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P. 130: Park land purchased for retail, dining & commercial development

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That's just to throw you off before the big reveal that it's coming back...

What year is it?

Being a CLE local I've been keeping an eye on these projects.  The housing development currently under construction on the old Sea World side also looks very nice, and in an area with excellent school

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Once the park is up and running again, it'll be really special for the Aurora High School Class of 2773 to hold its prom in Thunderhawk Hall.

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I think they should use whatever money they get on a nice documentary film about Geauga Lake.

Well, just a few hundred more and they'll have enough for an entry level camcorder and a Macbook. Can't wait to see that iMovie documentary with an all-volunteer cast and crew!

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Once I get my bonus I'm donating $5,000 to get my name on a brick!

 

In more realistic news for anyone wanting some GL nostalgia. A local family fun park called Funtime Fun Park in Alliance, Ohio (Formerly the Caddie Shack http://caddieshackohio.com/ ) purchased and will reopen the GL Tilt-A-Whirl this summer. Anyone interested in mini-golf, go-karts, and a Tilt-A-Whirl should check them out. hope it's okay I posted the link, if not mods please delete

 

I saw this on the local Cleveland news!

 

They kept teasing the story by showing pictures of the Big Dipper, saying--

 

"A classic Geauga Lake thrill ride is coming back!!!"

 

Oh well. At least it's something.

 

I'll have to check out Funtime Fun Park. The owners were practically raised at GL (It seems that the name/sun logo is a homage to Funtime Inc.) and have a lot of love for it.

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Someone posted this on Facebook from cedarpoint.

I thought it was amusing.

 

well it does say Cedar Point on it

 

(assuming this is from Geauga Lake?. . since I didn't know CP had a Top Spin)

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Someone posted this on Facebook from cedarpoint.

I thought it was amusing.

 

well it does say Cedar Point on it

 

(assuming this is from Geauga Lake?. . since I didn't know CP had a Top Spin)

 

That's not a top spin...that is the camp bus inside of camp snoopy.

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Someone posted this on Facebook from cedarpoint.

I thought it was amusing.

 

well it does say Cedar Point on it

 

(assuming this is from Geauga Lake?. . since I didn't know CP had a Top Spin)

 

That's not a top spin...that is the camp bus inside of camp snoopy.

 

LOL. . ah. . makes sense then

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Question for those of you who are more familiar with Geauga Lake than I am... What was with the random Catwalks on Batman/Dominator's final turns? (As seen in these photos)

 

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(Center right of the photo)

 

 

 

(Upper left side of the photo)

 

 

 

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(Bottom left side of the photo)

 

 

 

(Middle right side of the photo)

 

And it's very noticeable in POV's.

 

I only ask because I was going through some of my old photos from KD, and I noticed the strange bits of metal hanging down on Dominator, that looked like they were there to support something, but I couldn't figure out what (as seen in this photo)

 

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It was driving me crazy, so I tried to figure out what the metal bits were for... That's when I learned they were for the catwalks. But what I can't figure out is the point of the catwalks. Was the coaster prone to valleying in this area?? (That's the only reason I can think of for these.)

 

Any insight from those who were more familiar with the coaster when it was at it's previous home?

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The catwalks where there to make it easier for maintenance to do work on the ride, or in the off-chance if they had to evac the ride since those parts of the coaster sat over wet, swampy, disgusting areas.

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$1,039 in 16 days. Should make $20M in around 844 years at this rate.

 

gofundme update: $1,351 in 8 months. At this rate he would reach $20M in ~9,862 years

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Actually, they have raised $1,351 since starting their fundraiser in February (on my birthday, no less). So in 9 months, they earned an average of $150 per month. So I calculate they will reach their goal in about 11,000 years!

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You know I had my doubts about the Save Geauga project, but these numbers make me think things are truly looking up for the park. I can't wait to see the look on my great great great great great...great great grand kids get to experience this truly special park!

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The trip down memory lane continues!

 

Found these pictures of the park from 1985.

 

Enjoy!

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The corkscrew. Yeah. They used to let it leave the station with the restraints up if no one was in the seat.

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Corkscrew and Big Dipper

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Corkscrew POV

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Look at that drop!

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Double Loop

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One of the two loops

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The other loop

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The trench between loops

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First drop

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The Wave

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Big Dipper

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^^Great photos, John! And that "logo" on the front car of Big Dipper? Sorta kinda makes me think

of a design Hershey Park would come up with. But that's just me. Thanks for posting this.

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The land that formerly hosted Geauga Lake, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure and SeaWorld Ohio has been sold to Industrial Commercial Properties, who intends to develop retail, restaurants, residential and other commercial uses for the plot.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/industrial-commercial-properties-purchases-former-geauga-lake-and-sea-world-property-from-cedar-fair-301164766.html?fbclid=IwAR1wzjhK-ePJoMxnMcigrxas25yXC31jRCTyEzHrPbrKg9SLgum4W_pr2q0

Industrial Commercial Properties LLC (ICP) has acquired the 377 acre property that was the former home of Geauga Lake Amusement Park and Sea World Ohio.  The property is located in Bainbridge Township, Ohio and the City of Aurora, Ohio.  The property will be rebranded as The Geauga Lake District, with elements of design that will pay homage to the history of the site and the former amusement park, which operated from 1887-2007.

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The Geauga Lake District promises to be a master planned development that will include retail, restaurants, residential and other commercial uses.  A cohesive and curated design will showcase uniform lighting, landscaping, public improvements and streetscape, including the construction of a new Geauga Lake Boulevard, which will connect State Route 43 to Depot Road and will feature a roller coaster design feature in the median.

"We are reigniting this iconic landmark," said Chris Semarjian, owner of ICP. "The redevelopment of this site will not only create a fully functioning district where people can live, work, dine and recreate, but it will also have a broader impact on economic development and job creation for the region."

"Many of us that grew up in Northeast Ohio have fond memories of the park, and it was important to our development team, the Trustees and the Mayor that we respect the remarkable history of the property and take great care in creating design elements like the signage, landscaping, lighting, and other public improvements at the site," said Chris Salata, ICP's chief operating officer.  "With greater residential density planned for our property and Pulte's project under construction in Aurora, the demand for commercial users will be strong," added Salata.   

ICP is known for providing industry-leading real estate solutions that are custom designed to meet the evolving needs of tenants, local communities and public officials.  The first company to be part of The Geauga Lake District will be Menards, a national, family-owned, home improvement store, which will occupy 24 acres, and will open in early 2022.  Founded in 1960, Menards boasts over 350 stores across the country in its portfolio.

"Menards at Geauga Lake" will represent a multi-million-dollar investment into the District and will be the retailer's third store in Northeast Ohio and their first on the east side of Cleveland.  "We are thrilled to have such a high-quality operator like Menards kick off the project," stated Austin Semarjian, vice president of leasing and acquisitions at ICP.

Over the last year, ICP collaborated with Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin of Aurora and the Bainbridge Township Trustees, Lorrie Sass Benza, Jeffery S. Markley and Kristina O'Brien, to make this exciting and impactful project become a reality.  On September 28, 2020, the Township and the City both unanimously approved the creation of a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) for the site that creates an income and tax sharing arrangement between the communities and calls for Aurora to provide water and sewer utilities to the property.

ICP is actively marketing the site to retailers, restaurants, residential and other commercial users.  The Geauga Lake District will highlight the spectacular 50-acre, spring-fed, Geauga Lake and include open green space that will be activated with public improvements.  Geauga Lake will offer scenic vistas for all of the development's residents and visitors.

About The Geauga Lake District
The Geauga Lake District is a master planned, mixed-use development, located in Bainbridge Township in Geauga County, Ohio and the City of Aurora in Portage County, Ohio.  With elements of design that pay homage to the history of the site and the former amusement park, The Geauga Lake District will include retail, restaurants, residential and other commercial uses, providing spacious green space and scenic vistas for all of its residents and visitors.

About Industrial Commercial Properties (ICP) 
Founded in 1996, Industrial Commercial Properties LLC (ICP) is a real estate development company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in commercial and industrial rehabilitation, build-to-suits and economic redevelopment.  The Midwest's leader in commercial real estate, ICP currently owns over 140 properties with more than 300 tenants, totaling 42 million square feet of industrial, office and commercial space.

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