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By Fox 8 Reporter Brittany Harris

CLEVELAND – The lakefront is about to get a whole lot busier.

The city just signed off on plans to build a brand new transient marina. It will sit right behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Northcoast Harbor.

“It's like a parking lot, you can park your car, now you can park your boat,” said architect on the project Paul Volpe.

The marina will cost more than $2 million to build and will hold about 50 boats. Most of the funding for the project came from a major grant.

The design is pretty simple. It includes docks and a small building for showers and laundry. Boats can be housed on site, along with canoes and kayaks.

“You can bring your boat for up to ten days and you can visit our city from wherever, from the Great Lakes, and hopefully people will spend money and time in our wonderful city of Cleveland,” said Volpe.

He said they’re working hard to revitalize the lakefront, a mission many seem to appreciate.

“I think it's a great thing for the city to have more boats and tourists activities, and the locals can take part in it too,” said Dave Kelty, who is visiting from out-of-town.

“The more we have to offer, the more people we`re going to get to live here. Look at the downtown. They`re doing all that construction, more people are moving in and that`s going to be a part of the attraction,” said local Chuck See.

While most of the plans are finished, there’s still one missing detail: prices.

City leaders said that will be figured out later on. Construction will start at the end of summer, and should be finished by next year.