Sandusky: Marina District a 'go'

SANDUSKY The voters said "yes." Commissioners agreed. The city will go full steam ah
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

The voters said "yes." Commissioners agreed.  The city will go full steam ahead with the Marina District project.

The Sandusky City Commission voted Tuesday night to continue with the development agreement, reaffirming the results of last week's advisory vote.

With about 52 percent of the 6,983 votes cast, residents gave the green light to the waterfront redevelopment project considered by supporters to be vital to the city's future.

Commissioner Craig Stahl said the commission's decision brought a new dawn to Sandusky.

"Let's ring the bell and get moving," he said.

"Ding dong!" echoed Commissioner Brett Fuqua.

The proposed Marina District project includes the redevelopment of the Battery Park, City Hall and former Surf's Up properties to include about 300 residential condominiums, retail space, a hotel and a marina. The project also calls for the preservation and enhancement of public park space and waterfront access, according to city leaders and the developer.

"It's good to celebrate, but once you pinch yourselves and come back down to earth, you have to realize that this vote was not a mandate," said Tim Schwanger, representative of Citizens for Responsive Government. CRG was the self-proclaimed "Vote No" campaign against the Marina District.

Schwanger said it's important that the city keep both sides happy as it moves forward with the development plans.

"Our group is going to continue to watch this process, and hopefully be involved," Schwanger said.

The commission said Interim City Manager Don Miears will work with newly hired City Manager Matt Kline, Economic Development Specialist Scott Schell and Chief Planner Carrie Handy to hammer out the details of the development agreement with Meacham & Apel Architects and CEG Development, both of Dublin, Ohio.