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CLEVELAND -- Mayor Frank Jackson's lakefront plan has set the table.

Now a Streetsboro developer and the city have a deal that could bring a big project to the west end of Burke Lakefront Airport.

It's a first commitment by a developer to lease a site, look at the issues around it, design a project and go after tenants.

And those who like to think big are calling this a first step toward something approaching the big Inner Harbor in Baltimore.

Geis Companies, of Streetsboro, wants to lease 20 acres of land near the west end of Burke Airport. Thecity envisions development there.

The city invited developers to submit ideas for lakefront development and Geis is the first one to say "hey, we'd like to try and put something there."

Geis is already building in Cleveland. It designed, built and runs Midtown's medical tech park.

A Burke project must be low-rise to let planes fly in and out of Burke.

Some see Baltimore's developed I inner Harbor as what's posssible.

If Cleveland City Council approves the deal and things fall into place, the city's hopes work starts maybe late next year.

Lakefront development will have to mix public and private efforts. Thepublic part is already here -- Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Great lakes Science Center.

Now it's hoping for more developers like Geis to step up.

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