How does a project of this scope come to fruition in a community of our size? With years of visioning, planning, and working to achieve it. The redevelopment of Sandusky’s waterfront was born out of the Sandusky Bicentennial Vision Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted by the City Commission in 2016. The plan was completed in conjunction with the City’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, both of which focused on Sandusky’s Bicentennial year of 2018.
During the extensive community engagement undertaken in these planning processes, it was clear that the residents were looking for more ways to interact with the waterfront. The residents of Sandusky knew that the city’s waterfront had such great untapped potential, and these planning processes confirmed that waterfront redevelopment was a priority for the city.
The Jackson Street Pier project, in conjunction with the redevelopment of Shoreline Drive, provided an ideal scenario to meet the needs residents expressed. The projects would serve as places for the entire community to enjoy while also enabling flexibility in how the spaces could be used and programmed.
That vision is already coming to fruition. Since its opening, on any given day in 2020, you will find large groups working out, new businesses popping up such as frozen treats and mobile food carts, an abundance of dog walking and fishing, and even a wedding at the pristine Mylander Pavilion. Even in the snow, the Pier sparkles. It takes your breath away, in a way that only a project with years of consistent and committed visioning, planning, and development from local leaders could.