Painesville moves forward with amphitheater, wading pool plans after receiving state funding – News-Herald

Painesville City Manager Douglas Lewis and other officials said funding from the capital budget passed by state lawmakers earlier this month shows “Painesville is open for business.”

The city’s proposed amphitheater, which will overlook the Grand River near Kiwanis Recreation Park, has received $200,000 in funding. This is in addition to $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds, according to Lewis. He noted that State Sens. Jerry Cirino, R-Kirtland and Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, and State Rep. Dan Troy, D-Willowick, worked to ensure this project would receive a funding.

Preliminary plans from Burgess & Niple show a cost of $1.1 million for the amphitheater alone or $1.4 million for the amphitheater, restrooms and performers’ locker rooms, Lewis said. He noted that the city has requested additional funding from the federal government and is seeking grants for the project.

The amphitheater is part of a larger effort to build an entertainment district on a hill behind the KeyBank building, 8 N. State St., which will include a mixed-use development overlooking the amphitheater, park and river . Lewis said this development will include commercial space on the ground floor and 125 to 150 residences.

Lewis noted that the amphitheater “is a long-term project and will take a few years to develop.” Going forward, he said the city needs to sign an agreement with a developer and hopes to receive grants for environmental remediation. Once the development is nearly complete, the city will seek retailers.

“There are still a number of pieces of the puzzle that need to be put in place,” Lewis said. “However, I am very confident that this project will materialize in the near future.”

The city also received $100,000 from the state for a wading pool, or sprinkler park, project at Kiwanis Recreation Park, and is seeking an additional $220,000 before design work can begin. Lewis said the exact location of the wading pool has not been determined, but it won’t be far from the park’s current restrooms.

“These two projects really show the vibrancy and revitalization that is happening in Painesville right now,” Lewis said. “The administration is working to attract new restaurants to downtown Painesville to help establish a family entertainment district and make downtown a place to visit at night. The wading pool will provide a safe place for parents to take their children for free fun without leaving the community.

Cathy Bieterman, Director of Economic Development for the city, added: “Both projects would increase vitality within the community, which can always lead to more development in retail and restaurants, which we are actively working on. recruit in current downtown spaces.

Lewis mentioned that these two projects are part of a number of ongoing development efforts in Painesville. The new Signature Health Center and HOLA Community Center contributed $8.5 million towards downtown investment. In an effort to receive an additional $1.5 million in private investment, the city awarded local businesses $285,000 from ARPA and the county’s Community Development Block Grants (CBDG). On Painesville Square, Victoria Place is being transformed into a mixed-use development while Lake Erie College dormitories will be placed in the former Chase Bank building.

“Painesville is open for business and we are working with developers to make these projects a reality,” Lewis said.

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