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Old July 3rd, 2007, 02:57 PM   #641
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Marina District Development Update

The Marina District is going full-steam ahead and I'm really excited about this project. I am certainly curious of who the private investors are that are going to be investing into the Marina District with Larry Dillin (guru of a la' Levis Commons), because this project will definetly steer the region in the right direction economically-wise.
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 03:09 PM   #642
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HCR Manor Development News

Remember folks, it's all too early to speculate! Don't you ever get tired of the media setting off the warning lights everytime there is a business change? Well you will see my hand raised, however, I may be awfully optimistic about this but I see this is a huge opportunity for job growth and development for the Toledo region. The buyout is simply a process of sweetening the pot and the Carlyle Group recognizes that the employees and the region has treated HCR Manor very well in terms of where they are today. I certainly like to see the renewal of confirmation to stay in the region for the long-term, give HCR Manor the opportunity to be part of the regional turnaround from the "rust-belt" image and support them to expand the company in Toledo by providing the system and infrastructure support. In most cases, as businesses change it does make people nervous especially in the Midwest but when HCR Manor has grew from scratch in the 1980s right here in Toledo, they've grew quite rapidly. I think HCR Manor will soon if not already recognize that being part of Toledo is the key to the success.

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Buckeye Biofuels Development Update

You can see several posts in regard to this development recently, however I'm glad this region is diversifying its economy and we need to do more. We have to stop relying so much on one maunfacturing sector which can be a damaging blow to the region as the economic cycle goes downturn (i.e. Ford, GM, Chrysler, Delphi, Dana, Aeroquip, Eaton, etc, etc). Perhaps Microsoft, Google or Sony is ready to come knocking on our door? Eh mate?!
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 03:33 PM   #646
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Wind Energy Development of Port Clinton

Wind energy potential draws interest for local business park
By Duane Ramsey
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The owners of the Lake Erie Business Park were pleased to receive immediate interest in their commercial development after attending the Wind Power 2007 national convention in Los Angeles.

Local owners James McKinney and David Fahrbach knew the convention was a business opportunity they couldn't miss with more than 7,000 wind energy professionals and 420 corporate exhibitors converging on the convention, “Growing the Wind Energy Business,” hosted by the American Wind Energy Association June 3 to 6.

The Lake Erie Business Park includes 470 acres,
45 buildings and more than 2 million square feet of existing space on the site of the former Erie Ordinance Army Depot in Port Clinton. McKinney and Fahrbach teamed up to purchase the property in December 2005.

“There's a lot of interest in the park since we attended the wind energy convention,” said Steve Benko, a consultant who represented the business park at the convention.

Benko said that one business has already visited the park and another one was scheduled to visit later in June. The park has held conference calls with other companies interested in the site.

“These firms have a lot of experience and knowledge, not to mention the financial resources to invest in our local communities,” Fahrbach said about the contacts made at the convention and companies that have inquired about the park.

Some of the companies attending the convention included well-known names such as General Electric, British Petroleum, John Deere and Mitsubishi. Wind turbine manufacturers from Europe, where the use of wind power is far more common than in the United States, also participated in the event.

“I spoke with Swedish, German, Danish, Spanish and British companies at the convention,” Benko said. “Many of them are working to open assembly plants in the U.S. to reduce transportation costs and tariff fees.”

“The Lake Erie Business Park has available manufacturing space that can accommodate those plants. Companies were excited to hear about the combination of assets that the Lake Erie Business Park and the surrounding area can provide,” Benko said.

Located on Lake Erie in a no-boating zone between Camp Perry and the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, the park offers many amenities for potential tenants without opposition from its neighbors.

Environmental Phase 1 and Phase 2 studies are complete and the park is approved for development, Benko said. Tax incentives are available for potential tenants, including tax abatements and tax incremental financing.

“Ohio has some attractive financial incentives that are important to any companies hoping to relocate,” said Jamie Beier-Grant, director of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, who also attended the wind power convention.
Access to transportation networks and adequately sized facilities are crucial components of the wind turbine business. The owners of the Lake Erie Business Park believe it offers all those elements and much more.

The park has direct rail access with a rail spur just off the main line of Norfolk Southern Railroad. Benko said the park hopes to attract an ethanol production facility there, but would need to extend the rail spur.

The four-lane State Route 2 runs in front of the park with two existing entrances onto the highway. The Ohio Turnpike is just 15 minutes from the park, which has an existing network of roads with heavy foundations.

A private wastewater treatment system currently services the site and public sewer connections with the City of Port Clinton will be available by the end of this year.

The park has two freshwater intakes from Lake Erie capable of processing about 1.5 million gallons per day. On-site storage includes a 100,000-gallon tower and two underground storage tanks with a total capacity of 1.2 million gallons.

The public water line for Ottawa County runs along state Route 2 in front of the park.

The Lake Erie Business Park has seven parcels of land, ranging from the largest two of 38.9 and 16.5 acres, to several smaller sites from four to five acres each. One site has already been sold, but the owners declined to identify the buyer at this time.

Another five-acre parcel includes a 24,000-square-foot brick building located right off the east entrance off Route 2.
More than a dozen existing buildings are available, including a 300,000-square-foot manufacturing or warehouse facility. Other buildings of 47,000, 40,000, 32,000, 30,000 and 24,000 square feet down to 10,000 and a brick office building with 4,300 square feet are available.

The owners also envision additional commercial, industrial, retail and hospitality components for the 470-acre Lake Erie Business Park.

“The auto industry helped our local workforce to develop skills ranging from metal fabrication, welding, tool and die applications to power generation. Those same skills can be applied in the manufacturing and assembly of modern wind turbines,” McKinney said.

He believes this knowledgeable work force base in the region gives Northwest Ohio a distinct advantage over potential plant locations in other parts of the country.

“We can re-tool to meet the demands of this growing industry,” McKinney said.

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur said, “Wind energy is the fastest developing form of energy in the country and possibly around the world. The entire industry is expanding quickly and seeking qualified people in that field.”

Kaptur cited the research on the potential of wind energy being conducted at the nearby Firelands Campus of Bowling Green State University as an additional incentive for wind turbine manufacturers.

Wind turbine towers can be as tall as 100 meters with blades that are 50 meters long and can produce enough electricity to power about 1,000 homes
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 04:07 PM   #647
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UT Field House Redevelopment

Field House renovation to give nod to future, veterans
By Matt Lockwood UT News
Jul 3, 2007





The Memorial Field House has been vacant for years, but its renovation will fill important needs for both future and past generations.

This rendering by BHDP Architecture of Cincinnati shows one possibility for the renovated Memorial Field House.
The project — expected to meet the University’s 10-year projection for classroom needs — is being renovated in an environmentally friendly way with tomorrow in mind, and will include a site to remember military veterans throughout the community and the region.

A Veterans’ Plaza with plaques recognizing individual veterans and organizations will be located near the east entrance of the state-of-the-art classroom building. In addition to the plaques, the plaza will feature three flagpoles displaying the flags of the United States, Ohio and The University of Toledo.

“In the workaday world that surrounds each of us, there is little time and few places to remember those who have served our country and paid for the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Vern Snyder, vice president for institutional advancement. “The University of Toledo Veterans’ Plaza will stand as just such a place for our veterans, our community and, most importantly, our students.”

This BHDP Architecture rendering shows another possibility for the renovated Memorial Field House.
The University is requesting the assistance of veterans’ organizations and individuals throughout the region to offset the costs of construction of the plaza.

“We are asking each organization or individual to consider a gift or pledge of $1,000,” Snyder said. “These gifts will be acknowledged on separate plaques and the donors may choose the language to memorialize a group of veterans, loved ones or all of those who served.”

The Field House project also will look to the future by incorporating features expected to make it one of the most environmentally friendly buildings of its type.

The classroom rehabilitation project has been designed to meet standards that will qualify it for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Key “green” features include re-using the existing site and building, installing occupancy activated air and lighting systems, putting on a highly reflective roof, utilizing non-irrigated landscaping, and properly sorting and recycling construction waste.

“We’re doing this to be responsible to future generations,” said Chuck Lehnert, associate vice president for facilities and construction. “It is also very energy efficient, so there’s a calculated energy savings payback.”

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable design and construction, and the LEED certification is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The Memorial Field House would be among the first in the state to receive the LEED Silver certification.

Environmental hazards are being removed from the Field House site, and a demolition contractor has been hired to gut the building. Lehnert said bids for the construction phase will go out in August.

Construction is expected to be complete in fall 2008.

Due to construction, the bus loop by the Student Union will be relocated to south of Wolfe Hall starting Monday, July 2. Foot traffic also may be redirected while work continues for the next 18 months.
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I was looking into the Bartley Lofts before I moved back to California. My hope is that once the arena is completed and brings more life to downtown, people as a result will want to live closer. There are so many buildings downtown that have amazing potential. I wish half of those buildings were in San Diego.
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Springfield Twp.

Does anyone know what is going in at the corner of Airport Highway and Holloway in Springfield Township? They demolished all the buildings on the southwest corner. And also, what about the northwest corner of Albon and Airport?
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Does anyone know what is going in at the corner of Airport Highway and Holloway in Springfield Township? They demolished all the buildings on the southwest corner. And also, what about the northwest corner of Albon and Airport?
Rumor has it, a Walgreen's.

Since we're asking... anybody know what's going in where the old Cooker was in the Spring Meadows shopping area off Airport Hwy.? New all-brick construction has been going up for a few weeks now.
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Rumor has it, a Walgreen's.

Since we're asking... anybody know what's going in where the old Cooker was in the Spring Meadows shopping area off Airport Hwy.? New all-brick construction has been going up for a few weeks now.

I was worried it would just be a drugstore.

The site of the old Cooker will have a Chipotle and Panera Bread. Not sure if that is it or there is more.
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Rumor has it, a Walgreen's.

Since we're asking... anybody know what's going in where the old Cooker was in the Spring Meadows shopping area off Airport Hwy.? New all-brick construction has been going up for a few weeks now.
Interesting that the rumor is Walgreen's, I checked the Auditor site and the developer who bought the land was in 3 seperate parcels. The three parcels used to be doctor's office, car wash and something else; however, the three parcels was bought back in last November which would make sense that Walgreen's would be coming into that area since it is only occupied by Rite Aid.

I am surprised that not a single grocery store has occupied the vacant Farmer Jack at the nearly new Orchard Centre Shopping area. It was less than a year that Farmer Jack opened and officially closed as a company-wide decision.
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I was worried it would just be a drugstore.

The site of the old Cooker will have a Chipotle and Panera Bread. Not sure if that is it or there is more.
No Starbuck's? You noticed there is a brand new Starbuck's down the road at Airport and Reynolds.
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Fallen Timbers

Six more stores announced in the Blade for the Shops at Fallen Timbers.
"Clothing retailers American Eagle and Aeropostale, shoe stores Journeys and Payless, Osterman Jewelers, and coffee chain Starbucks recently filed site plans with the city building inspection office."


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Six more stores announced in the Blade for the Shops at Fallen Timbers.
"Clothing retailers American Eagle and Aeropostale, shoe stores Journeys and Payless, Osterman Jewelers, and coffee chain Starbucks recently filed site plans with the city building inspection office."


http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll...ESS10/70704007
It's sad that none of the stores that recently signed on meets my taste except for Starbuck's. How about an Eddie Bauer Clothing and Home Store? Sharper Image? Whole Foods Market? Jamba Juice? Cheesecake Factory? Urban Outfitters?
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Rumor has it, a Walgreen's.

Since we're asking... anybody know what's going in where the old Cooker was in the Spring Meadows shopping area off Airport Hwy.? New all-brick construction has been going up for a few weeks now.
Also in the area, the 'For Lease' sign in front of the old Joe's Crab Shack says it's leased. I haven't heard what may be moving in, but there have been people down there cleaning up.
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Agree 100% with those missing shopping experiences.

Add Crate & Barrel (yes, some folks actually appreciate good design, quality materials, and not buying the same thing again two years later because it fell apart), Anthropoligie, Apple Store (only a matter of time, in my opinion), Restoration Hardware, Macaroni Grill, etc.. I just got back from the Somerset Collection mall, up near Troy, MI, and I was humbled by the quality of the stores -- equal to, if not beyond what I lived next to in Houston, TX at the Galleria mall complex.

There is a ton of development happening in our metropolitan area. That's great. But someone needs to get Dillan's or GGP's ear and tell them to stop putting in the same thing over and over. Crate & Barrel in the Marina District would be THE shopping destination downtown -- if they came. It would make the Marina District a first-rate, progressive development with real legs. Heck, shoot for the stars and give Nike or Apple a tax abatement for 10 years to build a flagship store right next to the C&B. Then woo Banana Republic and Whole Foods as well (see the Baltimore Inner Harbor as a prime example of what could happen to our riverfront). Then, go to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York and offer very low-interest, city-backed loans to the first five restauranteurs who agree to open unique, quality eating establishments in the District. Then, then !! Then we have something great on the river -- a DESTINATION that people want to see!

But, I digress.
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Semi-confirmed...

Not a Walgreens, rather a new, relocated Rite Aid. See this PDF (http://www.rlcos.com/RLP/properties/...ort-Cooker.pdf) confirming the Airport Meadow Crossings "Panera/Chipotle/Aspen Dental" development. The aerial maps show a Rite Aid at the corner of Airport and Holloway, the other map confirms the "former Rite Aid" location (gray text and box) just off Airport at McCord, as well as the new location. This real estate developer is also responsible for the newer Chipotle off Conant at the Meijer shopping center as well.
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Agree 100% with those missing shopping experiences.

Add Crate & Barrel (yes, some folks actually appreciate good design, quality materials, and not buying the same thing again two years later because it fell apart), Anthropoligie, Apple Store (only a matter of time, in my opinion), Restoration Hardware, Macaroni Grill, etc.. I just got back from the Somerset Collection mall, up near Troy, MI, and I was humbled by the quality of the stores -- equal to, if not beyond what I lived next to in Houston, TX at the Galleria mall complex.

There is a ton of development happening in our metropolitan area. That's great. But someone needs to get Dillan's or GGP's ear and tell them to stop putting in the same thing over and over. Crate & Barrel in the Marina District would be THE shopping destination downtown -- if they came. It would make the Marina District a first-rate, progressive development with real legs. Heck, shoot for the stars and give Nike or Apple a tax abatement for 10 years to build a flagship store right next to the C&B. Then woo Banana Republic and Whole Foods as well (see the Baltimore Inner Harbor as a prime example of what could happen to our riverfront). Then, go to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York and offer very low-interest, city-backed loans to the first five restauranteurs who agree to open unique, quality eating establishments in the District. Then, then !! Then we have something great on the river -- a DESTINATION that people want to see!

But, I digress.
Ooooooh I've forgotten about Crate & Barrell, I live for that place. I agree with your insights about our waterfront being reach to it's fullest potential.
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Semi-confirmed...

Not a Walgreens, rather a new, relocated Rite Aid. See this PDF (http://www.rlcos.com/RLP/properties/...ort-Cooker.pdf) confirming the Airport Meadow Crossings "Panera/Chipotle/Aspen Dental" development. The aerial maps show a Rite Aid at the corner of Airport and Holloway, the other map confirms the "former Rite Aid" location (gray text and box) just off Airport at McCord, as well as the new location. This real estate developer is also responsible for the newer Chipotle off Conant at the Meijer shopping center as well.
I'm surprised Walgreen's is nowhere near that area, the closest one is on Reynolds and Southwyck.
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