects in 16 locations in 10 cities and has developed more than 9,000 acres and 600 projects.

 

When Cuyahoga County Council last week unanimously declared Geis Cos. the winning bidder for the old Ameritrust complex, the company indisputably entered the development big leagues in light of the size and scope of the $200 million redevelopment effort planned for the long-idle site at East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue.

 

READ MORE AT:

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20130128/SUB1/301289972


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^None of us (as far as I know) have seen the transaction documents to see if they obligate Geis to reuse the tower, but I think everyone's reasonable expectation, based on every public statement, is that Geis plans to repurpose the tower into residential.

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Yep. See the other articles posted herein.


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If you want to see a very interesting document, check out:

 

http://media.cleveland.com/business_impact/other/Council%20Presentation%20v2%201-2-13.pdf (5.5mb)

 

Optima's argument that it offered the best deal is a partial argument, as the county used numerous factors in its scorecard to rate each of the three short-listed buyers of the Ameritrust complex. On that scorecard, Optima's proposal scored the lowest of the three. See Pg 22.

 

Also, see Pg 18 for a layout of how Geis intends to arrange apartments in the Breuer Tower and in the Swetland/1010 Euclid building.

 

Site selection information is available for the consolidated administration building is also contained in this document. Weston proposed a new 11-story building on the parking lot it owns on the NW corner of St. Clair and West 3rd with a very nice design. Too bad this build-to-suit building would have cost the county twice what Geis was offering. See Pg. 59 for the renders.


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If you want to see a very interesting document, check out:

 

http://media.cleveland.com/business_impact/other/Council%20Presentation%20v2%201-2-13.pdf (5.5mb)

 

Optima's argument that it offered the best deal is a partial argument, as the county used numerous factors in its scorecard to rate each of the three short-listed buyers of the Ameritrust complex. On that scorecard, Optima's proposal scored the lowest of the three. See Pg 22.

 

Also, see Pg 18 for a layout of how Geis intends to arrange apartments in the Breuer Tower and in the Swetland/1010 Euclid building.

 

Site selection information is available for the consolidated administration building is also contained in this document. Weston proposed a new 11-story building on the parking lot it owns on the NW corner of St. Clair and West 3rd with a very nice design. Too bad this build-to-suit building would have cost the county twice what Geis was offering. See Pg. 59 for the renders.

 

Wow, shame. They must have refined it more when shortlisted. There is a different rendering on page 47.

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Yesterday there was a big crane on site on Huron and E 9th near the building they are tearing down. Today they've also installed some sort of plywood 90 degree angle extending from the building to the sidewalk below on E 9th. Not sure what that's for, but at least it appears the asbestos removal is starting right away.

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Yesterday there was a big crane on site on Huron and E 9th near the building they are tearing down. Today they've also installed some sort of plywood 90 degree angle extending from the building to the sidewalk below on E 9th. Not sure what that's for, but at least it appears the asbestos removal is starting right away.

 

I thought the county removed all the asbestos from the property? Or was that just from the tower?


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There's currently plastic all over and a lot of the ceiling pieces are knocked out inside the H&P. One of the articles mentioned they were doing asbestos removal in February in both buildings and teardown in April.

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Yesterday there was a big crane on site on Huron and E 9th near the building they are tearing down. Today they've also installed some sort of plywood 90 degree angle extending from the building to the sidewalk below on E 9th. Not sure what that's for, but at least it appears the asbestos removal is starting right away.

I was curious about this as well.  I saw a hydrant permit in the window the day before, and examining the wooden structure today, it runs from the hydrant on the curb to one of the windows removed from the building.  Apparently this is some sort of protective conduit for a hose or pipe.

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It was nice to see the lights on inside the rotunda today, even though there was no public event happening. Just work related to bringing it back to life again..... :)


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Welcome Johann!


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They are going like gangbusters on 1010 Euclid. I would have love to take a pictures of all their workers who were out there today but I was riding by on the HealthLine. Maybe tomorrow I can get a picture, but I doubt the workers will be there on a Saturday.


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That would be great if you could get some pictures. By the way how many apartment units is the 1010 building being converted to?

 

Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to swing by there and get photos. But this article says there will be 80 apartments in 1010 Euclid, plus offices and retail.......

 

Geis says it will rise to tall task

Developer will erect county headquarters as it's working on two other East 9th projects

By STAN BULLARD

4:30 am, May 20, 2013

 

As crews recently demolished two old, midrise buildings at the Ameritrust complex in downtown Cleveland, onlookers often stopped to watch the show at East Ninth Street and Prospect Avenue. As developer Geis Cos. soon starts erecting the eight-story Cuyahoga County headquarters there, the show will go on.

 

However, Geis isn't stopping with the county building. Under an ambitious construction schedule, Geis also will embark on redeveloping the 29-story Ameritrust Tower and an attached, 13-story building at 1010 Euclid Ave. in a project it mysteriously calls, “The M on 9th.”

 

A PowerPoint presentation by Geis at a luncheon last Tuesday, May 14, with the Greater Cleveland Mortgage Bankers trade group in Ameritrust's rotunda indicates the developer expects to close a $170 million financing package by mid-July. Redevelopment of the tower and 1010 Euclid building to apartments, a hotel and offices would follow.

 

The PowerPoint revealed that the delivery date for the complex is July 15, 2014 — just 14 months from now.

 

READ MORE AT:

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20130520/SUB1/305209970


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Word is that work on 1010 Euclid is due to stop Friday as someone complained about the work (not sure why) and the city found that the contractor apparently did not have the proper permits. I'm also hearing that construction workers will be laid off, suggesting that this might not be a short delay.


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Yikes.  How credible do you think this info is, KJP?

 

If past information is any indication, pretty reliable.


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Sorry -- been in New England for the past week so I haven't had the chance to follow up on this. I will later this coming week.


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A couple pics of the county headquarters pit from last week. I posted similar pics in early June (that was swallowed up by the server crash) and the pit was still full of debris and parts of the foundation of the eastern half of the P&H building. It looks like the site is mostly cleaned up and they starting the new foundation along the western edge along East 9th.

 

edit: Sorry, the pics are full of noise. It was evening and I couldn't get a decent focus on my crappy smartphone.

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Thanks! Big project! And I like the exposed access points in the lower level of the old Ameritrust tower, er Breuer Tower, er The M.


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Heinen's just did a focus group with some downtown workers and residents on whether or not they would patronize a Heinen's location in the routunda.  So Geis is apparently seeking Heinen's to utilize that public rotunda space.  Awesome!

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Heinen's just did a focus group with some downtown workers and residents on whether or not they would patronize a Heinen's location in the routunda.  So Geis is apparently seeking Heinen's to utilize that public rotunda space.  Awesome!

 

That's pretty interesting... I remember someone finding a rendering with their logo a while back and there was some debate about this. I used to work for Heinen's and asked an old manager if she had heard anything about this a while back. She did not, only that Heinen's was pretty set on no more expansion in NEO. This would be very surprising. 

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I was wondering which grocer was doing the focus group. I got an email last week requesting volunteers for it. A Trader Joe's would be preferred but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

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