At the request of Councilwoman-at-Large Anne Molnar, I went by Oakwood Plaza to take some pictures for a presentation she wants to give. After pulling into the parking lot, I can see why she’s been so upset about this plaza: There’s really nothing there!!
This is what I saw when I first pulled into the lot (click on photos for larger view):
I don’t get to this area of Lorain too often, but I believe that there used to be a grocery store in the middle of this complex.
Obviously, not anymore.
I did notice that the parking lot (the southern part of it) looked new.
As opposed to the northern end of the lot,
which looks like a warzone.
The only store still doing business in the plaza is Family Dollar.
And that’s not saying much.
This used to be a thriving integral part of South Lorain. That was back when I was a young’un. And I just turned 42, so you know it’s been a while.
From the looks of this, the store behind the red dumpster was good enough to save, but those between it and Family Dollar were beyond repair.
Anne Molnar will be giving a presentation about the Plaza at a meeting being held at the South Lorain Community Development Office, in the Koury Building on Pearl Avenue. It will be open to the public, and as soon as I hear from Anne in regards to the date and time, I will pass it on here.
South Lorain, as a whole, needs quite a bit of help. Pearl Avenue is in horrendous condition, and there’s not much retail to speak of for the folks in this area. There are a lot of Mom-n-Pop stores, but I don’t believe they fulfill all the needs of the local residents.
Though the sign says ‘No Dumping’, I think it’s way too late. South Lorain has had to deal with this dump for far too long.
So, Community Development and the Powers-That-Be in City Hall, what’s in the works for South Lorain? Is there anything they can look forward to?