Name: John Strayer
co-owner and administrator of Tanglewood Assisted Living & Home Care
Joined the DDA: 2011
Why did you
join the DDA? I hope to contribute to the ongoing effort at the DDA to
redevelop the downtown while, at the same time, balancing DDA resources between
the downtown and Silver Parkway. Both areas benefit Fenton in different ways
and both are important for the success of our city.
Why do you love Fenton? For many reasons
1. for Fenton's community spirit, as
evidenced by the work of Fenton residents on many volunteer and service
organizations; PTOs, chamber, school, government and religious
organizations, service clubs and foundations
2. for unique, one of a kind
businesses like Uncle Rays Dairyland, Sweet Variations candy store, and French
Laundry to name just a few.
3. we may be the only small city in the
world which has a 160 acre wilderness preserve within the city limits, open to
all residents at no charge
4. school district with a challenging
K-12 International Baccalaureate curriculum which works to elevate the
performance of all students and sets our school system apart.
5. great variety of neighborhoods, with
beautiful, well-kept houses.
What DDA project are you most excited
The redevelopment of Fenton's downtown which includes
several projects: the Cornerstone development on the old Republic Bank
property; the Michigan Brewing Company plans for the old fire hall; renovating
and expanding the community center; the facade improvement program to improve
the store fronts of existing businesses, and the streetscape project which will
improve and redesign the roadway and sidewalks in the downtown district.
What do you see for Fenton's future?
addition to the ongoing redevelopment of the downtown, I would like to see
improved and completed sidewalks leading into the DDA district, making it
easier for families to walk to their favorite restaurants and stores; I would
like to see a larger public library in the downtown district; I would like to
see more events in both the downtown district and at Silver Parkway which can
be enjoyed by Fenton residents and also bring visitors and dollars from
out-of-town; I would like to see expanded use and access to the Shiawassee River
What is your favorite place to eat in
Within the city limits, Fenton boasts an incredible number of
restaurants and I've made a point of eating at every one, from fast food to
French cuisine. If I had to pick a favorite it would be Uncle Ray's
Dairyland, for obvious reasons.
Where is your favorite place to
I enjoy shopping at stores like Yesterday's Treasures for items
from the past that our residents at Tanglewood Assisted Living & Home Care
can relate to.
Besides your occupation and the DDA,
what local organization or activity do you enjoy participating in?
Right now I'm most
active as the class representative (along with my wife Gail) for Fenton High
School Class of 2013 (presently the junior class). As class
representatives, we participate in a number of school events including building
homecoming floats and pulling them in the homecoming parade, chaperoning dances
at the school, coaching the girl's powder puff team, working the concession
stand at football games and planning this year's prom.
When you're outside of Fenton, what do
you tell people about your hometown?
Things are changing for the
better. Come see us.