Dashing successWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | firstname.lastname@example.org
On May 31, Toledo City Council finally got out of its own way and voted to approve the deal to sell the Marina District to Dashing Pacific.
As Councilman Tom Waniewski remarked to his fellow council-persons, this could have been accomplished a month ago, but “better late than never” has rarely been so applicable.
At this point, there are no losers in this transaction. Mayor Mike Bell’s quest to breathe life in Toledo receives a major boost. Dean Monske and the Regional Growth Partnership have a major deal to tout to other potential investors, at home and abroad. The venerable Northwest Ohio firm Rudolph|Libbe gains a major role in shaping the future of Downtown Toledo. All area residents stand to benefit from the jobs, investment and economic boost that could be the first step toward a new era.
“There has been a lot of concern over this particular project, when we went back to China last week, I think we covered a lot of ground in being able to be able to get this project moving back in a forward direction,” Bell said. “Not only are Dashing Pacific prepared to buy the land, they are prepared to put a $200 to $300 million dollar project on that land.” He said if we looked around to see what $200 to $300 million would buy, you could almost buy the City of Toledo. This project would change our riverfront into something it should have been some time ago.
The optimism is warranted, but of course now the work begins. There will undoubtedly be mistakes and complications, as there are on any major development project, but it is our hope — and it should be a voter mandate — that former naysayers support the project and facilitate solutions as Dashing Pacific makes its mark.
Storming back with the Blank family
If the Dashing Pacific investors need any examples of our resiliency and ability to pull together, they need look no further than the local families who survived last year’s deadly storms. The seven lives lost can never be replaced, but as the reporting in this special issue shows, most of the local communities have rebuilt their homes and businesses and are working their way back to a pre-storm “normal” life.
For the past year, Toledo Free Press Associate Editor Brandi Barhite has filed a weekly report on the progress of the Blank family — Ed, Julie and son Casey — as they “stormed back” after losing their home to the tornado. This award-winning series has been a showcase of the monumental moments and mundane details of re-establishing triumph in the face of tragedy.
We profusely thank the Blank family for allowing us to follow their progress and to take inspiration from their yearlong journey.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at email@example.com. Michael S. Miller is editor in chief of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.