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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Welcome to the Hotel Cuyahoga

County and City Leaders Team Up To Bankroll a Downtown Hilton Hotel With Tax Dollars

Posted By on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

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So you want to build a hotel!

(...“You,” of course, being the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County and Cleveland footing the bill for the $260-million Hilton hotel slated for Ontario and Lakeside downtown. And though some of “you” may not want to build or  fund or even cast a wayward glance at the comped breakfast offerings, it’s all happening.)

Here’s the gist: Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is pushing plans to fund a Hilton boasting 600 rooms on 30 floors - plus 55,000 square feet of meeting space. The marquee rationale is that the hotel will link up with the Cleveland Convention Center located next door and give all those people flocking to Big Events a classy place to crash. The executive (who is, of course, eyeing a shot the guvnah’s seat rather than a second term with the county) has billed this hotel as the cherry on top of the Convention Center/Med Mart development spree. A very important cherry, he and others have said.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tribunal of Fools: More expensive comedy from the Cuyahoga County commissioners

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 2:36 PM

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Is this a real plan? Or is Tim Hagan just scamming the Plain Dealer?
In a Plain Dealer story this morning, Commissioner Tim Hagan announced that Cuyahoga County’s three wise men are now considering a site at East 55th and Chester for the new convention center/medical mart. Though Hagan concedes this isn’t the preferred site, he says the cost of the center might force commissioners to move it from downtown. But The PD’s paint-by-the-numbers story is void of that wonderfully human gift known as “critical thinking.” So C-Notes will provide the short hand: The latest proposal simply means that you, dear reader, could be hosed far more than originally thought…

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Monday, March 31, 2008

WTF? Why are we building a convention center when we already have two?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 3:43 PM

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Councilman Mike Polensek seems to be the only one asking the obvious question: What are we gonna do with the convention centers we already have?
In their ongoing quest to blowtorch your wallet, then stomp it to death while doing Cherokee war cries, Cuyahoga County commissioners may have fashioned their worst deal yet to build a new convention center/medical mart in Cleveland. In an ongoing series, Ace Reporter Lisa Rab breaks down the absurdity of the deal for those of you scoring at home: Councilman Mike Polensek is feeling a bit miffed these days. He has this crazy notion that since the new convention center is going to be built in Cleveland, the city should have some say in the deal. This is especially important, he notes in a recent letter to Council President Martin Sweeney, because, um… the city already has a convention center…

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Friday, March 28, 2008

WTF? The beauty of the convention mart deal: You'll have no idea where the money went!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 1:29 PM

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The convention mart deal is the kinda trough made for Jimmy Dimora
In their ongoing quest to blowtorch your wallet, then stomp it to death while doing Cherokee war cries, Cuyahoga County commissioners may have fashioned their worst deal yet to build a new convention center/medical mart in Cleveland. In an ongoing series, Ace Reporter Lisa Rab breaks down the absurdity of the deal for those of you scoring at home: Whenever civic leaders want you to pick up the tab for a new project, they inevitably trot out claims that thousands of new jobs will be created. Remember Gateway, when they told us it would create 27,000 new jobs? Or how about the fabulous Euclid corridor project, where a miracle bus route is supposed to create 9,000 jobs? …

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

WTF?: 20 years later, Sam Miller finally gets his wish

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 1:23 PM

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Sam Miller, seen here doing his most villainous laugh.
In their ongoing quest to blowtorch your wallet, then stomp it to death while doing Cherokee war cries, Cuyahoga County commissioners may have fashioned their worst deal yet to build a new convention center/medical mart in Cleveland. In an ongoing series, Ace Reporter Lisa Rab breaks down the absurdity of the deal for those of you scoring at home: Last week, we explained how the county commissioners were considering building the new convention center behind Tower City mall, on the banks of the Cuyahoga. Since the plan basically involves giving $1.3 billion of your money to a private developer, picking the most expensive site is critical to the project. That’s the beauty of wasting money the Cuyahoga County commissioners’ way! …

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

WTF? Convention centers are the VHS of civic investment ideas

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 3:02 PM

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Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is investing $903 million in an industry that was down 40 percent before the depression. Fortunately, he's doing it with your money, not his.
In their ongoing quest to blowtorch your wallet, then stomp it to death while doing Cherokee war cries, Cuyahoga County commissioners may have fashioned their worst deal yet to build a new convention center/medical mart in Cleveland. In an ongoing series, Ace Reporter Lisa Rab breaks down the absurdity of the deal for those of you scoring at home: Cleveland’s civic leaders, not being the most well-read bunch, have long been jonesing for a new convention center and medical mart as the miracle cure for the city’s economy. They envision thousands of people being shuttled from Hopkins to Tower City, sleeping a the Ritz, dining in our restaurants, and unloading monster coin in our fine selection of gentlemen’s clubs…

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Monday, March 24, 2008

WTF? Funding the Medical Mart, Ken Lay style

Posted By on Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 3:43 PM

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When told about the deal in an interview from Hell, Ken Lay let out a hearty chortle of admiration
In their ongoing quest to blowtorch your wallet, then stomp it to death while doing Cherokee war cries, Cuyahoga County commissioners may have fashioned their worst deal yet to build a new convention center/medical mart in Cleveland. In a new C-Notes series, Ace Reporter Lisa Rab breaks down the absurdity of the deal for those of you scoring at home: The commissioners have promised to front an estimated $400 million in bonds to build the center. But Chicago’s Merchandise Mart Properties will be in charge of actually laying down the bricks and mortar, and when it’s done, the private company will own it. Guess how it’s going to repay the construction loan? With more of your money! …

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