Façade Enhancement

Sign enhancement grants available for 2019

Downtown properties can receive up to $1,000 for projects

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 6, 2019 – Following a rollout in 2018, the City of Tiffin again is to offer downtown property owners a grant to update hanging signs. For 2019, Tiffin City Council has approved $5,000 in funding for the program which allows for a 50 percent reimbursement of expenses directly related to perpendicular signage on properties within the downtown target area, up to a maximum match of $1,000. This grant is available on a first-come, first-served basis from application approval.

To apply for a grant, the building owner should meet with Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart to discuss how the program works and obtain an application. Eligible improvements include all exterior perpendicular signage including the bracket. Historical signs, including neon signs, are eligible to be repaired and restored. Once the application is submitted, reviewed and deemed complete and without issues, the Architectural Board of Review will consider it for approval. Projects approved in 2018 include $1,000 to The Ritz Theatre for its marquee, $1,000 to Washington Street Outfitters for its sign and to restore the bracketing and $1,000 to Viewpoint Graphics to restore the historic Leiner Men’s Wear sign.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he was glad to see local businesses take advantage of the program last year and hopes it will continue in 2019. “This is a great opportunity to continue to beautify downtown Tiffin and to increase awareness of the great businesses in our city.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

Downtown gains new art gallery

Renovation of downtown property aided by $10,000 in grants

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 30, 2019 – Modern artist Tom Hoffman has announced plans to open a new art gallery, Court Street Gallery, showcasing his work and that of other artists at 33 Court Street in downtown Tiffin’s historic district. Hoffman previously had a gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is excited to offer his gallery vision to residents of Seneca County and Northwest Ohio.

“I wanted a place to showcase my art and show other artists eventually,” Hoffman said. “I love Tiffin and think it’s a really great town; it’s blossoming, and I want to be part of that,” he added.

Hoffman has a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois and was first an interior designer with a thriving business and a move to Tiffin prompted him to put his art to the forefront. Hoffman is to use part of the renovated storefront for a gallery space and art studio, and he is to live in one of the upper apartments.

Andy Faber, partner with building owners Tiffin Capital Investments LLC, purchased the building in March 2017, said the renovation was a new experience for the group and thanked Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and guidance from other property owners and their bank as they updated the storefront and five apartments.

“The four of us just did this. We’re four buddies who started this over a beer. We looked at other properties and this one made the most sense,” Faber said. “We’ve really resurrected a building down there. It’s crazy to look back, seeing people living there and making it a home is absolutely awesome.”

In 2016, the previous owner received a $10,000 Façade Enhancement Grant that was used for repairs to slate, masonry, windows, cornices, roof, and dormers, as well as painting. In August 2018, Faber and his associates started the process on the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) for tax abatement, which is awaiting approval upon completion of renovations.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is excited about the project. “It is great that the city of Tiffin will have another attraction in its downtown, and we are pleased to see that a historic building has been brought back to life by members of our community.”

The Diane Kidd Gallery on the campus of Tiffin University will host “Evolving,” an exhibition of abstract paintings by Hoffman through February 21, 2019.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.com.

WSO approved for Sign Enhancement Grant

Washington Street Outfitters has been approved by the Architectural Board of Review for a Sign Enhancement Grant to offset the costs of restoring the signage at their new storefront location, 186 S. Washington St. The approval is the second for the City of Tiffin’s Sign Enhancement Program, which provides a 50 percent reimbursement of expenses directly related to perpendicular signage on properties within the downtown target area, up to a maximum match of $1,000.

Washington Street Outfitters was approved for a $648.03 grant to restore their perpendicular sign. The application states:

“To maintain the integrity and heritage, the current sign’s structure will be restored. The outer edge will be restored with new aluminum and painted black. The general structure, size, and attachments will remain the same. Lighting will be added above the sign.”

This is the second approval for the program, which was implemented at the beginning of 2018 with an allocation of $10,000. The balance remaining in the fund is now $8,351.97.

First Sign Enhancement Grant approved

The Ritz Theatre to upgrade marquee/signage

Ritz Sign.jpgTIFFIN, OHIO – August 29, 2018 – The Architectural Board of Review has approved the first Sign Enhancement Grant in the amount of $1,000 for improvements to the marquee of The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St.

Ritz Theatre Executive Director Michael Strong said the grant will help alleviate the costs of restoring the signage of the historic theater. “It is imperative that we retain the historic nature of the theater even as we update technology in the lighting,” he said. “This grant helps make it more affordable to make the appropriate changes the right way.”

The Ritz Theatre is the first project approved for a Sign Enhancement Grant since it was implemented by the City of Tiffin at the beginning of 2018. The grant is a 50 percent reimbursement of expenses directly related to perpendicular signage on properties within the downtown target area, up to a maximum match of $1,000. The Ritz was awarded $1,000 to replace and upgrade the lighting of their sign, marquee and “downlight” to the long-life and cost-saving LED equivalents while retaining the vintage look of the signage.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I am pleased to see The Ritz Theatre taking advantage of the program and I encourage any other downtown business looking to upgrade their signage to apply.”

The Sign Enhancement Grant is available through the end of 2018. For more information about the program, contact Downtown Manager Amy Reinhart at 419.619.5517 or reinhart@senecacounty.org.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

ABR approves last Façade Grant of 2018

The Chandelier to install awning

Chandelier FacadeTIFFIN, OHIO – August 7, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant of $584 to The Chandelier, 151 S. Washington St., depleting the $100,000 set aside by the City of Tiffin for 2018.

The Chandelier was awarded the remaining funds in the Façade Enhancement Grant program, to install an awning on the front of the building, facing S. Washington St., wrapping around the side of the building along Madison St. The overall project is estimated at $9,759.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “This program provides an enormous return on the city’s investment that you can see everyday in our beautiful downtown,” he said. “It is encouraging that after five years funding this program, there is still so much interest in the Façade Enhancement Grant that we are running out of funds well before the end of the year.”

This year, 13 projects were approved resulting in $584,000 invested in downtown Tiffin buildings. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 65 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $2.2 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit http://www.senecasuccess.com (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

ABR approves Façade Enhancement Grant

Second United Church of Christ.jpg

Second United Church of Christ

Second United Church of Christ awarded $10,000 for roof project

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 17, 2018 – The Architectural Board of Review has approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the Second United Church of Christ, located at 156 Jefferson St., leaving $584 remaining in the city Façade Enhancement Grant fund for 2018.

The church was approved for a $10,000 grant for an estimated $60,000 roofing project. With the two Façade Enhancement Grant approvals at the previous ABR meeting, this leaves just $584 available for the remainder of 2018.

Last meeting, the building at 172 E. Market St. was awarded a $10,000 grant for door replacements, and tuck pointing. The project is part of a larger building renovation estimated at $36,900. Additionally, a residential property at 19 Coe St. received a grant of $4,250 for a $8,500 roof replacement project. It was the first residential project to receive a grant since the program was amended to include single and two-family dwellings in 2015.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded the success of the program. “With the next project, the fund will likely be depleted for the year,” he said. “As always, I am pleased with the progress we have made in downtown revitalization through this program.”

These three grants bring the total number of project approvals year-to-date to 12 and the total investment in downtown building improvements related to the Façade Enhancement Grant for 2018 to more than $570,000.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

ABR approves Façade Grant for Hunan King

MVIMG_20180306_140046.jpgRoof project awarded $10,000 grant

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 6, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for a roofing project at Hunan King, 253 S. Washington St. The project is a roof replacement at an estimated cost of $24,200. The project was awarded a $10,000 grant.

Jay Zheng submitted the application on behalf of the business, noting that the roof was nearly 100 years old. “The roof was well overdue for replacement,” he said. “It’s great that the city can help us with the cost.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented on the amount of roofing projects that have been awarded grants so far this year. “The grant does not have to be solely about the appearance of the building, it can also help with maintenance and improving the structural integrity of the building,” he said.

This grant brings the total building investment related to the Façade Enhancement Grant Program for 2018 to $324,460 with a balance of $54,871 remaining in the city’s grant fund for the year.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

ABR approves two Façade Enhancement Grants

Two projects produce $45,500 investment

MVIMG_20180205_163146.jpgTIFFIN, OHIO – February 6, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved two Façade Enhancement Grants, totaling $15,128 and representing an overall investment of $45,557.

Old Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 125 E. Market Street was awarded $10,000, the maximum grant amount, to install new storm windows to protect the church’s stained-glass windows, which are also being restored.

Reverend Aaron Gerlach said the grant was an easy way to defray some of the expense of the restoration and maintenance of the windows. “As a non-profit, it is wonderful to receive some assistance in such a large and costly project,” he said.

The building at 25-27 S. Washington Street also received funds for a window project. A grant of $5,128 was approved to replace second and third floor windows. The building also received a Façade Enhancement Grant in 2017 for a roofing project.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz noted the new and returning applicants. “The Façade Enhancement Grant remains a strong tool in revitalizing downtown Tiffin, as evidenced today by a building receiving its first grant while others are on their second or third project using the program,” he said.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com

First Façade Enhancement Grant of 2018 approved

ABR approves $10,000 grant for roofing project

MVIMG_20180116_143228.jpgTIFFIN, OHIO – January 16, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved the first city Façade Enhancement Grant of 2018. A roofing project at 147 Madison St. was awarded a $10,000 grant for a $27,300 project, leaving $90,000 in the city’s Façade Enhancement Grant fund.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased to see the program underway for the year. “The downtown Façade Enhancement program has been a hit among downtown business and building owners, resulting in 54 projects and $1.4 million in property investment since 2014,” he said. “I am excited to see the improvements made possible by the program in 2018.”

Building owner Ned Behm said the program has been helpful in completing long-term projects. “It is great that the same building can receive a Façade Enhancement Grant each year,” he said. “It has allowed me to strategically plan improvements to my downtown buildings to get the best return on my investment.”

This is the second Façade Enhancement Grant awarded to the property. In 2017, the former Crystal Traditions building was approved for a $9,000 grant for a $18,100 project. Improvements included the replacement of storefront windows, man doors and a garage door, as well roof repairs.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Final Façade Enhancement Grants of 2017 approved

Funds exhausted in record time

2014_04_15 - Bears DenTIFFIN, OHIO – April 18, 2017 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved two Façade Enhancement Grants for downtown building improvements, depleting the $100,000 set aside by the City of Tiffin for 2017. The projects were awarded a combined total of $12,754, for a total reinvestment in downtown Tiffin of $50,800, bringing the total investment for 2017 façade grants to $266,000.

The Bear’s Den, located at 60-68 E. Perry St., received approval for a $10,000 grant. The $21,000 project is to include replacement of second floor windows and first floor doors, balcony and tile repairs, painting, and the addition of exterior lighting.

The building at 92 S. Washington St. was the final Façade Enhancement approval of 2017 and received the remainder of the city funds. A grant was approved in the amount of $2,754 for a nearly $30,000 roof repair project.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased with the continued success of the city funded Façade Enhancement Grant Program. “It has been another record year for the façade program,” he said. “We have had 17 projects approved this year, the most since the program began in 2014, and all of the allotted funds were used within just four months.”

Since the Façade Enhancement Program began, 54 projects have been approved for funding and $1.4 million invested in downtown buildings.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.