Owner of Gervasi Vineyard Submits Offer for Belden Lodge at Southgate Park
Green, OH – Theodore Swaldo, the owner of Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, has submitted an offer to purchase the Belden Lodge and the adjacent 8.71 acres at Southgate Park owned by the City of Green. A previous offer made by Table for Life, LLC and its owner, chef and restaurateur Kent Welsh fell through in March when investors backed out of the deal claiming estimated costs to renovate the facility surpassed their original estimates.
“We’ve had much interest in the property by a number of potential businesses,” said Mayor Norton. “The picturesque location of the Belden Lodge certainly makes it a great property for a winery and restaurant. We are extremely excited to have a Gervasi operation coming to Green.”
The Belden Lodge was acquired as part of the Southgate Property in 2006. Since then, the City has been unable to use it for public purposes due to the cost of compliance with ADA and fire codes. Cost to renovate the property for public use by the City was estimated in the $1 million range. Annual cost to the City to maintain the vacant facility is approximately $12,000. In the Fall 2011, the City placed the property on the market for sale.
The 8.71-acre property will require the developer to build a driveway from Massillon Road. The offer will be presented to City Council on Tuesday, May 14. The proposed project will be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, May 15.
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