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Offline Clefan98

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Re: Cleveland: General Tower City Center developments thread
« Reply #60 on: December 12, 2011, 11:05:15 AM »
Not too mention the people I know from Vegas and AC that are excited to come to CLE for a weekend to check out the new casino.

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« Reply #61 on: December 12, 2011, 11:23:00 AM »
Not too mention the people I know from Vegas and AC that are excited to come to CLE for a weekend to check out the new casino.

Well maybe your high rolling friends will be able to shop at high roller stores if all of this talk about J.Crew, Banana Republic/Gap , and one year leases is true

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« Reply #62 on: December 12, 2011, 11:24:39 AM »
One comment I found interesting - back in grad school Albert Ratner came in & spoke about about downtown Cleveland development.  Someone asked if he would have gone ahead with buying Terminal Tower & Tower City buildout if he knew then what he knows now.  He didn't really say but it was obvious the deal has not been a money maker.  Makes me wonder how long FCE was willing to hold on to the property just hoping for something like this casino deal to come along....  obviously decades

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« Reply #63 on: December 12, 2011, 11:36:07 AM »
One comment I found interesting - back in grad school Albert Ratner came in & spoke about about downtown Cleveland development.  Someone asked if he would have gone ahead with buying Terminal Tower & Tower City buildout if he knew then what he knows now.  He didn't really say but it was obvious the deal has not been a money maker.  Makes me wonder how long FCE was willing to hold on to the property just hoping for something like this casino deal to come along....  obviously decades

Seeing how they just reported another loss and has sold a couple of properties to Rock Caesars, and they have been cutting The Avenue Mall hours steadily for the past couple of years, and they also haven't renovated the aging movie theater...I would say The Avenue mall is a yearly loss to them

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« Reply #64 on: December 12, 2011, 08:04:07 PM »
2 new bits of info!

My parents were staying at the Ritz Carton this weekend and one of the employees was showing them the skylight room (former Century). It's currently available for private use but he mentioned Dan Gilbert's purchase of the hotel and said its always a possibility that the space could be open again full time.

One of the shop owners is Tower City told them that there are big changes coming as far as TC goes, and that FC only allows them (and the majority of tenants) to sign month to month leases. I know there was discussion about lease lengths but I can't find it. I don't remember anyone mentioning a month to month basis before.

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« Reply #65 on: December 13, 2011, 10:07:22 AM »
I don't recall - is the Century the same space the Cleveland International Film Festival uses as a hospitality suite during the festival?

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« Reply #66 on: December 13, 2011, 10:18:21 AM »
Century was at the Ritz side, Prospect entrance to Tower City.     

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« Reply #67 on: December 13, 2011, 12:08:46 PM »
So that would be a yes then

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« Reply #68 on: December 13, 2011, 12:39:38 PM »
Just curious... I wonder how many people on this forum actually live in or near Cleveland? Just for my own curiosity...

I also wonder what makes many so sure that those who will come downtown to a casino,  from wherever, will come to shop too...and not just opt to go gamble, drink..eat...go home and continue their current shopping habits---that is, at least for those coming from suburbs who might be set in their ways.

Sure, I think it will certainly add some renewed interest, but I would not bank on it so confidently. I also like the idea of fostering more local and independent higher end places, like what JBorger suggested, in adding a place like Banyan Tree...instead of clone zoning the place with the typical line-up which does not really  set aside from the rest....or express much individual character of our city....in adding the typical chain of stores.

Some ok, but this needs to have the offering of the element of some different as well; the right mix to serve both residents in and near downtown and ones that will be appealing or a lure for outsides. Sure the whole downtown setting in itself is an attraction and an experience that is not had at the typical suburban mall... But a interesting and functional mix would be good.

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« Reply #69 on: December 13, 2011, 12:47:47 PM »
So that would be a yes then

If thats where the hospitality suite was located.   Oh and your welcome.

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« Reply #70 on: December 13, 2011, 12:59:48 PM »
Just curious... I wonder how many people on this forum actually live in or near Cleveland? Just for my own curiosity...

I also wonder what makes many so sure that those who will come downtown to a casino,  from wherever, will come to shop too...and not just opt to go gamble, drink..eat...go home and continue their current shopping habits---that is, at least for those coming from suburbs who might be set in their ways.

Sure, I think it will certainly add some renewed interest, but I would not bank on it so confidently. I also like the idea of fostering more local and independent higher end places, like what JBorger suggested, in adding a place like Banyan Tree...instead of clone zoning the place with the typical line-up which does not really  set aside from the rest....or express much individual character of our city....in adding the typical chain of stores.

Some ok, but this needs to have the offering of the element of some different as well; the right mix to serve both residents in and near downtown and ones that will be appealing or a lure for outsides. Sure the whole downtown setting in itself is an attraction and an experience that is not had at the typical suburban mall... But a interesting and functional mix would be good.

I would say those of us that post in the NE boards are here.  It's a Mall, there is a certain retail formula that is needed.  Banana Republic and the Gap will go in, but as long as there is J. Crew is there, but in another wing. 

If X department store comes, then x retailer will follow as long as they dont have a "store in store" for x retail and if X department store/anchor come, then X stores need to be placed with in that stores wing.  This is why there will be similar stores.  However, I've stated to do this, all stores entering must be flagship, this way they are the same retailers that you might find at other malls, but the in store merchandise mix is greater.  It's a shell game.

TC has to be a draw based on location and now that we have a growing downtown residential population even if a store cannot afford TC, there with other store fronts becoming available the gateways into TC will need retail.  To me on street/street level retail for residents should go.  Not inside TC.  A good example of this is North Bridge Mall in downtown Chicago.  Lots of residential needs in all directions.

If this doesn't work, I say make TC a middle of the road mall, then create a street level luxury district in the Warehouse district (think River North in Chicago; Walnut in Philly; Collins Ave. Miami Beach) with housing and lodging above.

As you say, there has to be the right mix.  I believe what we had before could work now.  As I've stated before, I think TC was ahead of the game when it opened and downtown Cleveland wasn't ready for it.  Now we have the infrastructure and residential population to support it along with events to bring in leisure visitors.

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« Reply #71 on: December 13, 2011, 01:39:25 PM »
For Tower City to be a successful draw, it needs national chains that aren't in the suburbs, or like I said, are only on one side of town. The big names will draw people in, and then the local stores can benefit off the foot traffic, if local stores are included. With a downtown population of about 6,817, downtown residents cant support these stores alone. Suburbs are crucial to the success of Tower City. Especially when that number includes section 8 and public housing, and homeless shelters. That number is more around 6,000 when you eliminate those(they wont be able to afford the high end stores.) Then how many of those remaining 6,000 will be able to afford higher end stores? Students are included in those numbers as well.

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« Reply #72 on: December 13, 2011, 02:04:05 PM »
For Tower City to be a successful draw, it needs national chains that aren't in the suburbs, or like I said, are only on one side of town. The big names will draw people in, and then the local stores can benefit off the foot traffic, if local stores are included. With a downtown population of about 6,817, downtown residents cant support these stores alone. Suburbs are crucial to the success of Tower City. Especially when that number includes section 8 and public housing, and homeless shelters. That number is more around 6,000 when you eliminate those(they wont be able to afford the high end stores.) Then how many of those remaining 6,000 will be able to afford higher end stores? Students are included in those numbers as well.


I thought the downtown residence was closer to 10,000?

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« Reply #73 on: December 13, 2011, 02:27:21 PM »
^the 10k figure includes prisoners and some public housing residents, so probably isn't what retailers are focusing on.  A big question to me is whether or not we should also count residents in close-in neighborhoods (Ohio City, Tremont, Detroit Shoreway, University Circle), where there's a growing yuppie population with money to spend.  Would these residents view downtown as their local/convenient shopping venue or would they continue to drive to suburban malls as they do now, where parking would be free and plentiful?  I hate even asking the question, but I'm curious what people think.

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« Reply #74 on: December 13, 2011, 02:32:54 PM »
I live in Lakewood.  I would definitely go shopping downtown over crocker if there were similar options. No doubt.

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« Reply #75 on: December 13, 2011, 02:36:25 PM »
For Tower City to be a successful draw, it needs national chains that aren't in the suburbs, or like I said, are only on one side of town. The big names will draw people in, and then the local stores can benefit off the foot traffic, if local stores are included. With a downtown population of about 6,817, downtown residents cant support these stores alone. Suburbs are crucial to the success of Tower City. Especially when that number includes section 8 and public housing, and homeless shelters. That number is more around 6,000 when you eliminate those(they wont be able to afford the high end stores.) Then how many of those remaining 6,000 will be able to afford higher end stores? Students are included in those numbers as well.

That is not necessarily true.  If a Flagship Banana Republic, J. Crew, Zara, Adidas, Victoria's Secret  etc. opens up in TC, it will be drastically different than the normal store at X mall.  New to the market stores will be a biger and more important draw, but a Flagship is a draw to a brand loyal customer.  You need that stable bases of known brands in the merchandise mix with upscale.  We also need a home decor Williams Sonoma, Crate & Barrel or at least a Pottery Barn and CB2.

With a downtown population of about 6,817, downtown residents cant support these stores alone. Suburbs are crucial to the success of Tower City. Especially when that number includes section 8 and public housing, and homeless shelters. That number is more around 6,000 when you eliminate those(they wont be able to afford the high end stores.) Then how many of those remaining 6,000 will be able to afford higher end stores? Students are included in those numbers as well.

We always  look at the magical 25k mark, but we also need to look at the 2 mile radius.  Downtown proper, OC, D-S, Sterling Payne/AsiaTown/CSU have all grown.  Those folks will no longer need to travel outside Cleveland proper to shop. In addition to retail workers, it will bring in other jobs  and ancillary jobs.  Workers need to eat and not everyone will want to eat inside.

I'll go back to history, when the Galleria opened, it hit Beachwood, Severance & Randall.  Then TC opened, it dealt Beachwood and Randall severe blows and killed the Galleria.  Beachwood was a 2nd thought.  Granted TC had a too big to fail mentality.  As stores in the Galleria moved to TC (example Banana Republic - The Galleria BR was the first of the original BR to be built in Ohio.  Ironically the BR in TC was the first to be built in the new contemporary schematic), TC killed the Galleria. 

People, shopping tours would pour into TC.  You couldn't walk in TC on weekend.  If there was a game...OMG, forget about it.  Back then you had TC and PHS with nothing in between.  May Co and Higbee's had been reduced to shells of themselves.  TC was like a casino at that time.  Suck everyone and everything in off the streets into TC.

Today, in downtown Cleveland, there is more to see and do, back then you didn't have East 4th, the Warehouse District, The EB (as it appealed to a different customer) and the TC/TT complex itself will have new growth that connects to neighborhoods on all sides.

This "revamped" TC will be more than just a mall and wont have the power to suck everyone in off the street as the adjacent neighborhood, not districts, are much more stable and one compliments the other.

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« Reply #76 on: December 13, 2011, 02:43:19 PM »
For Tower City to be a successful draw, it needs national chains that aren't in the suburbs, or like I said, are only on one side of town. The big names will draw people in, and then the local stores can benefit off the foot traffic, if local stores are included. With a downtown population of about 6,817, downtown residents cant support these stores alone. Suburbs are crucial to the success of Tower City. Especially when that number includes section 8 and public housing, and homeless shelters. That number is more around 6,000 when you eliminate those(they wont be able to afford the high end stores.) Then how many of those remaining 6,000 will be able to afford higher end stores? Students are included in those numbers as well.


I thought the downtown residence was closer to 10,000?


Yes you will often hear the 10,000 figure because pure population numbers are around 9471. Remove the 2000+ prisoners and the homeless shelter population, and you get that 6,817 number I posted. And as I said early even a good chunk of that number is public housing residents, who as StrapHanger posted, probably aren't the focus of the national high end retailers.

And since people love to round up you will also hear 12,000 by others. This is from people who include the West Bank of the flats, which I dont believe is downtown, and is not that walkable to downtown. With the West Bank included the number is around 11,693. The majority of the 2000+ flats residents come from Lakeview Terrace, which are again, not major retailers focus.

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« Reply #77 on: December 13, 2011, 05:07:04 PM »
I also wonder what makes many so sure that those who will come downtown to a casino,  from wherever, will come to shop too...

Here's what I can say I am reasonably sure of.  I am reasonably sure that the casino will bring many people downtown who would not otherwise come downtown.  I am reasonably sure that a portion of that crowd will not set foot in another downtown establishment while visiting the casino.  I am reasonably sure that the other portion of that crowd will patronize the downtown shops since they are already there.  How it divides, I don't know.  But I do know it will result in a net positive for downtown businesses in terms of what they need more than anything else - foot traffic


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« Reply #78 on: December 13, 2011, 05:17:49 PM »
^I think the fact that Tower City and the casino will effectively be under the same roof will also help.  There are surely some visitors who will be unwilling to navigate unfamiliar streets or expose themselves to crap weather, but who are perfectly willing to follow corridor signs to Tower City Shopping.

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« Reply #79 on: December 13, 2011, 07:02:55 PM »
Some casino visitors will also be visiting in conjunction with a trip to the Q for a game or concert. In the winter, going through the gerbil tube is going to be preferred; that will expose them to Tower City, too.

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« Reply #80 on: December 13, 2011, 08:51:37 PM »
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/12/lots_to_be_done_at_higbee_befo.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

wow, this video shows its connectivity to tower city, I know it's stupid but I didn't realize it would open directly into tower city, I feel like that's huge

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« Reply #81 on: December 14, 2011, 04:28:19 AM »
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/12/lots_to_be_done_at_higbee_befo.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

wow, this video shows its connectivity to tower city, I know it's stupid but I didn't realize it would open directly into tower city, I feel like that's huge

Higbee's has always opened up into Tower City.  They are using the existing entrances to/from TC.

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« Reply #82 on: December 14, 2011, 05:58:41 PM »
If Tower City can re-create this level of interest or even something close I will be ecstatic! Even though that may be wishful thinking its still possible...But Cleveland needs these store back in the mall especially stores like the Disney Store, and the WB store it creates something that you won't find often at other malls......Here's hoping!!!  :-D




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« Reply #83 on: December 14, 2011, 07:00:15 PM »
How funny, I just saw that.  Here is the first part:
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« Reply #84 on: December 22, 2011, 09:08:43 PM »
If Tower City can re-create this level of interest or even something close I will be ecstatic! Even though that may be wishful thinking its still possible...But Cleveland needs these store back in the mall especially stores like the Disney Store, and the WB store it creates something that you won't find often at other malls......Here's hoping!!!  ;D





Considering the Disney Store is no longer owned by Disney and the WB store no long exist, outside of China

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« Reply #85 on: December 22, 2011, 10:24:35 PM »
dang...love the videos!

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« Reply #86 on: December 22, 2011, 11:33:32 PM »
what was life like without youtube

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« Reply #87 on: December 23, 2011, 03:42:04 AM »
^I don't have this Gucci view of the typical casino patron...more cargo short, baseball caps and little old ladies in Sears pant suits.

That's a bit heavy on the stereotyping.  Have you been to a casino?  There's usually a sizable upscale contingent along with the little old ladies.  And retail attached to casinos is usually more upscale than what's at Tower City right now.

Honestly even though I said we need high end retail for Casino goers....downtown shopping ANYWHERE needs to be upscale

Ideally, yes.  That's why I'm not sure this "outlet" plan is really the way to go.  Downtown Cleveland should not be trying to emulate Lodi or Grove City.

I think an outlet sort of mall would be another draw to the area. "Higher end" sort of place - not the usual Gap outlet strip mall sorts of stores.

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« Reply #88 on: December 23, 2011, 03:48:57 AM »
Never. I do most of my shopping for clothes at Target and Kohl's -- or if I'm really hurting financially, I just wait for Christmas and birthdays for new duds.

I'm not trying to call anyone out on their financial status, but it gets to my point, we're asking for stores/business in Downtown Cleveland/TC for what exact reason?  Just because some other city has them?  We all know that some cities are subsidizing retail outlets.  Just to say we have them?

I would love to have Prada, Gucci, YSL, Ungaro, Burbery, etc.  BUT.....Why have these stores, if people cannot afford or want to shop at them?  Its the same thing as certain OU crying for skyscrapers, knowing we don't the occupancy level to warrant new commercial towers nor people willing to pay an upmarket residential price point without the amenities in Downtown.

For those ripping TC for having not so special stores, talk!

If TC want to evolve with the rest of downtown, I firmly believe they will need a mall manager or at-least bring in a team of people that have previous mall management experience to solely run TC.

I agree. The stores need to be something that have both an attraction factor for people coming to the casino or the convention center AND an every day attraction for people who live in the city and nearby neighborhoods to go to for routine purchases.

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« Reply #89 on: December 23, 2011, 08:38:51 AM »
^I don't have this Gucci view of the typical casino patron...more cargo short, baseball caps and little old ladies in Sears pant suits.

That's a bit heavy on the stereotyping.  Have you been to a casino?  There's usually a sizable upscale contingent along with the little old ladies.  And retail attached to casinos is usually more upscale than what's at Tower City right now.

Honestly even though I said we need high end retail for Casino goers....downtown shopping ANYWHERE needs to be upscale

Ideally, yes.  That's why I'm not sure this "outlet" plan is really the way to go.  Downtown Cleveland should not be trying to emulate Lodi or Grove City.

I think an outlet sort of mall would be another draw to the area. "Higher end" sort of place - not the usual Gap outlet strip mall sorts of stores.

I'd rather have a 'regular' mall in TC (maybe with a few specialty shops), and the 'higher end' stuff out on Euclid, as others have recommended. BUT...if you're going outlet mall concept, there's Lodi, and then there's  Woodbury Commons. Do it that way, and you have yourself a gen-u-ine tourist destination
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