Three weeks ago today (4/9) we reported that demolition of the old Ameritrust Complex's P & H buildings had begun. Since then, it's become quite the "spectator sport" in downtown Cleveland, according to Geis Construction's co-owner, Gregory Geis.
A number of excavators, cranes, and bulldozers have torn down nearly all of the original P&H buildings on the corner of 9th and Prospect in downtown Cleveland. Just part of the northeast corner remains.
They were part of the Ameritrust complex Cuyahoga County purchased back in 2005. The plan was to make the 29-story Ameritrust Tower the new headquarters, but the property was never put to use.
County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced its sale to the Geis Companies early this year. Part of the deal was that Geis would tear down the P&H buildings, and in their place build and lease back to the county its new headquarters.
Geis tells ideastream that demolition is on schedule, and the construction phase for the new county headquarters should begin in early June.
The development is slated for completion by July 2014.
More than 700 county workers are expected to inhabit the space, which city planners hope will help revive struggling areas in downtown Cleveland.