WTOL Editorial: Watch yourself, Toledo, in this market deal

WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon

For a little background, see Bob's first editorial on this topic, attached.

Brian Schwartz, Carty's spokesperson, called me to respond to my editorial about selling the Erie Street Market. He assured me there were no special agreements or hidden agendas in the contract.

In fact, he said the city "didn't have to do anything special, during the next year" while Tetra Tech decides if it really wants to do this.

That may not be accurate. According to something called the "coordination agreement" the City may have a lot to do. Section 2.5 seems to imply the City could be called upon by Tetra Tech to make additional improvements to any of the properties that are for sale.

That could prove costly.

Don't get me wrong. I hope this project happens. It would be great to turn a dead zone into a bustling housing and retail corridor. I just want city council to protect the taxpayers.

We can't afford another Carty mistake. The Hillcrest and Commodore Perry didn't exactly work out as promised.

Posted by KO