LORAIN — Demolition began on one of the lakefront’s major eyesores as wrecking crews took to the Erieview Motel structure.
“After a long process, these crime and blight magnets are coming down,” Mayor Chase Ritenauer said. “This is a positive for the affected neighborhoods and the community at large.”
Erieview’s demolition began Tuesday. Once B&B Wrecking crews are done there, they’ll move onto the Shoreway Motel.
At the end of March, City Council approved a $77,776 bid to demolish the two nuisance hotels along the city’s lakefront at 2800 W. Erie Ave. and 3945 W. Erie Ave., respectively.
Two other blighted motels along West Erie Avenue — Parkview at 4851 W. Erie Ave. and Lake at 3917 W. Erie Ave., — have been slated for demolition, but former Building, Housing and Planning Director Leon 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 tact to demolish Lake, where a man was shot in 2014, after the owners backed out of a demolition plan, but Building, Housing and Planning is working with the Law Department to determine the best course of action.