Recently I had the opportunity to speak at the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sylvania Rotary Club and give an update about the City of Sylvania, and 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 health-care 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 choose to come to Sylvania.
For Sylvania to remain competitive with other communities, however, we must maintain and 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. To remain competitive we must redevelop old sites, maintain our infrastructure and continue to improve our city services and make them more efficient. The City must also continue to improve its “curb appeal” appearance to visitors and potential residents and businesses.
To that end, the City of Sylvania has undertaken a number of initiatives. To improve the appearance of our neighborhoods we are continuing our neighborhood street repaving program with no assessments to property owners. The Monroe Street corridor and downtown have been improved with new way-finding signs, more flowers along the streets and on bridges, and street light repairs and improvements. Sign codes are being enforced to encourage the removal of old or oversized signage.
City infrastructure was improved with the completion of the new 2-million gallon water tower near Centennial Terrace, constructed with funding help from the State of Ohio. New intersection improvements will be built this summer at the McCord/Brint and King/Brint intersections. Safe routes to school improvements have been completed with new crossing signals, pavement markings and sidewalks, and safety training will be given in the schools this spring.
Land for new development has been created east of the downtown hotel by clearing old buildings. Funding and right-of-way are being pursued for extending the River Trail through the Flower Hospital campus, under U.S. 23 and providing a safe and scenic walking/bicycle connection east to Monroe Street.
The downtown has welcomed new business with Interrupt Marketing, T.K. Lane, and Lily Whitestone now open, and the Executive Diner on Main is opening soon. Paul Mitchell opened a new school on Monroe Street. NOIC has opened a second office in Sylvania. ProMedica has purchased Starlight Plaza and is planning a new medical facility. A new Lake Park care facility is being planned for the Flower Hospital campus.
The City budget reflects both the increased business activity in Sylvania and the more efficient delivery of city services. Income tax receipts were up over 5 percent in 2013. The 2014 Operating Budget projects a $228,000 surplus in 2014 with no services cut, employees laid off ,or taxes raised.
All in all, the future looks bright for Sylvania! Sylvania is still a great place for families and business!