Downtown's AmeriTrust tower, Cleveland Trust Rotunda will house luxury hotel, apartments, Heinen's

CLEVELAND - A luxury hotel, apartments, Mediterranean restaurant, roof-top bar, grocery store and more is slated to open inside the former AmeriTrust tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda next year.

The complex called The 9 will feature The Metropolitan Hotel at The 9, high-end urban residences, The Adega restaurant, The Alex Theater, 12,000 feet of meeting and event space and a Heinen's grocery store and marketplace.

A rooftop bar and sun deck called Azure Sky, an indoor dog park, and a spa and fitness club are also slated to open inside the complex.

The 9 residences will feature more than 100 luxury apartments, one of 16 custom-designed sky suites with massive windows showcasing downtown Cleveland. All residences within The 9 will have access to The Metropolitan Hotel's guest services including housekeeping, 24-hour room service and valet parking.

"This is an important project for the City and we are fully supportive of it and its ability to redevelop the East 9th and Euclid area, which is an important corridor for the City of Cleveland,"  Cleveland economic development director Tracey Nichols wrote in an email Friday.

GEIS Companies, based in Streetsboro, has teamed up with Sandvick Architects to design the space.

"The 9 will be like no other hotel or residence in the city – or the country for that matter," said GEIS Companies Chief Executive Officer Greg Geis in a press release. "From the old bank vaults that we are turning into private dining areas and the magnificent Tiffany glass dome of the rotunda building, to the bellmen and intuitive technology that will recognize and anticipate our visitors' needs, The 9 will be a marquee destination that rivals anything in the country – but also celebrates what's great about Cleveland and its rich history."

The Metropolitan Hotel will be affiliated with Autograph Collection, Marriott International's collection of more than 50 independent hotels.

"The project was conceived by, and will be built by, Clevelanders for the benefit everyone who lives in the area or who comes to visit the city," said Geis. "The 9 will have one foot in Cleveland's past and one foot in the future."

The complex is slated to open in fall of 2014.

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