City of Sylvania Update
–by Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough
PUBLICATION DATE: 01.17.17
Recently I had the opportunity to speak at the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce and give an update about the city of Sylvania, and I would like to share the same information with you.
Sylvania is a great place to be! We have excellent schools, great recreation programs and venues, desirable neighborhoods and housing stock, excellent healthcare services, an active senior center, solid infrastructure and efficient city services. Sylvania’s quality of life continues to be among the highest in the region, and quality of life is the main reason people and business come to Sylvania.
For Sylvania to remain competitive with other communities, however, we must continue improving all that the community has to offer. The city of Sylvania is nearly built-out with little undeveloped land, and is no longer an outer ring community. We are redeveloping old sites, updating our infrastructure and improving our city services while making them more efficient.
The city is also improving its “curb appeal” appearance to attract new residents and businesses with street improvements, better signage (and removing old signs), street light improvements, attractive street banners and more flowers on the streets and bridges. We also have a new library on King Road, and the library on Monroe Street is planned for expansion and remodeling.
City infrastructure was improved last year with the repaving of King Road south of Sylvania and Harroun Road north of the Ottawa River. Expanded parking was added behind the courthouse to open up more parking for the downtown, and the existing courthouse parking lots were improved.
Phase II of the River Trail is ready to bid with more than two-thirds funded by state of Ohio grants, and will provide a walking/biking path connecting east and west Sylvania under US 23. We have recently been notified of OPWC grants to rebuild Main Street north of Ten Mile Creek and Sylvania Avenue between McCord and King in cooperation with Lucas County.
The downtown continues to welcome new businesses and is growing stronger and attracting more events and economic activity. Vacant buildings have been sold to new owners for redevelopment.
ProMedica opened its new $37 million Health and Wellness Center that brought 350 employees to Sylvania. A new Heartland Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center is also open on the ProMedica Flower Hospital campus.
Land for new development created by clearing old buildings east of the downtown hotel has been marketed and city council is currently reviewing two offers for development of the site. Underutilized sites around the city are being reviewed for reinvestment and redevelopment. City council has approved updates and expansion of Community Reinvestment Areas to encourage redevelopment.
The 2017 city operating budget is balanced with no services cut, no employees laid off and no taxes raised. Operations have been made more efficient, overtime has been reduced and equipment life extended. Income tax receipts for 2016 were up due to increased employment in the city.
All in all, the future looks bright for Sylvania!
Sylvania is a great place for families and business!