Friday, September 5, 2014

(Updated) The Horseshoe Casino Wants to Put a Gambling-Themed Sculpture Where the Stanley Block Building Once Stood

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Update: The city planning commission was supposed to vote on Biff's great casino-themed gambling sculpture today after all. (A brief note here: The plans only were made public three days ago. Clearly, as you may have seen around the interwebs, that was enough time for readers to lambast the tacky ode to degeneracy but it really wasn't enough time for legitimate public input before a city vote.)

Which brings us to the news: Joe Cimperman pulled the item from today's agenda late yesterday, according to Cleveland.com

Cimperman said he wants a chance to discuss the project with Horseshoe and with city planners to gain a better understanding of the project before it comes before the commission for a vote.

He also said he wants to give downtown residents a chance to weigh in before the proposal moves ahead.

"We have engaged residents," he said. "People want representation."
Let Cimperman, the city, the casino and anyone else you can think of hear your constructive thoughts, Cleveland.


In a city that cherishes its art, one historic plot of land will bear a new addition to the cultural landscape if the Horseshoe Casino has its way. And it really is up there in the upper echelons of high-end public art.

Yes, that is a gambling-themed sculpture, complete with dice and poker chips. Probably ready to take its rightful place next to the Free Stamp and other city landmarks.

As Michelle Jarboe McFee reported this morning, Rock Caesar has submitted plans to the Cleveland City Planning Commission for the space where the historic Stanley Block building, which was razed in 2012, once stood.

And here some people thought the chandelier was tacky.

Welcome to Back to the Future Part II come to life, where Biff wins.

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