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Old September 15th, 2007, 02:14 AM   #801
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Sad sight on that webcam pic. Only about a wall left of the old bijou. Many good memories there. Great place to see a concert and probly was good for movies way back when they used to do that there... The last concert i saw there was Too Live Crew back in January, some of my friends opened for them an we got to see a lot of the club a lot of people dont get to see. Blazin backstage was always fun. Even though its sad to see this place go I'm glad the arena is finally being built...

Too bad that the Bijou Theatre wasn't maintained as a downtown cinema or perhaps a community theatre and IMO it wouldn't be demolished. Boy, can you imagine if it was still kept as a theatre?

I do however remember clubbing in the Bijou Theatre in the Red Underground club, so much fun.

Golden Lily Restaurant has yet to re-open their restaurant elsewhere around the city, I guess the family loved the money payout to move out. I heard they received over $600K for the property.

Subway is relocating to Superior & Adams and the Libbey Glass Corporate Store is relocating to St. Clair & Adams, so I'm glad businesses are staying downtown despite of the soon-to-be-coming new downtown arena.
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Johnny's Lunch Development Update

Johnny's Lunch hungry for growth, sets ambitious expansion schedule
By Duane Ramsey
Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
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Johnny's Lunch is expanding beyond its local restaurant with multiple franchises in Ohio, Michigan and across the country, and the location of its corporate headquarters in Toledo.

Johnny's Lunch started as a single diner serving hot dogs and hamburgers in 1936 as the country emerged from the depression. Johnny and Minnie Colera founded Johnny's Lunch in Jamestown, N.Y., offering their customers quality, quantity, price and service.

Johnny always said, “Give the customer great quality and value, and they will always come back for more,” said Anthony Calamunci, Colera's maternal grandson. With his brother, John, as chief of operations, Calamunci is continuing the family's 70-year tradition in the restaurant business.

Their parents, Dianne and Gus Calamunci, still operate the original Johnny's Lunch in Jamestown. The Calamunci brothers formed Johnny's Lunch Franchise LLC with the goal of expanding the business with hundreds of units across the country.

“We are evolving to establish Johnny's as a national brand,” said Calamunci, president of Johnny's Lunch Franchise.

Johnny's Lunch is now expanding in Toledo and Michigan with plans for 160 franchise units in the next five years. Calamunci said the firm's corporate headquarters will be located in Toledo.

“We have hired some executives and are in the process of locating our headquarters in the National City Bank building near the Toledo store,” Calamunci said.

The corporation sold the Toledo “designated market area” to Nick Guerro, a Detroit area restaurateur. The market includes Toledo and 12 counties in the Northwest Ohio region.

Calamunci said he and his brother have a letter of intent for a new location on Dorr Street across from UT and are looking at three additional sites in the Toledo area.

“Toledo's faithful have accepted Johnny's and our signature prototype at the corner of Sylvania and Talmadge is doing very well with many return customers,” Calamunci said.

Guerro also owns the franchise for the market in Lansing, Mich., where there are plans for at least three locations. One unit is under construction in the student union at Michigan State University with others planned in East Lansing and in nearby Okemos.

Johnny's opened its first Michigan location on Dixie Highway in Waterford Township outside Pontiac in June. Two other locations are scheduled to open in the Detroit suburbs of Livonia and Novi in October or November under the franchise owned by JBV, LLC in Clarkston, Mich.

“With four additional locations under construction right now in Michigan, we are very excited about our growth in that state,” said George Goulson, chief development officer for Johnny's Lunch Franchise.

With the 75 stores under contract in the Detroit market over the next five years, Michigan will soon have more than 100 Johnny's Lunch restaurants across the state, Goulson said.

Calamunci said the company just signed a contract with Mike Basone and his group of investors for 54 additional stores in Michigan by 2011, including 28 in the Grand Rapids market, 16 in the Flint-Saginaw market, nine in Traverse City and one in Alpena.

Calamunci said a firm in Plymouth, Mich., researched the demographics for the entire country to determine the best markets for immediate and future franchise expansion.

An area representative purchases the right to develop a designated market area with the number of Johnny's Lunch restaurants determined for each territory at a cost of $2,000 per unit. The Detroit market franchise with 75 stores would cost $150,000 with the area rep splitting all franchise and royalty fees with Johnny's Lunch Franchise.

As part of the franchise agreement, an area rep will agree on a development schedule that will legally bind him or her to open a determined number of units per year until the territory is built-out. It will take 12 franchise units to recapture the investment outlay, not including royalty and income, according to the firm.

An attorney by profession, Calamunci previously worked in a private law practice in Toledo and as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Anthony Pizza in Lucas County.
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Old September 15th, 2007, 03:44 PM   #804
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Wind Turbines Development Update

Tall order: Regulating wind turbines with zoning
By JAN LARSON
Sentinel County Editor


With more wind turbines on the horizon in rural areas of Wood County, township officials have given county leaders a tall order — find some way to regulate the towering turbines.
“They are looking for some teeth,” so there are some rules to possibly rein in the height, noise, light and vibration of the fixtures, said Dave Steiner, director of the Wood County Planning Commission.
So this past summer, Steiner went on a search for wind turbine regulations in the state. He quickly found that Wood County wasn’t alone in having wind velocities that attracted the spinning giants.

Logan County, sitting in central Ohio, is the proposed location for up to 150 wind turbines reaching 500 feet high. A glacial ridge stretching through the county has made it attractive to wind power companies.
The Logan County proposal has been met with vocal support and opposition, according to Gerald Heaton, Logan County prosecuting attorney.
“There’s a strong contingent of people who want them, and a strong contingent of people who don’t want them,” Heaton said.
Since wind turbines are a relatively new source of energy in Ohio, the state has no regulatory guidelines for them. But Logan County couldn’t wait for the state to catch up with the alternative energy demands.
“We’re in the process of developing reasonable zoning for them,” Heaton said. “Dependent upon what the courts find, we want to be prepared with zoning in place.”

The zoning regulates such issues as turbine height, setbacks, noise decibels, vibration, and effects on avian life.
But Heaton realizes the zoning efforts may be for naught if the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio or the courts rule that wind farms are public utilities.
An opinion written by Wood County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Linda Holmes comes to the same conclusion.
“A public firm which leases or buys land to install wind turbines with the intent of selling the electricity generated to the power grid is likely to be a public utility,” Holmes wrote. However, public utility status would have to be determined on a case by case basis, she continued — emphasizing the term “likely” in her written opinion.
“A private company seeking ‘public utility’ status bears the burden of proving that their business meets the ‘public service’ and ‘public concern’ tests for a public utility under the township zoning exemption,” Holmes’ opinion stated.
It was one day after issuing that opinion that Holmes found out a wind farm of more than 30 turbines was proposed west of Bowling Green — possibly near her Euler Road home. The turbines would generate power for Bowling Green electric customers.

“At the time, there was no inkling,” about the turbines possibly being erected near her home in Plain Township. But since then, Holmes is joining neighbors in protest of the wind farm.
“People see this as a real detriment to their property values,” she said. “I’m also right out there, underneath these things.”
But Holmes realizes her written opinion states that the turbines planned for her neighborhood may not be able to be regulated. “There is a possibility” it would be considered a public utility, she said.
Holmes’ opinion, however, does state that individual wind turbines generating power for a residence or a business can be regulated. Those structures could be limited in height and distance from buildings, Steiner suggested.
Steiner compared wind turbine regulations to cell tower restrictions in the state. When cell towers started dotting the landscape, the state had no regulations in place. But after insistence by local leaders, he said, state rules were written.
“There’s a couple years lag time,” Steiner said.
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Rossford Plaza Development Update

New shopping plaza in Crossroads receives approval
Posted on the The Messenger Journal website 9-15-2007



The first phase of a shopping plaza to be located behind the Giant Eagle grocery store has received approval from the Rossford Planning Commission.
Jerry Miller, vice president of Miller Diversified, presented a site plan for the Promenade South Retail at Meridian Plaza project at the August 23 meeting.
The development at 27250 Crossroads Parkway will be built on six acres immediately north of Giant Eagle, he said.

The plan shows an L-shaped complex that initially will house as many as five retail businesses and have 199 parking spaces.
Phase one of the project features construction of a building with about 12,000 square feet of space, Mr. Miller explained.

Later phases will complete the rest of the buildings in the complex, totalling about 40,000 square feet, he added.
"We'll present each of those future phases to you as they come in," he said.
Mr. Miller said his company plans to break ground in mid-September.
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Old September 15th, 2007, 03:54 PM   #806
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Springfield Athletic Field Redevelopment

Springfield Local School is located in west of Toledo in Springfield Township and Village of Holland with a population of nearly 25,000 residents. This area is truely the "sprawl of it all" in the metro area.

Artists rendering of the proposed athletic field improvements
Posted on the Holland Springfield Journal
9-15-2007


Last month the Springfield Board of Education voted to place a "no new bond issue" issue on the November 6 ballot.
The issue will not result in higher taxes if passed, and the $7 million it generates, will be used to repair the district's aging and deteriorating athletic facilities.




Above is an artist's rendering of the improvements that will be made to the football field, including a new entrance.
The rendering below is a view from the football field of the renovated conditioning facility, which will feature a full wall of windows.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 03:45 AM   #807
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Oh man, I hate Springfield. It's Toledo's worst suburb. Granted, Anthony Wayne and Bedford are not much better (they're all former rural areas chock full of modern sprawl).

Maumee, Perrysburg, Rossford, and even old Sylvania have much better areas with cute downtowns and some nice historic neighborhoods. Sprinfield has nothing but suburban sprawl.

Springfield High might be the ugliest high school in all of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Most suburban high schools are hideous, but Springfield wins the ugly contest hands down in metro Toledo. Who the hell designed that thing? It literally looks like a jail, which makes sense considering Springfield High's "suburban ghetto" reputation. I seem to remember the rich kids in Springfield (there are a lot of them) mostly go to the Catholic schools in Toledo.

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To be fair, Anthony Wayne does have historic areas and downtowns in Whitehouse and Waterville. There is a lot of sprawl though.
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FedEx Expansion Development Update

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Findlay's Downtown Rebound Development

This is an aftermath article in regards to the flash floods that wreaked havoc in the area about 30 miles south of Toledo. It took place in late August as communities such as Carey, Ottawa, and Findlay are recovering.

Findlay’s downtown bouncing back from flood
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9-17-2007


FINDLAY, Ohio — Downtown restaurants, gift shops and offices that took the brunt of last month’s historic flooding are beginning to open back up.

While a handful of storefronts are relocating or closing for good, the city’s downtown will bounce back, said Douglas Peters, who leads the area’s main economic development agency.

Business owners began ripping out waterlogged walls and floors and making repairs as soon as the water receded last month. Now dozens of shops are open. Others that took on extensive damage have set up temporary shops elsewhere.

The downtown, Peters said, is well-positioned to recover because it has been a vibrant area and a focal point for the community.

“We’re a whole different breed of people,” said Elaine Bruggeman, who owns a bookstore and a deli downtown. “We do it because our passion is here. It’s going to take more than a little water to drive us out.”

Heavy rains dumped up to 10 inches during a few hours three weeks ago, bringing the city’s worst flood since 1913. The Blanchard River, which flows along the edge of downtown, rose eight feet above flood level.

Peters, who is president of GreaterFindlayInc., said business owners in the downtown area have not waited for others to help.

“Most of the merchants up and down that street are of the entrepreneurial spirit,” he said. “It makes them by nature risk takers.”

There were about 25 restaurants alone in the area that catered to office workers and employees from the county courthouse and related offices. Marathon Petroleum Co. has about 1,500 employees at its downtown building.

“There are a lot of things in place that will help us maintain our downtown,” Peters said. “It’s always been a very vibrant place.”

He and a group of city and business leaders will travel to Washington this week to talk with federal officials about solving the city’s flooding problems.

Record store owner Greg Halamay said it would take too long and too much money to rebuild Finders Records Tapes & CDs, which has been downtown for 32 years.

“Putting a store that size together again, the whole idea is just overwhelming to me,” he said.

It would take four to six months to rebuild, Halamay said.

Water filled his basement and soaked the ground floor. He had 10 employees who are now out of work.

“The flood brought an overwhelming experience to a lot of people,” he said. “I’m one of them. This isn’t how I wanted to depart a city that helped us for 32 years.”

The owner of a diner that has been in the same spot since the 1940s plans to stay downtown but in another location.

Miller’s Luncheonette owner Greg Miller said his restaurant always seems to get hit hard when the river overflows and that it has become too costly to keep making repairs
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Good to see Findlay bounce back. That's the healthiest downtown in Ohio. It's remarkable how much they have for a city of 40,000.

I watched the national news coverage and was shocked by how bad the flood looked. Luckily, it looks like permanent damage was minimal.
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Southwyck Redevelopment News Update

Southwyck Mall future
Posted WTVG website September 18, 2007


Toledo city council is busy working on a plan to get control of the Southwyck Mall site. The city may use Eminent Domain to get a redevelopment project off the ground. Those projects have been in the works for some time, the marina district and Southwyck mall.

City council is looking at authorizing the city to take over the mall through Eminent Domain. That would allow the city to go in and put a road through the center of the property, connecting the north and south ends.
On that same note, the city is considering authorizing $1.1 million from a $5 million loan. It may go to the marina project, another project under the leadership of developer Larry Dillin, where the cash could be used to construct riverside drive.

What perhaps is a joint development committee formed by the city of Perrysburg Township in an effort to keep FedEx in the area, council has unanimously thrown its weight behind that idea.
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ConAgra of Archbold

Archbold is part of the Toledo MSA located in the farthest west side of the Fulton County about 45 miles. It has a population of 4,500, the famous Sauder Farms (a huge furniture-maker) and a campus of Northwest State Community College. Good news that the closing of a plant has been reversed.

ConAgra to remain open
Archbold factory to remain open despite announcement of closure
Posted on NBC 24 website Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 12:52 p.m.


ARCHBOLD, OH (AP) -- ConAgra Foods Inc. has decided not to close its Archbold factory. Last September it was announced that the factory, which produces the Healthy Choice soup line and La Choy products, was to be closed in January.

The factory employs 350 workers. Veteran workers at the plant are paid $15 to $23 per hour, according to Union leaders.
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Fostoria Rail Park Developments

Fostoria, the Train City USA is about 30 miles southeast of Toledo in the very corner (southeast-wise) of Wood County. It has a population of about 14,000 and it's known for its trains. Here is a link in regards to about their developments of a Fostoria Iron Triangle Rail Park for y'all train ethusiastics:

http://fostoriairontriangle.com/railPARK.htm
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