Twisted metal gleams. Rods drip with icicles, frozen with water construction crews sprayed to keep down the dust. Concrete that once housed Cuyahoga County offices is piled into mountains.
More than 95 percent of the rubble will be recycled or reused, as the Ontario Street lot becomes a four-story showplace of medical technology. As part of the county's taxpayer-financed project, the medical mart will connect to an L-shaped convention center beneath Malls B and C.
The downtown malls, now, look like a kids' sandbox come to life, with trucks and demolition equipment.
On the bluff overlooking Lake Erie, crews have begun demolishing the roof of the old convenvention center. On the other side of Lakeside Avenue, crews are drilling dinner plate-sized holes 150 feet into the ground, so that caissons can be installed.
More than 200 workers are on site. More than a third are members of a small business enterprise.
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