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Mike Rose of Washington Properties gives special presentation to OCIC

Mike Rose shows the Harborfront Lodge design that was modeled after the Victory Hotel on Put-in-Bay.

At the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC) quarterly trustee meeting held Wednesday, June 18, at Schedel Gardens and Arboretum in Elmore, Mike Rose, CEO of Washington Properties, gave a special presentation to board members. OCIC has helped with the EPA soil assessment of Waterworks Park and, with the help of First Energy, completed an economic impact study of the development and revitalization of Waterworks Park and downtown Port Clinton.

“We have asked Mr. Rose here today so we can see where our time and money are looking to be invested,” said OCIC Director Jamie Beier-Grant.

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Meeting Mr. Rose

Last week a friend of mine, Grant McCallum, a small business owner from Marblehead, and I took the time to travel to Medina to meet personally with Mr. Mike Rose of Washington Properties. It is our opinion that Mr. Rose is one of the most professional and accomplished businessman we’ve ever met. Also, I found him to be one of the most pleasant and fair-minded businessmen that I’ve ever met in my fifty plus years of being in business.

Micropolitan Cities, as Mr. Rose describes them, are cities with less than 50,000 citizens. Medina and Wooster are considered Micropolitan Cities and have experienced significant improvement in their standards of living and also in attracting both small and large new businesses as a result of the vision, commitment and efforts put forth by the Washington Properties team.

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Motion to move forward passes through council

Although the Port Clinton City Council has already motioned once to go forward with negotiations with Washington Properties, the motion was brought to the floor last night once again. 

“Late in the summer last year I motioned to go forward with negotiations with Washington Properties and the motion came to a 3 to 3 tie which was broke by President Linda Hartlaub who voted yes to break the tie. In that time period we have new people at the table and we need an idea of how those people sitting here feel.

 I move that this Council restate to the Administration our strong desire to move Port Clinton forward and ask that Mayor Leone and his negotiating team give the utmost focus and attention to working with Washington Properties, Inc. to discuss, organize and present a plan of implementation for development of the 14 plus or minus acres of commercially zoned land offered by the City of Port Clinton for said purpose.  Additionally, and in accordance with Ohio statute, this plan should be presented to City Council for consideration and further action within the earliest possible timeframe allowed by the parties involved.” Mike Snider

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