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Plans underway to develop Geauga Lake, with shops, offices and homes

Posted at 11:38 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 11:38:22-05

GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio — For more than 100 years, Geauga Lake was home to wildlife and wild rides, but a new plan is in place to breathe new life into the former amusement park.

According to the Record-Courier, reports that trees are already being cleared from the area.

The Geauga Lake District will bring offices, shops and homes to Geauga County.

The company behind the development, Industrial Commercial Properties acquired 377 acres from Cedar Far last fall.

Plans for a Menard’s will take up 24 acres on a site that was once a parking lot along Route 43. The 200,000-square-foot complex is expected to open in 2022.

Meanwhile, plans are underway to transform the former Sea World parking lot and a campground near Treat Road will be transferred into more than 300 homes.

The history of Geauga Lake, however, won’t be forgotten. Historical markers will be placed on the site and a replica roller coaster will be built to pay homage to the site where so many people of Northeast Ohio gathered every summer.

Aurora and Bainbridge Township also finalized an agreement that will allow them to share income tax from employees working in the district.

The township also said they may build a satellite fire station to serve the new development and nearby neighborhoods.

Read the full story from the Record-Courier here.

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