In July 2008, I wrote here about “Cleveland’s Shameful Eyesore: Lakefront Howard Johnson’s". The old Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge building has been vacant for years, and despite promises of the property being renovated or re-imagined for other use, nothing had happened. After a few legal battles with property owners and the city, the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court recently removed a restraining order this month that had prevented the demolition. The main building is now under the wrecking ball.
The WJW Fox 8 News facility sits in front of the old Howard Johnson’s, and they have had their cameras trained on the building while the wrecking ball goes at it. (Video below.) It’s a pity the demolition isn't being done by implosion. At the rate this wrecking ball is going at it, the building will still be standing years from now. But, it is good to see that this eyesore will eventually be history.
You can find a few photos of the hotel, past and present day at: “Cleveland’s Shameful Eyesore: Lakefront Howard Johnson’s".
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