Two miles of power lines disappearing from Lorain's lakeshore for development

LORAIN, Ohio - Nearly two miles of high-voltage power lines, the giant towers that support them and the enormous sub stations will disappear from Lorain.

The city of Lorain and FirstEnergy are teaming up for the $7 million project. That will open the door for potential development that could extend from the lakeshore to downtown Lorain.

"Make it to where businesspeople want to bring their companies here because if you don't have an enjoyable environment to where people are going to like what they're looking at, they're not going to come and see it," said Kristen Kitchen, part-owner of Charleston Coffee House on Broadway.

"Between the city and port authority, we have over 100 acres of property that, I think, in terms of an open canvass when we remove the obstacles that are in our way, the possibilities are endless," said Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer.

The unsightly power lines will come down this summer.

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