An empty Jacobs Lot on Public Square in downtown Cleveland greeted pedestrians, motorists and homeless people on the November 16th morning. Instead, there was supposed to be a large tent set up on this lot for a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the official start of construction of Sherwin-Williams’ new global headquarters.
This day was to be the day that VIPs and media would record for posterity the official start of construction on Sherwin-Williams’ (SHW) new $300-plus million global headquarters. However, that celebration is going to have to wait for another day.
“Due to scheduling conflicts, the HQ groundbreaking event will not take place today,” said Julie Young, SHW’s vice president of global corporate communications, in an e-mail to NEOtrans. “A new event date has not been finalized.”
She would not comment on the specific cause of the scheduling conflict. There are several potential reasons why golden shovels won’t be turning over some ceremonial dirt as originally scheduled.
On Oct. 12, 2021, and at the direction of Sherwin-Williams (SHW), Lasting Impressions Event Rental of Bedford Heights submitted a large permit application to the city of Cleveland’s Building and Housing Department for setting up two tents, a stage, media riser, toilet trailer, plus parking areas for VIPs and media on the 1.17-acre “Jacobs Lot” just west of downtown Cleveland’s Public Square.
This and many other documents will likely have to be resubmitted to the city’s Building and Housing Department for review and approval for a rescheduled groundbreaking.
But final approval for setting up an enclosed ceremonial tent of this size — 20 meters by 35 meters (about 60 x 105 feet) — rests with the State Fire Marshall. That typically happens the day before the tent is set up, which in this case was to be Friday, Nov. 12.
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