November 27, 2014


Art studio, lofts coming to Lorain

An artists’ loft and studio are being built in this facility at 668 Broadway in Lorain. EVAN GOODENOW/CHRONICLE

An artists’ loft and studio are being built in this facility at 668 Broadway in Lorain. EVAN GOODENOW/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — A BRIAR patch is being built at Broadway and West Seventh Street.

The acronym stands for Black River Innovators and Artists Residence, a 10,000-square-foot artists’ loft and studio being built on the second floor of the building at 668 Broadway. The first floor will be a 10,000-square-foot art gallery.

“We want people to get tangled up in the arts,” said organizer Luke Theall. “At the BRIAR, you can do that.”

Theall is the property manager for the Gardens of Charleston, a 28-unit upscale apartment building at 610-630 Broadway. The apartments and the building at 668 Broadway — formerly Ted’s Floors and Ted’s Floor Coverings owned by County Commissioner Ted Kalo — are owned by developer Gary Davis.

Davis said he hopes the studios and galleries will attract more people downtown and are part of an overall downtown revitalization strategy. Davis said artists could be the “salvation” of downtown.

“The biggest problem with downtown Lorain is there’s no reason to go to downtown Lorain,” Davis said. “We’ve got to give people a reason to come down.”

Theall said the second floor will accommodate four tenants and have a workroom, four storage rooms and a communal bathroom and kitchen. The second floor also will include Broad Waves Studios, an audio and video studio that Theall said he will run.

The basement will have at least five rehearsal spaces for musicians.

Theall said he hopes to have the loft ready to rent by August or September. Theall said he’s working with art and downtown revitalization groups to make the building a success.

“I’ve been champing at the bit to get this going,” he said. “I’ve finally got the permits from the city to move forward.”

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  • golfingirl

    Isn’t that Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo’s old business?

    The one which went belly up, before he was elected to manage the County’s finances?

    I suppose it is easier to manage taxpayer money than your own. Or is it?

    • stillsleepyeyes

      Don’t forget he still owes on all those loans………………….couldn’t pay and he moved away…………….

  • nomokids

    Thank you Mr. Theall. All the best wishes and accolades for your efforts. You’re correct. Lorain needs a renaissance desperately. It’s a shame that Lorain doesn’t capitalize on our benefits better.

  • GreatRedeemer

    They should take Teds sign down, I mean free advertising from a place that abandoned Lorain and got foreclosed on. By the way is that judgment in Lorain county common pleas paid?

  • Phil Blank

    Just don’t try to cross Broadway, the traffic doesn’t stop.
    No traffic lights made it a raceway.

  • Chosen1

    yeah Kalos old business…Should put a Lehman Bros. sign up and have Kasich revive everything bad, which he really contributed to

    • Simon Jester

      Why not just blame Bush? You know you want to.

  • Chosen1

    Why Bush? Weapons of mass destruction, thousands of servicemen killed. Why blame him?

  • Drapery Loft

    good luck Luke… can we also get some good blues music in lorain maybe on the sidewalk outside the art gallery lol Any improvements to my city are a welcome site

  • Sis Delish

    Will the Loft(s) be carpeted?

  • Chosen1

    Bet sis will get there since she likes to munch on carpet