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One Cleveland Center is the fifth tallest skyscraper located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, following Erieview Tower. The building has 31 stories, rises to a height of 450.01 feet (137.16 m), and is located at 1375 East 9th Street. It has about 530,014 square feet (49,239.9 m2) of office space. It was purchased on May 15, 2008 for $86.3 million by Optima International LLC,[1] a Miami-based real estate investment firm led by Chaim Schochet and 2/3rd owned by the Privat Group, one of Ukraine's largest business and banking groups.[2]

One Cleveland Center
One Cleveland Center
One Cleveland Center is located in Ohio
One Cleveland Center
One Cleveland Center
Alternative namesMedical Mutual Building
General information
Architectural styleModernism
Address1375 East 9th Street
Town or cityCleveland, Ohio
Coordinates41°30′13″N 81°41′21″W / 41.50361°N 81.68917°W / 41.50361; -81.68917Coordinates: 41°30′13″N 81°41′21″W / 41.50361°N 81.68917°W / 41.50361; -81.68917
GroundbreakingOctober 30, 1980 (1980-10-30)
Completed1983 (1983)
Renovated1995 (1995)
2011 (2011)
OwnerOptima Management Group
Height450.01 feet (137.16 m)
Technical details
Floor count31
Floor area19,200 square feet (1,780 m2)
Grounds530,014 square feet (49,239.9 m2)
Design and construction
Architecture firmThe Stubbins Associates, Inc.
DeveloperThe Galbreath Company
Structural engineerLeMessurier Consultants
Main contractorTurner Construction
Renovating team
ArchitectWestlake Reed and Leskosky
Other information
Number of restaurants1
ParkingGarage - 1,100 spaces


Design and historyEdit

Designed by KlingStubbins, One Cleveland Center has an angular, "silver chisel" design similar to that of New York City's Citigroup Center. The land the tower was built on was intended to be part of the I. M. Pei Erieview urban renewal plan. The site was cleared in 1963 but was not developed and was used as a parking lot. It was sold to Medical Mutual by John W. Galbreath in 1979 to develop a "people oriented" office building. Ground was broken on October 30, 1980, and construction was completed in 1983. The tower's base is structured into a five-story glass garden atrium. It also houses a fitness center on the top two floors of the contiguous parking structure, and a 400-seat conference center named the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Conference Center.

One Cleveland Center also uses Citigroup Center-style diagonal trusses. During construction of One Cleveland Center, the trusses were added to make the One Cleveland Center more rigid and able to handle Cleveland's sometimes windy downtown conditions, especially in the winter months. One Cleveland Center also uses Citigroup Center-style skin. The Trusses can be seen at night when the building is lit up.

In 2003, CNBC reported from One Cleveland Center about an investment banker named Frank Gruttadauria. Gruttadauria worked for Lehman Brothers at their Cleveland Offices, which are based at One Cleveland Center. Gruttadauria was charged with embezzlement of investment funds from the Fazio family who at one time owned a Cleveland-area chain of grocery stores.[3] He served some time in Federal jail until his release in 2009.[4]


In 2009, it was announced that the plaza and landscaping of One Cleveland Center were to be renovated.[5] Construction began in August 2009 when crews demolished the original 1983 designed plaza. In addition to the outdoor plaza, the 1983 lobby will also be renovated with new flooring, a new canopy entrance, and amenities such as an LCD display televisions and a news ticker in the lobby. Westlake Reed and Leskosky is main architect for the renovation of the lobby. It should be completed in time for the upcoming 2016 Republican National Convention.[6]


  • Bellwether Enterprise: Commercial Mortgage Banking[7]
  • Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Grant Thornton LLP—Accounting Firm
  • KPMG LLP—Accounting Firm
  • Merrill Lynch-Investment Firm
  • PNC-Bank Branch
  • Sun Life Financial—Financial Services
  • Whole Health Management Inc.(Walgreens Inc.)
  • Cleveland Research Company

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ McFee, Michelle Jarboe (May 16, 2008). "One Cleveland Center sold for $86 million". The Plain Dealer. - Cleveland Live LLC. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  2. ^ Cleveland Plain Dealer: "The most important guy you've never heard of: Chaim Schochet, 25, builds downtown Cleveland empire" By Michelle Jarboe McFee February 04, 2012
  3. ^ Sims, Damon (22 January 2009). "Frank Gruttadauria, convicted of stealing millions, arrested on probation violation". Northeast Ohio Media Group. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  4. ^ Krouse, Peter (27 July 2009). "Frank Gruttadauria released from prison; hoping for fresh start". The Plains Dealer. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Public Square". Downtown Cleveland Alliance. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  6. ^ Litt, Steven (7 March 2015). "Public Square renovation starting Monday signals a paradigm shift for public space in Cleveland". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Commercial Mortgage Banking Companies in Cleveland, Ohio". Retrieved 14 January 2019.

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