Maumee council hears from residents, votes to OK offer from Monnettes' Market

MAUMEE, Ohio (WTVG) - The land on the corner of Conant and Broadway is a source of great debate for people in Maumee.

And Wednesday night, city council heard what residents had to say about the future of what happens to it.

"I just want everyone to realize that all these things that we hold dear as Maumee residents are not tied specifically to that land," said one resident about the land.

"For those of us who live in uptown Maumee this will be a traffic and congestion nightmare that would spoil the quality of life on our side streets," rebutted another resident.

The packed public forum comes after Toledo-based Monnettes' Market announced plans to build a new store on the land.

"It's close enough to keep it convenient for us to run both stores with a limited amount of people and resources," said the Glendale location's general manager Kyle Ryan. "It's also a main vein between Perrysburg, Maumee, Toledo, Waterville and Whitehouse."

The local grocery chain has been looking to open a new location since last year.

Just a few months ago the store approached Maumee with a $300,000 offer to buy the land that currently serves as public green space.

"Now comes Monnettes' Market wanting to build on the only open green space in the downtown area of maumee?," said one concerned resident. "I was surprised that the city could even consider this location."

But for supporters and the city's uptown business association, the offer was just too good to pass up citing the potential to bring in more people and money.

"It makes a lot more fiscal sense to have Monnette's here than to pay for and maintain a park," said Bill Anderson of the Maumee Uptown Business Association. "I think that it’s got tremendous upside and, frankly, I don’t see any downside.”

After hearing from those on all sides of the issue, city council made an unplanned vote, 5-1, to welcome Monnette's Market to town.

Council's lone hold-out voter Tracey Elmore tells Action News she feels the vote to sell the land to Monnettes' was rushed and that the City of Maumee got "short-changed."