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Mayor: Brew pub failure no one's fault

Ravenna hoping for similar business at downtown site

By DIANE SMITH Staff Writer Published: July 10, 2017 4:00 AM

A month after a long awaited brew pub fell through in Ravenna, the city's mayor is still holding out hope for a similar business to open near the site of a future movie theater.

And nobody is to blame for the fact that the original project being permanently shelved, Mayor Frank Seman added.

"Nobody is the bad guy in this situation," he said.

Don Schjeldahl of Flag Pole Brewing investors said talks with Neighborhood Development Services, which have been ongoing for a year, have recently reached an impasse over how the project was to proceed.

Schjeldahl said at the time that it was "the right time" but "the wrong team of people."

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NDS owns the former auto repair shop at 122 N. Meridian St., which Flag Pole Brewing had hoped to turn into a microbrewery. The tire shop had operated as a movie theater many years ago. NDS said at the time that it is still exploring options to move forward with a brewery at the North Meridian Street location.

NDS plans to renovate the former Paul's Do-It Center at 129 N. Chestnut St. into a 20,000-square-foot, seven-screen multiplex. The proposed theater entrance is directly across from Park Way from the former auto repair business. NDS plans to start construction of the theater within the coming weeks.

Construction on the theater, city and NDS officials say, is stalled because of delays at the state level.


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