Our Story

It started in Medina, spread to Wooster and captured the attention of Port Clinton.

For more than a quarter-century, Mike Rose’s record of revitalizing smaller communities has earned the respect of civic leaders, business owners and long-time residents.

Starting with small “fixer-upper” projects in the early 1980s, Mike, the founder of Washington Properties, quickly developed a passion for working with public, private and nonprofit partners on a variety of larger community-wide projects.

Working with civic leaders concerned about the proliferation of eyesores and vacancies in downtown Medina, Mike took the lead in transforming a rundown 88-year-old department store into attractive retail and office space. Today, Medina’s Public Square is an established, thriving business center.

Utilizing a consistent philosophy of quality design and construction and a strong commitment to serving tenants, Mike also developed a number of successful commercial campuses along the growing Route 18 corridor linking Public Square with I-71. These properties have helped attract additional medical and financial professionals to the Medina area and have made the city and county an even more appealing place to live. Medina County is now one of the fastest growing counties in Ohio.

As the new century began, Mike and his partners rolled up their sleeves in Wayne County to craft additional retail, commercial and residential space out of underutilized historical properties in Wooster. These award-winning projects include a mixed-use development of 31,000 square feet encompassing nearly two dozen retail and office spaces; residential lofts at multiple downtown locations, all leased almost immediately; and the first-ever market-rate condominiums downtown.

Washington Properties’ successes in Medina and Wooster caught the attention of The J.M. Smucker Company, which invited Mike to devise a new look and feel for much of nearby Orrville, home of its corporate headquarters. The result was the creation of a new community center, a mixed-use commercial and residential center, and a fresh new look for a popular downtown restaurant.

More recently, Mike and his team delighted civic leaders in the Lake Erie community of Port Clinton with an innovative plan to reshape 14 acres of lakefront with a public boardwalk, green space, an amphitheater, lodge, events center and boutique space. This Harborfront project will be complemented by work on several older commercial buildings downtown.

A strong believer in making central business districts genuine destinations, Mike has underwritten and sponsored a variety of public events in the communities in which his company operates. He will continue to do so in every locality that Washington Properties enters.

To review a list of current leasing opportunities in markets where Washington Properties has a presence, view our commercial properties or residential properties.