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Lorain Council to discuss motel razings


LORAIN — Two of the four nuisance motels along West Erie Avenue could come down soon.

City Council will be considering a bid for $77,776 to demolish both the Shoreway Motel and Trailer Park and the Erieview Motel at its regular meeting today after the Building, Housing and Planning Department has been trying to get them razed since 2015.

“To me, approving this is a no-brainer,” Building, Housing and Planning director Leon Mason said. “The only thing is I wish it would’ve happened sooner.”

Shoreway, 3945 W. Erie Ave., and Erieview, 2800 W. Erie Ave., were supposed to be demolished by Oct. 2, 2015, but the process has been riddled with delays as the businesses took longer than they were supposed to close down.

“It’s good to know these blighted properties are going to be taken care of,” Mason said. “This is one of the tougher things we’ve had to work on.”

The other two motels — Parkview and Lake, 4851 W. Erie Ave. and 3917 W. Erie Ave., respectively — have been slated for demolition, but Mason said they’re not moving forward because Parkview, where a woman was robbed in 2016, is tied up in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

Mason said the city will have to take a different avenue to demolish Lake, where a man was shot in 2014, after the owners reneged on an agreement, but Building, Housing and Planning is working with the law department to determine the best course of action.

Other demolition bids for Shoreway and Erieview ranged from $108,000 to $685,000.

“I’m pleased that we are at the procurement point in the long process to rid Lorain of these perennial blight magnets,” Mayor Chase Ritenauer said. “The city and especially the abutting neighborhoods and businesses will be far better without these eyesores.”

Contact Katie Nix at 329-7129 or knix@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @KatieHNix.

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