CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland skyline will get a little bit larger in the spring of 2016.
"When was the last time there was an addition to the Cleveland skyline?" Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald asked. "When was it? And if you have a skyline that isn't growing year after year, that probably means the city isn't growing."
Growth is coming in the form of a new hotel on the site of the old County Administration building. That much we have known. But Tuesday night we got our first look at renderings of the project.
See numerous image renderings of the new hotel:
Renderings show a huge glass structure that will be attached to the new convention center, serving as an above-ground marker for the underground facility.
"This will change the skyline of the city of Cleveland," says project manager Jeff Appelbaum. "It won't be the tallest building in Cleveland, but it will be extremely prominent -- because of its location.
"The project is on a fast track, which means we start some elements of the work, while still designing others."
Some areas of concern remain the type of foundation that will be underneath and the issue of parking. A 280-car garage is currently on the books, but many on County Council fear that isn't enough.
"I wouldn't say it's a done deal," FitzGerald said. "But we are putting pieces and parts together at a very rapid pace. People are not used to seeing development happen that quickly."