April 29, 2016

Elyria
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Avon officials against lots for used cars

AVON — There’s plenty of room for commercial growth in Avon, but not when it comes to used car dealerships. The city’s code was amended in 2014 to specify that used car sales are only permitted when those sales occur at new car franchises. Dealerships like Joe Firment Chevrolet on Chester Road can sell used Read More…

All Pro Freight acquires property in Westlake

All Pro Freight is expanding its warehouse and distribution capacities into Cuyahoga County after purchasing the former Bonne Bell headquarters in Westlake. According to Cuyahoga County property records, the property was purchased Monday for $4,595,000 and All Pro Freight CEO Chris Haas said his company purchased the land to expand operations. “We’re landlocked at our Read More…

Wetlands mitigation likely to delay Bendix HQ project in Avon

AVON — The Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems project has experienced slight delays since a portion of the area the company intends to build upon are wetlands. Bendix announced in July its intent to leave Elyria for Avon after signing a purchase agreement for more than 60 acres of land along Chester Road to construct a Read More…

The State of their cities: Mayors of Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield, Sheffield Lake talk problems, progress with jabs, jokes

AVON — The mayors of Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield and Sheffield Lake gave their annual State of the City addresses during a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored luncheon Wednesday. The addresses were an opportunity for each mayor to tell the crowd of more than 200 people about their respective communities, and in some cases, trade barbs with Read More…

Plans for park falling into place

AVON — Mayor Bryan Jensen and Lorain County Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik envision a coordinated park connectivity project. Miller Nature Preserve along state Route 83 could soon connect to land along Riegelsberger and Schwartz roads that the city recently acquired from developer Matt Garland in a $2.3 million settlement. The land along Riegelsberger Road Read More…

Avon acquires land for $2.3M

AVON — City Council approved a $2.3 million settlement to purchase land which city officials have been wrangling with a developer over for nearly two years. City Council approved in January the issuance of $2 million worth of bond anticipation notes to buy nearly 57 acres of land along Riegelsberger and Schwartz roads owned by Read More…

Schwartz barn in Avon to find new life in another location

AVON — Akron’s Chrissie Hynde sang in the Pretenders song “My City Was Gone” about how the farms of Ohio were being replaced by shopping malls. The lyric is prophetic as Avon, the former greenhouse capital of the world, which once had more acreage under glass than anywhere else on the planet, has morphed into Read More…

Mayor seeks rules to stop biz ‘poaching’

ELYRIA — As Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems prepares its exit from Elyria, Mayor Holly Brinda wants to start a countywide effort to stop cities from having conversations with companies that result in them leaving their home cities for greener pastures a stone’s throw away. Lorain County needs a universal business attraction and anti-poaching protocol, Brinda Read More…

Golden Acres sale could net more than $1.2 million for county

Brad Dicken and Jon Wysochanski The Chronicle-Telegram AVON — The Lorain County commissioners are nearing a deal to sell the rights to beds from the county-owned Golden Acres nursing home, which closed earlier this year, to a company that plans to operate a skilled nursing facility in Avon. The sale would likely net the county Read More…

Change or die: Commissioners issue ultimatum to visitors bureau over lack of transparency

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Visitors Bureau is facing an ultimatum from the county commissioners: Change how it operates or cease to exist. “They may not be completely in tune with the changes that are taking place in Lorain County,” county Administrator Jim Cordes said. The demands of the commissioners, including shrinking the size of Read More…