About 20 percent of the Cuyahoga County-owned, four-story glass building — formerly called the medical mart — remains empty.Colliers was contracted as a consultant to help recruit new tenants (and they only get paid when they secure contracts), but in the year since they were enlisted the 20-percent vacancy hasn't changed. Hillow, who makes $120,000 a year, a salary picked up by the county, told Cleveland.com that some of the vacant space on the second floor will be turned into conference rooms.
Officials are excited about an Au Bon Pain expansion and a new Starbucks and UPS store, instead.
The new plan is to lure customers of those businesses into the soaring atrium for coffee or lunch. Vacant space on the second floor will be transformed into overflow conference rooms for the attached convention center or adjoining Hilton Hotel.
Officials also plan to alter a large space for healthcare startups into leased spaces for entrepreneurs.
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