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CLEVELAND, OH -- The east bank of The Flats is back and better than ever.

"The riverside is all clean and there's seating and stairs. It's unbelievable," said Cleveland resident John Urban.

He's pretty impressed with the area now, and who wouldn't be? It's been completely redeveloped after years of sitting vacant.

"They renovated all the buildings and they put in apartments. More and more people are living down here. It's getting to be really really nice down here," he said.

Developers just wrapped up phase two of the project and to celebrate that, they held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.

City leaders attended along with other members of the community.

Adam Fishman from Fairmount Properties said it's been quite the journey, and it's not even close to being over.

"We really haven't had the opportunity to be downtown and experience the riverfront as just a destination in and of itself for a long time," said Fishman.

He said they've sunk millions of dollars into this project, but he said the investment has been worth it.

"When we're done, it'll be over three quarters of a billion dollars of investment. I think we're in the process of proving to the market that it's a vital time to be in downtown Cleveland, and we're excited to play whatever small leadership role we played in that process," he said.

As for Urban, he encourages people to come down here and check it out for themselves. He said you won't be disappointed.

"Looks like something I'd see down in Florida or California," he said.

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