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CLEVELAND - Cleveland is undergoing a major makeover with the new Horseshoe Casino Cleveland giving the city a facelift of sorts.
"The casino is an important event, but it is a piece of the puzzle. It's not the entire puzzle. We have to make certain we keep it in the right perspective," said Dr. Ned Hill. Hill is the Dean of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. He is an expert in city planning.
Hill said he believes downtown Cleveland as a home and neighborhood will spur development.
"That is what is going to be driving the next big stage of Cleveland and making certain we've got the amenities that people want, who are living here," he said. Hill said right now there are 10,000 people living in downtown Cleveland.
"As important as the casino will remain and convention center will be, the river will be driving an awful lot. So alternatives and choices for people of all kinds of different tastes," Hill said.
There is currently more than $6 billion in new developments taking place in Cleveland, including the Medical Mart and the Flats East Bank. Both are slated to open in 2013.
"You're seeing the renovation of the hotels over by where the convention center's going to go. You are seeing interest in the school board building as a hotel and all of that is part of the notion of visitors," Hill said.
Hill said 96 percent of apartments in downtown Cleveland are full and that developers now want to do apartment development conversions.
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