Stor­age units at Har­borWalk OK’d

De­sign Re­view Board ap­proves plans

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Pay­erchin rpay­erchin@morn­ingjour­nal.com @MJ_Jour­nalRick on Twit­ter

The Lorain De­sign Re­view Board has ap­proved the plans for new stor­age units planned in the Har­borWalk on the Black River neigh­bor­hood.

On Oct. 10, the board voted 4-0 to ap­prove the look of 37 stor­age units in three build­ings that crews will build along with four new town­houses.

When con­structed, the new homes would be the first new res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion in Har­borWalk in 13 years, Lorain at­tor­ney An­thony Giar­dini said.

The en­tire project with new res­i­dences and stor­age units will to­tal about $2 mil­lion in new con­struc­tion there, Giar­dini said.

Giar­dini and ar­chi­tect Joe Er­nan­des of Clark & Post Ar­chi­tects Inc. pre­sented the plans to the De­sign Re­view Board.

De­sign Re­view Board mem­bers Gary Fis­cher, Joyce Fer­lic-Arre­dondo, An­drea Neal and Frank Sip­kovsky had ques­tions and sug­ges­tions about the stor­age units.

The land where they are planned is less than an acre in size and sits across from that

The en­tire project with new res­i­dences and stor­age units will to­tal about $2 mil­lion in new con­struc­tion there, Giar­dini said.

street’s in­ter­sec­tions with An­chor Lane, Bas­cule Drive and Com­pass Lane.

It also sits south of the Pure Gas Inc. sta­tion at 228 E. Erie Ave.

Lorain of­fi­cials have not seen that type de­vel­op­ment with stor­age units built right next to res­i­dences, Fer­lic-Arre­dondo said.

Al­though it may sound like an un­usual pair­ing, Giar­dini said the units will be an im­prove­ment com­pared to the empty land there now, which be­comes a lit­tered site.

When it was planned, the north end of Har­borWalk was des­ig­nated for com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment, he said.

The units are meant to be used by Har­borWalk res­i­dents, so there will not be pub­lic sig­nage ad­ver­tis­ing them, Giar­dini said.

Neal said she pre­ferred a dis­creet de­sign that was not ob­vi­ous in the res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood.

The Lorain Plan­ning Com­mis­sion has rec­om­mended a zon­ing change needed to build the stor­age units.

Lorain City Coun­cil will hold a pub­lic hear­ing to con­sider that zon­ing change. The hear­ing is sched­uled for 5:30 p.m., Oct. 25, at the coun­cil cham­bers on the first floor of Lorain City Hall, 200 W. Erie Ave.

In other busi­ness, the De­sign Re­view Board ap­proved:

• New sig­nage for The Orig­i­nal Steaks & Hoa­gies, which opened at 4310A N. Leav­itt Road.

• A color change for the build­ing at 1826 Hen­der­son Drive. Owner Ah­mad Khalil said he plans to open a new tire shop there.

• A new metal roof for Stan­ley Mini Stor­age Co. LLC, 1769 Root Road.

• A new chain link fence for Next Step Min­istries and Michelle Brooks to elim­i­nate a park­ing lot and add a play­ground for the day­care at 220 W. Eighth St. The board noted the chain link fence must be col­ored black and is a con­di­tional ap­proval based on state re­quire­ments for fenc­ing around day­care cen­ters.

• Sig­nage for Juice­ria Cafe, 1632 E. 28th St. Owner El­liot G. Pal­lens said he is await­ing his food ser­vice li­cense to open.

• De­mo­li­tion of the home at 737 Reid Ave., which sits in­side the city’s preser­va­tion dis­trict. The board noted owner Jenso Soto al­ready re­moved the home be­fore the board ap­proved it, but fu­ture ex­te­rior changes must be re­viewed.

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