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The 9: Bringing pride and prestige back to East 9th St.

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

It sat empty for more than a decade and now the old Ameritrust Tower in downtown Cleveland is set to be transformed into a building of luxury.

19 Action News Reporter Brian Duffy got a glimpse inside the multi-million dollar project. 

The views of the city from what will be luxury apartments in The Metropolitan are beautiful and set to be occupied next fall.

100 luxury apartments will take over the top floors of the former Ameritrust Tower.  The units are marketed to those willing to pay for upscale downtown living.

"So people when their kids go off to college and want to sell their house in Shaker Heights and they want to be part of the reorganization, they can come here to The 9," says Greg Geis of the Geis Companies.

We're told the lower floors of the tower will include 156 luxury boutique hotel rooms and we got a look at plans for what the lobby will look like in about a year.

The public has not been inside since 1991 and two floors will be transformed into a Heinen's Fine Foods.

There are seven massive vaults in the basement of the rotunda and the Geis Brothers plan is to redevelop the area into an incredible multi-purpose use space.

Private dining in the vaults and a massive ballroom will be built around the vaults.  The vision is to turn an embarrassing dead zone into what could be the bustling heart of the city.

"So we're here to exorcise the demons of the past and breathe new life into this iconic property," says Greg Geis.

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