Staff Writer

ASHTABULA -- People looking for the historic Hotel Ashtabula need only look as far as their computers.

The 86-year-old hotel boasts a new Web site, which describes its amenities, history and future plans ( The Web site comes one week after City Manager Anthony Cantagallo announced developers plan to transform the six-story building into a 20-unit condominium complex.

"We put owners and developers together," he said. "This is the beginning of the revitalization of downtown Ashtabula."

Plans are to open the hotel's restaurant and lounge, as well as a trendy wine and raw bar and a fitness center, according to the Web site.

Today, the hotel is on the National Registration of Historic Places, but only a portion of the first floor is occupied. The remainder of the structure has been empty for 20 years or more.

The one and two-bedroom condos will come with garage space, professional landscaping, an outside rooftop patio and 24-hour exterior lighting, the Web site said.

The six-story hotel first opened July 16, 1920, at a cost of $350,000, the site said

The design, plans, supervision and construction of the building were handled by H.L. Stevens and Co. of Chicago and New York.

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