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Akron is Open to Conserving Land In Merriman Valley Near CVNP

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The nearly 45 acres of land form a triangle of sought-after woodlands.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has opened up the possibility of selling a coveted parcel of land in Merriman Valley to conservation groups.

The city received several bids earlier this year for single-family housing developments on the nearly 45-acre site along Theiss Road near the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Deputy Mayor James Hardy said that’s still an option, but calls for the land to be preserved have opened up the process.

“This is the Mayor listening to those concerns and responding by allowing for this additional response to take place in the coming months,” Hardy said.

The city will take bids on conservation projects through the end of March.

Hardy said the city has received five proposals for housing development projects on the land.

Mark Arehart joined the award-winning WKSU news team as its arts/culture reporter in 2017. Before coming to Northeast Ohio, Arehart hosted Morning Edition and covered the arts scene for Delaware Public Media. He previously worked for KNKX in Seattle, Kansas Public Radio, and KYUK in Bethel, Alaska.