Road dedication

Napoleon Mayor Jason Maassel (left) and Suzette Gerken of JanMar Properties unveil a new street sign marking Old School Drive in the West View Villas development.

For the first time since about 2007, city officials dedicated a new road Friday morning as part of a new housing development.

Old School Drive, which intersects with Clairmont Avenue as part of a new housing development in the area of the former Napoleon Area City School’s West School elementary building, was unveiled as part of the dedication ceremony.

Napoleon Mayor Jason Maassel said when NAS announced it would be consolidating school buildings, there was apprehension in that area as to what would happen in the area of the school.

He added when the building was torn down, the apprehension didn’t dwindle.

“Now what’s it going to be, is it going to be more soccer fields, is it going to be a park, is it going to turn into a factory, is it going to be stores?” Maassel said residents in the area were asking at the time.

“And then some local people said, ‘You know what? Why don’t we buy it, let’s build some houses on it, let’s build some villas on it?’ And they made it work,” Maassel said.

Suzette Gerken of JanMar Properties and Greg Beck of Beck’s Construction partnered to build the development.

Also on hand for the ceremony were several current tenants of villas built in the development.

“Without them we wouldn’t be doing this,” Beck said.

Maassel pointed out more houses are set to be built in the development.

“One of the things in partnership with the City of Napoleon, but also the county, one of the things we’ve identified we need is more housing,” said Henry County Chamber of Commerce Director Joel Miller.

“Housing of all different sorts,” Miller added. “People want to move to our community and this is just another example of a partnership between great folks and the City of Napoleon to be able to put this together, it’s just wonderful for the community.”

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I started at the Northwest Signal in 1994 and became editor in 2004. I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1994.

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