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Old February 8th, 2008, 03:53 AM   #1461
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^I think Dillin took on more than he can handle right now. The Marina District Phase 1 ($75 million housing and park development) is coming first. Southwyck probably won't happen until some time after that. Hopefully, there will be more urban proposals, as his old proposals were no better than Fallen Timbers (suburban, giant surface lots), and actually a little worse than Levis Commons (Levis is more mixed use). Judging by how nice and urban his plans for the Marina District are (high density, little or no surface parking, true mixed use, etc.), future Southwyck proposals should look better.
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Old February 8th, 2008, 05:18 AM   #1462
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^I think Dillin took on more than he can handle right now. The Marina District Phase 1 ($75 million housing and park development) is coming first. Southwyck probably won't happen until some time after that. Hopefully, there will be more urban proposals, as his old proposals were no better than Fallen Timbers (suburban, giant surface lots), and actually a little worse than Levis Commons (Levis is more mixed use). Judging by how nice and urban his plans for the Marina District are (high density, little or no surface parking, true mixed use, etc.), future Southwyck proposals should look better.
I'm not sure that its' he's bogged down. It has everything to do with how the process has been handled from transferring Southwyck to the City of Toledo and Dillin. The old Dillard's owner's were stubborn bastards that let the building rot while they collect through tax write offs. A group in Texas, I believe, bought the building and is willing to sell it to the city, however, there is a big discussion as to why the City of Toledo needs to purchase it and then have Dillin purchase the lot from the City. The question is, why doesn't Dillin purchase it directly from the current owner. As far as I know, that is where everything has left off.
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Old February 8th, 2008, 01:36 PM   #1463
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Both Marina District and Southwyck is on the right track. Right now, since it is winter season Dillin is doing multiple public meetings with neighborhoods and businesses for the Southwyck project in terms of design, ambience, and etc.

Both the city planning and Dillin has been working closely with both projects and it involves in infrastructure upgrades such as streets of Front, Main, Reynolds, and Southwyck Blvd along with sewer/water/utility lines.
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Old February 8th, 2008, 01:40 PM   #1464
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I'm not sure that its' he's bogged down. It has everything to do with how the process has been handled from transferring Southwyck to the City of Toledo and Dillin. The old Dillard's owner's were stubborn bastards that let the building rot while they collect through tax write offs. A group in Texas, I believe, bought the building and is willing to sell it to the city, however, there is a big discussion as to why the City of Toledo needs to purchase it and then have Dillin purchase the lot from the City. The question is, why doesn't Dillin purchase it directly from the current owner. As far as I know, that is where everything has left off.
Very simple answer, in order to use the brownfield grants with very strict criteria you have to be a government agency or similar party and it's more difficult for a private business to use government funding due to bureaucratic reasons (think red-tape); with the city buying the property and demolishing it with the grants then Dillin will buy the land from the city. It's quite a simple, streamlined process.
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Old February 8th, 2008, 08:30 PM   #1465
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MLK Jr. Bridge (Cherry Street) Redevelopment UPDATE

MLK Bridge troubles are past, engineer says
By Scott McKimmy
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After nearly five and a half years and numerous setbacks, traffic will resume permanently on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge in mid-March, according to a city official.

Complications arose involving crumbling concrete, work barges dislodged by ice and other problems causing unanticipated closures in addition to the scheduled closings during construction.

But the difficulties now lie behind the project, Kristin Cousino, City of Toledo engineer and project manager of the MLK Bridge rehabilitation, said. She attributed the recent relatively smooth process this year to the fact that only half of the bridge needed work. In 2007 work was suspended to allow navigational traffic to flow on the Maumee River.

“We haven't had any problems of any significance; the worst part of it's over because barging those spans up the river the way we had to, you had to pay attention real close to the water levels, winds and ice and that,” Cousino said. “It was a very small window to be able to work, but once all the spans were in place, there was our biggest sigh of relief right there.”

The U.S. Coast Guard granted a navigational outage from Jan. 7 to March 14, one day before the city plans to finish the construction, leaving only painting and touch up scheduled for completion by May 31. The city must meet the deadline or face fines if the water is not open to traffic in time.

“We don't have a whole lot of options; the Coast Guard is pretty strict about their navigational outage, Cousino said. “They aren't negotiable about it, so we have to be ready to go when they say we have to be ready to go.”

As of Feb. 7, construction crews have replaced the control towers, replaced the entire mechanical system for the lifts and overhauled the electrical system. Three major components remain: connecting the opposing spans with beams, filling the steel frames comprising the spans with concrete and installing a new lift-control system.
Troubled waters

The project suffered financial difficulties as well, adding a $4.4 million overrun to the $42.5 million price tag, which the City of Toledo blamed on construction delays.


The first phase involved renovating the Bastille arches and approach spans, which ended in spring 2004, while the second phase called for replacing the draw spans and control towers.

Toledo since has sued the contractor, National Engineering and Contracting Co. for late completion of the project and HNTB Corp. and Bergmann Associates Inc. for faulty engineering drawings and inspection, respectively. The city later dropped its suit against NECC in early January and asked all contractors not to discuss the project with the media.

Despite the difficulties, Cousino said, city officials chose the “most reasonable and the most feasible” plans for the bridge's rehabilitation. Options were limited by the river's topography, which offers no other alignment from Summit Street to Main Street where a new bridge could be built.

“Any other bridge that you put in there, you'd have to be so far from the existing piers, even if you were to take that bridge out first, you wouldn't be able to come up with that same alignment or you'd have to have ramps going down,” she said.

“That's 100 percent brand-new, so you are getting a new bridge. All the moving parts, basically, are all brand-new except the towers. The only thing we're reusing is the approach spans.”

The city also had to follow state historical preservation guidelines regarding architecture and adhere to city council's decision to keep bridge traffic open during the project. However, by reusing the original concrete piers, it saved the additional cost of replacement.

‘This really was the cheapest way to go,” she said. “Some people, I guess, are saying, ‘Why not just replace the bridge? Why not build a new one?' Well, that would be much, much more costly, believe it or not. It would be more than double the cost.

“It's a difficult project, and if you look at projects similar to this one throughout the United States, it's not your typical type of bridge. Other bridges of that nature that are on navigational waterways do have, overall, they do have so more problems.”

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Local businesses have felt a greater pinch in their pocketbooks because of delays in the project. Corey Cousino, general manager of Tango's Mexican Cantina, said the construction has discouraged patrons from crossing the river near the Docks to shop or dine. However, he added that it was the “nature of the beast and you've go to do what you've got to do.”

“When the bridge is [closed], Ithere is definitely a noticeable drop in business,” he said. “You don't get the Downtown traffic you normally would get.”

Navy Bistro General Manager Douglas McCoil agreed, saying he has noticed a slight effect on business. The inconsistency of the bridge closing has inconvenienced customers, becoming “a little frustrating.” The city notifies businesses of closures; however, on some occasions high winds or ice has forced work stoppages on the bridge.

He related a recent situation where a shutdown was scheduled to begin on a Tuesday and re-open on a Thursday. Wind speeds prevented work crews from moving the barge, and the bridge remained opened. That weekend, the bridge closed from Friday through Sunday with little time to notify businesses and the public.

“We'll have some people coming down here for lunch, and then all of a sudden they realize that the bridge is closed,” McCoil said. “It's definitely become a little frustrating, but we'll continue to work with it.”
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Old February 8th, 2008, 08:31 PM   #1466
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Promedica: Ebeid Hospice Development

ProMedica builds environmentally friendly hospice, to open fall 2008
By Alissa Romstadt
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When ProMedica designed its new 1,200-square-foot hospice on the campus of Flower Hospital, it took its “green” logo to heart. The Ebeid Hospice Residence will be ProMedica's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, environmentally friendly, building and one of the first such buildings in the state, according to Gladeen Roberts, president of ProMedica Continuing Care Services.

To receive LEED certification, a building is scored according to six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design, according to the U.S. Green Building Council's Web site.

The decision to build according to LEED specifications was made after lots of research, Roberts said. “[We wanted] to be sure we were part of the community and giving back,” she said. “All hospices try to promote the medical, physical and emotional aspects of care ... the green building emphasizes the physical aspect.”

The 12-bed facility at Lake Park will operate separately from Flower Hospital and will accept patients from anywhere, not just ProMedica, Roberts said. “We will take people from all over.”

The hospice, which will open in the fall of 2008, will have all private rooms with private bathrooms and patios. Each of the hospice's private rooms will have a private bathroom and patio access and be large enough for family members to stay the night. The plans call for 2 spacious family rooms to celebrate birthdays and weddings, two distinct courtyards, a chapel or reflection room, and an enclosed sun porch, Roberts said.

It won't feel like and institution, Roberts said, but more like a chalet in the woods overlooking a pond.
The hospice is possible in part to a donation by Bloomfield Hills businessman Russell Ebeid.
Ebeid made some of his first deals in Toledo and wanted to do something to help support families for years to come, Roberts said.

“It's a great example of someone outside our community supporting and giving,” she said.
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Old February 9th, 2008, 03:32 PM   #1467
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Old February 10th, 2008, 11:46 AM   #1468
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found this while i was just randomly searchin stuff......


Sandusky on board for high-speed rail project
By JENNIFER GRATHWOL | Sunday January 20 2008, 1:14am

SANDUSKY

City leaders are laying the tracks to connect Sandusky to the future of high-speed transportation.

High-speed passenger trains running 79 to 110 mph have caught the attention of both Ohio legislators and Sandusky City Commissioners.

"Passenger rail is penicillin for pain at the pump," said Stu Nicholson, public information officer for the Ohio Rail Development Commission.

At its most recent meeting, the Sandusky City Commission voted to support U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur's federal appropriation request for matching funds for the development of the Ohio Hub Cleveland-Toledo- Detroit passenger rail corridor, which would connect many Ohio cities and in the long run save Midwesterners about 9.4 million gallons of fuel.

Nicholson said if the funding can be secured, some initial passenger trains could be up and running in as soon as two years. To build the entire system, with 6-8 trains running 110 mph on seven different corridors, could take 10-11 years. The rail development commission is now in early talks with Amtrak about a partnership to utilize existing corridors. Sandusky has an Amtrak station on North Depot Street.

"It's a big step to take, but an important step," said Steve Fought, spokesman for Kaptur, D-Toledo. "It's not 'pie in the sky' anymore."

This isn't the first time Ohioans have heard talk of a high-speed rail. In 1975, the state General Assembly created the Ohio Rail Transportation Authority to develop a long-term high-speed passenger rail plan.

In 1980, the commission determined that a 1 percent increase in sales tax could finance a 600-mile system connecting 13 Ohio cities. The proposed tax increase was put on the ballot in 1982 but was defeated.

However, with rising gas prices and increasingly congested highways, the idea of high-speed passenger rail is picking up steam once again.

Late last fall, the U.S. Senate passed Bill 294, the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, which was co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Nicholson said they expect the House of Representatives to introduce a companion bill within the month. According to the 2007 Ohio and Lake Erie Regional Rail Ohio Hub Study, the grand total capital investment requirement including planning, engineering, design and construction costs would be more than $4 billion dollars.

Proponents of high-speed rail say the benefits will more than justify the cost, and point to examples of high-speed rail in Germany, France, China and Japan as testimonies of success.

"We're missing an opportunity by not taking advantage of this technology," Fought said.

High-speed passenger rail is also expected give a boost to the state's tourism industry to the tune of $80 million annually, according to the Ohio Rail Development Commission. Ohio now ranks number seven in the top ten list of destination states, with Sandusky's own Cedar Point being among the top attractions. The commission estimates that at least 80 percent of the overnight tourists who come to Ohio are from areas that would be connected through the Ohio Hub railway.

In addition to generating more than $23 billion dollars of revenue throughout the Midwest, the Ohio Rail Development Commission estimates that over the anticipated nine-year construction phase there will be at least 7,000 short-term jobs available. Over the long-term, they estimate the Ohio Hub project will yield 16,700 permanent jobs and raise the region's income by over $1 billion over the life of the project. According to their calculations, that will raise the average household income by at least $90.
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^Great news, and it's no surprise Kaptur is leading this. She rocks.
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Old February 12th, 2008, 03:09 PM   #1470
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JDEZ Development News

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Very interesting hence the "name" of the new ride. LOL!
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Old February 13th, 2008, 05:09 AM   #1472
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Did anyone ever see this billboard?

The person who posted it claimed it was in downtown Toledo.

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Other Photos of Toledo

Toledo, in the Philippines:




Toledo, Iowa



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Old February 13th, 2008, 06:37 AM   #1474
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^The original Toledo is best of course. The whole f-ing city is a world heritage site.
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Mercy Health Partners: Monclova Hospital UPDATE

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Old February 14th, 2008, 12:18 AM   #1476
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The complex is in a joint-economic development zone, so payroll taxes would be shared with the township, Maumee, and Toledo.

Well, at least there's some silver lining in this disaster. Toledo won't completely miss out.
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Could Toledo Express help jump-start the local economy?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 WTVG (WTVG) -- According to the state, Toledo Express has a $640 million annual impact on the local economy. But the area is losing between $80 million and $100 million each year because travelers use other airports.
Could Toledo Express help jump-start the local economy? Today, Michael Boyd, president of a leading aviation consulting group, spoke out about how Toledo Express Airport can help stimulate economic development.
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority also spoke out today encouraging local businesses to use Toledo Express and keep travel dollars in the local economy.
According to the state, Toledo Express has a $640 million annual impact on the local economy. But the area is losing between $80 million and $100 million each year because travelers use other airports.
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Junkyard not to be built in Toledo

Junkyard not to be built in Toledo
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 WTVG (WTVG) --
They created a plan of action to keep a junkyard out of their neighborhood. Now they are celebrating a victory.
They created a plan of action to keep a junkyard out of their neighborhood. Now they are celebrating a victory.
Do-It-Yourself Pull-Apart Used Auto Parts will not be building a salvage yard in south Toledo. The company is exploring other options. They held community meetings and went door-to-door to protest the junkyard's request for rezoning. If approved, it would allow the company to build a junkyard on an 18 acre lot, just feet away from Ohlmans Greenhouse and Farm.
The Toledo Planning Commission was expected to vote on the request tomorrow, but the company changed its mind about the property.
Story continues belowAdvertisementPull-a-part is a do-it-yourself junkyard. It allows its customers to disassemble cars themselves and take what they need for a fee. Residents were concerned about pollution and the people the junkyard would attract. Tonight the Ohlmans and other south Toledo residents are breathing a sigh of relief. They just wonder about Pull-a-parts new plans.
We tried to contact Pull-a-part to find out about their new plans, but our calls were not returned.
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Sorry to disagree with ya but the Glass City claims the title for best Toledo.... Best minor league baseball team, best mayor, best RAPPERS, best people......
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^I agree. BTW, who are the good Toledo rappers these days?

I was just comparing the one in Spain with the unimportant ones in Philippines and Iowa?! (lol).
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