AURORA, Ohio -- Something new is happening with the abandoned land once held by the Geauga Lake amusement park.
Liberty Ford in Solon will now be moving onto the former theme park’s property in Aurora, which will take up close to 15 of those 600 plus acres.
According to Hanna Commercial Real Estate, the deal should close as early as next month.
WKYC spoke with Dustin Peugeot, Liberty Auto Group’s Chief Operating Officer, who says they’ll be tripling in size.
“It’s bittersweet to leave Solon, but we look forward to the new opportunity and inviting our current and perspective customers to enjoy it with us,” Peugeot said.
Liberty Ford plans to build a luxury-style Ford dealership with upgraded amenities as well.
The current owners, Cedar Fair, have a new mixed-use vision for the property with retail and housing. Cedar Fair is asking $12.5 million for the rest of the park property that is not currently under contract.
For the Bainbridge Township portion of the property, Meijer, the American supercenter chain, is looking at the site. According to the realty company, Meijer is under contract to purchase 41 acres.
PHOTOS | Geauga Lake's last season in 2007
This, of course, could potentially create hundreds of jobs. There is still a lot of work that’s happening behind the scenes to figure out the sewer and water infrastructure to make this happen, though.
Bainbridge Township Trustee Jeff Markley told WKYC about the vision for the hundreds of acres remaining.
“[We’d like to] just bring people back out and enjoy what once was Geauga Lake. If we could figure out what that actually looks like, and not just a bunch of single-family homes and apartments or whatever. That’s the key and it’s a bit of a challenge."
Markely also mentioned they’d like to see institutional type uses, such as a technology campus or hospitals.
Geauga Lake closed its gates forever in September 2007.