The City of Green is adding a new high end restaurant to their ever growing community.
Gervasi Vineyards is in the process of purchasing nine acres from the city that includes a 15,000 square foot building located at the edge of South Gate Park on Massillon Road.
Randy Monteith, Director of Public Service for the City of Green describes the sale as a great opportunity. "It's taking advantage of an asset that we haven't been able to utilize fully in the past and I think this brings another great opportunity for a restaurant within the City Of Green and that's really what we've been trying to do."
The city had purchased the property in 2005 that included what many locals refer to as "The Lodge," a 15,000 square foot home built in the early 90's. The building overlooks two of the five fishing holes located in South Gate Park.
"The plan that Mr. (Scott) Swaldo has come forward with and Gervasi, is to convert that home into a restaurant (and) winery. My understanding is that they are going to make a small amount of wine at the location and he wants to make it of similar quality as his facility in Canton" says Montheith.
The city is considering the sale in the closing stages pending some minor contingencies. Montheith says that the sale will have no effect on the surrounding park area including the bank barn, old farm house, fishing holes and walking paths.
"The West side of the ponds will still be park property and people will still be able to get on that. The property boundary, if you will, there's no plans for fencing or anything of that nature at this point, but we have been working with the folks from Gervasi to come up with the appropriate sign letting people know that they are leaving the Gervasi property and going into city property, because our parks close at dusk and we want people to be aware of that" says Monteith.