|Ohio City, incorporated before the City of Cleveland, officially became part of the city in 1836 but also known as the Near West Side has retained its distinctiveness and charm rather than becoming an extension of downtown. It has its own commercial center and unique housing stock.|
|Location:Hope Memorial Bridge (Lorain-Carnegie Bridge) and Veterans Memorial Bridge (Superior-Detroit) leads traffic into this near West Side community. Ohio City sits between Detroit-Shoreway and Clark-Metro neighborhoods with access from I-71 and I-90. West 44th Street is the western side of Ohio City and Franklin Boulevard as its eastern border.|
|The RTA station at West 25th. and Lorain is in the heart of the commercial district of the community. RTA information is available on the Internet (RTA Station)|
|The distinctive housing stock in Ohio City dates as far back as the late 19th century. The predominant housing style is Victorian one and two family buildings. Housing ranges from working class homes to lavish mansions and even a castle on Franklin Boulevard. Franklin Castle was the original home of Ohio City's most lucrative businessmen, Hannes Tiedermann. The Castle is believed to be haunted by deceased family members.|
|Only minutes form downtown there are various housing types building close together which enhances the close unit community.|
|Ohio City boasts some of the City's historic architecture, which has benefited from the era of restoration currently underway.|
|In addition, new housing opportunities have supplemented the traditional with the development of Franklin Green Condominium and the newly developed Orchard Park and redevelopment of turn of the century buildings on West 25th.|
|The Ohio City Near West Development Corporation can assist with housing opportunities in the neighborhood. For more housing information, take the neighborhood housing tour.|
|The intersection of Lorain and West 25th Street is Ohio City's main commercial district and a substantial draw to this neighborhood and was first established in 1840 as "Market Square". The main attraction is the regionally famous West Side Market, built in 1912, was once The Pearl Street Market, a one-story wooden building. This distinctive market is regarded as the largest indoor/outdoor one of its kind in the country.|
|Across the street is Market Plaza shopping center. There are also many shops and restaurants along West 25th. with a variety of ethnic foods and shops. A new supermarket has recently opened enhancing this commercial area.|
|Antique hunters can find exactly what they need and some exceptional discoveries among the shops on Lorain Avenue.|
Located in the heart of Ohio City, St. Ignatius High School stands strong, steeped in traditional and excellence.
Ohio City is well served by community organizations located at the May Dugan Multi-Service Center (4115 Bridge Ave.- pictured left and the West Side Community House that has activities for youth and seniors. (pictured below).
|The West Side Community House that has activities for youth and seniors.|
|Recreational opportunities are available at Edgewater Park on Lake Erie, Michael Zone Recreation Center , Greenwood Pool (West 38th. and Siam), Fairview Park (West 38th. and Franklin) and the YMCA-West Side (3200 Franklin Blvd.). In addition, the neighborhood borders the westbank of the Flats and the Natuica emtertainment complex and is minutes away from Playhouse Square.|
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