November 28, 2014

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First step taken in land swap

AVON LAKE — City Council approved the first of three readings for a land swap with Reliant Energy on Monday night, further cementing the energy plant’s future in Avon Lake while providing improvements at Miller Road Park.
Reliant agreed to exchange two acres of land it owned west of the park for two acres of city-owned land east of the park following a five-week public bid process that ended with Reliant paying more than $1 million for the city-owned land.
Avon Lake Mayor Rob Berner said the city was informed by Reliant more than five months ago that it needed the land to expand operations to fall in-line for a future Environmental Protection Agency-mandate, and he said the city was more than happy to try and accommodate a trade.
Reliant agreed to provide more than $450,000 in improvements to Miller Road Park, including additional boat and vehicle parking, a new 450-square-foot restroom building, a reconfigured walking path and landscaping.
The property swap and land improvements will begin sometime in the fall, according to Berner, and the beach in the area would remain unaffected.
In addition to retaining jobs at the plant, the expansion will help reduce environmental emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide while making room for more employment, Berner said.
Contact Stephen Szucs at 329-7129 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.