New Development Options all over Lorain

Lorain Harbor could look drastically in the coming years!  The Bartlett Maritime Plan™ announced in February 2022 that it hopes to create 2,000-3,000 new jobs in Lorain with the building of a submarine dry dock the U.S. Navy. Look ahead to the possible future for Lorain Harbor and read the full article here: 

In May, Ohio political leaders came together to express support for proposed development. Read the full article here: 

Colorado Avenue Industrial Park sees potential development in Lorain

LORAIN — The Colorado Avenue Industrial Park has an interested buyer.

On the city’s east side bordering the Black River, the city owns almost 200 acres of property developed to create an industrial parkway along River Industrial Park Road, which is normally blocked with large concrete barricades. Often the site of cleanups in the summer, it could soon be home to a cold food storage.

Tom Brown, executive director of the Lorain Port Authority, said the deal is something he and the city have been working on for quite some time. The developer, Karis Capital, is making a roughly $35 million investment into the property. It is interested in buying several parcels and is willing to commit to creating 100 jobs with a payroll in excess of $4 million — meaning an income tax revenue for the city of about $105,000.

Councilwoman Beth Henley, D-Ward 1, said it was probably the best thing that has happened in her ward in a quarter-century. Known often as the “road to nowhere,” she hoped the development would spur further investment in the city.

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Lorain Ariel on Broadway cuts ribbon to spark rebirth in downtown

Lorain Ariel on Broadway cuts ribbon to spark rebirth in downtown

The Ariel on Broadway hotel and event complex is a new spark in the continuing rebirth of downtown Lorain, local officials said.

The partners of Ariel Ventures LLC welcomed local, state and federal officials for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony March 2.

The event center already has hosted various public gatherings and the 56-room hotel is expected to open in coming days, once its reservation system is ready.

Developer Radhika Reddy was flanked by her business partners, Irene Zawadiwsky, Lynn Selzer and Annette Stevenson, with representatives from about two dozen other groups that contributed to the project.

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Want to be involved with FireFish Festival in Lorain?

The FireFish Festival will return to the city of Lorain on Sept. 11-12 once again transforming downtown into a multimedia sensory experience of art, music, culture, fire and fun, according to a news release.

Known for its commitment to high-quality art and performances representing the wide array of talent in Lorain, Lorain County and across Northeast Ohio, the FireFish Festival again will engage festival attendees with 3D art installations, pop-up galleries, interactive exhibits and a wide variety of musical performances, the release said.

This year, the festival will be centered on and along Broadway between Erie Avenue and Fifth Street.

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Lorain Council approves ‘Shipyard Way’ name change

Lorain’s Sunset Avenue, one of the streets leading into the HarborWalk neighborhood on the Black River, will get a new name: Shipyard Way.

On Nov. 18, Lorain City Council voted 11-0 to rename the street at the request of Lorain attorney Anthony Giardini.

Giardini is leading Red Brick Development, the company creating The Shipyards Event Center in the last building remaining from the days when AMSHIP, the American Ship Building Co., was located on the east side of the Black River.

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Broadway in Lorain could open by next week

Broadway in Lorain could open by next week















LORAIN — The finishing touches are coming along on the Broadway Streetscape Project.

Marked with archways at the entrance to the city’s downtown, Mayor Joe Koziura said the thoroughfare should hopefully be open sometime next week.

Currently restricted to northbound traffic, Koziura said the southbound lane hopefully will reopen this coming week as the majority of work should be done over the weekend.

Trees will be planted after the first frost, he said, and wiring to signs at West Erie Avenue and Ninth Street should happen today. The other sign over Fourth Street will be wired by Saturday, he said.

The delay in opening after that is a pending basement issue at 610 Broadway. During construction Karvo Companies found several vault areas under the street that needed sealed off and filled in, including one under 610 Broadway.

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The Shipyards looks to bring waterfront event center to Lorain

The Shipyards looks to bring waterfront event center to Lorain













LORAIN — HarborWalk residents are gaining a new bar, coffee shop and event center this winter, with The Shipyards slated to open in December.

Housed in the former American Ship Building Company building on California Avenue, the building looks to mix modern touches with its industrial roots for a backdrop to weddings, conferences or other get-togethers, according to attorney and developer Anthony Giardini.

One end of the roughly 100-year-old building will house a cafe run by Brew and Stew’s Mary Fields, a conference center in the middle and a craft cocktail bar named Superior City and a craft beer lounge called the Boiler Room, with a patio area.

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