(...“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.