AVON LAKE, OH - Avon Lake Environmental Redevelopment Group, LLC (ALERG) announced that its leadership, along with representatives from the City of Avon Lake, global commercial real estate services firm Avison Young, and global architecture, design and planning firm Gensler, will present a project overview and initial redevelopment options for the Avon Lake Generating Station property at a public meeting on Tuesday at Avon Lake High School.
The plan, which has five themes, calls for the iconic power plant stacks to remain. The themes are reposition the lake front, remediate the power plant, revitalize the power plant site, restore the open space and renovate historic turbine hall.
Richard Shields, the Development Executive with Avison Young who oversees the marketing and redevelopment strategy said, “The opportunity to re-imagine the 131 acres of the former powerplant site will attract local and national attention and investment to Avon Lake and leverage the unique aspects of the community and the significant environmental and social benefits that redevelopment will bring.” Christopher Livingston, Principal and Managing Director of Avison Young’s Cleveland office adds, “These next steps in the development planning process are critical for Avon Lake and the entire region. The legacy impact relative to this effort cannot be overstated.”
Gensler Principal and Board Director Andre Brumfield states, “With the decommissioning of the coal-fired power plant on site, there is an opportunity for Avon Lake to reinvent itself for the 21st Century. The size of this site offers a significant redevelopment opportunity to further bolster the economic and social heart of the city and its surrounding communities. Most critically, the vision for the site will connect the City of Avon Lake back to the shorelines of Lake Erie. The primary driver of this effort is to create a new public realm along the lakefront that will serve as a catalyst for new development and create a regional destination for Greater Cleveland and a new identity for Avon Lake.”
In April 2022, ALERG completed the full acquisition of the Avon Lake Generating Station and adjacent property from GenOn and began environmental remediation and sustainable redevelopment of the property. As part of this agreement, ALERG acquired the property located on Lake Erie and is responsible for the shutdown and decommissioning of the coal power plant and performing all environmental remediation and demolition work at the site. Ohio Labor unions have been outspoken about the workforce ALERG is employing.
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