New Restaurant on Broadway “Union Town Provisions”

Union Town Provisions

While the new cafe was originally slated to open mid-January, it welcomed an eager crowd of locals and visitors alike about a month after the couple’s expected start date.

“Everyone was like, ‘You’re never going to get this done,’” Grieves said. “And I’m like, trust me, I will.”

Click here for the full story from The Chronicle Telegram

Lorain Broadway Streetscape Begins in Basements

The Broadway streetscape project has begun! The long-awaited renovation of Broadway will change the sidewalks, signage, lighting and traffic patterns from West Erie Avenue to Ninth Street. Crews are beginning work by shoring up the underground vaults that extend beneath the sidewalk from the basements of buildings along Broadway.

Click Here to read the full story from The Morning Journal.

Manning announces $4M for dredge material reuse facility in Lorain

The city of Lorain has scored $4 million to create a facility that will reuse sediment scooped out of the Black River.

State Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, on Dec. 4 announced Ohio State Controlling Board approval of $9.9 million in capital funds for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.

The money will be used for three dredge material reuse projects, including in Lorain.

The city will use $4 million for planning, design, permitting and construction of a new Black River Dredge Reuse Facility that will be located on a 30-acre site within a larger reclamation facility owned by the city.

“I am pleased to see these funds released for conservation efforts to ensure the protection of Ohio’s crown jewel,” Manning said. “The General Assembly has worked tirelessly toward a cleaner Lake Erie through the funding of various water quality programs, and this is yet another step to do so.”

The projects were made possible by the Healthy Lake Erie Initiative in legislation known as Senate Bill 299. The money was designated with the goal of reducing open lake dumping of dredged materials by 2020.

The material is sediment and sand that is dredged from the bottom of the Black River to maintain the required depth for freighters to enter and leave the Port of Lorain.

The Morning Journal

Big plans for 422 Broadway in Lorain

Riding the wave of redevelopment along Broadway, Shawn Grieves and Tim Scholl are looking to bring a restaurant and retail store downtown.

The pair bought the building at 422 Broadway and plan to transform what used to be clothing and jewelry stores into Union Town Provisions. It will offer a casual but “delicious” dining experience, offering house-made cheese, charcuterie, sandwiches, pizza, baked goods, wine and preserves.

Read more about this project in The Chronicle



Lorain Downtown PREPARED Workshop

October 24, 2018 – Key stakeholders in the Lorain community joined at the Charleston Coffee House for a special event designed to work toward a strategic plan to reinvigorate the downtown and waterfront of Lorain.

Among those to present downtown initiatives were representatives from the Lorain County Port Authority,USEPA Region 5, and the City of Lorain, as well as members of the Lorain Historical Society, Lorain Public Health, the Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority, and the Rotary Club of Lorain.

The four focus areas of the workshop were: improving broadband downtown, public/private partnerships, sustainable redevelopment, and investment.


Following the community brief on ongoing projects, Vita Nuova members guided workshop attendees through the PREPARED workshop process and led community exercises and discussions on goal development, opportunities and obstacles action item prioritization, and development of a strategic action item list.

The workshop closed with a presentation on the findings from the Area-Wide Planning Project and a dinner for the community members in attendance at the event.

A report will be generated and posted on this website and this group has committed to meet on a quarterly basis to help implement the steps agreed upon in the workshop.

The workshop was sponsored by the Lorain County Port Authority funded by USEPA’s Land Revitalization Program.


NAIOP Event Draws 120 from Development Community to Lorain Event

Please note: the deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest has been extended to Friday September 21, 2018. The Lorain Port Authority is currently accepting EOIs and will review all received by 9/21/18. 

On Thursday, July 26th the Northern Ohio Chapter of NAIOP, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Lorain County, City of Lorain Port Authority, Lorain County Board of Commissioners and Vita Nuova partnered to hold an event to introduce over 500+ acres of publicly owned waterfront land along the Black River for development potential and to discuss the newly released Federal Opportunity Zone regulations.  Held at the Black River Landing Transportation Center (often referred to as the “Train Station”) the event entertained a sold out crowd of more than 120 individuals from the development community in Northeast Ohio.

The attendees heard about the history of the Black River Clean up and development and the recently released Expression of Interest (EOI) by the City of Lorain Port Authority.  The EOI represents five vacant publicly owned sites (totaling over 500 acres) and two privately owned sites (roughly 100 acres) along the Black River in downtown Lorain that is ready for development opportunities.  Images and explanations of these sites were also on display throughout the room for the attendees to view.  As part of this overview, local incentives were presented by County Commissioner Ted Kalo who welcomed the development community to Lorain and stated the city and county were ready to work together to assist in the development.  Patricia Overmeyer, Acting Deputy Office Director, EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization also was in attendance and discussed environmental and financial incentives available at these and other sites.

In addition, the event discussed the new Opportunity Zones program, which allows funds to be used for economic development purposes in exchange for Federal tax breaks.  As part of this, there was a panel discussion with Tracey Nichols, Director of Financial Services/Project Management Consultants; Dan Bergrin, Vice President & Tax Counsel, GBX Group; Diana Rife, Revitalization Project Manager, JobsOhio and moderated by Michael Taylor, President, Vita Nuova.

The attendees also had the opportunity to tour the EOI sites via a boat tour along the Black River guided by Tom Brown, Executive Director of the City of Lorain Port Authority and Don Romancak, Director of Lorain County Community Development. The well attended event also provided an opportunity for the attendees to network and furhter discuss the development potential in Lorain, OH.

NAIOP to Co-host Event on Lorain County Opportunity Zone

The Northern Ohio chapter of NAIOP will join the USEPA, Lorain County, Lorain Port Authority, Lorain County Board of Commissioners, and Vita Nuova in hosting an Opportunity Zone showcase in Lorain County. The event will highlight opportunities in Lorain, explore the Opportunity Zone program, and demonstrate economic and financial incentives available for sites in the Black River Opportunity Zone. Find more information in the flyer below and sign up for the event here.

Welcome to Lorain Opportunity Video

Please check out our new Welcome to Lorain Opportunity Video! This video details Lorain’s rich past and presents the wonderful assets and opportunities available in Lorain for a bright future.

There is still time to RSVP to the Expression of Interest Information Session this week.

June 14th, 2018, 1:00 PM
City of Lorain Port Authority
319 Black River Lane
Lorain, OH 44052



Join us for an Information Session on the ongoing Expression of Interest in Lorain County.

Where: Lorain County Port Authority, 319 Black River Lane, Lorain, OH 44052
When: Thursday June, 14th at 1:00 pm
What: a chance to hear from Lorain City and County officials and participate in land or water tours of the exciting opportunities Lorain has to offer.
Information Session Agenda
1:00 PM – 1:05 PM Introduction – City of Lorain and Lorain County Department of Community Development
1:05 PM – 1:25 PM EOI Site(s) Presentation and Current Area Development – City of Lorain Port Authority
1:20 PM – 1:35 PM City Development Process – City of Lorain
1:35 PM – 1:50 PM Local Financing – City of Lorain Port Authority and Lorain County Department of Community Development
1:50 PM – 2:00 PM State Financing – Jobs Ohio (State of Ohio)
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Questions and Answers
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Group Site Tour (Land/Boat)

The Lorain Harbor Area-Wide Planning Project Area consists of five publicly-owned properties, totaling 534 acres, located along the Black River and within close proximity to Lake Erie. These five sites are important to the revitalization of Lorain’s historic urban waterfront. The project area has the potential to transform into a mixed-use and sustainable community, featuring nature trails that connect the public to Lake Erie. In addition, all the sites are adjacent to the downtown area and have water access.

For more information, please explore our website and check out our fact sheets.

If you are interested in participating in this EOI process, please contact Tiffany McClelland at the City of Lorain Port Authority,, (440)204-1194 or Will Warren, Project Manager, Vita Nuova LLC,, (888) 508-6710.

Five Opportunity Zones Named in Lorain County

On March 21st the Lorain County Board of Commissioners learned that the State has nominated 5 tracts within Lorain County to be Opportunity Zones as part of the Investment in Opportunity Act. The nomination of 5 tracts, 4 in Lorain and 1 in Elyria, is notable as it is more than double the number of tracts that were nominated within other counties similarly situated within the region.

The Investment in Opportunity Act was signed into law in December 2017 as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.  The law seeks to bolster economically depressed areas across the U.S. by offering deferred taxes and significant tax breaks to those parties willing to sustain investment in low-income areas.  Incentives for a broad array of investors in designated “Opportunity Zones” will deploy capital in vulnerable and underserved areas at a low risk to investors. Opportunity Zones will act as a compliment to the New Market Tax Credit Program to help underserved communities promote community development projects.  

The Benefits to Selected Opportunity Zones include:

  • Investors may temporarily defer the recognition of capital gains that are invested in the Opportunity Zones. A new class of private investment vehicles called “Opportunity Funds”, which are investment vehicles organized as corporations or partnerships that hold at least 90% of their assets in opportunity zone assets, have been created.
  • Investments in Opportunity Zones or Opportunity Funds that are held for at least five years are eligible for capital gains tax reductions, and investments held for at least 10 years are eligible for capital gains exemptions.
  • As the incentives are linked to the duration of the investor’s commitment to the Opportunity Zone rather than an upfront subsidy, the program provides an incentive for investors to re-invest their capital gains in Opportunity Funds to provide patient capital for low-income communities.


Furthermore, Lorain County will benefit directly from the opportunity zone designation through:

  • Attraction of new type of investors into a project area,
  • Expansion of capital to fund redevelopment,
  • Encourages local reinvestment in community,
  • Strengthens financial security in areas adjacent to designated tracts.

Team NEO, the Fund, Lorain City Port Authority and City of Lorain worked together on the request for nominations, which made the Lorain requests attractive to the State which put a priority on tracts that had regional support.

Commissioner Lundy stated “The announcement that the County now has 5 Opportunity Zones nominated by the State will allow us and our partners to have every tool we can provide available to stay competitive, drive investment and create jobs in our two downtown areas and our waterfront in Lorain.”

“Working with local and regional partners allowed us to pull together a strong list of tracts that were nominated. Now we will be working to see these zones put to work and attract needed investment in our communities through the actions of the County and its partners in the Port, Land Bank and the cities of Lorain and Elyria.” said Commissioner Kalo.

Each of the nominated tracts in the City of Lorain were located within a planning area designated by the County and funded by the USEPA. This planning effort will result in 6 strategic developable land areas being brought to market. The designation of these as Opportunity Zones should enhance the level and speed of development.

The tracts nominated were:

  • 39093097300 – Downtown Lorain with Broadway Hotel redevelopment and Black River Landing
  • 39093022400 – Finger piers and First Energy lakefront land
  • 39093023100 – US Steel and Republic with announcement of pig iron line – Job Hub
  • 39093023000 – Riverbend Commerce Park, Rowland Property and Emerson Buildings
  • 39093070800 – Downtown Elyria Streetscape and TLCI Plan – County Investment – Developers – Job Hub

For additional information please call 440-328-2322 and ask for Don Romancak.