The Oberlin Review

A newly-installed roundabout on Pyle South Amherst Road in Oberlin.

Residents Respond to Construction of Pyle South Amherst Road Roundabouts

November 8, 2019

After almost a year of planning and discussion between residents and city officials, four roundabouts on Pyle South Amherst Road were completed last Friday. The roundabouts were part of a larger repavement project that also included cement stabilization, resurfacing, the addition of pavement markings, new signage, a golf cart crossing. The project began after Public Works Director Jeff Bauman applied for and received an Ohio Public Works Commission grant to repave the 20-year-old pavement. This ...

There are currently ongoing construction projects in Firelands Apartments Building, which some residents find disruptive.

Residents Question Facilities Communication

March 15, 2019

Editor’s note: This article contains description of blood and physical injury. Concerns about campus housing — including a window shattering in Langston Hall and ceiling leaks and mold in Firelands Apartments — have left some students unhappy with the lack of communication and transparency provided by the Office of Residential Education about its facilities. On Sunday, Feb. 24, College junior Samantha Clanton was trying to close her dorm window in Langston Hall when the glass broke and he...

Plans for the development of The Tappan.

Three Alums Plan to Erect The Tappan

February 22, 2019

Three Oberlin alumni, Josh Rosen and Ben Ezinga, OC ’01, and Naomi Sabel, OC ’02, of Sustainable Community Associates have proposed a new development project called The Tappan in Tremont, Cleveland. The proposed building will house 95 apartments and is expected to cost 22 million dollars in financing. This is the trio’s fifth project together. Although the group predominantly focuses on historic restoration, the SCA is responsible for the East College Street Project, which houses local businesses...

Mercy Allen Hospital will be begin construction on a new wing, set to open winter 2019.

Construction Starts on New Mercy Hospital Wing

November 2, 2018

Community stakeholders, including Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar and Mercy Health representatives, broke ground on the construction of a proposed medical office building at a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 12. The new space will house the existing Mercy Health Oberlin Primary Care and Mercy Health Walk-in Care offices, which currently offer College students access to health care outside of Student Health Services’ open hours. Mercy will also use the building to invest in new services such ...

A mockup of the Hall Annex renovation and expansion shows a projection of how the completed building will look. The $14-million project will begin in June and is expected to be finished by summer 2018.

$14-Million Hall Annex Renovations to Begin in June

April 28, 2017

Student actors, singers and danc­ers will have a brand new space to per­form in next calendar year, after the City Planning Commission approved a long-awaited renovation and expansion of Hall Annex April 19. The $14-million project includes both a complete renovation of Hall Annex and the addition of a medium-sized “Adapt­able Theater” in the space between the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center and Hall Auditorium. To Managing Director for Theater, Dance and Opera Eric Steggall, the new theater...

Gateway Hotel Project a Fire Hazard

Tony Mealy, Oberlin citizen

October 9, 2015

To the Editors: After attending a recent special meeting called to discuss the Gateway Hotel project, it became very clear that Oberlin College and the city Planning Commission appear to be totally indifferent in regard to local safety or the high fire insurance rates that the city and homeowners pay in this community. The new facility is over four stories high and plans to have a jazz club bar in the basement storage area with no direct ingress/egress to a narrow sidewalk on East College Street. Most fire deaths are not caused by burns, but by smoke inhalation of vapors and toxic gases which are lethal. Having built to the right-of-way, the developer eliminated parking on the south side of the building. In...

Construction for New K-5 School Approved

Sarah Chatta

September 19, 2014

After years of planning to revamp the Oberlin School District’s facilities, the city’s Board of Education approved a plan last Tuesday to build a new school for Kindergarten through fifth grade. A tax levy will be presented on the city ballot this May, and, if passed, the first phase of construction could start as soon as the spring of 2015. The Board was originally looking to build a K–12 campus, but this was contingent upon funding from the Ohio School Facilities Commission. “Last May we found out that the funding is not going to be coming,” said Superintendent John Schroth. “Without that, it was going to be really difficult to build the whole K–12 campus at one time.” The new elemen...

News Brief: Inn Construction Begins

News Brief: Inn Construction Begins

September 12, 2014

Demolition of the Oberlin Inn began in earnest this week, marking the start of a 15-month period of construction on the corner of Main and College streets. The new facility, which will open in its entirety in the fall of 2016, will include a refurbished 70-room hotel, conference facility, retail space, restaurant, lobby area and admissions wing, all combined into one 100,000-square foot complex. According to former Vice President for the Office of Finance and Administration Ron Watts, the Inn will ser...

Construction Begins this Spring on $32 Million Hotel Complex

Louis Krauss

March 9, 2014

The College will break ground on the construction of a new hotel, restaurant and conference center as an attachment on the Oberlin Inn later this spring. The Inn, which will soon be replaced by a projected 100,000 square-foot complex, will be renamed in honor of Peter B. Lewis, the late philanthropist and chairman of Progressive Insurance Company and the project’s $5 million donor. “The old [Inn] is falling down and the hotel has serious structural problems. One problem is that the hotel has north, south, east and west wings,” said David Orr, professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and senior advisor to the College’s president. “It encroaches to the north where we need to expand Hall Auditorium....

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