December 22, 2014

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Crumbling Lorain hotel could become upscale apartments

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LORAIN — The blighted former Spitzer Plaza Hotel may be saved from demolition. Lorain Hotel Investors LLC, a company that includes Chicago-based T-2 Capital Management and Black River Landing developer James Louthen, wants to spend $10 million to convert the building into about 50 upscale apartments for residents 55 and older, a Monday news release Read More…

Gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald drops in for quick speech

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LORAIN — As a small group of Ohio Young Democrats held its fall meeting Saturday morning, a speaker asked if there were any questions. “Yes, I have a question,” came a voice from the rear of the meeting room. As most of the approximately dozen men and women turned to see who the questioner was, Read More…

Lorain residents share concerns about Jaeger flooding

LORAIN — The Jaeger Road improvement project was criticized Wednesday in a City Hall meeting that included city officials, the project engineer and 14 residents. Residents complained about curbing, driveway width and worried about cars speeding and traffic congestion when the project is completed. However, the main complaint was that the project is exacerbating flooding Read More…

Road work reroutes traffic in Lorain


A road reconstruction project is reducing Seneca Avenue in Lorain to a one-way street. Seneca between East 28th and 33rd streets will be open only to northbound traffic as of Wednesday. The project is expected to last until Nov. 30. East 29th, East 30th, East 31st and East 32nd will be closed on the west Read More…

Lorain data retrieval to cost $85,000 in overtime

LORAIN — Costs are increasing from the May 19 Lorain Municipal Court computer crash. Auditor Ron Mantini told the City Council’s Finance and Claims Committee that Court Clerk’s Office data retrieval will cost Lorain at least $85,000 in overtime. The office has a $1.1 million annual budget, part of Lorain’s $31.6 million general fund budget. Read More…

UPDATED: Lorain buildings committee approves retail, seniors apartment project

LORAIN — A proposed 298-unit Villages at Lighthouse Point complex on Jaeger Road and a connected retail development were approved by the City Council Buildings and Lands Committee on Monday. The project, developed by the Vermilion Housing Corp., could be voted on by the full Council next Monday. The 52-building apartment complex would be built Read More…

Photos: Lorain church’s block party held as planned

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First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lorain held its neighborhood block party Sunday afternoon on the front lawn of Admiral King Elementary School, across the street from the church. The church’s sanctuary was destroyed in a fire on Aug. 28, and investigators have ruled the cause of fire was arson.

Transitional home for homeless veterans in Lorain nearly ready

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LORAIN — Valor Home was a hub of activity Thursday as volunteers unloaded furniture in the future transitional home for homeless veterans. “It’s busy. Which is good,” said Dan Gillotti, Valor Home Lorain County Executive Committee vice chairman. “This is a long time coming.” Nearly four years after planning began, Valor Home is close to Read More…

Ohio Department of Education says Lorain Schools improving


LORAIN — A year after finding a “culture of low expectations” in Lorain Schools, a new Ohio Department of Education assessment is more positive. However, the 49-page report, released at a joint Lorain Academic Distress Commission/Board of Education meeting Thursday, said much needs to be done before the district can get out of state academic Read More…

School pride riding on Elyria, Lorain rivalry football game

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ELYRIA – A Pioneer in blue? A Titan in red? A mix-up of sorts could very well take place depending on the outcome of the much anticipated football game between Elyria High School and Lorain High School. That’s because the game – the varsity football teams have not played each other in almost a decade Read More…