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Scranton Peninsula connectivity continues, Downtown Heinens hints at future

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 08:01:03-04

CLEVELAND — The ambitious Thunderbird project set for Scranton Peninsula is on hold for now, according to developer Fred Geis, at least partially to allow the fuller impact of the coronavirus to become clear.

See News 5’s story about the Thunderbird Project here.

"I think they've got a really great plan to intelligently develop this over time," said Ohio City Incorporated Executive Director Tom McNair when News 5 reported on the project in September 2018. "This doesn't have to be one of those developments that happens all at once."

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Thunderbird signs are still on Scranton Peninsula.

Great Lakes Brewing Company had purchased a large chunk of the land, but didn’t respond to a recent inquiry about the brewery’s plans for the land.

News 5 reported Geis is in the last few months of work on The Avian office building on the peninsula. Plans for that project changed in the middle of construction to allow for features like hand-washing stations in the lobby and separate HVAC systems for separate parts of the building. Those features are meant to allow the building to help workers fight diseases like the coronavirus.

Cleveland-based NRP Group had previously been working on a residential project.

Red Line Greenway

When development on Scranton Peninsula does happen, the Red Line Greenway will be part of the bike connectivity to the area.

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Some of the Red Line Greenway trail starts to take shape near Scranton Peninsula.

Pictures from this week show finished sidewalk trails behind Hooples with land prepared for the trails that will take riders up the hill near the Red Line tracks.

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Finished trail connects Columbus Road to the Red Line Greenway entrance.

The Tow Path trail already runs on Scranton Peninsula along Scranton Road and Carter Road. The Centennial Lake Link Trail already connects the Abbey Avenue to Columbus Road right outside Hooples.

Downtown Heinen's
Heinen's is planning for some changes inside its downtown location after being forced to shutdown when the store was damaged during riots.

On Facebook, the store posted:

In a follow-up email, Co-President Jeff Heinen told News 5:

"We are still sorting out the repair estimates and that will take another week or two and while that is occurring, we are sorting out any changes that might make sense in this Covid-19 world.

There are a lot of moving parts once a store shuts down like this one did."