REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Ballpark frankness in Huron Township

It's too bad there's been a strike called on the American Legends Ballpark project proposed for U.S. 250 in Huron Township. But it l
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

It's too bad there's been a strike called on the American Legends Ballpark project proposed for U.S. 250 in Huron Township. But it looks as though there's a couple more chances at the plate, and we think there's still an opportunity -- and good reason -- for American Legends to hit this one out of the park.

There is a small, but vocal minority that is intent on keeping Huron Township mostly rural, and wants to control it from becoming the commercial explosion that is U.S. 250 in Perkins Township.

The second part is certainly laudable -- taming the development but not stopping it. And we certainly don't want to lose farmland.

But Huron Township, if you consider the whole U-shaped sweep of it, has long been a mix of farmland, housing of all kinds and even light industry.

Against that, and against the U.S. 250 retail explosion north of Ohio 2, something like American Legends Ballpark is is the kind of project you want. It's not a big box store or concrete pseudo-village of strip-mall stores -- and can only add to the property values.

If township residents think the land surrounding Kalahari is going to remain farmland, they are mistaken. Developers are being drawn to that area like moths to a flame. In 10 years, it will probably look nothing like it does today.

In fact, if left unchecked, it will probably look more like the commercial center on U.S. 250 -- especially if the Plum Brook airstrip project is developed to its fullest potential. That is why an American Legends Ballpark --- with its park-like settings and attractiveness to all types of families -- should be a home run for those looking to keep Huron Township green -- and viable.