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Broadway Building in Lorain showing signs of new life

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.


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

2019-05-05T19:23:58-04:00May 5th, 2019|News|

Lorain Growth Consortium Meeting

Rudy Breglia, of the School Bus Safety Alliance, talked at the May 3 Lorain Growth/Main Street Lorain consortium breakfast meeting on the nationwide effort to require seat belts in school buses. Avon Lake School District is already taking steps to implement such a program. Friday’s breakfast was at Spectrum Vocational School, 713 W. 5th St.., Lorain. Doors opened at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast served promptly at 8 a.m. Cost is $7. Main Street Lorain President Jim Long gave  updates on downtown projects and allowed announcements from the audience

2019-05-05T19:27:17-04:00April 29th, 2019|News|

National Small Business WeekMay 5 – May 11, 2019

National Small Business Week
May 5 – May 11, 2019

National Small Business Week recognizes the critical contributions of America’s small business owners. Join Main Street Amherst, Lorain, Oberlin, Vermilion and Wellington for Passport to Lorain County. During NSBW, shoppers can obtain passports to visit participating stores and get to know our local communities. If you are a member of Main Street Amherst and would like to participate, simply give the office a call at (440) 984-6709 today. This is a FREE event. All we ask is you promote the event on your social media and mark passports with your special marker (provided to you by MSA) when shoppers come in. Each Main Street Community will be giving away $100 to five individuals that complete the passport. Give the office a call to get more information and to sign up today. The deadline to sign up is tomorrow, Friday, April 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. (if you get the voicemail please leave a message). Thank you.

Teresa L. Gilles, Executive Director
Main Street Amherst
255 Park Avenue, Amherst, OH 44001
(440) 984-6709

2019-04-27T06:50:59-04:00April 27th, 2019|News|

Better Restaurant Management– Better Customer Engagement

Better Restaurant Management and Superior Customer Engagement

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
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Talent Launch Offices, Independence, OH
6161 Oak Tree Lane
Suite 315 (Learning Center)
Independence,, OH 44131
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Join our workshop for an opportunity to hear from three industry experts on ways help your restaurant operation.

Small Business Administration (SBA) 

Attendees will get a general overview of SBA products and resources, including financing.  Learn how a company can position itself for a loan approval.

Understand what factors lenders look at when they assess the creditworthiness of a business.  You will hear about how you can best prepare yourself and your business to make a successful loan request from a bank or other lending institution.

PEPE YELIN & ASSOCIATES Restaurant Consultants

Find out about a true restaurant P&L that  can tell you how much each guest costs and how your restaurant is doing based on guest counts.  This will also tie in a labor matrix based on guest count. All of your cost will be based on how much your guest costs, and how to drive the bottom line.

NCR Restaurant Solutions

Learn how to build additional business through customer engagement including the latest trends in Mobil Consumer Ordering for Restaurants. This presentation will center on ways restaurateurs can address market trends that are driving successful restaurants today.

Our workshop leaders are proven, innovative, and trusted partners with an emphasis in delivering solutions that solve your key problems.

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I can’t make it

If you have any questions about this event or how to register, please contact us.

Thank You. We look forward to having you at this workshop


Robert Cohen

Chapter 30 Cleveland OH



2019-03-28T10:01:36-04:00March 18th, 2019|News|

Lorain Growth Consortium Meeting

The Lorain Growth Corp./Main Street Lorain next Consortium breakfast meeting will be held Friday, April 12, at Spectrum Vocational Center, 713 W. 5th St., Lorain. Our speaker will be Tammy Tansey of the Bricklayers Training Center, a state-of-the-art multi-million dollar training center for the trades recently constructed at state routes 58 and 113 in Amherst Township. Tammy will talk about training opportunities for men and women to secure well-paying jobs in the trades. Doors open at Spectrum at 7:25 am. Breakfast served promptly at 8 am. Cost is only $7. No reservations needed. The program will follow the breakfast. Main Street Lorain President Jim Long will make a report followed by announcements from the gathering. Please share. Our breakfast meetings are a great way to connect with downtown Lorain’s business, dining and entertainment scene. For more, click on loraingrowth.com.

2019-03-28T09:58:03-04:00March 12th, 2019|News|

Downtown Waterfront Lorain

This site is to promote downtown businesses in downtown Lorain. This to promote and support our downtown and encourage visitors to visit and shop on Main Street Lorain. The site is being updated as needed and this will have additions as time advances. The website is maintained by business owner Jani Oehlke, owner of the 530 Shop at 530 Broadway.


Jim Long/ President

2019-03-28T09:59:08-04:00March 7th, 2019|News|

Lorain Growth Consortium Meeting

Lorain County Commissioner Sharon Kraemer Sweda and Lorain Clerk of Courts Ted Kalo, both recently appointed to their new positions, were at the Friday, March 1, Lorain Growth/Main Street Lorain consortium breakfast meetin at Spectrum Vocational Center, 713 W. 5th Street, Lorain. The two talked about their new positions, plans for the future and take questions. Breakfast was $7 per person and we started serving at 8 a.m., followed by the program. Main Street Lorain President Jim Long  also made a report and took announcements from the group.

2019-03-07T13:16:51-04:00February 12th, 2019|News|