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Old January 23rd, 2008, 01:54 PM   #1361
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Old January 24th, 2008, 12:23 AM   #1362
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You know what, thats it. Apparently Kroger is putting a fueling station in Southland. For God knows what reason.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 12:46 AM   #1363
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The reason is to be more competitive against Giant Eagle and Meijer's who offer gas as well. Kroger's has a gas station on Monroe in Sylvania as well.

Kroger's isn't a bad store. They're improving the look of their buildings, which helps add to the value of the area, and they employ quite a few people in the Toledo area.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 12:48 AM   #1364
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Is this the place you guys are referring to????? http://www.gomongo.com/index.php
That's the place. Its' a huge hit in Columbus and Ann Arbor.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 05:55 AM   #1365
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Is this the place you guys are referring to????? http://www.gomongo.com/index.php
Yep, great food and when I have been there I have always had great service. But as I said before, it belongs more in downtown.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 07:25 AM   #1366
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UT, Lourdes show gains in enrollment
By MEGHAN GILBERT BLADE STAFF WRITER


The University of Toledo is continuing to see increases in student enrollment in the wake of the merger with the former Medical University of Ohio.

UT's spring enrollment is up 441 students to 19,706, an increase of 2.3 percent over 2007.

The greatest increase was in nursing students, with 21 percent more than last spring for a total of 1,117 now studying to be nurses. That, said Larry Burns, UT's vice president for marketing, communications, and enrollment services, shows one of the positive synergies to come from the merger, which occurred July 1, 2006.
It's pretty amazing to me that Toledo supports three large universities, all roughly the same size: UT, BGSU and Owens. Those 60,000 students represent a little less than 10% of the Toledo metro population. That is a very respectable number from which to build a more vibrant downtown, and a younger hipper "vibe" for Toledo.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 01:41 PM   #1367
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YWCA Downtown Apartments Development

If they are building an addition to the existing YWCA building on Jefferson Avenue, the facility is basically landlocked with the county building to the west, SSOE office to the north, LaSalle Cleaners to the east, and Lorraine Hotel to the south. It will be interesting to see what happens next in terms of "where" will the new five-story structure will be constructed.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 05:33 PM   #1370
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Findlay: Invision Co. Development

Invision plant still on track, company says
By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER
Posted on Findlay Courier website 1-24-2008


About 25 new Invision jobs will indeed be created this year in Findlay.

The Invision factory will open this year, possibly by October, Barry Rhodes, chief operating officer for Invision’s parent company, A. Schulman North America, said Wednesday.

Invision manufactures plastic sheets for molding into parts such as vehicle rocker panels and bumpers.

Up to 50 workers could be employed at the Findlay plant within a few years, Rhodes said.

The future had looked uncertain for the partially completed plant, south of Hancock County Road 212 and west of the Cardinal Health distribution center.

A. Schulman’s new chief executive officer, Joseph Gingo, has announced plans to suspend “further capital expenditures” for Invision.

But those plans except Findlay’s new 81,000-square-foot plant.

“We’re looking forward to getting that facility done,” Rhodes said. “Findlay has been good to us. We don’t want to stop what we’re doing there.”

Gingo has praised Invision as having a “fantastic future.” Its focus on the difficult automotive industry, however, could pose problems, he said. Gingo wants to explore less demanding, potentially more profitable markets.

Schulman also is preparing to build a second, 77,000-square-foot factory near the Invision plant.

That factory will employ 33 and open by early 2009. It will make plastic compounds for the packaging industry.
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Fostoria: Downtown Plan Developments

Downtown action plan moving forward
By JIM MAURER Staff Writer
Posted on Findlay Courier website 1-24-2008


FOSTORIA — Some of the short-term aspects of Fostoria's downtown revitalization plan are ready to be implemented this year.

An update of the plan was presented to the public Wednesday by Danielle Steinhauser, a community development specialist with Poggemeyer Design Group, a Bowling Green engineering, architectural and design firm, and Bridgett Gamby-Mundy, head of a steering committee which has overseen the plan.

About 20 people attended the presentation, which focused on items which can be accomplished this year.

Short-term ideas for revitalizing the area include: bringing programs, festivals and activities downtown; pruning trees along the curbs; working with merchants on low-cost or no-cost ways to promote the businesses; and developing a calendar which balances promotional events with retail events, and encouraging merchants to stay open during the special events.

Supporters of the plan say many volunteers will be needed to move forward with downtown revitalization.

"We do need your help," Gamby-Mundy said.

The overall plan is a joint effort of the Fostoria Economic Development Corp. (FEDC), the chamber of commerce and the city administration.

Poggemeyer was hired by FEDC to help develop the revitalization plan. The firm met with local officials for more than a year to work on the plan before it was presented to city council last June.

Since then, the steering committee and subcommittees have been meeting to discuss the overall plan.

The revitalization plan also calls for making long-range "streetscaping" improvements to the downtown in order to make the area more pedestrian-friendly and improve its appearance.

Economic restructuring and economic development efforts to revitalize the business district are outlined in the plan.

Last September, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced the city will receive an $815,700 grant to begin development of a train-viewing park, the Fostoria Iron Triangle Visitors Center, at the site of a former salvage yard near downtown. The money will be available in 2010-2011. The funds may be used to leverage other grants.

The steering committee also hopes to eventually apply for a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant to provide "matching funds" for up to half of what downtown property owners spend for improvements.

And other financial incentives will be sought to assist property owners who undertake improvements.

The plan focuses on the city's glass and train history by working with local merchants to promote the history. It also seeks property owners' participation to upgrade buildings.

While the plan is aimed at the downtown, the entire city will be affected by any improvements done to Main Street and adjoining roadways, Steinhauser said, because it will improve the perception of the community.

A copy of the plan is available for review at the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce office, 121 N. Main St.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 09:49 PM   #1372
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Yep, great food and when I have been there I have always had great service. But as I said before, it belongs more in downtown.
I totally agree. It has a vibrant, fun environment and it would fit so well downtown.

I wish I had the capital and experience to explore the idea of starting a business downtown. I walk past so many prime locations that I see could be so profitable if somebody just invested in them. One idea that comes to mind is a downtown bowling alley.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 09:51 PM   #1373
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It's pretty amazing to me that Toledo supports three large universities, all roughly the same size: UT, BGSU and Owens. Those 60,000 students represent a little less than 10% of the Toledo metro population. That is a very respectable number from which to build a more vibrant downtown, and a younger hipper "vibe" for Toledo.
It sure is. We'll get there, or I should say its' getting there.
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Old January 26th, 2008, 09:26 AM   #1374
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Soon to be a New Developement??

Manager has big plans for SeaGate, arena


Steve Miller says he sees similarities between Grand Rapids, Mich. a decade ago and Toledo today.
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Lucas County has a convention center in need of expansion, a multipurpose arena on the way, and a major city in need of a shot in the arm.

Enter Steve Miller, who recently was chosen as general manager of SeaGate Centre and the county's yet-to-be-named, still-under-construction arena.

Mr. Miller, 36, spent the last 11 years as the assistant general manager for the convention center and multipurpose arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.

He was there for the opening of Grand Rapids' 12,000-seat arena - Van Andel Arena - and oversaw a $200 million renovation of DeVos Place, the city's convention center.

During Mr. Miller's introduction yesterday as the replacement for retired SeaGate Centre GM Jim Donnelly, much was made about the success of the arena and convention center in Grand Rapids, and how those buildings contributed to the revitalization of that city's downtown.

The man responsible for bringing Mr. Miller to Toledo said he was hired because of what he accomplished in Grand Rapids.

"I received a ton of resumes for this job, but Steve has a convention-and-arena background as well as a sales background," said Joe Mazur, regional vice president for SMG, which has a contract with Lucas County to operate the convention center and arena."Adding somebody with that background is huge," Mr. Mazur said.

Mr. Miller's official introduction by county Commissioners Pete Gerken and Tina Skeldon Wozniak took place yesterday in the main concourse of SeaGate Centre.

But Mr. Miller said he's been on the job since Jan. 14 shadowing Mr. Donnelly, whose last day was Wednesday.

Mr. Miller said he wants the arena to be used as a venue for live entertainment, leaving SeaGate for standard conventions and banquets.

He said musical acts like Cher, Bruce Springsteen, and

Van Halen visited Grand Rapids, and believes similar headliners will come to Toledo.

"The key now is to get Toledo on the map," Mr. Miller said.

Mr. Miller said he sees similarities between Grand Rapids a decade ago and Toledo today.

"It's like we're starting all over again, and I'm excited to be a part of it," he said.

Running SeaGate Centre and the new arena is an inner-company promotion for Mr. Miller. SMG also operates the Grand Rapids venues, and Mr. Mazur said he prefers to promote current employees.

Mr. Mazur also said Toledo's venues will benefit from SMG's network of contacts and arenas. The Philadelphia-based company operates convention centers and arenas in Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh, and will be able to steer A-list performers to Toledo when dates in those other cities are unavailable.

Mr. Miller said another key component to the types of concerts Toledo can attract will be community support of the arena, which he predicts will be there.

"For so long, Toledoans have driven to Cleveland or Detroit because those were the only places with buildings that hold these kinds of acts," Mr. Miller said.

"People don't want to leave to see those shows, but right now they don't have a choice."

With the arena not scheduled to open until the fall of 2009, Mr. Miller's immediate focus will be on SeaGate Centre.

Mr. Gerken said under consideration is a new, 1,000-seat, $4.5 million ballroom at the convention center, which he said the building sorely needs.

"Most great convention centers have ballrooms, and we need to be able to provide that amenity," Mr. Gerken said. "Not having one has been a wart on this building."
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I totally agree. It has a vibrant, fun environment and it would fit so well downtown.

I wish I had the capital and experience to explore the idea of starting a business downtown. I walk past so many prime locations that I see could be so profitable if somebody just invested in them. One idea that comes to mind is a downtown bowling alley.
Guess where I went last night! I had to wait 20 min. for a table, but after 4 plates, it was worth it as usual.
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LOL, i thought everyone was paying attention to my discussion about Mongolian Grill!

My fault on not including it to my last post. I went to Mongolian Grill last night. Had 4 plates with 4 different styles to it. I love that you're able to choose what you want (meats, veggies, and sauces and spices). And being packed last night I believe proves my claims that this kind of restaurant needs to be located in downtown. I don't know how big the one I went to is, but I think you guys should certainly build a bigger one than the one I go to. I would even suggest a 2 story Mongolian Grill with maybe Live Entertainment, larger Bar area, and a patio area.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 07:53 PM   #1378
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There was a good article in the blade last week about all the public art we have displayed all over our city...... Also had a pic of a proposed sculpture that will be outside the new arena in the plaza.... a 20 plus foot high piano keyboard sculpture for rememberance of art tatum
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I think that this region could support another PF Changs and the perfect location for it is at the former Oasis downtown at the Docks. The Docks already draws people from all over the metro area. Look at PF Changs, this resturaunt drawls people from all over also. The Docks have a wide variety of food from Italian, to Seafood, to Meditranian food. Chinesse would be a major addition to the Docks. The PF Changs at Fallen Timbers is too small. People are always waiting and never getting food. The former Gumbos offers a 2-story building with a sectacular view at downtown Toledo's skyline. Another plus to having that down there is that soon the Marina District will be booming into the region drawling people from all over as well. Dont forget about the new Arena also comming soon to Toledo in 2009. Downtown is about to be changed forever and i really think PF Changs would do well downtown.
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I think that this region could support another PF Changs and the perfect location for it is at the former Oasis downtown at the Docks. The Docks already draws people from all over the metro area. Look at PF Changs, this resturaunt drawls people from all over also. The Docks have a wide variety of food from Italian, to Seafood, to Meditranian food. Chinesse would be a major addition to the Docks. The PF Changs at Fallen Timbers is too small. People are always waiting and never getting food. The former Gumbos offers a 2-story building with a sectacular view at downtown Toledo's skyline. Another plus to having that down there is that soon the Marina District will be booming into the region drawling people from all over as well. Dont forget about the new Arena also comming soon to Toledo in 2009. Downtown is about to be changed forever and i really think PF Changs would do well downtown.
I think a Chinese restaurant would be a nice addition to the already varied themes at the Docks.

Also, has the triangle building on S. Erie and Lafayette just been sold or have I been blind for a while?
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