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Sidewalk, alley closed in Lorain

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LORAIN — The sidewalk and alleyway near the Eagles Building on Broadway Avenue will remain closed until further notice.

Safety/Service Director Dan Given said the city has been given verbal confirmation the building and its facade are structurally sound, but is waiting for a written report from the structural engineer contracted by the building’s owner, Lorain Civic Center Committee Inc.

“The front facade of the building is not in danger of coming down, the building is structurally sound and obviously so the state of alarm has been stayed,” Given said.

He said those recommendations could include tuckpointing — replacing mortar joints — or net the building, similar to what was on the Broadway Building — the former Spitzer hotel — until a developer purchased it.

Debris fell from the century building Feb. 5, and the city closed Broadway Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets. The street has since reopened. Given said the debris was caused by the freeze-thaw cycle the area has seen, with water getting behind the front fa￧ade and pushing parts of it off.

The county is under a high wind advisory until 4 p.m. today, but Given said he doesn’t believe that will cause any damage to the building. If passersby do see debris from the Eagles Building, he said they can report it to the city’s fire, police or building departments.

Built in 1918 and added on to in the 1920s, the property has been vacant for close to a decade. It is owned by the same board of directors as the Lorain Palace Theater and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

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

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