Toledo City Councilors this week focused on trying to get something going on six acres of land the city owns on Depot Slough. Councilors would like to get that industrially zoned property leased to a job creating company or organization to help improve the local economy.
City Manager Jay Baughman says the council wants to use the city’s realtor of record to begin promoting the property, along with several other local and regional government agencies that do that sort of thing. Baughman says the six acres has immediate access to Highway 20, which will have an even faster route to the valley once the Pioneer Mountain project is completed a year from this fall. Baughman also pointed out that a railroad line goes right by the property so there is unlimited transportation capacity by train if that sort of carrier is required.
Baughman says the council’s move is only an early phase of the promotion effort. The council says they want the property’s use to be optimized to provide a reliable source of family wage jobs for the community. There may also be an opportunity to partner with the Port of Toledo on some future project related to their very fast growing boatyard.