New life brought to PlayhouseSquare

CLEVELAND -- The glitz. The glamour.

Living at the Hanna building in the theater district downtown has become so popular, that people are paying with the hopes they can get in next.

"We have a waiting list of about 40 people who have actually paid money to be on the priority waitlist," property manager Rita Almanassra says.

It didn't take long to fill the 102 suites after they began leasing last April.

See photos from inside an apartment at the Hanna building:

"By June 24th we were at 76 percent preleased," Almanassra adds.

They're now completely full.

One of the first to move in was 25-year-old Andrew Lesnick.

"Whether it is culinary or whether it's Playhouse itself, there's always something going on," Lesnic says.

His apartment measures up at 1,400 square feet on the 4th floor of the Hanna building and overlooks the Palace Theatre.

"Living in PlayhouseSquare is cool because of the sense of history and amount of activity with different kinds of entertainment," Lesnick explains.

His apartment costs about $1,600 a month.

See image renderings of how PlayhouseSquare is being renovated:

"I have lived on the East side for most of my life," Lesnick explains. "I went to college in Cincinnati and wanted to go where there was always something going on."

Because of his new home, Lesnick says he can enjoy everything Cleveland has to offer without using his car.

"Five minutes down the street is E. 4th, and you can walk right down to the Tribe stadium."

Speaking of the Tribe, not long after they return for the upcoming season, PlayhouseSquare will unveil its massive outdoor chandelier that will shimmer above Euclid at E. 14th. The chandelier itself will be 20 feet in height and shimmer with more than 4,200 crystals.

See exclusive photos of the chandelier under construction:

It's all part of a massive $16 million renovation, which also includes four new gateways used to create a welcome entrance to PlayhouseSquare and new retro signage.

It will all be unveiled on May 2 with a lighting ceremony.

"There's never really a dull moment," Lesnick adds.

This is why PlayhouseSquare is one of the many reasons Cleveland is so cool.

"It's just a fun place to be," Almanassra says.


WKYC's Eric Sever contributed to this report


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