News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

The Holden Arboretum

NOCHE


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Economy and Business


Giving the old Geauga Lake site new life is issue on May primary ballot
Issue 11 would swap amusement park zoning from industrial to mixed use.
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
Geauga Lake since closing in 2007.
Courtesy of Joel Rogers/Coaster Gallery
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

An issue on the May 6th primary ballot could impact the future of the former Geauga Lake Amusement Park property in Portage County.   Aurora voters will decide will if they want the more than 500 acres rezoned from industrial to mixed use.                                                                        

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:16)


The Geauga Lake land has been vacant since the park closed in 2007.  And industrial developers have shown no interest in the property. But Aurora city officials believe zoning it for entertainment, residential and office use will be more appealing. One possibility includes preserving part of the old amusement park, including the 90year old Big Dipper rollercoaster. Coaster enthusiast Carole Sanderson is with Herschman Architects. In 2008, she and the company developed a plan for a small amusement and entertainment center on part of the site.

“Where people go for a couple hours, they enjoy lunch, or they can use that property for a venue for something else. And, if it backed up to the lake, and to some of these other places, it could be a really, really nice asset for the community.”

Sanderson says the plan was shelved after the recession hit.She hopes passage of the rezoning issue will give it new life. Sanderson says redevelopment of the Geauga Lake land will be expensive because it lacks adequate sewer and water hookups, and clearing out the old amusement park structures would be difficult. Part of the property is in Bainbridge Township, and zoned for residential and commercial use. The property’s owner, Cedar Fair, which owns Cedar Point, is asking $15 million for the land.                                                                                  

 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Marijuana referendum may change more than pot's legal status in Ohio
If our representatives would act in accordance with the will of the people things like this wouldn't happen. They dragged their feet and blocked discussion on t...

Ohio's attorney general rejectsthe latest proposal to legalize marijuana
i think the ag launguage is money hes talking about drug companies must pay him more than responsible ohio can

PBS documentary chronicles the fall of Saigon through new footage and stories
Hi, Does anyone know the number - in the pbs special "Last Days of Vietnam" documentary, of how many Vietnamese were evacuated? Please e-mail me the answer. T...

Protest planned at tomorrow's FirstEnergy meeting
The problems of the poor and downtrodden have nothing to do with First Energy. They are the result of Republican legislators who consistently reduce taxes on th...

Ohio bill would help smaller communities with LGBT discrimination laws
Do we not try and have rights for all individuals equally? On the HUD list of "preferred" candidates who get "special consideration" it states that: For purp...

Ohio likely will continue with two types of police academies
Wake up people your wanting a Harvard law school education for a job that may pay a little over the poverty level. I don't know anyone who could support a wife ...

Police Week's ties from NE Ohio to D.C.
The men and women in blue who risk their lives everyday to serve and protect us....and this is as much recognition and appreciation that NPR/WKSU feels to offer...

First in a Series: How charter schools got a foothold in Ohio
If the interest where in education and there would be oversight of taxpayer dollars, charter schools would be okay. However, Charter School in Ohio are purely f...

Near West Theater raises the curtain at its new home with 'Shrek the Musical'
When I heard you were doing an article about the Near West Theater, I was very excited, because I had seen the lobby artwork in process on the floor of the arti...

Northeast Ohio pastors want to talk reform with Akron-based FirstEnergy
It's great that this First Energy bailout request is getting media coverage. First Energy is asking to be allowed to NOT find the best costing energy to sell us...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University