Rossford eyes plan for Toledo casino on their land

Reported by Justin Michaels email
Posted by Kate Oatis email

ROSSFORD (WTOL) - Drive along Miami St. from Rossford into the City of Toledo, and you'll see a 40-acre patch of green space standing between you and the Maumee River. That's the site being considered for the location of a casino.

The trouble, according to some Rossford resident, is that the City of Toledo had consulted with the City of Rossford in 2002 to have this piece of land zoned for light residential and light commercial use.

Rossford City Councilman Chuck Duricek is introducing a resolution to the council that will expose what Toledo has planned for the land.

"How it is a gateway or entry into Rossford, we feel it is critical that we are involved, as we were in the beginning, that we are involved in whatever they do in that project," Duricek said.

"We were asked to be part of the original approval of that and it basically changed and we weren't consulted at all," said Rossford Mayor Bill Verbosky. "The records show it will be slab on grade housing, you can't dig to a very minimal shallow depth... because of the contaminates that are actually beneath the soil cap."

Both Duricek and Verbosky say they're not interested in putting a kink in the system, that they just want to watch out for Rossford because this piece of land, despite being completely in the City of Toledo, does have a major impact on Rossford's access to I-75.

They'll discuss the resolution Monday at 7 p.m. at the Rossford Municipal Building.