Their support stems from city officials recently agreeing to spend upwards of $550,000 in local money for demolishing the blighted building, which should occur sometime next year.
Three other candidates, however, offered a different perspective, including how government should just butt out.
Here’s how the seven candidates, each vying for one of the three open seats in Tuesday’s election, responded to what economic development projects they would help oversee or push forward, if elected:
“We are going to have dropped in our laps two terrific pieces of property. One is the Keller Building property. When that building hits the ground, that property becomes a sellable piece of property. The other one, we don’t own but can certainly play a role in assisting the developer, is the Apex Building that just came down on First Street. Imagine putting commercial development in there.” — Dick Brady
“It would be wonderful if Amtrak put a (major) investment in our community. I would also rally support for a medical corridor on Hayes Avenue.” — Diedre Cole, city commissioner
“The Keller Building has been there forever. That building needs to come down. It will open up some opportunities for economic development in the area. There’s also discussion about what we should do with the Sandusky Bay Pavilion. The consensus of the community was to leave it public and develop it for public use.” — Naomi Twine
“We don’t make those choices. Those are choices made by private industry and private investors. There is no one at this table that is a developer. What we need to do is be responsive to the needs of business and engage in conversations with them. When they call, answer the phone, call them back and respond to them if they send you a letter.” — Dennis Murray Jr.
“The Keller property and Surf’s Up are my goals to see that (it gets) utilized for the city.” — Patricia Ferguson
“Once we get the Keller Building down, we will have a very marketable piece of property in our downtown that can be moved in any number of different directions.” — Scott Schell
“We’ve totally overlooked the old coal docks. There is money available for dredging in shallow harbors, and we should be going after that.” — John Hamilton, ex officio mayor