The citizens are not trying to drive developers and investors away. The Apex property is for sale and I'm sure there's other property that can be had. It doesn't take a 30-acre spread to build six condos and there's no emergency. City hall is not going to collapse because it's 50 years old. There are other buildings and homes that are 100 years old and standing strong. If the condo project is for the benefit of Sandusky's citizens, why build condos that the majority of citizens can't afford to buy and would only provide a handful of minimum wage jobs? Whoever did this engineering, did they have the best interest of all Sandusky's citizens in mind? For the past 30 years, bumper stickers read, "Buy American; the job you save my be your own." We have seen what happened to our local economy.
The closed factories are proof of our economic failures and the inability to readily accept the new technological economy. What Sandusky needs first to bring the economy back is an environment that will attract economic investors. Battery Park, with its open waterfront, trees, picnic tables, etc., is many times more attractive than a bunch of condo units blocking the view of the water. Battery Park is an endangered species of what's left of a piece of our declining waterfront, owned and maintained by citizens for decades. Used for citizens enjoyment, it should be preserved for future citizens' enjoyment.
Downtown Sandusky has boarded up stores on every street and an empty hotel. A new city courthouse is usually the last place people want to see and go.
Why are Sandusky Mall and a host of different stores and other businesses, restaurants, motels and hotels, south of Perkins Avenue? Workers skilled and un-skilled who lost jobs, have moved on to fast-growing places for jobs that pay living wages. Workers are struggling with seasonal and minimum wage jobs trying to make ends meet.
A year has been spent collecting data for the condo project. Let our city commissioners put the condo project to a vote and focus on collecting data that will bring decent jobs to our community. Other cities are doing it and I'm confident our commissioners can too.