CLEVELAND- Progress is being made towards a major downtown development that would dramatically change the Cleveland skyline. This focused on the design of the building. Stark Enterprises presented the details of the nuCLEus Project before Cleveland’s Downtown Design Review Committee Thursday.
The 54-story skyscraper is a mixed use residential, retail and business complex. It is to be built in Cleveland’s Gateway District, at East 4th street between Prospect and Huron. "This area with the large parking lot expanse has been infamous dead spot within the development of Cleveland in the past 20 or so years, so it's great to see something and something so dynamic come in," Design Review Committee Chair Jennifer Coleman said
The high rise is to have nearly 600 apartments and condos. Two thousand square feet is designated for office space, with retails shops and eateries on the street level. "It is purposely designed to look the way it looks, to get people talking about it and make a statement and that's what iconic architecture does," Stark Enterprises Director of Development Steve Coven said.
NBBJ lead architect A.J. Montero also used the word "iconic" to describe the bridge connecting the two towers. That is to be a 130-room hotel. "The profile of this building becomes something memorable, recognizable, something that can only happen in Cleveland, something that is happening in Cleveland,” Montero added.
Design Review Committee Vice Chair Thom Geist said he was impressed with the proposal. "This horizontal hotel is just very imaginative and unique, totally unique,” he added.
The committee did give approval of the schematic design of the nuCLEus Project. That recommendation now goes before the Cleveland City Planning Commission that must give the final approval for the Nucleus Project to be built.