Metro Parks board to review leases after Dispatch investigation


A photo of the former Benua house at Clear Creek Metro Park in Rockbridge in the Hocking Hills. The house, which overlooked a lake and sat on a wide area of land in a public park, was demolished a few years ago.

The Columbus Franklin County Metro Parks board will begin reviewing the district’s home and farm leases after a recent investigation by The Dispatch revealed that the district for years leased a large house at Clear Creek Metro Park in Hocking Hills at low rates to groups of businesspeople.

“I have no problem bringing (those leases) to the board for approval,” Metro Parks executive director Tim Moloney told the three board members during their monthly meeting Tuesday at Highbanks Metro Park.

In June, The Dispatch reported that Metro Parks for more than a decade leased the 4,700-square-foot Benua House perched above a small lake in the Hocking Hills to a group led by prominent Columbus-area real estate developer Mark Wagenbrenner.

A series of leases ran from 2006 to 2017, with the monthly rates starting at $1 for the first three months, then to $1,042 a month beginning in June 2006, growing to $1,420 a month by the end of the leases.



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2021-07-21 10:32:23

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