East 55th and St. Clair Avenue fast becoming an up-and-coming Cleveland neighborhood

Posted at 3:08 PM, Feb 28, 2017

Although it's one of Cleveland's busiest intersections, the East 55th and St. Clair area was downtrodden with vacant storefronts and vacant buildings for years.

Now, new development is breathing new life into this area development plan, dubbed Hub 55, giving people a reason to stop and look around.

The neighborhood is carving a niche.

"Rick Semersky, who is the owner of Hub 55, he has roots in the neighborhood and basically made it his goal to revitalize this area, and we're starting it with food," said Hub 55 General Manager Eric Anderson.

Anderson is also General Manager of the neighborhood mainstay Sterle's Country Place.

The owner of Sterle's opened Cafe 55, grab and go prepared foods for those in a rush.

Also new: the sprawling Taproom and Goldhorn Brewery.

The first floor of the empty Lakeshore Bank building could be turned into a restaurant.

Office space on the second floor is already sold out.

"it's really interesting and exciting to see what the neighborhood can become,” Anderson said.

The area around East 55th and St. Clair was recently named the best community development area in the city.