(Cleveland) - The new Cuyahoga County administrative headquarters opened Tuesday afternoon at East 9th and Prospect, in the old Ameritrust complex.
The new HQ will be the home of most of the county's 600 employees. Many are already moving in. The transition will continue for the next several weeks.
County Director of Public Works Bonnie Teeuwen says the entire project cost about $80 million to complete, with the Geis construction company providing $11 million for improvements.
Geis Companies will continue to own the building, with Cuyahoga County leasing space for around $6 million a year.
Teeuwen claims the county will save money because leases on old buildings will be ended, and the county will sell off other structures it owns.
Bonnie Teeuwen, Director of Public Works
Departments moving into the new HQ include: county council, the executive's office, public safety, public works, human resources, fiscal, development, the planning commission, information technology, and others.
Also under construction in the complex is a project called "The 9", which will feature luxury apartments, a hotel, and a new Heinen's grocery store. Work on that project is expected to be completed in August.
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