Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — City Manager Gary Huff had a lot of good news to share during his manager’s report at Tuesday’s commission meeting but first gave a report on area streets.
“I want to apologize for the condition of our streets,” said Huff. “We had a terrible, terrible winter and it took a devastating toll on a number of our streets.”
Emphasizing work was progressing on getting streets up to par with bids out for repaving, Huff continued that not only would streets and parking areas receive aid but improvements to alleys and sidewalks were also on the agenda.
“We have quite a bit of programs we are working on right now,” said Huff as he proceeded to announce several economic developments underway including the work-in-progress purchase of the former Piqua Daily Call building on Spring Street by Winans Chocolates and Coffees.
“We think that is going to be a huge addition to our downtown,” said Huff with the potential donation of the Fifth Third Bank building on the corner of South Main and Ash St. to the Piqua Board of Education another, and the city working to secure the parking lot behind the building for public use.
“If the school district decides to leave the Decker building, where they are currently, that would also be a tremendous boost to our downtown and our entire community,” said Huff explaining that the city was also working with several other businesses in the area looking to expand but not at liberty to say more. Including further information on a new retailer moving into the Miami Valley Centre Mall.
“We’re building a lot of momentum,” said Huff on these good news items. “I think we’re at the point of seeing some very good things happening within the community. There’s a lot going on and it is all good stuff.”