Chesapeake developer dies|Bob Davis battled cancer for four months; son vows Paper District project will continue.

SANDUSKY The Paper District project will continue on schedule even with the death of the developer's president, said business
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

The Paper District project will continue on schedule even with the death of the developer's president, said business partner and son Charles Davis.

Bob Davis, president of Mid-States Development Corp. in Dublin, died Saturday after a four-month battle with cancer. Davis was diagnosed with cancer Jan. 28 and had been ill for some time, Charles Davis said.

"It will not affect anything at all," Davis said. "He had it all teed up and ready to go. He was very prepared. Nothing will change."

Mid-States Development was transforming the Chesapeake building, a three-story former paper factory, into condominium lofts with a restaurant on the first floor.

The Chesapeake Lofts are scheduled to have people moving in within three to four weeks, said City Commissioner Dave Waddington.

"I had a lot of respect for him," Waddington said. "He seemed very passionate for this project, and I hope his son can grab that torch and continue this."

Charles Davis, who served as vice president of Mid-States for 15 years alongside his father, said the project will still reflect his father's original plan.

"He was incredibly passionate about his vision in Sandusky," Davis said. "He made me promise to continue everything he had started exactly the way he had planned."

The condo project has 30 units ready to go right now, Davis said. Chesapeake has a capacity of 191 units.

The Chesapeake Lofts, 401 Shoreline Drive, are part of the Paper District project along Water Street and Shoreline Drive. The project includes plans for a combination of retail and commercial properties.

"Bob Davis got the ball rolling," said Dan Kaman, ex officio mayor. "He was a visionary. He was able to get things started when nobody else wanted to."

Kaman anticipates the lofts will still be on schedule.

"I think (Bob Davis) has a good network around him. I think they'll still be able to move in," Kaman said.

"Nothing has changed in our commitment to Sandusky," Charles Davis said. "Of all the projects we have, he cared about Sandusky more than any of the others."

Davis will succeed his father as president of Mid-States Development.