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Old January 8th, 2008, 01:36 PM   #1281
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Old January 8th, 2008, 03:58 PM   #1283
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I'm up at Home Slice all the time. I work on Perry St. (Nemsys LLC). Home Slice is looking to expand to the building right next to them up in the loft area. They'd like to create a stage for music possibly, and I believe one of the brothers wants to develop an ebay type store on the bottom floor.

I wasn't aware the building on the corner of St. Clair and Washington (The Purpleish Building) was being looked at for development (AND BEING TURNED DOWN BY THE OWNERS). That is ridiculous. I've had fantasies of opening up a Mongolian Barbecue restaurant right there. In fact, I have a few ideas of business I'd like to start in downtown and could see being very profitable. Coffee house/book store type deal was definitely one of them.
Thanks for the update on Home Slice. Now how about your fantasy to become a reality?
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"Thanks for the update on Home Slice. Now how about your fantasy to become a reality?"

By the way, fantasy was NOT the word that I meant to write . My preferable word of choice should have been "I've had IDEAS of". Fantasy just does not sound right, haha .

So someday I'd like to be more of an investor in downtown Toledo. At the moment, I'm in the process of applying for my LLC and would like to move into an office downtown for my web development business, a business that's really been beginning to boom. Hopefully as time comes, the money generated from that can extend to other ventures that I would like to bring to downtown Toledo as well. I see so much potential, money wise, and its' my opinion that it NEEDS to be private enterprise that steps up its' game in Toledo to help turn things around, rather than waiting on the local politicians.

Speaking of web development, I'd like to take a second to bring about not only local news, but national news, in regards to the terrible DUI accident on I-280.

Myself (Steve Livingston), of 1055 Software, and Matt Nachtrab of Nemsys LLC, have set up a donation page for the Griffin-Burkman family to help alleviate some of the medical costs, as well as the cost of laying to rest five beautiful people. All funds go directly into a trust fund managed by a local law firm and Fifth Third Bank has agreed to waive all e-transactions. Donations can also be made at any Fifth Third Bank branch under The Griffin-Burkman Memorial Fund.

If you don't wish to pledge or donate, please leave a message for the family in the condolence section, where they will be presented to Danny Griffin. I've spoken to the family as well as friends of the family and they are TRULY APPRECIATIVE of the warmth Northwest Ohio has given to their family, especially Danny & Sidney Griffin, and Beau Burkman, the surviving victims.

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Keep up with your optimism and we need it! Thanks ToledoProgrammer.
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Super Fitness Center Development

For good news in West Toledo, the vacant Food Town store on Dorr and Reynolds Road is now being developed into a $5 million dollar project to make way for the new Super Fitness Center. This will IMO definetly improve the Reynolds Corner area.
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Chrysler-Jeep Development Update News

Two articles, one somber and one good news as we need to focus regionally to continue diversifying the workforce and the economy so we are not relying on the automotive industries. Automotive industries are still an asset and important in our region, but to have a diversified work force such as Bio-fuels, solar, transportation, medical, education, tourism, and financial and it has to be heavily invested so the layoffs would be less of a burden.
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Bryan: CHWC Expansion Development

$60M being invested in Bryan Hospital
Posted on Toledo Business Journal website January 2008 Edition




Planning for an expansion and renovation to the Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers Bryan Hospital (CHWC) in Bryan, Ohio is currently under way. The project will require the renovation of approximately 73,000 square feet of existing space and the design and construction of east and west expansions of approximately 185,000 square feet. Construction will kick off in April and be completed fall 2010.

SSOE, Inc. is designing the project, which has an expected investment of $50 million to $60 million.

While the expansions and renovations provide increased square footage to meet contemporary standards for patient care, equipment and future flexibility, the net outcome for CHWC will be an on-site, replacement hospital.

“The added benefits to the community will be a completely renewed facility for patient care and a prudent use of site and facility resources,” stated Lee Warnick, principal and vice president, SSOE. “This also strengthens the vitality of the community in concentrating the construction to its current location in the city. It is not unusual with new replacement hospitals that the older facility is abandoned in the neighborhood, without a viable reuse opportunity.”

CHWC has indicated it will employ sustainable design strategies to make its hospital energy efficient as well as create a healthy environment for the patients. Although the hospital will not be seeking official certification, SSOE will be using the LEED for New Construction as a source of sustainable design and construction concepts, according to Robert Siebenaller, senior associate, SSOE and LEED accredited professional. Specific initiatives include: reuse of existing facilities, innovative wastewater technologies, water usage reduction, energy reduction, construction waste management, the use of regionally procured and recycled construction materials, and the use of day-lighting.

When asked to explain the driving force behind its decision to build a sustainable facility, CHWC's president, Rusty O. Brunicardi, stated, "CHWC's goal is to provide safe, quality care at every point of service, and we know that a technologically advanced building will assist us in achieving our goal. We recognize that many LEED principles will help us to stem the rising cost of healthcare and operate more efficiently by allowing us to double the size of our hospital without doubling the cost of our utilities.”

Because the hospital will remain operational during construction, special care is being taken to not interfere with the hospital and its patients, according to SSOE. The project will be completed in four main phases; the first phase is to build a new physical plant, followed by the east addition, then the west addition, and ending with a renovation of the existing hospital.

CHWC is also advancing several related projects of limited scope to facilitate and maintain the patient and visitor experience. Patient care will be enhanced with the addition of more patient space in the hospital’s 80 single occupancy rooms. Support services are being located immediately adjacent to the rooms with nursing stations and support spaces located at the core surrounded by patient rooms. Specialty areas for obstetrics, intensive care, and cardiac catherization are planned, and general med-surg areas are also being created and existing spaces renovated.

The hospital, portions of which were built in 1930 with subsequent major additions through 1975, will now have more public areas and conference rooms on the first floor, an atrium, a state-of-the-art birthing center, and new operating rooms.

SSOE has performed approximately 50 projects at CHWC facilities over the past 30 years including many with CHWC’s Bryan campus. These projects include: renovating and expanding its emergency department, outpatient registration, laboratory, dining and kitchen facilities, outpatient surgery, surgery decontamination, surgery holding, surgery locker rooms, endoscopy procedure rooms, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and cardiac rehabilitation departments. SSOE also made an addition to the existing hospital with an imaging center that provides an MRI, cardiac catherization, and radiographic imaging services and also facilitates CHWC’s participation with mobile imaging equipment.
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Adrian: Inergy Automotive Systems Development

$8M+ Mich Inergy consolidation to create 189 jobs
Posted on Toledo Business Journal website January 2008 Edition


France-based Inergy Automotive Systems plans to relocate its Ontario, Canada operations to its 320,000 square foot Adrian, Michigan facility with assistance offered through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The expansion will create $8.2 million in investment by Inergy and 427 new jobs, including up to 189 directly by the company.

“Inergy’s investment in Michigan will help secure automotive manufacturing as a key sector of our increasingly diverse economy,” Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm stated. “Our leadership in R&D and concentration of talent continues to attract global companies and new jobs to the state.”

In November, based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority approved a state tax credit valued at more than $1.3 million over seven years to win the expansion. The City of Adrian is prepared to support a 12-year local tax abatement valued at approximately $1.8 million. In addition, the South Central Michigan Works! office and the Lenawee Chamber for Economic Development have committed to supporting the project by providing recruiting, screening, and job training assistance.

“State and local collaboration is vital to attracting business expansion,” MEDC president and CEO James C. Epolito added. “Our local partners are on the front lines every day to secure the economic future of their communities and win jobs for the state.”

An economic analysis conducted by the MEDC estimates that increased economic activity created by the new facility will generate up to 238 indirect Michigan jobs in addition to up to 189 created directly by the company. The project is expected to generate more than $109 million in personal income for Michigan workers over the life of the tax credit.

“As the first MEGA program recipient in 1996, Inergy recognizes and appreciates the efforts the State of Michigan continues to make toward helping to increasing our competitiveness,” North American CEO Mark Sullivan stated. “Inergy’s success to compete in a global market is a solid example of the value of collaboration between business and a future-oriented Michigan government.”

The Inergy project is one of six economic development projects Granholm announced in November. In all, they are expected to create and retain a total of 8,339 Michigan jobs.

“We are delighted and proud that Inergy Automotive has selected Adrian for the expansion of their operations,” Adrian Mayor Gary McDowel stated. “This large and significant investment in our community represents the type of economic growth we are working hard to obtain. On behalf of the citizens of Adrian, I thank Inergy for its support to our community and look forward to continuing our long relationship.”

Inergy Automotive Systems was formed in 2000 as the result of a merger between Solvay Group and Plastic Omnium Company’s fuel system activities. The company is a fuel systems supplier operating 24 facilities in 17 countries with global headquarters in Paris, France. Inergy’s key North American customers include Chrysler, General Motors, BMW, and Nissan.

“The Lenawee Chamber for Economic Development is excited about the expansion, investment, and new jobs at Inergy Automotive,” chamber president and CEO Randy Yagiela added. “This is great news for the company, the State, and our local economy.”

In her 2007 State of the State address, Granholm emphasized the importance of making Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. According to the MEDC, since January 2005, the governor and the corporation have announced the creation or retention of more than 209,000 jobs.

“We are successfully competing for new job-creating investments from all over the world,” Granholm added. “As these businesses choose Michigan for their job growth, they send a message that Michigan is a great place for other companies to do business and create jobs, too. We’ll continue to go anywhere and do anything to recruit and retain jobs like these.”
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West Toledo YMCA Development Update

West Toledo YMCA plans $8M+ expansion
Posted on Toledo Business Journal website January 2008 Edition




Construction is set to begin this spring on an $8.2 million expansion at the West Toledo YMCA on Tremainsville Road. The new facility has been in the planning stages for more than two years and is being designed to complement the recently completed 306,000 square foot Roy C. Start High School, which was constructed by Lathrop/Gant/Barton Malow, LLC (LGB). Overall, the two projects provide an investment of more than $50 million for Lucas County. Completion of the YMCA is expected by early 2009.

According to Robert Alexander, YMCA of Greater Toledo president and CEO, the new YMCA building will be 60,000 square feet. It will include a 10,000 square foot aquatic center and be the largest YMCA in the region.

Half of the facility will be new, and half will be refurbished. The auditorium, gymnasium, and the rooms surrounding them will be completely remodeled and transformed into a wellness center, aerobic studio, family center, teen center, and a strength and conditioning area. North of these areas will be a new entranceway, lobby, offices, new locker rooms, and the aquatic center.

“Because the aquatic center has a lot of glass and natural light, it will open up to the outdoors,” Alexander explained. “So, in the summertime, [the aquatic center] will open up to a patio area, a sunbathing area, and a concession stand. We’ll have an indoor / outdoor environment in the summertime.”

The aquatic center will include a 25-yard indoor competitive swimming pool with six lanes and a leisure pool with zero depth entry. Other features include a large sliding board and additional family apparatus for the water. According to Alexander, the pool will be the largest pool at any of the YMCA of Greater Toledo facilities.

“We had a 55-year-old YMCA that was 23,000 square feet, housed about 7,000 members, and was completely inadequate for our needs,” Alexander stated. The new YMCA is expected to have approximately 15,000 members. “There is a demand in that neighborhood for a YMCA, and the school district was building a brand new Start High School [next door]. So we looked at our needs and found some mutual benefit of collaboration [with Start]. By doing the project this way, the school district has saved millions of dollars by not having to relocate students for two years while they built a new high school and also by not having to build a new auditorium.”

In an interview with Toledo Business Journal, Roosevelt Gant, president of R. Gant, LLC, part of LGB, stated, “Part of the uniqueness is in the fact that there’s a partnership with Toledo Public Schools and the YMCA. [The YMCA is being built] adjacent to the site… We can’t tear their building down until we give them a new one to move into.”

Start students and coaches will also be able to use the new YMCA’s strength and conditioning areas during school hours and take part in programming after school. The YMCA plans to hire Start students for a range of tasks as part of the expected 20 full-time and 100 part-time jobs needed to employ the facility.

SSOE, Inc. is the architect for the YMCA project; a general contractor has not yet been hired, but bidding is expected to begin soon. The YMCA does not expect an interruption of operations due to construction, as the old facility will be used and not demolished until the new construction is complete.

According to Alexander, the YMCA is in the midst of a $3.5 million campaign to raise money for the facility. Approximately $1.25 million has already been raised. No public funds will be used to fund the YMCA project.

“The YMCA mission is to build strong kids, strong families, and a strong community,” Alexander stated. “As a charitable 501(c)(3), the YMCA has a large annual scholarship campaign so that everyone can use it regardless of their ability to pay; that’s what makes us different than a health club.

“Toledo doesn’t have a clue what’s coming. It knows a new YMCA is going to be built, but it doesn’t really know how fantastic it’s going to be on that property with the school, the football field, the park, and all the parking coordinated.”
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Findlay: JK-CO Development Update

Rail car business rolling along
By LOU WILIN Findlay-Courier STAFF WRITER
Posted 1-9-2008


The upright steel beams along Ohio 12, several miles east of Findlay, tell part of the story. “The rail car business is booming,” JK-CO President Joseph Kurtz said. “We’ve been turning work away. We don’t have the space and the rail.”

The repair shop for railroad cars -- formed by several people who were laid off in the 2002 closing of the Trinity DIFCO plant in Findlay -- will remedy its space shortage by May. JK-CO’s additional $1.5 million, 19,000-square-foot building will about double the firm’s work space at 16960 Ohio 12 East.

About 20 workers, mostly welders, will be added within about 18 months. The company currently employs about 30. JK-CO also will soon become a firm which not only repairs rail cars but also manufactures them.

It hopes to roll out its first complete rail car by July, said Chief Executive Officer John Kurtz, Joseph Kurtz’s father. Demand is rising in the rail car industry, and JK-CO is rising to the occasion. Firms have been turning to railroads instead of trucks to transport goods with the price of diesel fuel up. Two train engines hauling 50 rail cars is more cost efficient than a truck hauling a trailer or two, Kurtz said.

CSX has been moving more railroad carloads than ever over the past 18 months, Joseph Kurtz said. Norfolk Southern also is hauling more loads these days. Kurtz sees that trend continuing for a while.

Further boosting the business, companies have been keeping rail cars for a longer time. That means the cars undergo more wear and tear and need more repairs. But there’s more to JK-CO’s success than fortunate circumstances.

The company was born out of misfortune. In 2002, Trinity Industries closed the former DIFCO plant it had acquired years earlier. Seven people who were laid off then are now with JK-CO, including John Kurtz, who was plant manager at the Trinity Industries plant, and Leon Thornton, JK-CO vice president, who was quality assurance manager at the Trinity plant.
“It was just a shame,” John Kurtz said, recalling the plant closing and layoff of 32 people.

He was 59 years old then. Retirement was on the not-too-distant horizon, but he was not quite there yet. He had an idea. “With all of that talent and knowledge when Trinity closed the facility, it was just a sin to see all those people out of work,” John Kurtz said. “I couldn’t see all of those folks being put on the street.”

He did something financial advisers tell people never to do: He cashed in his 401(k) and used it to start the new business.

“Every penny I had, every penny I could get my fingers on, I put into my business,” Kurtz said. Kurtz lined up contracts to repair and maintain rail cars for railroad companies, and in early 2003 JK-CO began to roll.
“All of us had either manufactured or automated those cars (at Trinity and DIFCO), so we were totally familiar with them,” he said.

From the start, Kurtz eyed eventually expanding into the manufacture of rail cars. JK-CO began manufacturing components of rail cars as a stepping stone. It also began to reverse engineer the types of rail cars it repairs to figure out how to manufacture them.

The company is nearing completion of the reverse engineering puzzle. John Kurtz hopes to roll out the company’s first homemade rail car by July.
Kurtz and Thornton said they never had a doubt that their business would succeed. They had a rare advantage, they say.

“Most people who start a business have trouble finding people with knowledge and people they can trust,” John Kurtz said. “But I knew we would be successful. I knew with those people, we could do whatever we wanted to do.” “People are a business’s best asset,” he added.
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Fremont: KF Ventures Development Update

Large project will be warehouse
Building on Enterprise Street to be finished in March
By LESLIE BIXLER Staff writer The News-Messenger




A 126,000-square-foot steel building that is being constructed on Enterprise Street has a couple of months to go before completion.

Fremont Economic Development Director Mike Jay said the Clyde-based KF Ventures Inc. will use the large facility for warehouse and distribution purposes until a tenant is found.

"A building of that size with railroad access is desirable to have," Jay said.

Janotta & Herner Inc. of Monroeville is the contractor for the project, which started in November and is expected to be complete in March. The cost of the project is about $3.15 million.
The building can be used as a manufacturing firm or for research and development, Jay said. KF Ventures purchased the site on Enterprise Street years ago.

KF Ventures came to Fremont several months ago for a tax abatement.

"It's another building that I have available for prospects," Jay said.

KF Ventures will contribute $9,120 to Fremont City Schools annually for the next 15 years, and it will give Vanguard Sentinel Career Centers a lump sum of $8,730 in lieu of paying taxes to the city, as part of the enterprise-zone agreement.

Through the enterprise zone agreement, two permanent full-time and part-time jobs will be created.

Jay said the city submitted this building as a potential site for a confidential prospect that the Ohio Department of Development has in mind.

The city will not know of the business prospect until further details are worked out, since Fremont might not be the only location the company is looking to locate.
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Perrysburg: Annexation Development

Perrysburg to try annexing more homes
By CHRIS MILLER Sentinel Staff Writer Posted on Sentinel-Tribune


The city is moving to annex Perrysburg Township homes in the Crandenbrook subdivision and is hoping to do the same with businesses in the area of Eckel and Eckel Junction roads.

The latest annexation push is part of an ongoing effort to eliminate township “islands,” essentially areas that are technically still part of Perrysburg Township but surrounded by city boundaries.
The city last week filed a petition with the Wood County Commissioners to annex about 47 acres of land and dozens of homes within Crandenbrook plat 1, located along Ohio 65 on the city’s west side.
It’s the oldest section of Crandenbrook and the last to be annexed to the city.

According to City Law Director Pete Gwyn, about 60 percent of the residents in plat 1 have signed a petition to annex at the city’s request. The deadline for signing the annexation petition was the end of last month.
“It’s probably 50 homes,” Gwyn said when asked the number of residences being annexed.

Also being pursued by the city is annexation of township businesses along Eckel and Eckel Junction roads. The city also is eyeing property located along Ohio 25 near Perrysburg Heights subdivision, according to Gwyn.
The city provides water and/or sewer service to the township properties and has legal right to compel annexation in exchange for those services, according to a 2006 ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court in a case involving the city’s push to annex Willowbend subdivision.

No objection is expected from the township because of a contractual agreement, a 99-year city-township pact signed several years ago, which permits the city to annex township land west of Interstate 75 without interference from the township’s board of trustees. In exchange, the city does not demand annexation from its township water and sewer customers east of I-75.

The Wood County Commissioners have set a public hearing for the first week in March to consider the Crandenbrook annexation. The annexation also includes a number of homes on the river side of Route 65, according to Gwyn.
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Findlay: Starbucks Coffee & Other Developments

Plans approved for Starbucks Coffee
By JIM MAURER Staff Writer Posted on Findlay Courier website


Findlay coffee enthusiasts can raise their cup this morning to celebrate the anticipated arrival of Starbucks.

Starbucks Coffee will locate in a new building to be constructed in front of the Market Square mall, 1739 Tiffin Ave.

There is a vacant building at the site which most recently housed a pizza business. That structure will be torn down and replaced with a 3,556-square-foot, free-standing building which will have the coffee shop in the east side of the structure. A menu board will be located at the southeast corner of the building for a drive-through window.

There will be another tenant, as yet unnamed, in the west side of the building.

The five-member Findlay Planning Commission on Thursday approved a site plan for the building, including the drive-through.

Zac Isaac with the Isaac Group, a Bryan-based developer, said construction should start in the spring and be completed by September.

On another development matter, the planning commission unanimously approved a site plan application for construction of a Monsanto seed research facility at 8390 County Road 140.

The facility will be located on the west side of the county road between an existing church to the north and a tree service business on the south.

The new building will be an 18,550-square-foot, single-story building which will have between 12 and 18 employees.

There would be one or two trucks per week making deliveries to the site during the peak season, while about one semi per month would arrive during the off season.

The Hancock Regional Planning Commission (HRPC), which reviews site plans and makes recommendations to the city planning commission, listed seven recommendations which the planning commission accepted, after some discussion, as part of its unanimous approval of the site plan.

The recommendations include combining the new plant's entrance with the existing drive for Tawa Tree Service, or getting a waiver from the township and the county.

The planning commission also approved a site plan, submitted by St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, to pave and stripe a stone area adjacent to the church to create 67 angled parking spaces.

The commission also recommended approval of an alley vacation petition for the north/south alley just north of Lincoln School, between West and Cory streets. Findlay Council has final say on the matter.

The two property owners on each side of the alley assumed the alley had been vacated in 1977. They had the alley paved and a sign erected indicating it is private property. The property owners use the alley for access to their properties.

But when Dave Clinger, one of the property owners, sought a building permit he was told that only the southern portion of the alley had been vacated.

Law Director Dave Hackenberg suggested the property owners have a "common driveway easement" document prepared by an attorney in case one of the current owners sells their property and a new owner isn't as agreeable to the current situation.
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City planners postpone vote on salvage yard
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The Toledo Plan Commission yesterday postponed its vote on an automotive parts salvage yard in South Toledo after neighboring residents and business owners rallied against the proposal.

...Tom Ricketts, president of the high-voltage cable and connector company, Connectronics Corp., said that his business recently purchased land on South Avenue near the proposed salvage yard in hopes of building a 50,000-square-foot factory building.

Those expansion plans could change if the commission grants Pull-A-Part its zoning and permit requests, he said.

"With the potential of another junk yard, I think our expansion should be made in Perrysburg or across the Michigan line," Mr. Ricketts told commissioners.
I don't understand why a junkyard being located in an already industrial area would cause Connectronics to need to move to Perrysburg or Michigan. Does anybody else have any insight?
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