Owners of Westin Cleveland Downtown, already mired in FBI probe, face mortgage foreclosure lawsuit

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The owners of the Westin Cleveland Downtown – currently mired in an FBI investigation into whether they helped launder money through the purchase of real estate in the U.S. – are now facing a foreclosure lawsuit for the hotel.



a group of people standing in front of a building: The Westin Cleveland Downtown, seen here in a file photo.


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The Westin Cleveland Downtown, seen here in a file photo.

Optima 777 owes $35 million in the unpaid principal of a mortgage for the 484-room St. Clair Avenue hotel, as well as nearly $500,000 in interest and a $1.4 million late fee, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. The company obtained the loans from Cleveland International Fund of Cleveland Heights, a firm that connects foreign investors seeking residency in the U.S. with real estate development opportunities.

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Cleveland International Fund CEO Stephen Strnisha said in an interview Monday that Optima 777, which owns 95 percent of

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Cleveland, OH HUD Housing and Foreclosure Homes

09-25-2020

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3 br

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1710 sqft

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1167 sqft

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1160 sqft

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1525 sqft

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1586 sqft

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1899 sqft

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City of Cleveland expresses condolences for Daniel Ripepi, killed in Interstate 480 accident

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The city of Cleveland released a statement Friday evening on the passing of Daniel Ripepi, who died after an Interstate 480 highway sign collapsed on his truck Thursday morning.

A statement from Mayor Frank Jackson, Public Safety Director Karrie D. Howard and Police Chief Calvin Williams says Daniel Ripepi and his family have been “longstanding partners of the City of Cleveland, especially our safety force.”

The statement called A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes a well-respected business that has served residents in time of grief. Most recently, it accommodated Cleveland police in honoring its fallen detective, James Skernivitz, and donated money for Cleveland K9s to wear ballistic vests.

“Daniel C. Ripepi was instrumental in gifting our Cleveland Police canines with ballistic vest,” the statement says. “We offer our deepest sympathy to Daniel’s wife, Kristen, their children, the Ripepi family and all who knew and loved Daniel.”

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2012 Caterpillar 236B For Sale (20196249) from Cleveland Brothers [54] in Harrisburg, PA

Cab FOPS SAE J/ISO 3449 APR98 Level I and ISO3449:1992 Level I FOPS Level II SAE J/ISO 3449 APR98 Level II and ISO 3449:1992 Level II (optional) ROPS SAE J1040 MAY94 and ISO 3471:1994 Dimensions Bucket Pin Height – Carry Position 10 in (25 cm) Bucket Pin Height – Maximum Lift 10.20 ft (3 m) Bumper Overhang – Rear Axle 41 in (104 cm) Clearance at Max Lift and Dump 7.90 ft (2 m) Clearance at Maximum Lift and Dump 94 in (239 cm) Ground Clearance 9.30 in (24 cm) Height – Top of Cab 6.90 ft (2 m) Length – With Bucket on Ground 138 in (351 cm) Length – Without Bucket 110 in (279 cm) Length w/o Bucket 9.20 ft (3 m) Length with Bucket 11.60 ft (4 m) Maximum Overall Height 156 in (396 cm) Maximum Reach – With Arms Parallel 53 in (135 cm) Reach –
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