Projects

City of Tiffin seeks community input for grant funds

cdbgThe City of Tiffin intends to apply to the Ohio Development Services Agency for funding under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program, a federally funded program administered by the state. The City of Tiffin is eligible for approximately $150,000 for Fiscal Years 2018-2019 CDBG funding, provided the City of Tiffin meets applicable funding requirements.

The first of two (or more) public hearings will be held on April 24, 2018 at 4 p.m. at the SIEDC office, 19 W. Market St., Suite C, in Tiffin to provide citizens with pertinent information about the CDBG program requirements. The CDBG program can fund a broad range of activities including economic development projects, street, water supply, drainage and sanitary sewer improvements, park acquisition and improvements, demolition of unsafe structures, rehabilitation of housing, neighborhood facilities, and downtown revitalization. The activities must be designed to primarily benefit low and moderate income (LMI) persons or aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blight.

Citizens are encouraged to attend the public meetings, or submit an idea application via mail, email or fax, to provide input on the city’s CDBG program.

Click here to download the application.

Click here for a list of eligible projects.

Click here for a community project “wish list” from previous CDBG input sessions.

 

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.

Tiffin’s historic drive-in theater open for 2018 season

Drive In Neon

Rendering of the proposed restoration of the original neon sign at the Tiffin Drive-In.

Created in the 1920’s, drive-in movie theaters were once a staple of rural communities, counting more than 4,000 theaters nationwide at the height of their popularity in the 1960’s and 70’s. Today, less than 10% of those theaters still exist, and we are fortunate to have one right here in Tiffin, Ohio.

The Tiffin Drive-In Theater opened in 1949 and will celebrate its 70th year in continuous operation next summer. Current owners Rod and Donna Saunders purchased the theater in 2011, when the previous owners decided to retire from the business. The Saunders’ got their start in the drive-in theater business with the original Field of Dreams Drive-In, which they built in the backyard of their family home in Liberty Center as a way to provide an inclusive family entertainment experience, and they were excited at the prospect of expanding this venture.

After purchasing the long-time Tiffin establishment, the Saunders’ immediately set about making improvements to the theater and its grounds, including the purchase of a new projector, the addition of a second screen, updates to the concession stand and its equipment, and the transition from film to digital movies in 2013. In 2018, the name was reverted to Tiffin Drive-In Theater.

Their next big project is restoring the original neon sign. When the theater opened in 1949, it featured a large neon sign affixed to the back of the screen, facing SR 53. The neon was removed in the 1970’s due to maintenance concerns. In 2017, the Saunders’ began working with local neon artist Michael Flechtner to recreate the original neon sign. To this end, the Saunders have created the Historic Drive-In Theater Revitalization Fund, a non-profit organization with IRC Section 501(c)(3) status for the sole purpose of fundraising to repair iconic symbols of operational drive-in theaters in Ohio. Find more information or make a donation here.

Trilogy Health Services to Open Senior Living Community in Tiffin, Ohio

Trilogy - MapTiffin, OH (April 5, 2018) – Tiffin seniors and their families will soon have access to compassionate, state-of-the-art senior living services, provided by a healthcare company known throughout the Midwest for its stellar customer service and remarkable company culture: Trilogy Health Services.

The project’s developer, Conficare, LLC has closed on a 7.7 acre parcel of land at the corner of US 224 and Shaffer Park Drive. The land will be the future home of a 92 bed Trilogy Senior Living Community [with a total estimated project cost of $14.5 million] which will offer assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing services.

The facility is the first development for the 60-acre commercial site annexed by the City of Tiffin in 2017. Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said the project has been the catalyst for major improvements in the area, which in turn will bring additional businesses to the site. “We are excited to welcome a quality company like Trilogy to Tiffin,” he said. “Their investment is also helping to develop the entire site.”

Trilogy’s Vice President of Development Peter Massey commented, “We are excited to move forward with this project in Tiffin and Seneca County. Everyone at the City of Tiffin, the Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp., and Reichle | Klein has been great to work with, and we love the community.”

Construction of the new facility is expected to begin this spring, with a target completion date in 2019. The project is also contingent upon finalization and approval of local Tax Increment Financing agreements, which will help fund the infrastructure.

Trilogy Senior Living Communities offer a full continuum of senior health and hospitality services, from independent and assisted living to skilled nursing, short-term rehab, long-term care, respite care and memory care services in over 100 senior living communities throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Services are delivered by staff specially trained to honor and enhance the lives of those we serve through compassion and a commitment to exceeding customer expectations. Trilogy Health Services is a subsidiary of Griffin American Healthcare REIT III, Inc. To learn more about Trilogy Health Services, please visit our website at www.trilogyhs.com. You may also follow Trilogy Health Services on Facebook and Twitter.

Second Tiffin Toyota supplier wins award

American Fine Sinter 2018.jpgAmerican Fine Sinter has won a supplier award from the Toyota Company of North America for excellence in value analysis achievement. AFS is the second Tiffin automotive parts manufacturer recognized by Toyota, joining Taiho Corporation of America, which received a technology and development award.

Tiffin is home to the North American headquarters of AFS, located in the Eagle Rock Business Park. The company, which manufactures parts for the automotive, railroad, industrial machinery, and hydraulics industries, has undergone several expansions in recent years to accommodate growing production.

In 2014, they announced a $16 million and the construction of 100,000 square feet of new manufacturing space, additional office and storage space, and an $8 million investment into state-of-the-art automation and manufacturing equipment, due in part to a contract with Toyota to produce transmission parts. (See article)

Yet another project was announced in 2017, filling the 2014 expansion with equipment to produce mid and high torque carriers for the Toyota Highlander, RAV4, and Camry, using new technology from Toyota only implemented in three facilities worldwide. (See article)

About American Fine Sinter
American Fine Sinter (AFS) was established in 2001 in Tiffin, Ohio and started production in 2003. Today, Fine Sinter Co. a joint venture between Tokyo Sintered Metals (TSM) and Japan Powder Metallurgy (JPM), the parent company of AFS, is a $350 million company with more than 1,000 employees worldwide. The company manufactures parts for the automotive, railroad, industrial machinery, and hydraulics industries, and American Fine Sinter most recently has focused on valve seats and variable cam units for the automotive industry.

 

 

ABR approves Façade Grant Enhancement Grants

1.jpg

92 S. Washington St. to undergo a complete storefront remodel.

Four projects awarded grants totaling $30,00

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 20, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved four Façade Enhancement Grants for downtown projects, using $30,000 of the city fund for a total investment exceeding $80,000. This leaves $24,834 remaining in the city Façade Enhancement Grant fund for 2018.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented on the volume of projects approved today. “Even in it’s fifth year, the demand for the Façade Enhancement Program continues to build,” he said.

The projects are:

  • 29-31 S. Washington St. – Awarded a $5,128 grant to replace second and third floor windows.
  • 236 S. Washington St. (Hoffman-Gottfried Mack Funeral Home and Crematory) – Awarded a $7,425 grant to replace porch carpeting, replace handrails, and complete some exterior painting.
  • 127 S. Washington St. – Awarded a $7,482 grant to replace storefront windows, the front door, and upper windows.
  • 92 S. Washington St. – Awarded a $10,000 grant for a complete storefront remodel project.

These grants bring the total investment in downtown building improvements related to the Façade Enhancement Grant for 2018 to more than $410,000.

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.

Boost Mobile to open Tiffin location

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-veA new mobile phone retailer is coming to Tiffin. A Boost Mobile franchise is set to open next week in the retail center currently housing Chipotle, at the corner of Ashwood Drive and W. Market Street.

Ben Sayed, a partner in franchise owners Wireless Boys, expressed their excitement at moving into the community. “It’s a beautiful town and we believe we will be a great asset,” he said. “We are looking forward to serving the Tiffin community.”

Wireless Boys began in 2011 and currently owns and operates 15 Boost Mobile franchises in the Northwest Ohio area. Their most recent store opened in Fremont this week.

The retail center was constructed in 2016 by Diverse Development, a real estate development firm based in Holland, Ohio. The center includes three units, one of which (a 1,400 square foot end unit) is still available for lease.

Plans for Tiffin spec building announced

spec 2 bEagle Rock Industrial Park property sale closed today

TIFFIN, OHIO – December 19, 2017 – The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) has announced plans for a speculative industrial building for the 11.3-acre site at the corner of Shawhan Ave. and Tyber Rd., in the Eagle Rock Business Park. Private investors have acquired the site and will be building the structure, which is to be 50,000 square feet, will be expandable to 200,000, and will include office space. The shell for the building should be up by the summer of next year.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz says the building will allow Tiffin to be more open to new opportunities. “A spec building will give Tiffin a competitive edge when we are courting manufacturers seeking to locate or expand in our area,” he said. “Having the space available and customizable is attractive to a company looking to locate quickly and begin production.”

SIEDC Economic Development Committee Chair and owner of the previous spec building Denny Kerschner agreed. “When I was looking for a place to locate my business in 2007 Tiffin was an easy choice because of the available building. It is critical to have a building like this in order to compete for new projects,” he said.

The building that houses Tiffin Insulators was a speculative building built by SIEDC in 2006, and the Quick Tab II facility, located in the Airport Industrial Park, was also a spec building built by SIEDC in 1994.

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.

Council approves downtown sign program

Grant provides up to 50% reimbursement for sign costs

Renaissance Sign 2TIFFIN, OHIO – December 4, 2017 – Tiffin City Council approved a new Sign Enhancement Program in a meeting Monday night and set aside $10,000 to fund the program in 2018. The program is designed to assist business owners in downtown Tiffin in displaying effective and consistent signage.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said the program is a natural companion to the Façade Enhancement Program introduced in 2014. “Through the Façade Enhancement Program, downtown building and business owners have been able to make drastic changes to the look of their building. To date, the city has invested $350,000 in the program, resulting in $1.4 million in renovations,” he said. “With the sign program, we are able to take the transformation one step further.”

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.  This grant is available on a first come, first served basis from application approval.  Applications will be accepted starting Jan. 1, 2018. For the first 30 days, preference will be given to owners who have successfully completed Façade Enhancement Program projects.

Signage was laid out in the Downtown Strategic Plan adopted by Council in 2010. The plan called for consistent standards for downtown signage to improve community character along with the Façade Enhancement Program. Similar programs have been adopted by other Ohio Main Street communities, including the Gateway District in Cleveland, Cambridge Main Street, and Main Street Wooster, to great success. A study of one Gateway District business showed a 20 percent increase in foot traffic after a sign enhancement project.

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.

City receives funding for alley enhancement

Local foundations award $70,000 to pedestrian project

AlleyProject-nolightsonpoles

Conceptual drawing, subject to change.

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 20, 2017 – Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz announced at a Tiffin City Council meeting tonight that the city has secured funding to move forward with a pedestrian alley enhancement project in downtown Tiffin.

The city received two grants, $40,087 from the Meshech Frost Charitable Trust and $30,000 from the National Machinery Foundation, which will cover nearly all costs associated with the project.

“Thanks to the support of our local charitable foundations, we are able to move forward with a project that will transform one of the most used alleys in our downtown into a beautiful, inviting, pedestrian-friendly walkway,” Montz said. “The project will create a safe, well-lit connection between parking and downtown amenities, for both residents and visitors.”

The alley to be enhanced is located across from the Ritz Theatre between City Parking Lot #3 and South Washington Street, adjacent to 33 and 45 South Washington Street. The alley will be closed to vehicular traffic, with removable bollards to allow utility vehicle access.

Improvements will include installation of six decorative poles to support overhead string lighting running the length of the alley, a decorative stamped asphalt surface, and benches, trash cans, planters, and bike racks. Detailed design items will be finalized this winter and construction beginning as early as this winter or early spring, with a target completion date before September 2018. Gas and electric utility work has already been completed.

The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp.’s Downtown Design Committee chose the project from the Downtown Tiffin Strategic Growth & Development Plan, adopted by council in 2016, and has been working closely with the City Engineer’s department to plan and fund the project. The plan pinpoints several alleys for enhancement, which will be considered upon completion of the current project.