Those visiting Horseshoe Casino Cleveland after the winter holidays will be able to leave their coats in their car if they choose.
Construction will soon begin on a new walkway connecting the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland with its valet and self-parking garage.
"This pedestrian bridge will add a much-needed convenience when they enter the casino going forward," said Marcus Glover, the general manager of Horseshoe Casino.
The 175 foot, glass enclosed skywalk will stretch diagonally over the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Ontario Street and an ODOT approved height of 16 feet, 6 inches.
"That will be awesome," said Ben Weaver, who was heading to the casino Friday.
"I'm all for it," said Jack Serota, a Cleveland resident.
Rock Ohio Caesars purchased the Higbee Building from Forest City last month clearing the way for the walkway to be built.
Guest lobbies will be created on each side of the walkway providing services such as coat check and scooter and wheelchair rental.
The casino had long argued the walkway was needed to improve customer access to the building, especially during the winter months when customers not taking the casino offered shuttle were forced to cross the street in the elements.
"The walkway answers the call of our guests, who have requested a more convenient way to access the casino without crossing busy streets or braving harsh weather," said Horseshoe's senior vice president and general manager.
Some business owners worried about the impact the decreased street level foot traffic might have on their business, while others have expressed concerns over the aesthetic impact of having a walkway jutting out of the historic Higbee.
But NewsChannel 5 spoke to two nearby businesses Friday who welcome the walkway.
"The destination may be the casino, however they're still going to want to go out and get a few drinks and get something to eat hopefully somewhere else," said Jon Goerig, manager of Flannery's Pub on Prospect and 4th St., three blocks from the casino.
"Most of the business we see here, we get them after they've done their gambling," said Jennifer Harkness, manager of Ontario St. Cafe, which is located across the street from the casino.
Come October, work will require the weekend closing of the intersection to allow for the construction, an area that at times will stretch along Prospect from East 4th Street to West 2nd and on Ontario from Public Square to Huron Street.
In addition through December, there will be partial lane closures in the area from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.