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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Lorain Port Authority Explores Construction of Cold Storage Facility

A cold storage facility could become the latest business development coming to Lorain.

The Lorain Port Authority on Oct. 15 will unveil a plan and partnership with Tippmann Innovation, a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based company that specializes in large-size cold storage buildings.

The goal is to create “a master plan for a regional food distribution and processing hub that can reach half of the U.S. population in a day’s drive,” according to the Port.

It would sit in Lorain’s Riverbend Commerce Park on the city’s east side.

The Port and Tippman Innovation have created a conceptual drawing and a bird’s eye view of a building footprint for the storage space.

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Lorain International Heritage Showcase


Lorain International Queen Alena Aguayo (Puerto Rican), 17, Lorain, back, joined by her court members Nicole Londo (Slovak), 19, Sheffield Lake, middle left, Manimone Sengvoravong (Laotian), 17, Lorain, middle right, and Julianne Weber (Polish), 17, Lorain, at the International Parade.

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The Lorain International Parade on June 30 capped off another year of a festival celebrating the many cultures that make up Lorain and the surrounding communities.

“It was another great year for us,” said Ben Davey, president of the Lorain International Association. “The attendance was great, the parade went well, the food was delicious and all the entertainment did a great job. The attendance was actually up from last year. Our hope is that it will reach 15,000 when we tally up the Sunday numbers.”

Davey said this year’s festival was well represented by its spotlight business and culture.

“It was another great year for us.”

— Ben Davey, president of the Lorain International Association


“Irish, as our culture, and Second Harvest (Food Bank of North Central Ohio), as our highlight business, both did a great job of representing the city and everything the festival is all about,” he said. “I alsowant to take the opportunity to announce that next year Mexican will be the spotlight culture, as presented by the Mexican-American Citizens’ Club, and The Morning Journal will be our spotlight business.”

Davey said this year’s parade had to work around the Broadway streetscape project, but it went very well.

“We had to turn off of Broadway onto Ninth Street, but I feel like it was all executed very well by our parade participants,” he said. “The Lorain High School Marching Band, the Lorain Fire and Police De- partments and all the other participants really made it a great parade. I just want to thank all of the International Princesses, vendors, performers and all the volunteerswho put in thework to make this festival happen every year. Preparation for next year’s festival is in September, and I look forward to doing it all again next year.”

Wayne Boone, of Lorain, really enjoyed the parade.

“It’s one of the longest parades I go to,” he said. “I really like everything the International Festival has to offer. There is just so much stuff to do.”

Sabrina Renaldo, of Lorain, was at the parade with her children, S’mya, 4, Caiden, 5, and Cameron Edwards, 5.

“The kids love going to parades and watching the fire trucks go by,” she said.

“The International Parade is one we don’t miss. The festival is a highlight of Lorain’s yearly events.”