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Broadway remains closed in Lorain; engineer to survey Eagles building

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    Concrete barriers remain in place and fencing was added Wednesday afternoon to the Eagles building on Broadway in Lorain. A structural engineer will evaluate the building's condition, but the road remains closed for now.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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LORAIN — Broadway remains closed while waiting for a structural engineer to survey the Eagles Building.

Falling debris from the 100-year-old structure caused the closure Tuesday morning. Safety/Service Director Dan Given said Broadway from Sixth to Seventh streets will be closed until the Lorain Civic Center Committee Inc.’s contracted structural engineer arrives. Coon Restoration was called Tuesday, Given said, but the company does not have a structural engineer on staff to determine the extent of the damage to the building.

“Water’s getting in in at least one spot that I saw in the interior, and then water is getting behind the front facade and that’s what’s causing the bricks to pop on the front facade,” Given said. “The building is a concrete building, so they’re not getting the same rot that we would get in an older wood building. So that’s why I’m saying structurally I don’t think the building as a whole is affected by the water, it’s just getting behind the front brick veneer.”

Repairs may require netting or a barricade on the sidewalk below to be set up, he said. A structural engineer is due to survey the site Friday and give further recommendations, he said.

Given said the roof does need work, but the building itself is “fabulous.”

The property has sat vacant for close to a decade. Built in 1918 and added onto in the 1920s, it has housed a bar during Prohibition, a jewelry business, an Army surplus store, and its namesake social club.

Ownership had been transferred to the Lorain Civic Center Committee Inc., which owns Palace Theater next door, and there are more than $25,000 in back taxes owed on the property, according to the Lorain County Auditor’s website. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

Contact Carissa Woytach at (440) 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.


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