For more news about the Medical Mart project -- which the Cuyahoga County commissioners are expected to approve tomorrow -- check out these two articles from MedCity News, a new website about Cleveland's medical industry produced by former Plain Dealer reporters Chris Seper and Mary Vanac.
Seper's interview with MMPI vice-president Mark Falanga highlights the fact that the Medical Mart is an untried concept. Seper asks about the clause that lets the county back out if MMPI can't book enough showrooms and trade shows. "We all want to know if this is viable," Falanga tells him. "If we don’t get these commitments, that tells us something else, and we need to step back and re-evaluate."
MedCity News has also done the best article on what merchandise will likely be displayed in the Medical Mart: "Medical Mart backers see furniture first -- but something greater down the line." It quotes four prospective showroom tenants or convention organizers. One, Hyland Software, is interested; the other three are carefully noncommittal.