With High Expectations, Medical Mart Breaks Ground in Cleveland

Ohio Governor John Kasich at the Medical Mart Groundbreaking (photo: Dan Bobkoff)

After years of wrangling and controversy, Cleveland’s planned Medical Mart and Convention Center broke ground today. Actually, construction started a couple of weeks ago, but today was the day the big names came to ceremonially stick shovels in the ground. The project has been controversial for years, and some wonder if it will live up to promises of making Cleveland known as a medical industry hot-spot. It’s supposed to be a big economic driver. The Medical Mart will be run by Chicago-based Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

Listen to a story about the groundbreaking produced for Cleveland partner WCPN:

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Listen to the story for our Chicago audience at WBEZ:

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A construction worker watches the groundbreaking. The project will boost construction jobs in the region. (photo: Dan Bobkoff)
A rendering of the Medical Mart in Cleveland. (Merchandise Mart Properties)

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