Usually on a frigid Cleveland day, the seagulls have The Flats to themselves. But not any more.
The construction work on the project called Flats East Bank is really heating up.
"We're having a lot of fun in the flats and we can't wait for everyone in cleveland to join us," Harley Cohen said.
In 2 years, Harley Cohen has seen the project go from the drawing board to boards in place. Despite a setback due to damage from Superstorm Sandy, the workers are putting in the extra time to finish on time, starting with the outside.
"Our building façade is completed in both the tower and the hotel and the tenants are building out their space as we speak. Restaurant projects are just about set to begin," Cohen said.
We climbed in the elevator and took a ride up to the fifth floor to see the progress on some of the 150 rooms for the Aloft hotel. The desks are in, the showers are almost done, and the views are already in place
And for the future of cleveland, the sky's the limit.
"This is the anchor of Cleveland. It's at the corner of Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie which is the center of where eveything began and this is where we'll start the new renaissance for sure," Cohen said.
There is still lots of work to do on the inside, but the plan is still to have the grand opening for later this spring.
That's when the invitation goes out to the world to come and see the best of what Cleveland has to offer.