|The view on Tuesday night|
It’s been decided that given the poor condition that the building is in, there is no reason to continue to lease the property to a tenant, or invest in rehabilitating the building.
Once again, Lorain can’t wait to tear something old down.
|Courtesy Lorain County Auditor|
I don’t know how many people still fish down at Hot Waters, but I’ll bet plenty enjoy the view of the Lighthouse. This building would be perfect to sell pop, coffee, hot dogs, or newspapers – or even hand out tourist information. Or sell souvenirs. In addition to its purpose of selling bait and tackle.
If this building gets torn down, it’s possible that nothing will take its place. And Lorain loses more of its real, nautical heritage.
Authentic heritage that can’t be replaced by pagan fish pageants.
When are the city and civic leaders of Lorain going to start thinking of the city as a tourist destination and make sure every move is geared in that direction – instead of just cutting costs?
Please, Lorain – leave something old standing for a change. Make this building a project. Find volunteers – grants – corporate sponsors – and fix it up.
****Got an interesting email from local historian and author Al Doane this morning about this building. Apparently it has a lot more maritime history than I thought.
Al noted, "I remember when that building housed the Lorain Yacht Club until the new club was built on Alabama Avenue, just north of East Erie Avenue, and just north of the East entrance from East Erie Ave. to the Bascule Bridge.
"I remember the old Yacht Club using this old building in the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. It had a lot going for the building when a regatta was held there, for all the various close yacht clubs would enter the races."
All the more reason to try and save this building!