Officials try to hammer out Gateway lawsuit

Staff Report

City and Oberlin College officials met behind closed doors at Lorain County Common Pleas Court for several hours Tuesday attempting to resolve a lawsuit over the nearly completed Hotel at Oberlin.

Parties didn’t return calls Tuesday afternoon and evening regarding whether a resolution was reached.

City officials’ refusal to allow up to 19 diagonal parking spaces outside the hotel on East College is threatening to delay its opening next month.

Officials said the spaces would hamper fire trucks’ access and water pump connections to the hotel and Gateway convention center, violating the fire code and endangering lives. The city wants a 40-foot fire lane with no parking along East College in front of the center.

The 70-room hotel is part of the $38 million project at East College and North Main streets An excavation permit for pouring concrete for sidewalks outside the hotel and an occupancy permit have yet to be issued prompting the lawsuit.

Among those taking part in Tuesday’s discussion were fire chief Robert Hanmer, public works director Jeff Baumann and Tita Reed, Oberlin College assistant to the president for community and government relations.

Matt Adelman, planning commission president, said he received a summons but was not asked to testify.

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