Earlier this month, 29-year-old entrepreneur Kevin Wojton acquired the Ohio City Masonic Arts Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The center sits on a two-third-acre lot and was built in the 1930s. According to Clevelandscene.com, the assessed value of the land and the building is $157,580. And according to Wojton, the building is in pretty bad shape.
“There’s a hole in the roof which has opened to nearly five feet [in diameter],” Wojton says. “The building has been rained inside for the last nine months.”
Rampant break-ins and looting, according to Wojton, have reduced the building to an empty shell.
“They’ve stolen everything worth anything, from all the copper and pipes to the original brass. Anything that wasn’t nailed down—even if it was nailed down, it was stolen,” Wojton says.
Currently, the Cleveland area is served by two climbing facilities: The Cleveland Rock Gym which opened in 1994 and Climb Cleveland a bouldering-only facility which opened earlier this year.
The gym, tentatively called “Cleveland Rocks,” is expected to open sometime in March 2018.