Republicans were told the project would be done just in time for their convention.

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CLEVELAND -- The proposed $30 million makeover of Public Square has received a huge boost with an $8 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation.

Cleveland FoundationCEO Ronn Richard says, "The heart of Cleveland will get a heart transplant."

The plan is to turn the four, divided quadrants into one unified square, with more green space and activity.

Republicans were told the project would be done just in time for their convention.

Group Plan Commission Tony Coyne said about $15 million of the needed money is in hand and hopes this grant will spur more donations.

"We can't have barrels on Public Square in June 2016," he said.

The quadrant in front of Terminal Tower will be named in honor of the Foundation's Centennial Gift.

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