Ameritrust Tower and Cleveland Trust Rotunda give tour of renovation's progress

CLEVELAND - The Ameritrust Tower and the Cleveland Trust Rotunda is in the process of getting a major facelift and renovation.

Located at the corner of East 9th Street and Euclid Avenue, the buildings are being transformed into a modern-meets-historical luxury hotel called The Metropolitan Hotel at The 9, a high-end urban residence. It will open in the fall of 2014.

Also slated to be housed in the complex is the Adega restaurant, featuring modern Mediterranean cuisine with downtown's largest outdoor dining area, a theater called The Alex, a banquet room near the vault, 12,000 feet of meeting and event space, an art gallery and a Heinen's grocery store.

The complex will be setting a few records once it is complete. For instance, the Alex theater will use cutting-edge technology in the form of 3D image projection, the first in Cleveland. It will alos house the tallest residential building in Cleveland and the outdoor patio will be the city's largest.

The men in charge are the Geis brothers, Greg and Fred, co-owners of Geis Companies. They are very proud and thrilled that their prized dream for Cleveland is coming to fruition.

"Having the ability to participate and make it happen is something that our organization embraced," Greg Geis said. "And we're doing it because we want it to be an iconic property for 100 years from today. So we've taken a long-term approach to the vision and have invested and we put our money where our mouth is."

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