Land Use Debate

Pirates Prevail In Land Use Debate
Posted on 12/17/2019
Pirate Paradise Team

Briar Middle School students showed off their knack for economic development in this year’s Erie County Land Use Debate. Ten 8th graders on two separate teams won first- and second-place in the competition on Friday, Dec. 13, in the Erie County Office Building.


Teams from schools across Erie County were tasked with developing a new use for the former Cooke Building land at the corner of Columbus and Market streets in downtown Sandusky. The teams had to research the property and develop their plans. The proposals needed to include architectural, financial, marketing, and legal components.


First-place went to “Pirate Paradise,” a pirate-themed hotel with a public swimming pool, a children's play area, a steak and fish restaurant with a rum bar, plus pirate-themed cruises to and from Cedar Point. The team members were Noah Normington-Slay, Maleigh Boggs. Emma Sturzinger, Breanna Florance, and Cadan Swart.

The Crossroad Building

Second-place went to the "Crossroads Building" that had specialty-themed hotel rooms, a public gym and swimming pool, goat yoga, five restaurant options with food from multiple continents, and a rooftop lounge area with a cafe and smoothie bar. Team members were Maggie McVeigh, Adam West, Ava Walton, McKaylah Hartley, and Tyler Davis. 


The Briar Middle School teams are advised by teacher Mary Darr.