SUMMIT TOWNSHIP — The next stage of the development of the Snow Waters Marina and Golf Village was taken Monday as developer Jeff Davenport completed a deal to purchase the Jo-Winn/4-J Trailer Court.

The purchase of the Park Golf Course 1 is expected “until the first of next year,” said developer Jeff Davenport.

Residents of the trailer park have until the end of the year to move their mobile homes, Davenport said. Although state law mandates only 30-day notice must be given to residents being displaced, Davenport said, “We want to work with them (the tenants) as best as we can.” Residents in that trailer park have no long-standing leases and rent the sites where their mobile homes are located.

Approval has already been given by state agencies to expand the bridge over Route 618 over Inlet Creek. The change will allow both ski boats and pontoon boats up to 24 feet in length to have access to Conneaut Lake from the development.

Work on the bridge is expected to begin May 1, 2007, said Davenport.

He anticipates the bridge work to be completed by the end of

August 2007 before school starts next year.

The first phase of the development’s construction — which includes the marina with 182 slips for boats to access Conneaut Lake, the marina village and between 60 and 80 condominiums — will take about one and one-half years.

Although the next several phases weren’t scheduled to be complete for 10 years, Davenport said the work may be accelerated. “We have had so much interest asking for units. I’ve been overwhelmed by it,” he said.

“We are excited as we work to put it together,” he said. He praised the efforts of all local, state and federal officials who have worked with him to allow it to proceed.

“It is very exciting,” he said.

The project will be developed in several phases. Phase two will be construction of another 51 condo units. Phase three will be the golf village, which will include renovation of the current Park Golf Course club house and addition of a restaurant to accommodate 300 people in a banquet setting.

The current golf course will be rerouted and lengthened by 500 yards to 6,500 yards. Both the course and the restaurant will remain open to the public.

The marina village will include a restaurant as well.

A nature interpretation park and trail will be constructed in the area adjacent to the current trailer park.

Davenport, who has experience developing and operating resort properties in Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and California, said he is excited to return to Crawford County where his family has owned an apple farm for more than 115 years.

Jane Smith can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at

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