New developer takes over Rieger building

Developer Greg Spatz has ceded control of the Rieger building to an Ohio-based developer, who hopes to turn the former downtown hotel into apartments for residents ages 55 and older.
Jason Singer
Jun 28, 2010

SANDUSKY

Developer Greg Spatz has ceded control of the Rieger building to an Ohio-based developer, who hopes to turn the former downtown hotel into apartments for residents ages 55 and older.

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Comments

Pete

Wow! What is this, like developer number 1,000 on that building?

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Raoul Duke

Of course, the main issue again, even if only HALF of the people have cars, is where do they park, and what impact will another 50 residents cars have on the parking situation for businesses. Maybe someday, business owners will stop parking right in front of their stores, but that's another story...

columbus avenue

PARKING CONCERNS???  You aren't SERIOUS!?!?

Joker

Let's use Reiger and Keller for training for firefighters from around the area.  The rewards will be that we could charge other municipalities for the exercise, our own firefighters will gain experience and afterward those two eyesores will be smoldering rubbish piles (just like now, but ashier)

columbus avenue

You want to know what we think should be done with the Reiger Building?

Easy answer.

How about: "SOMETHING!"

Pastor Ron

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I pray to the Lord Jesus that Mr. Spatz will do the right thing and pay the deliquent taxes that he owes on this building.  This city is in bad enough shape without have a tax deadbeat walk away from the over $6,000 he owes.  The Lord Jesus says "Give unto Caesar what is due to Caesar".

myownopinion

Think about it, if the new "ohio developers" turn this into a housing complex, that meens jobs for some that dont have any. Because I honestly don't think anything there is move in ready. So that meens lots of construction and remodeling. That also meens more business for companies who provide hardware. I think turning this into a complex is a great idea, ya parking may be a problem but they can figure that out, why not turn the bottom portion of the building into a parking garage for residents only? This is something to think about. It has the possability to help more than just one person.

brownbear

It well be good if it happens?  For 55 and older. Where will the people park? The elderly and handycape,don't for get how will they bring their food in if they are parked a block away??  What I can see there is no parking around there?

Pete

Anyone know if the fixed the roof and back wall? Last I heard they were in pretty bad shape

Darkhorse

Parking is a BIG problem with developing this building especially when you are looking at housing 55 and older aged people who are starting to become disabled and parking is not close by.  It is only common sense to have plenty of parking near by.   If you don't have parking close by, don't bother developing.  It is the same way downtown when thinking about having apartments above the stores.

T. A. Schwanger

 

How's this for a novel idea. Firelands College is ready to expand. Put a few classrooms in either the Reiger or Keller Building making Sandusky a college town. Downtown has been reclassified as a "entertainmnet district". A college campus is what downtown needs.
Tobias Casillas

I agree ou812.

Those two buildings would be great as college space. This could function well as part of an extention of Firelands, or perhaps of a new college in the future.

What I personally think, is that the building should either become a hotel again or it should be made into relatively affordable apartments. Not cheap ones, but cheaper than you would pay to live at the Chesapeake Lofts or any similar building. The first floor on the street front should become restaurant / retail / etc...space.

Downtown needs to broaden its spectrum of people it caters to beyond, old people, boating enthusiasts, and lame, belligerent, drunk 20-30somethings. Unfortunately theres few, good places for a college student, young professional, or any other less than 55 year old to live in the immediate downtown area. Theres just 400,000 dollar condos, that when rented go for like 1200 a month. Only people who are well off can justify paying that, and those arent the initial people who are going to move downtown. Its fine for those to exist, but there needs to be more options.

Tobias Casillas

More senior living, beats leaving a historic building to rot, i guess....so im not complaining.

Tobias Casillas

Parking will always be a problem, if we think of it as such.

Street parking is about the best you can get in a downtown. Sometimes you have to sacrifice a bit, and walk more than a block to get to your destination. In smart cities that have gotten past this problem, transit options make up for not being able to drive your car literally right up to where youre going. Parking garages tucked away into the middle of city blocks are the best solution possible if we insist on taking a car everywhere. The garage on the corner of Market and Columbus is such a waste of a valuable spot though. I wont get into that though.

Tobias Casillas

Parking will always be a problem, if we think of it as such.

Street parking is about the best you can get in a downtown. Sometimes you have to sacrifice a bit, and walk more than a block to get to your destination. In smart cities that have gotten past this problem, transit options make up for not being able to drive your car literally right up to where youre going. Parking garages tucked away into the middle of city blocks are the best solution possible if we insist on taking a car everywhere. The garage on the corner of Market and Columbus is such a waste of a valuable spot though. I wont get into that though.