I agree with the letter writer who urges the commissioners to make the tough decisions regarding development in the downtown area.
I too am a transplanted Sanduskian, having moved here from Toledo about two years ago. Born and raised in the Toledo area, I saw the decay and then the ongoing revitalization of the downtown area.
Anchored by ambitious projects like the renovation of the Historic Valentine Theater, Fifth Third Field, and the currently developing Marina District, Toledo's downtown has once again become a place to live, work and shop. Development of various housing offerings, from market-priced to upscale, largely using existing buildings, has created a growing and thriving downtown community. As the destination and housing developments progress, so do the retail and commercial projects that provide the businesses and services required by both the visitors and residents of the new downtown.
Some will criticize real estate developers as motivated only by profit. Don't we all expect to be paid for the work we perform? But they are also visionaries in their desire to refurbish and beautify decaying areas, ultimately creating economic and cultural opportunities for the entire community.
We can all share in the vision of those willing to risk their time, talent and treasure to make Sandusky an even better place. Let's urge our Commisioners to make the right decisions.