Marina District development plan approved with few modifications

Published: Oct. 17, 2017 at 3:31 PM EDT
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It is one thing to draw up plans but it is another to agree to details.

Tuesday, Plan Commission members looked over this site plan very carefully.

They looked at renderings, blue prints and descriptions. They considered site design items like sidewalks, lighting and landscaping and building design items like height, materials even hiding dumpsters. But those details are vital.

Tom Gibbons with the Toledo Plan Commission says, "This is the first big develpment we've had over here so we want to make sure it does meet the criteria that was established some years ago."

The only real modifications the committee wants is less vinyl siding on the buildings and changing some mulch around the complex. But they left the most important details in tact.

Four apartment buildings, each three stories high and 360 one and two bedroom apartments. Only about 50 of those will be riverfront, but developers are excited about the site.

Gus Cook, with the Continential Development Group, which is spearheading the project says, "It's a really unique site. It has great vantage points and views to the downtown area and great access too."

Developers will spend $45 million on what they are calling Gateway Lofts. The site will also include a clubhouse and restaurant. But those will be modern urban homes, appealing to Millenials who work and play downtown.

And this is more than a plan. Ryan Pearson, who presented the development proposal to the committee says, "This is going to happened. This is going to be real."

But along with site and building design comes a need to make this community part of east Toledo. Connecting it with downtown is important, but so is encouraging people to stay and shop in east side of the river.

Councilman Peter Uvagi says, "I think you can have that happen naturallly if you can have the design in such a way that that's going to occur."

Developers tells us they should acquire this land by February, begin construction in the Spring and then start leasing the 360 apartments by the end of 2019.