(Cleveland) - Crews will begin demolishing the hold Cuyahoga County Administration Building on Monday.

 The structure at Lakeside and Ontario is to be replaced by a new Hilton Hotel. Company vice president Ted Ratcliff says the hotel will mostly provide lodging for visitors to the convention center next door and will have at least 600 rooms.

 The hotel will boast approximately 55,000 square feet of meeting space, a full-service restaurant, lobby bar and recreation facilities that will include an indoor pool and fitness center. The new hotel is expected to open in 2016.

 The office building was vacated by the county last year. All the debris is to be cleared away by March so construction can begin.

 Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald will be on site when the wrecking ball begins to swing at around 9am.

 In a statement earlier FitzGerald said, "Close to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and FirstEnergy Stadium, we look forward to this hotel connecting our growing set of assets in downtown Cleveland. The hotel stands to be the flagship of our Convention Center complex and we are thrilled to be working with Hilton Worldwide to bring that vision to life.”

 The County's old Administration building, which was first constructed in 1955, will be replaced with the new County Administration Headquarters that opens in July 2014.


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