The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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June 17, 2014

Signature Health set to open in the refurbished Hotel Ashtabula

ASHTABULA — After an extensive two-year building renovation, Hotel Ashtabula is ready for its first tenant, Signature Health.

Having refurbished the long dormant hotel, Charlie Borsukoff, construction manager of JCI Contractors, said he’s excited about the way the $5 million project turned out.

The first floor’s original mosaic tile floor has been buffed and polished to look like new. The ceilings with new, big, beautiful chandeliers, as well as the scroll work on the banisters and balcony have been re-done. Two elevators, new restrooms, 10,000 square feet of wood planking and 2,000 yards of carpet have been placed on the second, third and fourth floors.

An invitation-only open house at Signature Health, 4726 Main Ave. will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at noon, followed by a lunch reception for  guests. City leaders and local dignitaries are expected to attend.

A tour for the public will be held July 27 during the MultiCultural Festival downtown.

The building is owned by 4726 Main Avenue, LLC (comprised of four  partners/developers), Sandvick Architects of Cleveland is the architect, and JCI Contractors is the construction company that remodeled the 94-year-old hotel.

Former city manager Anthony Cantagallo worked hard in November 2011, to get Jonathan Lee, president and CEO of Signature Health, to sign a lease with the owners of the building.

On Monday, Signature’s Ashtabula offices were moving furniture into the building while Signature employees choose their office space.

Work began in August 2012, and passersby watched bulldozers removing top soil on the property just south of the old hotel and turn the area into a landscaped parking lot. On the outside of the brick building, workers sandblasted, replaced mortar joints and worked on the front sandstone.

Inside the 109-room former hotel, Borsukoff said saving the hotel’s high ceilings, wide hallways, fixtures, windows and woodwork took a little longer than expected, but it was worth it.

Workers removed every pane of glass from the lobby’s magnificent windows and reglazed them, allowing the southern sunlight into the lobby, he said.

Except for the lobby’s original windows, all of the hotel’s windows have been replaced with new. The marble staircase was restored and polished, he said.

The hotel’s former lobby will be Signature Health’s waiting area. The front desk in the lobby is where clients will check in for their appointments.

Burn’s Kid College, which occupied the east side of the first floor, has moved to 4314 Main Ave., (the former Social Security office).

Borsukoff said Signature Health will occupy four floors, including its own pharmacy. All of the walls are sound proof, giving patients, counselors and doctors the privacy they need to work.

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