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Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

The Independence Technology Center was originally developed in 1957 as the Republic Steel Research Center. It was conceived as the "state of the art" center for steel research.

ITC offers a holistic, one-of-a kind commercial property that encompasses a variety of commercial uses under one roof: the largest contiguous block of office space in Northeast Ohio, research and development space, high bay warehouse, dining facilities, and an abundance of outdoor space for activation nestled among 40 acres of wooded forest (of which 10 can be used for future development). Located in the most central commercial real estate submarket in Northeast Ohio, ITC was originally built in 1957 for Republic Steel’s Research and Development Headquarters. ITC has since been renovated and expanded on three occasions: 2003 (complete building renovation), 2008 (building addition for CCF), and 2012 (building addition for CCF). The additions and renovations were built and designed to meet the first-class standards of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and their various user groups. The ITC campus includes ample free surface parking spaces (1,800), a beautiful wooded outdoor plaza, large cafeteria space, fitness center, and extensive conference facilities throughout the building. Finally, the ITC is surrounded by National Park property complete with a Hemlock Trail through the property connecting to the Ohio Canalway Trail.


Property Summary​

Building Size 306,000 gross square feet

Lot Size 47.43 acres

Building Constructed 1957

Original Architect Austin Company​


All New Building Systems

Energy Efficient Geothermal HVAC

New Building Management System

New Electrical Distribution in the Building

New Emergency Generator for Back Up Power

New Plumbing Supply, Storm and Sanitary Waste Water Systems

New Building Fire Protection and Sprinkler Systems

New FiberOptic Data and Communication Systems

High Ceilings, 12' available

1800 Parking Spaces

On Site Building Management

Shared Conference Facilities


Lease Terms

Lease Rate is negotiable based upon buildout requirements

Space is available within 10 weeks from completion of drawings

The History of The Independence Technology Center

The Republic Steel Corporation, founded in 1930 through the amalgamation of several steel companies, became the 5th-largest steel producer in the U.S. by the time of its merger with LTV Steel in 1984. Led by President Tom Girdler, Republic faced financial challenges during the Great Depression but stabilized by acquiring major steel firms. The company grew postwar, opening a research center in 1959 and investing heavily in modernization during the 1960s. However, Republic struggled in the 1970s due to increased competition from foreign producers, diversifying into shipping, petroleum, insurance, and aviation industries. By 1982, its share of the U.S. steel market had declined to 7%. To counter losses, Republic closed older plants in 1981-83, laid off workers, and sought a merger partner. In 1984, it merged with Jones & Laughlin Steel to form the LTV Steel division of LTV Corp.

Source: Case Western Reserve University

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