Man wants to restore Timberlanes Lodge
By D.A. Wilkinson
The revival of Timberlanes Motor Lodge and Restaurant, 544 E. Pershing St., may be coming.
The property is set for a sheriff’s sale at 10 a.m. March 8 at the Columbiana County Courthouse.
Carl Baker of Unique Ventures Group in Meadville, Pa., wants to restore the popular hotel and restaurant and plans to buy it at the sheriff’s sale.
“It’s a great facility,” he said.
Baker said he plans to put a Perkins Restaurant in the building.
The facility is up for auction because of non- payment of county property taxes.
The Columbiana County Sheriff’s Department said the property is appraised at $1 million.
According to the sheriff’s office, the property can’t be sold for anything less that two-thirds of that amount, or $673,333.
Youngstown Atty. Edward A. Czopur, who is working with Unique Ventures, said the sheriff’s sale would provide ownership of the property to the buyer.
The purchase also would freeze out other businesses that have claims against the property.
The closing of the facility in January 2009 left the city without a hotel. The city had created a tourism board based on bed-tax fees from Timberlanes that ended when the facility closed.
Audrey Null, executive director of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, said she has met with Unique Ventures about its plans. She said revival of Timberlanes also would provide space for various meetings.