|The view on Saturday|
|The Broadway Building under construction in 1925|
Unfortunately, a variety of issues – including the current selling price of the property and the cost of renovations and repairs – make it likely that it will be demolished.
It's surprising that there doesn't seem to the same affection for the Broadway Building that there was for the Gel-Pak Building. A federal award of $6.6 million was spent renovating the Gel-Pak Building; wouldn't it be great if grants could also be used to restore a building that was once the linchpin of Downtown Lorain?
Since there doesn't seem to be a need for hotel rooms in Downtown Lorain, it would also be nice if the Broadway Building was once again used for its original purpose – providing offices for dozens of small businesses and organizations. Through the years, a variety of companies called it – and Downtown Lorain – home.
And in the 1960s, tenants still included the U. S. Selective Service Local Board No. 71, Kelly Services, the City Dept. of Community Development, the Lorain Port Authority, and Dr. James R. Coulter – my family's dentist.
It's easy to see how the Broadway Building touched the lives of many Lorainites. That's why it's a shame that yet another symbol of Lorain's glory days will probably end up as a vacant lot.
|Will this familiar view soon be a thing of the past? We'll see.|