Welcome from the Mayor
Our Best Days Are Before Us
by Mayor John A. Smith
So many good things are happening in the Village of Silverton this year that a big part of me really can’t wait until the end of 2016 so Silverton can take stock of our accomplishments. I really haven’t been this eager for December to roll around since I was about 10 and I was excited about Christmas!
The Village is working with two of our region’s premiere developers—Miller Valentine and Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate—on a transformational redevelopment of the former Silverton Paideia school site and the properties near it on Stewart and Montgomery roads. There is a great deal of planning work left to be done, and we certainly will be asking for your input along the way.
When it is done, this mix-use project will start to revitalize Silverton’s portion of Montgomery Road, and create more economic activity for all our small businesses and restaurants. It will also offer luxury housing options for our empty nesters and young professionals. Finally, the project will also include a new pocket park on Stoll Lane, something all the residents in that part of Silverton will enjoy.
Speaking of parks, the new Veterans Plaza at Silverton Park will be completed by Memorial Day. This is the starting point for the annual Memorial Day Parade held jointly with our neighbors in Deer Park and Sycamore Township. Thanks to a competitive grant and an extremely generous private donation, Silverton Park will soon have a far more reverent memorial to honor the service of our military veterans, especially those who gave their last full measure of devotion in combat.
Our roadways will continue to be improved in 2016. The Village will be completing projects started last year by putting down the final course of pavement on Sibley Avenue, South Broadlawn Circle, Gatewood Lane, Blue Ash Road, and North Broadlawn Circle. There is a chance the Village will also rebuild North Avenue if a grant materializes from the Ohio Public Works Commission.
Silverton is more than bricks and mortar. What truly makes our Village special are the families and individuals who call Silverton home. We will have numerous events this year to bring the community together, including our second annual Taste of Silverton event set for June 25th. If you like good wine and local fare, circle the date on your calendar right now because this event is one you won’t want to miss.
Our community has so much positive momentum that you can’t help but feel it as you walk through our neighborhoods and drive around town.
I am proud to have called Silverton home for more than two decades. I love so much about this community and what it has to offer. And as great as the Silverton community was when I moved here, and as great as it is today, I believe that the best is yet to come for our Village.
Our best days are before us!