The city is aggressively pursuing redevelopment opportunities and has had remarkable success. The former True North gas station on SR 14 was vacant for many years but we provided a tax incentive to demolish it and it will soon be home to a butcher shop. We also were able to repurpose the old Steak N Shake into Northeast Ohio’s first Raising Canes Chicken and helped a developer convert a hotel into senior living.
Sadly, not all properties are an ideal fit for redevelopment. In some cases, though the store is vacant the property is still in a lease contract and producing income for the building owner. Often, there is little incentive or motivation for the property owner to break a paying lease.