Huge, quick growth spotted on Cleveland's Flats East Bank

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CLEVELAND -- When the Republicans came to evaluate Cleveland as a candidate city to host their 2016 convention, they were impressed with a lot of what we had. But when they saw the renderings and the construction site along the flats east bank, it may have just sealed the deal.

"Delegates were already clamoring for which pocket of Republicans would be able to shore up space inside the Aloft Hotel," says Adam Fishman, one of the principal developers of the Flats East Bank Project.

Phase One was the hotel, the Ernst & Young office tower and the handful of restaurants just off the riverfront. Phase Two, which will open June 2015, includes 242 apartments, 12 restaurants and 1200-feet of boardwalk along the Cuyahoga River.

If you swing down to get a look at it today, you will see already four of the eight stories of apartments have already been laid out in concrete.

"It's a fast rise, but it has to be a fast rise, because we want to be open by June of next year, so we hit the great summer season," Fishman says. "We're on a roll, and a lot of us have been working a long time to make this happen."

That roll continues downriver, where the Cleveland Metroparks just opened a new restaurant and a new bridge was installed over Columbus Road.

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