These properties also were acquired from the city of Ripon by Rogers & Rogers.
These properties also were acquired from the city of Ripon by Rogers & Rogers.

   If city of Ripon officials had a checklist of what they hoped to see happen with a series of properties the city owns around 300 Watson St., it might include selling the sites, keeping them local and saving the historic Mapes House.

   As of Tuesday, it appears nearly all of those goals have been realized.

   “I’m grinning from ear to ear,” Mayor Gary Will said Tuesday morning. “It’s an absolutely amazing opportunity for the city of Ripon at this time.”

   More than a decade after the city of Ripon entered into a failed developer’s agreement with Boca Grande Capital, and exactly three years after receiving eight properties back from Boca at the end of a lawsuit, six of those eight properties appear to be sold.

   Assuming the process comes to its expected conclusion, Riponite Tom Rogers as well as his family’s development business, Rogers & Rogers, will own the properties by the end of the year.

   The Rogers family — Tom, wife Deb, son T.J. and his wife, Shannon — are planning a phased project that will begin with the Mapes House, where retail and high-end residential space will be constructed.

   Only one key property remains unsold: the former American House at 230 Watson St. Also unsold is a brick house at the corner of Ransom and Blossom streets.

Read the full story, including details on what is planned for the space and when, in the Nov. 29, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.