2013 In Review: Aurora businesses reopen, change hands

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Aurora — Three shuttered local businesses got new life and another longtime major local business saw a change of ownership in 2013.
The New Aurora Inn reopened May 3 after it had been closed for about three years. The hotel’s partners are three men from Quakertown, Pa., with the primary owner being Peter Cerruti. The lodging facility stands on a 3.1-acre parcel at East Garfield Road and Shawnee Trail.
“I had a sense that people were excited to have it back open,” Parson said. “We’re really happy to have the property back in business. We’re excited that people are coming in and sharing their time with us. We’re going to reopen every part of this.”
The facility has 69 rooms. There are five banquet and conference rooms, plus space for weddings, family reunions and corporate events.
The New Aurora Inn also features an onsite aquatic center with indoor pool, whirlpool, outdoor pool and tennis courts, with memberships available to local residents.
Meanwhile, Reflections, a newly constructed memory care community located adjacent to the Atrium at Anna Maria (former Geauga Lake Hotel), began receiving residents in November and was billed as “truly one of a kind” by Diane Barben, director of marketing at Anna Maria of Aurora.
“It’s our mission to provide resident-centered care which addresses individual needs while promoting their independence and highest level of functioning possible,” she said.
Reflections is the newest addition to the Anna Maria of Aurora campus. The Geauga Lake Hotel shut its doors after Geauga Lake Park closed its amusement park in the fall of 2007. It was known by several other names over the years.
The Atrium at Anna Maria consists of 73 apartments focused on independent atrium lifestyle, while 23 traditional assisted living units will open in February-March of 2014.
“Reflections is expertly designed for those with dementia,” Barben said. “Private apartments and the Reflections neighborhood are designed to make residents feel more comfortable and secure, and encourage them to be more active and engaged in the memory care community.”
ACCORDING to the Atrium at Anna Maria webpage, there is more than 20,000 square feet of common space that will include an indoor pool, walking trails, gardens and a recreation area.
A party center / funeral parlor in the former Aurora Golf clubhouse was approved 6-2 by City Council on May 13, and has operated there since.
Thomas Steinbauer of Aurora Events LLC, which filed for the conditional zoning certificate, also owns a funeral home in Solon, where all embalming for the Aurora chapel takes place.
Voting “no” were Council President George Horvat and member Ann Womer Benjamin, who went against a recommendation by the city’s planning commission that a conditional zoning certificate be granted so the operation could open there.
Prior to the vote and during planning commission meetings, several residents spoke out against approval of the party center / funeral parlor.
When the Ganley Auto Group took over the former Aurora Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram at the beginning of 2013, the latter’s entire staff was allowed to remain.
“That’s one of the nice things about the acquisition,” said General Manager B.J. Holmes, who joined the dealership after the acquisition. “We have experienced employees who have worked here and will take care of our customers.”
Ken Ganley, who owns the store, “is very happy to acquire such a great team,” Holmes said. Ganley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Aurora is located at 161 W. Garfield Road.
The acquisition gave the Ganley Auto Group three Chrysler dealerships on the east side of Cleveland; the others are in Bedford and Painesville.
It is the auto group’s second location in Aurora after establishing Ganley Chevrolet about four years ago. That dealership is located down the road at 310 W. Garfield Road.

 

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