The Docks in the crosshairs

I see Carty and crew have found the last remaining successful venue still standing in Toledo. Although efforts to cripple the operations at the Docks by closing down the bridge to one lane while spending forty million to repair an antiquated bridge from the thirties did not put the Docks out of business now the city wants to create a bidding war to allow an outside entity to come in and take control the area. One would think with the track record for the Market and with the pending closure of COSI the city would keep out of private business and try to clean up the financial mess they have created in the management of the city.

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Truthfully, I didn't even realize that the Docks were city-owned until this news came out.

Seems like it would make more sense for someone like the Cousinos to own the Docks vs. the city. Given that they have a long track record of doing business in the area, I'd hardly consider them an "outside venture." And they are actual restauranteurs - seems like they'd be better qualified to manage the property than city gov't. (just my personal opinion) Given that the Cousinos actually operate 3 businesses at the Docks and would be investing a substantial amount of money by purchasing the entire facility, I'd say that would give them pretty good incentive to keep it running smoothly and profitably.

(I suppose Mainstreet Ventures would have the same incentives if they're the ones who make the purchase too - they own a few local restaurants including 2 at the Docks. I just specifically cited Cousinos above because they're more "Toledo" to me.)

Guess your question confuses me though - you say that the city should stay out of private business, yet you object to the city selling the Docks????????

Does the one lane MLK really cut down on traffic? All I am saying is that I rarely have a problem getting over there, and it is hardly delayed.

Thank you Sarah, I thought the same thing:

"Guess your question confuses me though - you say that the city should stay out of private business, yet you object to the city selling the Docks????????"

C'mon, doesn't there come a time where people will quit complaining.

When you eliminate access to lanes you can't avoid cutting down access. Guess I don't understand the thought on that one.

The city has started selling off city owned property. It is my understanding that Cousino's have first right of refusal - or conversely the first shot at buying the property. The city can't really get around that.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

When no one is down there to begin with, does it matter if there is one lane or two?

GOOD ONE!

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I don't buy this argument at all.

Construction does interrupt a lot of businesses. The lack of daily traffic in front of gas stations and convenience stores and such. But the docks aren't even on Main Street, besides the fact that I'm sure nobody is just randomly driving by on their way to another destination only to turn into Old Navy Bistro on a whim.

These are popular, established restaurants with a brand that makes it a destination. Customers are going to get there. Especially since the easiest way for a great many is 280 to front street.

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