1985: Strategic Development Plan for the eastside waterfront calls for both public and private investment to spur redevelopment. Plan advocates construction of full service marina, acquisition of property for public access and additional public launching facilities.
1987: Small Boat Harbor/Breakwall. July 1987, permanent breakwall along east pier dedicated by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Project set the stage for permanent, full-scale marina development in harbor area.
1988: Marina International (now Spitzer-Lakeside Marina) constructed.
1988: Port Authority issues $5.1 million in port development bonds to assist in project financing.
1988: Port Authority awarded $427,000 grant from O.D.N.R. for marina parking lot project.
1989: Port issues additional $1.5 million in port development bonds to assist in marina expansion to 600 slips.
1989: Black River Master Plan-Port Authority awarded $50,000 grant from Ohio Department of Transportation to develop land use master plan for the Black River.
1989: Port acquires property along Lakeside Avenue for public access to lakefront.
1989: May 1989, community approval of one-mil, five-year operating levy for the agency.
1990: Lakeside Landing Five acre public access park along Lake Erie shoreline constructed. First project built utilizing levy funds. Total project cost $700,000.
1991: Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc. created by the Port Authority to spearhead Lorain Lighthouse renovation effort.
1991: Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc. kicks off capital fundraising campaign.
1991: Congressman Donald Pease announced a $500,000 line item Federal House Energy and Water Development Appropriation Bill for repair of the lighthouse base.
1991: State Representative Joseph F. Koziura captured $150,000 through the State of Ohio captial budget for lighthouse renovation efforts.
1991-1994: Riverside Park Redevelopment-Port Authority redevelops small riverfront park adjacent to the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge. Port awarded $70,000 grant from O.D.N.R. to assist in project financing. Total project cost $700,000.
1994: May 1994, one-mil, five year operating levy renewed.
1995: LTV Steel donates 25-acre 'Grove Site' property along the Black River to the Port Authority for the sum of $10. Project envisioned as civic and cultural site. Plans call for development of intermodal transportation center (commuter rail hub), festival grounds and public access areas.
1996: Brush Wellman, Port issues $8.3 million in IRBs. Twenty-eight (28) new jobs are created.
1996: First project involving issuance of bonds by the Port Authority outside traditional waterfront area.
1996: Port Authority awarded a total of $1 million in grants to construct new boat launch facility along Black River.
1996: Ohio Public Works Commission awards $243,000 in funds to City of Lorain and Port Authority for construction of 14th Street access road to Black River and launch ramp.
1996: Commuter Rail Demonstration Run-Port Authority , with Cleveland RTA, plays key role in promoting commuter rail access to Lorain.
1997: Dredge Pipeline Removal-Following 10 years of negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, dredge pipeline, which dissected the Lorain Harbor, removed.
1997: In July, dedication of new $2.1 million Black River Wharf Boat Launch Ramp. Project receives national award for design.
1997: Port Authority/City of Lorain Cooperative Agreement-Port/City complete working agreement to develop an industrial park on the City's eastside to attract new businesses, create jobs and provide opportunities for business expansion.
1997: Lorain Marine Patrol Program-Port Authority and Lorain Police Department enter agreement for joint operations of Marine Patrol Program.
1997: Colorado Industrial Park-Joint project between Port Authority and City of Lorain. Constructed $1.4 million, 24-acre industrial park, along Colorado Avenue.
1997: Port/City team awarded $1 million in grants for State of Ohio for infrastructure improvements to Colorado Industrial Park.
1997: Advanced Automotive Systems, Inc. (AAS) Project-Port/City construct $2.8 million, 67,500 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Colorado Industrial Park.
1997: AAS is first project tenant. Project to create 130 jobs over 5 years. Currently, 200+.
1998: U.S. Postal Service Distribution Center-Colorado Industrial Park, second project tenant. $4 million project began Spring 1999. Completed December 1999.
1998: Upper Black River Master Plan-Port/City awarded $40,000 grant from O.D.N.R. to develop master plan for 400 acres of land located along the Black River, south of Colorado Avenue. Initial concepts provide for extension of the Colorado Industrial Park, public access along the Black River and re-use of the former City landfill as a golf course.
1998: Colorado Industrial Park Phases II and III-Ohio Department of Development awards additional $1 million in grants to Port Authority and City of Lorain for industrial Park expansion.
1998: Landfill Environment Assessment Project-Port Authority commissioned environmental study re-use of former Root Road Landfill. Project to be completed 1999.
1998: Lakeside Public Restrooms-Port awarded $60,000 grant from O.D.N.R.'s nature works program to construct public restroom facility. Project completed Spring 1999. Total project cost $85,000.
1998: Black River Intermodal Transportation Center-December 1998, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced allocation of $3.5 million in funds for development of an intermodal transportation center on the Grove Site. Coupled with $3.45 million allocation of funds through the Federal TEA-21 Program, total project allocation approximately $7 million.
1999: Transportation center envisioned as commuter rail hub for City of Lorain and Lorain County.
1999: May 4, one-mil, five year operating levy renewed.
1999: Diked disposal site public parking area expanded.
1999: Port Authority acquires property from CSX Transportion for Grove Site Project in the amount of $210,000.
2000: ODNR $58,600 grant awarded for Eastside Launch Ramp upgrade
2000: AAS 20,000 sq. ft. expansion project
2000: In August, American Wind Orchestra Performance at Riverside Park
2001: Contract awarded for Black River Transportation Center Project to J.D. Williamson Construction Company of Tallmadge, Ohio
2001: August 15, LPA breaks ground on the $6.95 million Black River Transportation Center at the Grove Site
2001: AAS 40,000 sq. ft. expansion/Colorado Industrial Park
2001: Port Authority and Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc. entered into an agreement for Black River Landing Sponsorship Project
2002: USEPA awarded $29,000 grant for establishment of Aquatic Fish Habitat at Black River Landing
2002: Ohio Rail Development Commission awarded $7,696 grant for acquisition of CSX rail line at Black River Landing
2003: Inaugural season for Black River Landing
2003: Festivals and events attract over 300,000 people to the waterfront
2003: Port Acquires 24 acres of land from LTV Steel for $210,000 (Property located north of Black River Wharf Boat Launch Ramp)
2003: Port Authority now owns over 75 acres of land along the Black River
2003: Port celebrates Ohio’s Bicentennial with Tall Ship Europa during Port Fest
2003: Board of Directors places 1 Mill replacement levy on March 2004 primary ballot
2004: May 2, one-mil, five year operating levy replaced
2004: Award of $200,000 for Lighthouse Shuttle Project announced by Senator Mike DeWine and Congressman Sherrod Brown
2004: Independent League baseball stadium proposed for property adjacent to Black River Wharf Boat Launch Ramp
2004: ODNR awards $51,000 for dredging grant for harbor area
2004: Tall Ship HMS Bounty visits Port of Lorain for educational dockside tours
2004: Riverside Marina building and dockage leased to Port of Lorain Foundation for use as a Lighthouse Museum
2004: Partnership formed with Lorain County MetroParks and the City of Lorain to develop the 54-acre property known as the Diked Disposal Site; Planning Task Force created
2004: Recognized the 40th Anniversary of the Lorain Port Authority
2005: Initiation of Street Car/ Trolley Project to connect components of Lorain’s waterfront
2005: 501c3 corporation was formed to initiate the project
2005: Board of Directors authorizes Excursion Boat study to promote intermodal transportation to western Lake Erie destinations
2005: Port develops Lorain’s own Farmers’ Market at Black River Landing
2005: Partnership formed with US Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District for waterfront project coordination
2005: Board of Directors authorizes land sale to AAS/Camaco for 45,000 sq. ft. expansion which will include the creation of additional jobs in Lorain
2005: Received earmark of $500,000 through the Federal TEA-21 Budget (Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century) for the Excursion Vessel Project
2006: Black River Landing Stage Constructed.
2006: Port enters into partnership with Palace Theater for “Movies Under The Stars” and a Saturday night Summer Concert Series. The inaugural season attracted thousands to Black River Landing.
2006: Awarded $25,000 ODNR Office of Coastal Management grant to prepare a master plan for the Diked Disposal Site
2006: Received earmark of $600,000 through the Federal SAFTEALU Budget (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act—A Legacy for Users) for the Excursion Vessel Project
2007: Awarded $60,000 NOACA TLCI grant for Black River Landing Rail Corridor and Site Access Study
2007: Awarded $75,000 ODNR Office of Coastal Management grant for Riverwalk Project
2007: Contracted with Crosby Yacht to build two shuttle boats for service to the Lorain Lighthouse and Black River Nature tours, 2007 was inaugural season of tours
2007: Permanent decorative fencing was added at Black River Landing for aesthetic and security purposes
2007: LPA and City of Lorain formed a Joint Waterfront Development Committee and contracted with global real estate advisory firm Staubach to assist in the RFP process for waterfront development encompassing over 100 acres of City and LPA property along the waterfront in Lorain
2007: LPA initiated and promoted a Development Finance program through partnership with the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority
2007: Lorain-Vermilion Water Trail Project initiated through partnership of LPA, City of Lorain, Lorain County MetroParks, City of Vermilion, Vermilion Port Authority, Erie County MetroParks, Mainstreet Vermilion, and Lorain Growth Corp to apply for water trail designation through ODNR for the purpose encouraging tourism and eco-friendly educational, historical, cultural, and recreational activities on the Vermilion River, Black River, and Lake Erie.
2007: Diked Disposal Site Master Plan, prepared by Behnke Associates, adopted by LPA and includes multiple phases of development on the 58-acre lakefront confined disposal facility.
2007: Lorain Marine Patrol awarded “Outstanding Marine Patrol Unit” Award and Officer Dale Masten received the prestigious “Officer of the Year Award”.
2007: A Taste of History event produced and added as an annual LPA event
2007: LPA partnered with the City of Lorain and Lorain County to complete the Bascule Bridge Lighting Project. The project was unveiled during the Lorain International Festival at Black River Landing.
2007: Reflective Garden and Historical Monument project completed in honor of the Lorain Underground Railroad Station 100. This project was made possible through many volunteer hours, donations, and sponsorships.
2008: Port enters into agreement with Put-in-Bay Boat Lines (Jet Express) to initiate excursion ferry service between Lorain and the Lake Erie Islands.
2008: Port completes Phase IA of the Diked Disposal Site Project involving rehabilitation of the marina entranceway and upgrading of the public parking lot north of the marina building complex.
2008: Port issues up to $ 6 million in adjustable rate revenue bonds for the Horizon Activities Centers Project.
2009: Board of Directors authorizes placement of renewal of the 1 mill 5 year operating levy for the agency on the May, 2009 primary election ballot.
2009: May 4th, 2009 marks the 45th anniversary of the agency (created May 4, 1964).
2009: Port enters into agreement with the WAVE radio station to conduct summer jazz concert series at Black River Landing.
2009: Lorain Port Authority announces acquisition of $1.658 million ferry boat from NY Waterway to establish excursion vessel service between the Port of Lorain and the Lake Erie Island area.
2009: The Black River Landing Riverwalk and Pergola Project expected to be constructed in spring, 2009. Project funded in part through a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Program.
2009: Governor Strickland announces award of $3.38 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds to the Lorain Port Authority for continued development of the lakefront diked disposal site
2012: Port completes ARRA project at the lakefront diked disposal site.