Riverfront project slated for Tiffin

Potential riverfront development projects were proposed to Tiffin City Council’s Committee of the Whole Thursday night.

Council approved to have Law Director Brent Howard put together an ordinance for the next full council meeting Monday to negotiate a purchase agreement — at an amount of $267,000, which was calculated by the city through a commercial appraiser — for the city’s downtown parking lots along the Sandusky River. These lots were the sites of the former Stalsworth and Livery property.

The first of three readings by council on the purchase agreement is planned for the meeting Monday.

The city purchased the property in 2013.

The Tiffin riverfront development project was proposed by Florida-based developer, entrepreneur and Heidelberg University graduate Ed Hernando.

Hernando presented to council the proposed development of a creative loft living complex and a full-service hotel and condominium facility.

Hernando said he has been working with the city’s economic officials for the past 17 months.

“Tiffin has been my second home,” Hernando said of his time at Heidelberg and being a member of Heidelberg’s business school advisory board.

“Through your vision, leadership and risk taking, I feel this project couldn’t have come at a better time,” Hernando said. “I have faith and belief in Tiffin.”

The project is to consist of a 50-room full-service hotel and 45-condominium residence with 4-5 penthouse units on lot 4, Hernando said.

According to a news release from Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., the project is to include a restaurant lobby and bar, conference space for events, banquets and weddings, as well as a rooftop bar and restaurant.

Hernando said the creative lofts — to have 85 units based on entitlement, building restrictions and market conditions — are to be located in Lot 6, across the Sandusky River from Kiwanis Manor.

Tiffin City Mayor Aaron Montz said the area along the riverfront in Tiffin has been underutilized.

“This is what we have prepared for and worked for,” Councilman Rich Focht said during the meeting.

Focht asked Hernando what council could do now to help prepare and facilitate the project.

According to Hernando, he said to have persistence and patience.