School moving into Belmar


The Ohio Center for Broadcasting faced a dilemma when it was announced that the West Corridor Lightrail line was to be built on the school’s Wadsworth Boulevard location.

Although the school, at 1310 Wadsworth Blvd., was happy in Lakewood, it was unclear whether or not there would be another spot in the city the center could call home.

Then on Feb. 24, the Laboratory of Art and Ideas at the Belmar Center (the Lab) announced that it would be leaving Lakewood to become a part of the Museum of Contemporary Art, located in Denver.

After experiencing trouble in finding a new location in Lakewood that would work for the center, Carrie Mesch, co-owner of MESCH Commercial Real Estate, was asked to help by the school, said Lisa Wieting with Cohn Marketing.

Mesch worked with Dan Murphy, senior principal for Continuum Partners, to create the plan with Belmar to get the relocation underway, she said.

“It typically takes a few months to get a deal moving and through the system after the first meeting,” Murphy said. “We rolled up our sleeves and worked closely with the tenant’s broker, Carrie Mesch, and the landlord’s broker, Steve Billigmeier, and were able to get the deal done from start to finish in an astonishing eight days.”

The school is set to open in the Belmar 10,000-square-foot location by midsummer.

“We are incredibly excited about our new location at Belmar,” said Larry Tuma, executive director of the Ohio Center for Broadcasting. “When we found out we would need to move to a new site late this spring, we were concerned about how soon we would pull it off in the short window of time we had.”

All the officials of the center are looking forward to the opening in late June or early July, he said.

The Ohio Center for Broadcasting is the fourth new tenant in the past month to announce its move to Belmar. Others include Hobby Lobby and Paul Mitchell School.

The Ohio Center for Broadcasting is a nationally accredited school that offers courses for those who wish to pursue a career in the radio or television field.


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