Developer interest high for Cleveland Summit renovation

Plan envisions boutique hotel

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 11/18/19

Cleveland City Manager Joe Fivas told members of the Cleveland City Council Monday that plans to revive the former Cherokee Hotel are capturing the attention of developers who are eager to submit …

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Developer interest high for Cleveland Summit renovation

Plan envisions boutique hotel

AN ARTIST'S RENDERING shows the potential transformation of the former Cherokee Hotel in downtown Cleveland. Currently, the location of Cleveland Summit — a low-cost housing facility, the structure may be converted into a 65-room boutique hotel featuring a mix of retail shops on its first floor, as well as an open-air restaurant on its top floor.
AN ARTIST'S RENDERING shows the potential transformation of the former Cherokee Hotel in downtown Cleveland. Currently, the location of Cleveland Summit — a low-cost housing facility, the structure may be converted into a 65-room boutique hotel featuring a mix of retail shops on its first floor, as well as an open-air restaurant on its top floor.
Artist's rendering courtesy, CITY OF CLEVELAND
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Cleveland City Manager Joe Fivas told members of the Cleveland City Council Monday that plans to revive the former Cherokee Hotel are capturing the attention of developers who are eager to submit bids when the city soon releases a request for proposal.

“We've already had some people take tours of the building,” Fivas said. “We probably have five or six different development groups that are waiting for this to be released and out in the public.”

Currently occupied by Cleveland Summit, a low-cost housing facility, the city is eyeing plans to convert the structure into a 65-room boutique hotel through private investment, as proposed in a Downtown Revitalization Master Plan that was unveiled earlier this year.

Plans for the 1920s-era landmark include retail shops, as well as an outdoor restaurant on the top floor, offering 360-degree views of the city while dining.

Fivas reviewed a draft request for proposal with the city council. The council voted unanimously to allow the city to move forward with drafting the document.

He said the RFP will be released soon and would be due back to the city by Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.

Fivas said the city will consider mixed-use development proposals with restaurants and commercial retailers, as well as market-rate residential space.

The historic hotel, built in 1929, was founded by the Cherokee Hotel Company — a joint effort by T.L. Rogers and C.L. Hardwick, who raised $174,750 for its construction.

Groundbreaking for the seven-story structure took place in June 1927. The grand opening was held in March 1929.

The hotel closed during the 1960s and has been the home to the 79-unit Cleveland Summit Apartments since 1972. Cleveland Summit is currently building a 78-unit multifamily housing facility, which will be located on Smith Drive near the intersection of Huff Avenue S.W. in Cleveland.

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