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Old October 2nd, 2007, 01:47 PM   #861
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Marina District Development Update

Marina District Update
Posted on WTVG 13abc.com--October 2, 2007


The deadline has come and gone and we still haven't heard from developer Larry Dillin regarding the next step for marina district revitalization.

Three months ago it was down to the wire, but the city of Toledo delivered, presenting developer Larry Dillin with a $10 million check to be used for the marina district project. Dillin then had 90 days to secure $50 million from private investors.

That deadline expired on October 1 and we still have no definitive word on whether Dillin secured the money. 13 abc talked with city representatives today, and we've learned that there is an announcement planned for next Wednesday afternoon, October 10. We also know that the announcement was delayed for two reasons. Mayor Carty Finkbeiner's spokesperson says the city wanted to wait until after the groundbreaking for the new sports arena and also needed a bit more time to plan, because next Wednesday's announcement will be marked with another groundbreaking for the second half of the marina project, closer to the MLK Bridge.
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 11:21 PM   #864
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Marina District Development Update #2

Following up to the earlier post about the news today in regards to the Marina District, the city indicated an October 10th meeting to talk about the latest development. I posted two more media reports about Dillin meeting the goal of reaching $50 million for the project:

Dillin Meets Marina District Goal
Posted on WUPW Fox website
Created: Tuesday, 02 Oct 2007, 3:40 PM EDT


FOX Toledo News has learned that developer Larry Dillin has met his goal of raising at least $50 million for the East Toledo marina district project.

Dillin had until Oct. 1 to raise that money, and since no announcement was made, some were starting to wonder if he had raised enough. As the deadline approached, there were rumors that certain city officials was thinking about switching developers.

In a news release sent to FOX Toledo News by the City of Toledo, officials say the announcement was put on hold due to the groundbreaking of the new Downtown Arena, which took place Oct. 1.

On the heels of the new arena groundbreaking, another groundbreaking is expected to take place next week, Wednesday, Oct. 10, for the marina project.

"We will disclose details of Larry's progress at the groundbreaking of the retail and residential portion of the Marina District," said Todd Davies, the city's commissioner of economic development, in the news release.

"We have currently set that date for October 10 when th city will begin the installation og infrastructure at the south end of the Marina District near where the Sports Arena was located."


$50 million Marina District goal met
Dillin meets stated objective of $50 million in Marina District investment
Posted on WNWO NBC 24 website
Tuesday, October 02, 2007 at 3:49 p.m.


TOLEDO, OH -- Developer Larry Dillin has met his goal of attracting at least $50 million in private investment for the Marina District development according to Todd Davies, Commissioner of Economic Development for the City of Toledo.

Davies met with Dillin at his Perrysburg office yesterday evening to discuss Dillin's progress.

An agreement between the City of Toledo and Dillin required the City to produce $10 million of public funding by August 1st and for Dillin to attract $50 million in private investment by October 1.

No announcement was made yesterday due to the groundbreaking on the new arena.

"We will disclose details of Larry's progress at the groundbreaking of the retail and residential portion of the Marina District," said Davies. "We have currently set that date for October 10 when the city will begin the installation of infrastructure at the south end of the Marina District near where the Sports Arena was located."
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Housing Developments of Perrysburg Township

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More housing proposed in Perrysburg Township
By CHRIS MILLER Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted on website 10-2-2007

LIME CITY — A local development company is seeking residential rezoning for 180 acres located in the area of Neiderhouse and Thompson roads here in Perrysburg Township, including high density zoning that could open the way for apartment buildings on the east side of Thompson Road.

Three separate parcels are involved in the rezoning request — two each of about 41 acres and one parcel that’s nearly 100 acres.

One of those 41 acre sections already secured rezoning last year following objections from local residents. Perrysburg Township officials rejected the developer’s request for more dense R-3 residential zoning last year.
Now the same developer is again seeking R-3 rezoning for just over 30 acres of that same contentious section. The classification, considered “medium density,” also is being sought for about 37 acres of the other 41 acre section along the north side of Neiderhouse Road, while “high density” R-4 zoning is wanted for a nearly 100 acre section of land located on the east side of Thompson Road near the Neiderhouse Road intersection.

The R-4 classification — “suburban residential” — is high density zoning permitting the construction of apartment buildings.

The area being targeted for development lies just south of the city of Perrysburg between Ohio 199 and Thompson Road. Residential development already exists just to the north on both sides of Eckel Junction Road between Route 199 and Thompson Road. Retail development is just to the north of that along U.S. 20.
The developer involved in these latest rezoning requests, Kurt Miller of Velocity Development, last summer secured rezoning for Miller Diversified development company on one of the 41 acre parcels currently up again for rezoning consideration.

Township officials twice delayed action on that rezoning request last year before ultimately approving a combination of lower density R-1 and R-2 zoning but rejecting the R-3 classification.
Many residents who last year objected to higher density development live in single-family homes situated upon larger five acre lots. Other property in the area remains zoned for agricultural uses. Residents last year voiced concern over increased traffic and decreased property values if high density development is allowed to proceed.

The rezoning request tonight goes before the Wood County Planning Commission. Their recommendation will be forwarded to the township’s planning commission, which meets next Monday at 6 p.m. at the township hall on Lime City Road.

Township trustees Gary Britten, Bob Mack and Craig LaHote, like last year, have the final vote on any rezoning.
During the trustees’ Monday night meeting, township resident Barb Harbauer, who lives near the area up for possible rezoning, asked the trustees to delay next week’s township planning commission hearing because an incorrect hearing date was posted on the township’s Internet Web site.
Township Planning and Zoning Administrator Grant Garn said the correct date was included in letters sent to nearby residents advising them of the rezoning request, as required by law. The correct date also was posted on signs on the targeted property. Township Administrator John Hrosko agreed with Harbauer that the Web site needs to be updated with more accurate information.
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Kroger-Levis Commons Development

I read that there was an approval for zoning change a couple of weeks back to allow Kroger Company to build a store at the southeast corner of Route 25 and Roachton Road. It is adjacent to the Town Center at Levis Commons area. This will be Perrysburg's second Kroger store since they have one on Route 20 (Fremont Pike Road).

I will post any further details in regards to this project as it becomes available to me.
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UGH! Just what we need more urban sprawl in the height of the nationwide foreclosures, bankruptcy and housing slumps.

More housing proposed in Perrysburg Township
By CHRIS MILLER Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted on website 10-2-2007

LIME CITY — A local development company is seeking residential rezoning for 180 acres located in the area of Neiderhouse and Thompson roads here in Perrysburg Township, including high density zoning that could open the way for apartment buildings on the east side of Thompson Road.

Three separate parcels are involved in the rezoning request — two each of about 41 acres and one parcel that’s nearly 100 acres.

One of those 41 acre sections already secured rezoning last year following objections from local residents. Perrysburg Township officials rejected the developer’s request for more dense R-3 residential zoning last year.
Now the same developer is again seeking R-3 rezoning for just over 30 acres of that same contentious section. The classification, considered “medium density,” also is being sought for about 37 acres of the other 41 acre section along the north side of Neiderhouse Road, while “high density” R-4 zoning is wanted for a nearly 100 acre section of land located on the east side of Thompson Road near the Neiderhouse Road intersection.

The R-4 classification — “suburban residential” — is high density zoning permitting the construction of apartment buildings.

The area being targeted for development lies just south of the city of Perrysburg between Ohio 199 and Thompson Road. Residential development already exists just to the north on both sides of Eckel Junction Road between Route 199 and Thompson Road. Retail development is just to the north of that along U.S. 20.
The developer involved in these latest rezoning requests, Kurt Miller of Velocity Development, last summer secured rezoning for Miller Diversified development company on one of the 41 acre parcels currently up again for rezoning consideration.

Township officials twice delayed action on that rezoning request last year before ultimately approving a combination of lower density R-1 and R-2 zoning but rejecting the R-3 classification.
Many residents who last year objected to higher density development live in single-family homes situated upon larger five acre lots. Other property in the area remains zoned for agricultural uses. Residents last year voiced concern over increased traffic and decreased property values if high density development is allowed to proceed.

The rezoning request tonight goes before the Wood County Planning Commission. Their recommendation will be forwarded to the township’s planning commission, which meets next Monday at 6 p.m. at the township hall on Lime City Road.

Township trustees Gary Britten, Bob Mack and Craig LaHote, like last year, have the final vote on any rezoning.
During the trustees’ Monday night meeting, township resident Barb Harbauer, who lives near the area up for possible rezoning, asked the trustees to delay next week’s township planning commission hearing because an incorrect hearing date was posted on the township’s Internet Web site.
Township Planning and Zoning Administrator Grant Garn said the correct date was included in letters sent to nearby residents advising them of the rezoning request, as required by law. The correct date also was posted on signs on the targeted property. Township Administrator John Hrosko agreed with Harbauer that the Web site needs to be updated with more accurate information.
YEA! Now let's hope the trustees reject it as well.

Dense developments rejected
By JAN LARSON Sentinel County Editor
Posted on BG Sentinel-Tribune website


The Wood County Planning Commission made it clear Tuesday evening that its goal is to promote good land use — not make money for developers. The board also let a developer know that asking for the same zoning change over and over will not weaken the commission’s convictions, but rather will just annoy some of its members.

Kurt Miller, a partner in Velocity Development, submitted three zoning requests to the planning commission involving a total of 180 acres southeast of Perrysburg, along Thompson and Neiderhouse roads in Perrysburg township.
Miller asked that 98 acres on the east side of Thompson Road be changed from agricultural to R4-A zoning to allow for a high density housing development. He asked that 41 acres at the northwest corner of Neiderhouse and Thompson roads be changed from R-1 and R-2 zoning to R-1 and R-3 zoning. And he asked that another 41 acres also on the north side of Neiderhouse Road be changed to A-1 along the frontage and R-3 in the interior of the property.

In each case, the county planning commission voted down the higher density zoning and suggested that Perrysburg Township approve lower density developments.
Builder Brian McCarthy told the commission that its action could halt development in the area.
“Times are tight right now,” he said. “If these don’t happen, everything stops. If that’s what the board wants, that’s what’s going to happen.”
“The township needs the development and we’re the guys out there trying to make it happen,” McCarthy said.
Miller and McCarthy both said that it wouldn’t be economically feasible to build lower density housing developments there.
“If we could do it, we would do it. But we can’t,” McCarthy said.
But Wood County Commissioner Tim Brown, who is also a member of the planning commission, said the developer’s profit isn’t the concern of the planning board.

“We ought to be looking at how we ought to be zoning it,” Brown said.
One of the three properties has come before the planning commission twice before, with Miller asking that the acreage be changed to R-1 and R-3 zoning. Twice, the commission denied that request because of the high density of the R-3 zoning.
The third time for the same request did not weaken the board’s resolve, but just made some members testy. A motion was made to actually change the previously approved R-1 and R-2 zoning to all R-1 — allowing even fewer homes to be built.
“You’re making us go through this for a third time, and frankly I’m getting a little tired of it,” Brown said.

The neighbors of the proposed developments are also getting tired of fighting the dense housing subdivisions. Many of the homes on Neiderhouse and Thompson roads sit on sprawling five-acre lots. Though some of the residents seem to have accepted that development is inevitable, they don’t like the thought of crowded subdivisions.
“I believe this is way too dense for this area,” neighbor Tammie Lajoie said of the R-4A zoning. “It could be a trailer park or apartments.”
Resident Don Smith, of Thompson Road, expressed concerns about the already increased traffic in the area. “Right now it’s a race track,” he said. The zoning would allow houses to be crammed onto the acreage, like “postage stamps,” he added.
Tom Schwartz said the developments would ruin the rural atmosphere of the area.

“I basically moved out there for the five acres, and the peace and quiet,” Schwartz said, adding that the developments would push him to move further out into the country.
Miller said the denser housing developments actually help save farmland by using less land and preventing urban sprawl.
“If you want to protect farmland,” the denser zoning should be approved, Miller told the planning commission.
Though conscious of that theory, the commission members were more sympathetic to the neighbors already there.
Richard Kohring, of the planning board, said he had recently driven through the area and observed the nice suburban settings.

“I think this would not fit in,” he said of the denser zoning proposals.
When it was all over, the planning commission suggested R-1 zoning for the 98 acres on Thompson Road, stuck with R-1 and R-2 on the 41 acres at the northwest corner of Neiderhouse and Thompson roads, and recommended A-1 and R-2 for the other 41 acres further west on Neiderhouse Road.
The final decision on the zoning requests will be made by the Perrysburg Township Trustees.
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Findlay BVHS Campus Expansion Development

Hospital buying U.S. 224 land
By MICHELLE REITER STAFF WRITER
Posted on Findlay Courier website


After heated arguments earlier this year over the future zoning of the Ohio Farmhouse property on U.S. 224, Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has decided to resolve the issue by buying the property.

BVHS will pay a hefty price -- about $1.5 million -- to buy the 23-acre parcel of land owned by Larry and Darlene Hammond, which is next to the Birchaven complex that BVHS owns.

The latest development comes just months after BVHS fought a potential buyer’s attempt to change the zoning of the property.

“It was contiguous property to the Eastern Woods property (owned by BVHS), and Eastern Woods has been very successful property,” explained John Bookmyer, BVHS executive vice president and chief operating officer. “When the frontage became available, we decided to buy it.”

For now, the hospital doesn’t have any plans for the land.

But Barb Lockard, BVHS public affairs and marketing director, said buying more land next to the 133-acre Eastern Woods property makes sense.

“We are investors out there as well,” Lockard said.

BVHS decided to buy the property when a previous land deal, between the Hammonds and an unnamed buyer, fell through.

Rumors that the unnamed buyer was Promedica Health System -- a competitor of BVHS -- were never verified, but a medical complex was expected to be constructed on the property when the sale was completed.

However, it never did become complete.

The unnamed buyer had wanted the zoning on the property changed from A-1 to the much less restrictive B-3 before buying the 23-acre parcel, but attempts to approve that change in zoning sparked an uproar in the community and among BVHS representatives.

Normally, zoning changes are approved in steps -- the Hammonds’ property may have been approved for B-1 before moving to B-3, for example.

Last year, when the rezoning request first went before them, the Hancock Regional Planning Commission (HRPC) and the county’s advisory zoning committee, along with the Marion Township Zoning Commission, gave their stamp of approval.

However, a procedural error forced the Hammonds’ attorney, Steve Roepke, to begin the rezoning process all over again, and the rezoning plan met with more opposition the second time.

BVHS representatives argued earlier this year that when they built Birchaven, Marion Township held BVHS to more rigid zoning standards, saying it could not jump from B-1 directly to B-3 zoning.

BVHS representatives also argued that the anonymity of the potential buyer made them leery of the sale, and they wondered what the new owners would build there.

Those arguments were echoed by Marion Township residents, and the request for B-3 zoning received a cooler reception from the HRPC and the county’s zoning advisory committee the second time around. Both decided not to recommend the jump in zoning, saying that without knowing who the buyer was, they were hesitant to skip zoning levels.

The Marion Township Zoning Commission then voted in favor of the zoning change, despite the recommendations to do otherwise.

When the final decision fell into the laps of the Marion Township Trustees, two trustees voted to overturn the zoning commission’s decision, and one trustee voted to uphold it.

Overturning the zoning commission would have required a unanimous vote by the trustees, so the decision to allow the zoning change was upheld.

Marion Township residents protested the zoning change with the only tool they had left -- a petition that would put the decision on the ballot.

About 141 township residents signed a petition that only required 107 signatures in order to take the issue to the fall ballot. After the county board of elections certified the list, about 121 names were still valid.

The issue will still be on the ballot next month. Bookmyer confirmed Wednesday that the hospital still opposes B-3 zoning for the property, and is still supporting a “no” vote in the November election.

If voters don’t overturn the zoning decision, the property will automatically be zoned B-3 after the November vote is certified.

Whatever the zoning, plans for the land are undecided for now. Hospital officials will determine how the land will fit into the retirement community’s future, Lockard said.
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I will give you the highlights of the developments per this paper which publishes monthly and they haven't quite been an internet savy publisher yet for me to credit, copy & paste the latest developments in our region:

1) Mercy Memorial Hospital of Monroe, MI, 15 minutes north of Toledo will be expanding a southern wing of an Ambulatory care center of $16M

2) Incentives encourage downtown growth, relocation in Toledo--with various of grant, loan and incentive programs and great location for new businesses or existing businesses to expand due to its infrastructure support and centrality

3) Fat Fish Blue (popular Mardi Gras musical venue restaurant establishment) and Funny Bone (comedy club) to invest $2M at the Levis Commons (Perrysburg) second expansion; Fat Fish Blue is based out of Cleveland and will be their second location for this business

4) $5M + University of Toledo area construction to include retail and housing with 3,000 sq. foot commercial/residential mix development of Campus Village Center on Secor north of Dorr Street across from the Rocket Hall and Rocket Center on Dorr Street west of Douglas/Westwood corridor a 15,000 square foot with coffee cafe', tanning, hair salon, small businesses along with residential apartments

5) Spartan Logistics (out of Columbus, Ohio) and Cedar Point Development LLC will be breaking ground with Port Authority for a 80,000 square foot, a $4M warehouse at Toledo Express Airport and new job creations up to 80; they will be moving into second phase in the next five-years of additional 500,000 square feet of warehouse and light manufacturing with more new jobs added
Follow-up on the Business Advantage Development News #4 in regards to UT campus area projects:

$5M+ UT-area construction to include retail and housing

Recent development near the University of Toledo (UT) is aiming to revitalize areas most frequented by students. Current construction by local companies includes Campus Village Center student housing and a Rocket Center retail strip; the overall investment of the projects exceeds $5 million.

According to UT, it has increased its impact on economic development in the area since merging with the Medical University of Ohio (MUO). One aspect of this impact involves the institution’s capital spending on major projects; the university is planning to spend an estimated $130+ million dollars over the next three years on its facilities. Additionally, talks continue regarding a possible Dorr Street exit to be constructed off I-475. As a result, developers are finding the area ripe for growth.

Campus Village Center
At the corner of Secor Road and College Drive, Campus Village Communities is building a $3 million mixed-use facility to include 13 apartment units and approximately 5,000 square feet of commercial space. The apartments will range from one-bedroom to four-bedroom and sit on the two stories above the first floor commercial space.



According to Ernie Schaefer, president of Campus Village Communities, construction will begin soon, and completion is expected early next year. The building will include wood frame construction and a brick exterior. SAF Construction Services is the general contractor for the project and Design House Architecture is the architect.

Campus Village Communities also owns the apartment complexes neighboring the new development – Campus Village at College Drive, Valleston Manor, and University Park – as well as apartments on other college campuses in Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois.

“It’s actually a combination of three sites, Schaefer stated. “There were two homes and then there’s a little warehouse… The student rental homes were in pretty bad shape. They were an eyesore and sat right next to our properties, and we decided to buy them and do this project. One of the things we want to do is move our rental office into this commercial space.”

The warehouse will be salvaged and the rest of the purchased buildings will be knocked down.

“We think it’s an excellent location and will hopefully be a very good project for us,” Schaefer added.

Rocket Center
Approximately a half-mile from the Campus Village Center is the Rocket Center retail strip on Dorr Street. Construction has begun and it is expected to open this month.



Plans for the $2 million, 15,000 square foot facility include a tanning salon, a hair salon, and a coffee bar with a cafÈ. Twelve two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments will be located on the second floor and parking will be available for 100 vehicles. Limited space is still currently still available.

Five Star Premier Properties is the owner of the property; it also owns Rocket Square and Wonderbread on Dorr Street as well as Timberstone Commons in Sylvania (a 60,000 square foot, full leased property). The Delventhal Company is the general contractor and Architecture by Design, Ltd. is the architect.

“We have tried to make the Center resemble the architecture of buildings on the UT campus, specifically Rocket Hall and the new dorms across the street,” stated Rod Noble, Five Star Premier Properties. “We’re currently looking at plans to redevelop the Wonderbread and Rocket Square properties. They are adjacent to one another.”

Noble explained that the site selected for Rocket Center was based on an absence of quality retail space in the vicinity of UT on Dorr Street.
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UTMC Orthopaedic Center Development

State-of-the-art technology, patient-centered care key as UTMC Orthopaedic Center set to open
Posted on UT website By Staff Oct 4, 2007




For many patients, seeking a doctor’s appointment is synonymous with waiting. Waiting on the phone to schedule an appointment and waiting in the exam room for the doctor to arrive is the rule rather than the exception.

The new Orthopaedic Center at the UT Medical Center offers more than world-class facilities and outstanding university-quality health care. It also offers patients a guarantee that office visits will be scheduled within 24 hours of an appointment request.

“Orthopaedic conditions are painful — patients shouldn’t be concerned about waiting for relief,” said Dr. Nabil Ebraheim, professor and chair of orthopaedic surgery at UT Medical Center. “The new Orthopaedic Center is designed to eliminate barriers; we respond to patient needs quickly and efficiently, and strive for a higher degree of orthopaedic care by providing access, service and convenience.”

The center is scheduled to open Monday, Oct. 15. Celebratory kick-off events include a public open house Sunday, Oct. 7, featuring educational workshops, children’s activities and family fun with food and refreshments.

Additionally, UTMC has scheduled an event for the UT community from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. The open house will feature self-guided tours, music, food and door prizes to celebrate National Customer Service Week.

“While the UTMC Orthopaedic Center is something for students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters to be truly proud of, it is also a facility designed to deliver to them and their families university-quality orthopaedic care,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gold, provost and executive vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine. “Nothing could speak as highly of the center as those at UT who know it best regularly utilizing its services.”

A $10 million project with state-of-the-art technology geared to a comprehensive patient-centered experience, the Orthopaedic Center is adjacent to the George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, providing easy access for patients from the initial visit to outpatient surgery and physical therapy.

Billed as a “one-stop shop,” the new center is equipped with the latest imaging and radiology technology, exam and procedure rooms, and physical therapy and patient education areas. Plus, patients soon will be able to schedule appointments via e-mail, and a staff member dedicated to connect patients with therapists.

UTMC is the first orthopaedic practice in northwest Ohio to offer “neck-to-toe” care, from fractures and dislocations to joint replacement and trauma. Many health-care experts say the all-inclusive offering is the wave of the future for orthopaedic medicine, and it’s something the patients say they greatly appreciate as well.

“The health-care market in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan is one of the most competitive in the country,” Ebraheim said. “The Orthopaedic Center will allow UTMC to not only remain one of the top teaching hospitals, but also to continue raising the standards for patient care. It’s our responsibility and our pleasure to provide such comprehensive, high-quality service for our patients.”
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