Broadway Building in Lorain showing signs of new life

    • May 4, 2019

Cleveland businesswoman Radhika Reddy, partner with Ariel on Broadway LLC, is silhouetted against the light of an open fourth-floor window as she takes a photograph of the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge on May 2, 2019. Reddy toured the Broadway Building to see construction progress with Jim Long, president of Lorain Growth Corp.-Main Street Lorain.

  • The arrival of spring has brought new signs of progress on the renovation that will create the new Ariel Broadway Hotel at 301 Broadway in Lorain.

To be sure, the hotel long known as the Broadway Building remains a construction site, but it is evolving to take on a new life later this year and in 2020.

On May 2, Cleveland businesswoman Radhika Reddy, a partner with Ariel on Broadway LLC, toured the hotel with Jim Long, president of Lorain Growth Corp.-Main Street Lorain.

With a number of projects in play, people are watching Lorain and have questioned what is happening in the hotel.

“Everything is coming together,” Long said. “This is the largest piece of the puzzle, but everything is coming together.”

The 56-room hotel will have a coffee shop and chocolate shop on the first floor, along with retail space and an office for the Lorain Growth Corp.-Main Street Lorain.

The floors

A dropcloth sits on the blueprints for the renovation of the Broadway Building on May 2, 2019.

On May 2, Reddy carried in samples of drop ceiling tiles to see how they look.

There are paint samples on the lobby wall and some of the upper floor door frames to see how the colors will match new windows.

On the second floor, a corporate meeting suite will open onto the roof above the entrance.

The basement event space will become a sports bar; the event space will move to the fourth floor and the roof.

Around the fourth floor, panels of drywall are stacked in place of rubble left from walls that were torn down.

There will be hotel rooms, along with a catering area and reception space with room for 275 people.

On the roof, the elevator shaft has been built up to hold necessary machinery that will lift the cars to the top of the building.

The roof has about 11,500 square feet of space; about half will hold the giant air conditioning units needed for the building.

The view

This panoramic photo shows part of the view from the roof of the Broadway Building, 301 Broadway, which is in the middle of renovation to become the new Ariel Broadway Hotel.

Richard Payerchin – The Morning Journal

There, the view also is getting better as Lorain warms up in the spring.

“The beauty of this building is the lakefront, having the Black River, having these views,” Reddy said. “We are where the river meets the lake, and a 360-degree view.

“Until you see it in person, it’s hard to capture.”

The roof areas atop the second and fourth floors have new rubber membranes; they already have some dirt on them due to the construction.

But Reddy used her cell phone to display photos of her Ariel International Center, 1163 E. 40th St. in Cleveland, where the rooftop serves as a location for weddings and photographs of newlywed couples.

Events

The dirt will be gone when Ariel on Broadway looks different, sooner rather than later.

The eastern leaf of the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge rises May 2, 2019, for a tug boat to pass underneath it in this view from the roof of the Broadway Building. Cleveland businesswoman Radhika Reddy, who is leading redevelopment of the hotel, toured the building to see construction progress with Jim Long, president of Lorain Growth Corp.-Main Street Lorain.

Richard Payerchin – The Morning Journal