CLEVELAND -- The City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County are moving full speed ahead on a plan that leaders say will connect all of Cleveland's attractions to its lakefront.
Mayor Frank Jackson and County Executive Ed FitzGerald held a joint news conference this morning. FitzGerald described the projects as going from the front door of the Horseshoe Casino to the water's edge of Lake Erie.
FitzGerald then announced part of the plan which includes a 600-room hotel to be built on the current County Administration building site near the new convention center. That part of the project alone carries a price tag of $260 million. FitzGerald says no new taxes will be needed to fund the project .
The hotel, which would become the city's largest so far, would help put the city in line for landing major events including the 2016 Republican and Democratic conventions. The hotel is expected to be completed in spring 2016.
Mayor Jackson then announced additional portions of the plan including the construction of a pedestrian bridge to connect downtown to the lakefront. The city is applying for $17 million from the federal government to put towards the bridge. But with or without the federal money, Jackson says the bridge is going to be built.
The entire price tag for the projects together totals about $360 million said FitzGerald.
The projects build on the momentum from the existing casino and the new convention center and medical mart which will open next month.
"The best plan is the one you're doing, not the one you're thinking about," said Mayor Jackson.
FitzGerald says the plan is "Fulfilling the dream of connecting the lakefront to the life of the city."