First look at Marina District project

SANDUSKY Sandusky's waterfront future is here. Meacham and Apel Architects released the 3-D renderings of the concept
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Sandusky's waterfront future is here.

Meacham and Apel Architects released the 3-D renderings of the concept layout for the Marina District project Friday.

"This takes the entire process forward another big step," Commissioner Dennis Murray Jr. said of the images.

"This plan is a product of all the conversations we've had for over a year now," John Eymann of Meacham and Apel said.

"I don't have an opinion at this point," City Manager Don Miears said of the images. Miears added that he would like to see the new buildings drawn in relationship to surrounding buildings, such as the senior center.

Commissioner Dave Waddington agreed that perspective is important in picturing how the buildings will fit into the downtown skyline.

Waddington added that the removal of a multipurpose arena from the project might impact the public's response. Much of the public's concern about the project also revolved around the preservation of public parks.

Eymann said that a goal of the 3-D images is to represent the public green space that will remain open and accessible through the project.

"The images clearly show the preservation and enhancements," Eymann said.

"(The image) very specifically addresses the concerns raised about the Battery Park area," Murray said. He added that the public park space will be increased under these plans.

The updated land design was requested at the last City Commission meeting when the ballot language regarding the marina district project was voted on. For now, the Commission has decided to keep the ballot language simple.

At the upcoming meeting on Monday, the Commission will vote one more time one on how the issue will be worded.

Commissioner Murray added that the City's budget will also be on the agenda for Monday's meeting.

"It's a very bleak picture," Murray said of the city's financial situation. "We need some way to stimulate developments."

May say the marina district project portrayed in these concept images could be part of that solution.

"This is going to be a long process," Waddington said, " but I'm hopeful that this will have a positive impact on the neighborhoods and the rest of the downtown. Overall, I hope this does pass."