Magazine article Journal of Property Management

On Solid Ground: Cleveland's Landmark Maintains Vitality for More Than 75 Years

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

On Solid Ground: Cleveland's Landmark Maintains Vitality for More Than 75 Years

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Tall and majestic, and built atop the nation's first underground rail station, Terminal Tower represented Cleveland's vitality when built in the 1930s.

More than 75 years later, the building still embodies the city's history and culture and serves as a vibrant city within a city--one of the largest mixed-use developments in the nation--just like its developers, the Van Sweringen brothers, intended.

Terminal Tower--part of Tower City Center--boasts 580,000 square feet of retail shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as office space housing law firms, investment firms and major corporations. It is located on the city's public square, which serves as downtown Cleveland's business, transportation and retail hub.

Since the 1890s, Cleveland has been a major port on the Great Lakes, and railroads have served the city and the port. Well ahead of their time, the Van Sweringen brothers built the tower above two commuter rail lines to accommodate the many trains the railroad lines brought into the city.

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The commuter lines are in use today, and the tower serves as a prominent transportation center and a gateway to the city. While the Van Sweringen brothers are credited with transforming the face of downtown Cleveland, they are also famous for developing elegant eastern suburban areas like Shaker Heights.

"The Van Sweringen brothers developed the Terminal Tower as the city of the future in keeping with the luxury found in the Pullman train cars," said Stephen Bir, a Terminal Tower property manager from Forest City Commercial Management Inc. …

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