Melissa Reid’s Hometown Hero

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CLEVELAND -- Downtown Cleveland is on the rebound.

Residential occupancy rates now stand over 95 percent.

And one man key in the revitalization of downtown is developer Lou Frangos.

"My goal is to have a safe place to live, work and play. We've developed apartment buildings downtown, office buildings downtown," said Frangos.

Through all the ups and downs, especially with the unsteady economy, Lou has never given up on downtown.

In fact, he's invested his time and resources to the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland.

"It's just a very vital organization to the city of Cleveland. We get private funding, some funding from the Cleveland Foundation, others from private partnerships. We promote safety--school safety, children safety," said Frangos.

On top of serving as chairman of the board of that group, Lou also sits on the board of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

"Their mission is keeping the city clean and safe. We have the ambassadors on the street. It's a great organization," said Frangos.

So, where did this love for downtown begin?

Lou says from a humble beginning of working as a bus boy in downtown restaurants before going on to become a business man and developer.

"It's because of my only son Damon, and growing up in the city. I wanted him to be able to grow up and live in a safe place," added Frangos.

In addition to promoting philanthropy in northeast Ohio, Lou says he is devoted to promoting the city of Cleveland itself.

"Cleveland has sometimes gotten a bad wrap. But it is truly coming back with everything going on. With the casino and the Medical Mart, it's what Cleveland really needs. We will bring it back to a world-class place to visit," said Frangos.

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