REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Huron shows us how

One thing conspicuously absent from the drive to develop the former ConAgra site on the Huron river is the drama. Not
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

One thing conspicuously absent from the drive to develop the former ConAgra site on the Huron river is the drama.

Not that anyone ought to be complaining about that.

When the agribusiness firm shut down its grain receiving, milling and storage facility across the river from Huron's city center, Huron sought opinions on what to do with the site.

There were public forums and the hiring of a consultant, the listing of things the riverfront property could support, such as housing, restaurants or "educational space," and even the cold slap of economic reality as things headed south in mid-study and the consultant's recommendation to back up and take a new look at the site's potential in light of the plummeting economy.

Through it all, the city has been up front and open with the taxpayers on the progress, potential and pitfalls.

It probably helps, too, that the site is not a public park but a disused industrial site, for which any use has to be an improvement over sitting idle and ugly.

But the openness and maturity of Huron's process is refreshing to watch, especially from Sandusky.