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Doggie swimming and entertainment facility latest plans for Avon


AVON — Commercial entertainment projects are in the works in the city for man and man’s best friend.

Avon Planning Coordinator Pam Fechter said plans were recently submitted by Chicago-based Doggie Paddle Aquatic Center which the Planning Commission will review at an April 19 meeting.

Plans call for the 7,468-square-foot indoor swimming facility for dogs to be built on a two-acre parcel of land on Colorado Avenue east of Moore Road across from Mulligan’s Pub & Grille.

According to the Lorain County auditor’s website, the land was sold by Wendy Kamm to Doggie Paddle First Property LLC for $465,000. Calls to Doggie Paddle’s Chicago facility for comment were not returned.

According to the company’s website, trained instructors provide new member dogs with swimming instruction, developing pool skills and etiquette. Dogs can play by fetching alone or during group swims.

Prices for membership range from $90 to $240 a month for 30-minute swims, according to the website, depending on how many times a week dog owners plan on having pets swim.

The Chicago facility has four indoor heated pools. The Avon plans call for two indoor pools. There will also be a customer lounge, therapy room, dog fountain, indoor dog play area, calm dog zone, indoor track and dog wash.

Fechter said the pools will have a special filtration system to handle dog hair, and owners will not be allowed to swim in the pools with their dogs. She said the facility can serve about 12 dogs an hour.

“I’m excited to see other options for people who love their dogs,” she said.

Although plans haven’t yet been submitted, another big project in the works is geared toward entertainment for humans. Fechter said Texas-based Main Event wants to build a 50,000-square-foot building on a piece of Jacobs Group-owned property next to Cabela’s on Chester Road.

Fechter said she’s visited a Main Event in Texas and the business is similar to Dave & Buster’s, but it has more options. The business offers bowling, billiards, laser tag, arcades, a bar and a restaurant, she said.

Main Event operates 30 businesses in 14 states including one in West Chester.

“They want to present plans sometime this month so it can be on the May planning agenda,” Fechter said. “If that moves forward it would break ground this year but not open until next year.”

Also on the same piece of Jacobs property a 14,400-square-foot Duluth Trading Company, which sells men’s and women’s work clothing, already has been approved by the Planning Commission and will likely break ground this spring. The Texas-based company has stores in 14 states including one other proposed store in Ohio slated for West Chester.

Chester, Nagel and Jaycox roads are developing fast with Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Rehab, University Hospitals Rehab and Cabela’s recent openings. Several housing developments in the area also are in the works. A Meijer grocery store is expected to open in 2018.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems also recently closed on a multimillion-dollar land deal in Avon, signaling a step forward in relocating the company’s world headquarters from Elyria to Avon.

Mayor Bryan Jensen said he’s glad the city decided to widen Chester Road to five lanes to accommodate the continued growth and traffic that will follow.

Jensen said a traffic study originally called for only three lanes, but the city felt it wise to widen it beyond that rather than having to go back in five years for another widening.

The widening, which occurred between state Route 83 and Jaycox Road, cost about $3 million and costs were covered both by the city and Chester Road property owners who were assessed.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or

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