Committee closes in on revitalization project goal

The Meadville Tribune

Thursday, August 16, 2012

CONNEAUT LAKE — Conneaut Lake Community Development Committee has raised $148,000 toward its initial goal of $150,000 for seed money to pay the consultant and related expenses for the Conneaut Lake revitalization project.

Ed Yates, chairman of the CLCDC, said the total includes funds donated as well as pledges, including a $25,000 state grant.

Yates said fundraising would continue in order to have other funds available as needed for the multi-million dollar project.

The planned improvements include removal of overhead utility wires; landscaping, including trees and flowers, new curbing, sidewalks and crosswalks; and improvements to Fireman’s Beach.

Known as the Streetscape Project, improvements to Fireman’s Beach and downtown Conneaut Lake represent the second major project in Conneaut Lake in recent years.

The first was the renovation of Ice House Park done with backing from Dr. Robert and Bobbie Moyers and Bob and Kathy Moss.  It has been a drawing card and a major beautification effort at the entrance to the borough.  Dr. Moyers said the project actually took two years from beginning to end. 

CLCDC hopes when all the work is complete, a high-end restaurant and other businesses could be enticed to locate in Conneaut Lake to increase the tax base and to improve the town.