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Developer moving forward with building the country's tallest wooden building in Ohio City

View of construction for the country's tallest building in Ohio City.
Posted at 7:56 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 08:02:15-04

CLEVELAND — A developer is moving ahead with an ambitious project in Cleveland to create the country’s tallest wooden building. The nine-story building, dubbed Intro, will include 298 apartments, retail space and an event venue located in the bustling area of Ohio City, according to an article from the Wall Street Journal.

Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors LLC in Chicago hopes the new building will become a blueprint for others. The company hopes to finish construction by the first quarter in 2022.

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However, the construction of this building hasn’t been met without its challenges. The supply of timber hasn’t kept up with the demand. For the Ohio City building, the wooden beams and floors are manufactured in Austria and will be shipped to Cleveland by boat.

The trend of wood construction is still rare, but it’s becoming popular, according to WSJ. If done right, the wood emits about half as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as the production of steel and concrete.

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