(Jan 2, 2006 message from the Westgate Neighbors about the plans for Westgate redevelopment)
The neighborhood group, Westgate Neighbors, has taken a position. They
could use support at their meeting on Sunday night, January 8 at 7:00.
(See details below). The meeting is open and surely the developers will
have the audience stacked with some of their supporters.
FOR $2.5 MILLION, TAXPAYERS DESERVE THE BEST AT WESTGATE !
Westgate Neighbors meeting
Sunday, January 8th, (not the 18th) 7:00pm
Hanmi Covenant Presbyterian Church
3225 Markway, corner of Secor and Markway
The purpose of this meeting is to empower everyone who wants to
support the position of Westgate Neighbors (see below).
We will provide specific, effective actions we can each take, so that
together we can have the greatest impact. Find out how you can help.
Together, We Can Get Our $2.5 Million Worth and Have the Best Possible
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Tax Abatements for Retail Development: Highly Unusual.
Want the Best for Your Tax Money at Westgate?
Lend your Support to Westgate Neighbors.
Our position is:
And mostly missed by the mainstream media.
Our requests to Mayor-elect Finkbeiner and City Council:
Any agreement between the City and the shopping center owners should
be consistent with Toledo's 20/20 Plan, and the Walk Westgate plan.
The viewpoint of those who are funding the $2.5 million payout to the
developers--we the taxpayers--should be the primary concern of our
Mayor and City Council.
In exchange for the $2.5 million of public financial support of a
proposed redevelopment of the Westgate Village Shopping Center, the
City of Toledo must require the following:
1. The granting to the City of a permanent North-South easement
(intersecting with Central) between Sears and Elder Beerman (on
property currently owned by the Westgate Village Shopping Center) for
the purpose of constructing a future public street. This easement
should align with the revised North-South private drive south of
2. Agreement to site all buildings (within the proposed Westgate
Village Shopping Center redevelopment plan) fronting up to public
3. Support for an area-wide overlay district/covenants to ensure high
standards with regards to building materials and site plans that are
consistent with the Walk Westgate Plan.
4. No gas station/fuel depot should be allowed on the shopping center
5. There should not be any deviations granted from the City's Zoning
We also strongly recommend the City provide relocation assistance,
special consideration on City financing programs and incentives to the
locally owned businesses being displaced by this project, in similar
proportion to what is being given to the out of state shopping center
(copyright 2006, Westgate Neighbors)