Ravenna building may be razed to add parking, landscaping to downtown

A building in downtown Ravenna could be demolished to make way for more parking and landscaping for nearby businesses like Guido’s and Riddle Block 9.

Mike Bogo of Neighborhood Development Services recently discussed the idea with the Community and Economic Development Committee of the Ravenna City Council. Councilor Cheryl Wood, who heads the committee, said NDS is proposing to demolish the building and replace it with green spaces, landscaping and some parking.

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The building at W. Main St. 218 belongs to the city judge Melissa Roubic, whose law firm was once located there. On the side of the building is one of the murals of the city’s downtown area.

This building at 218 W. Main St. in downtown Ravenna could be demolished to provide landscaping and business parking in the block, including Guido's and Riddle's Block 9. There is a mural painted on the side of the building.

Wood said the project is in the early stages and there is still no conceptual drawing of the proposal.

“I think it’s going to be a really nice project,” she said.

Bogo told the committee that the building had no historical significance. In the late 1990s there was talk of demolishing the building in order to create more parking spaces in the city center, but the city council at the time did not support the project.

Recently, a group of companies downtown discussed closing the block to provide an outdoor deck. However, Guido’s management turned down the plan, fearing the traffic loss and alley parking could hurt the business.

However, Bogo told the city council that he discussed the idea with Sam Cipriano, the owner of Guido’s, who liked the idea of ​​adding parking in the area.

“The spaces in front of Guido’s are usually full, and any store moving into Riddle Block 9 will need parking,” said Wood.

Councilor Amy Michael pointed out that NDS invested a lot of money in the cinema near the alley.

“I can’t help but think that this will be an important part of your vision,” she told Bogo at the meeting.

Bogo told the city council that the property’s location across from the courthouse lawn would complement downtown.

“It’s an opportunity to fundamentally change the fabric of the inner city,” he said.

Reporter Diane Smith can be reached at dsmith@recordpub.com.

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