Mar. 17—ASHTABULA — Whereas plans for the Riverbend Resort has grown to incorporate an all-seasons rooftop bar and occasion venue, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it troublesome for the companions within the venture to safe all of the financing, mentioned Todd Canter of Maryland, resort founder and Ashtabula native.
“As we get nearer to the widespread rollout of the COVID vaccination, we’re hopeful that our nation will get again to regular as quickly as attainable,” he mentioned. “Larry Laurello, Pete Huggins and I are dedicated to constructing a resort within the Ashtabula Harbor. We’re united in reaching this objective.”
Like others across the globe, the companions are ready for monetary establishments to start lending to motels once more, as many have closed or severely restricted their lending applications to new resort tasks over the previous yr.
“We additionally want to make sure the financial viability of this venture by monitoring the return of the resort traveler,” he mentioned. “This may take a while. We look ahead to transferring this 1/8$6 million] venture ahead and delivering a greatest in service, neatly designed resort for the group and area.”
The long run 30-room, 27,000-square-foot, new upscale resort would be the first resort constructed within the metropolis in 100 years.
Metropolis Council President John Roskovics mentioned he believes on this resort and that it’s going to add to the revival of the historic harbor.
“Whereas it is irritating, we stay optimistic,” he mentioned.
The distinctive resort website, which presents a panoramic view of the historic Ashtabula Harbor and Ashtabula River, allowed the homeowners and metropolis officers to develop what would be the solely all-season rooftop venue in Ashtabula.