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UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Developer eyes Keller building for apartments, retail

Tom Jackson • May 24, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Columbus developer Thomas Fortin wants to turn the Keller building in downtown Sandusky into apartments, along with a retail section that could include a brew pub.

Fortin, of Thomas Fortin & Co., told city commissioners Monday he knows part of the Keller building likely can't be saved, but he still wants to develop half of it.

Historic preservation tax credits will be essential to make the project work, he said.

Fortin's vision for the project -- dubbed "The Lofts@Mariner's Cove" -- calls for 36 apartments that will each rent for $750 a month or less.

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