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Issue Date: December 2013

Suite Life: House Trends

Ten years ago, when we first put downtown living on our cover, apartments in the city center were clustered in the Warehouse District and on East Fourth and East 12th streets. Since then, apartments have sprung up in nearly every part of downtown, including PlayhouseSquare and the Campus District. Adaptive reuse — historic office buildings becoming apartments — drives the trend. Apartment conversions — some already available for rent, others under construction — line downtown's
main drags, Euclid Avenue and East Ninth Street.

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project runway

Historic buildings and new construction are getting dressed up as places to live.
East Ohio Gas Building 1717 E. Ninth St.,
JULY 2014: The 21-story former headquarters of East Ohio Gas, built in 1959, will be renamed the Residences at 1717 (after its address on East Ninth Street) and converted into 223 one- to two-bedroom apartments.
Ameritrust Tower 2017 E. Ninth St.,
Fall 2014: The former bank tower will become downtown's tallest residential high-rise, with apartments on floors 14 to 28 and a Marriott brand hotel on the lower floors.
Swetland Building 1010 Euclid Ave.,
Fall 2014: The other apartment building in the Ameritrust development, the historic Swetland will include a rooftop sun deck, and affordable housing for service workers employed at the complex.
Schofield Building 2000 E. Ninth St.,
Late 2014: The terra-cotta, Victorian-style brick building will be home to 55 luxury apartments and a 122-room Kimpton hotel with ground-level retail space and a restaurant.
Park and Southworth Building 2015 Ontario St.
Late 2014: A nearly $2 million historic preservation tax credit is transforming part of the Park Building and the adjacent Southworth Building into 34 apartments.
Truman Building 1030 Euclid Ave.,
Late 2014 or early 2015: The upper floors of this 1911 building are being remade into 26 apartments, which promise views of either Euclid Avenue or an outdoor terrace.
Flats East Bank West 10th Street,
Spring 2015: This 140-unit, waterfront residential complex will be just steps away from new restaurants, entertainment options, a health club, boardwalk and urban beach.
Worthington Building 621 Johnson Court,
To be announced: The century-old, former hardware warehouse is hoping to win tax credits for renovation into 75 for-rent apartments and 14 condominiums with 33,000 square feet of commercial retail space.

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