Cleveland planning board OKs medical mart design

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland City Planning Commission has OK'd designs for a long-awaited convention and medical trade-show center downtown.

Officials broke ground on the $465 million project earlier this month.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports the commission on Friday approved the designs, including a glass building to welcome visitors.

The board held off on approving details of park-like areas that would cover the underground center. It asked the county and developers to reconsider some elements, including lighting, public art and the energy efficiency of the buildings.

Officials hope the project marks the start of a Cleveland construction surge including a casino and an iconic Interstate 90 bridge.

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