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First Look: The Athlon luxury apartments open in former Cleveland Athletic Club

The Athletic Club closed its doors in 2007 and left a ton of history behind.

History is being re-imagined right in the heart of downtown Cleveland.

The former Cleveland Athletic Club, which first opened its doors in 1911, is being transformed into a mix-use luxury apartment building: The Athlon.

The Athletic Club closed its doors in 2007 and left a ton of history behind. 

"When the Athletic Club ceased operating, they pretty much left everything behind and locked the doors and it was full, full of contents and full of you name it," said Joe DiGeronimo of Precision Environmental.

With the help of historians and architects, the current developers have worked diligently to preserve the historical integrity of the Club. 

"Which has really been, I think for the city of Cleveland, I think it’s been a big reward in that they've been able to renovate those spaces, and bring them up to today’s standard while keeping the historical integrity," said Andrew Coleman of CBRE. 

Renovations on the 15-story, $62 million project are impressive, just like the Olympians that used to walk the halls.

"The Athletic Club had a lot of proud history... A lot of the Cleveland Olympians from Jesse Owens, Stella Walsh, Harrison Dillard all had connections to the Athletic Club. So we're proud to walk in their footsteps, so to speak," said DiGeronimo. 

The building features modern open-floor plan office spaces, an Olympic pool, retail spaces and more than 160 apartments with over 60 unique floor plans.

But the amenities don’t stop there. From the state-of-the-art fitness center to the rooftop patio area, there’s something for everyone.

“We’re on right on Euclid Avenue, right at East 9th Street. Heinen's is there when you want to shop for groceries, Geiger's is there when you need some clothes,  Yours Truly is there when you want a good meal,we think the location along with all of the amenities…We think we’ve got a lot going for us," said DiGeronimo. 

A ribbon cutting for The Athlon is scheduled for Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. 

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