Board approves façade grant to replace roof for business

Reclaim It awarded $10,000 for project

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 2, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant to replace the roof of Reclaim It, 127 S. Washington St. The City of Tiffin has set aside $100,000 for projects this year.

Karen Klepper, owner of Reclaim It, requested $10,000 for the project at 27 S. Washington St. to be used to replace the roof. The project is estimated to cost about $29,219. Reclaim It also was approved for a $7,500 grant in 2018. “I’m thankful to the City of Tiffin for continuing to offer this excellent program to help businesses in the downtown,” Klepper said.

With this project, the total amount spent for 2019 is $33,160.53 of the available $100,000. In March, the ABR approved a $10,000 grant for the Reniasance of Tiffin, 129 S. Washington St., for a roof replacement and in January approved grants for an apartment complex at 269 S. Washington St. and updates to the law offices at 27 Court St.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m happy that the Façade Enhancement Program continues to benefit building owners in the community.”

To apply for a Façade Enhancement Grant, the building owner should meet with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Downtown Main Street Manager AmyReinhart to discuss how the program works and obtain an application. Once the application is submitted, reviewed and deemed complete and without issues, the Architectural Board of Review will consider it before approval. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 68 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $2.2 million.

About the Façade Enhancement ProgramThis 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 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.

Terra State holds grand opening for new leadership and entrepreneurial center

Press Release provided by Terra State Community College

Fremont, April 1, 2019 – Friday, March 29, Terra State Community College held its grand opening for the Doepker Leadership & Entrepreneurial Center, which will serve as a place where area businesses, manufacturers, health care providers and their employees can advance to supervisory positions and get leadership training. The Center is the first of its kind for community colleges in Ohio.

President Dr. Ronald Schumacher is looking forward to seeing how students take advantage of the Center to build their skills to be a more vital part of the community after they graduate. “We will be building seminar style courses for our students so they can leave us with the professional skills that many of our employers in the area are so in need of,” he said.

Through the Terra College Foundation, Terra State received a $287,916 grant from the United State Department of Agriculture in the form of a Rural Business Development Grant and a gift from CEO and President of the Doepker Group, Jeffrey Doepker, and his wife Sherry Doepker. Through both contributions, renovations were made to the atrium of the Engineering Technologies Building, presentation rooms (B101 & 103), the board room (B206), and The Kern Center (B104) with all new furnishings, up to date speaker systems, paint, projectors, charging stations, TVs and more.

“We really tried to make everything as dynamic and high technology as possible to meet the needs of today’s leaders,” said Beth Bower, Grant Writer for the Terra College Foundation. “Up until this point, every business from our area that wanted to do leadership training would have to send people to Cleveland or Toledo. It wasn’t cost effective and it wasn’t bringing leadership to the businesses here that really needed it,” she said.

Mr. Doepker was happy to have the opportunity to make the opening of the Center a possibility. “Terra’s staff and leadership team made this decision very easy,” he said. “This institution’s long standing excellence in delivering programs to its student and local business is already in place.”

United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) State Director of Ohio David Hall expressed his excitement to be a partner. “I’m excited and my staff is excited to be able to support something like this in our rural community,” he said. “I expect rural development at a state level is going to be a great partner with Terra State in the future.”

Upcoming trainings include Situational Leadership II, Chill Skills: Stress Management for Busy People and more.

“High level leaders are born—not made, but until you provide the process to unlock and enhance these leadership attributes they possess, they may never realize their true potential,” Mr. Doepker said. “We view this center as that vehicle to provide this process.”

Terra State Community College is a two-year accredited, state-supported, residential college located in Fremont, Ohio. Terra State has a long history of service to the community and providing students with an education that is both accessible and affordable. Terra State offers twenty-two Applied Degrees and Certificates to students.

Simply Susan’s, Tiffin Candle Company open Wax Lab

Experience-based business to debut during Chocolate Walk

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 30, 2019 – Debuting during the 2019 Downtown Chocolate Walk, Simply Susan’s and Tiffin Candle Company have partnered to for a first-of-its-kind in Tiffin experience-based business at the store, 70 S. Washington St. Wax Lab is an extension of Tiffin Candle Company’s offerings, allowing people to pour their own candles from a variety of scents and even create a custom label.

Prices start at $22, and appointments can be made in advance by contacting Simply Susan’s and walk-ins are welcome. The process to pour the candle takes about a half hour to 45 minutes and it takes about an hour to 90 minutes to cure, during which time people can explore the downtown or come back the next day to pick up their product. Wax Lab is to be available for events such as birthday and bachelorette parties.

“This is another great activity for people to check out in downtown Tiffin,” said Susan Wilkinson, owner of Simply Susan’s. “Come check it out and see all that there is going on here in downtown.”

Chelsea Bilger, owner of Tiffin Candle Company, said she’s excited for this next chapter of the business. Tiffin Candle Company has been in operation for about a year and has expanded to Fostoria, Findlay and Lakeside. “This has been such a fun experience, so I’m excited for Wax Lab to take off next.”

The Wax Lab will be on display during the chocolate walk, and officially opens for business Sunday, March 31. Plans include seasonal scents and incorporating with other events in downtown including Third Thursdays.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated Bilger and Wilkinson. “It is great to see local businesses expanding and offering new, inventive ideas in our downtown,” he said.

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.

Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Health – Willard Hospital receive five stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Press release provided by Mercy Health

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the most recent Hospital Compare data ranking both Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Health – Willard Hospital with five stars. This rating places the Mercy Health facilities in Tiffin and Willard among the highest ranked hospitals in the nation.

The data includes specific measures of hospitals’ quality of care, many of which are updated quarterly, and the Overall Hospital Star Ratings, which were last updated in December 2017. The data is collected through CMS’s Hospital Quality Initiative programs. 

“It’s an incredible honor for our team to receive this award at both hospitals for a second consecutive year,” said Lynn Detterman, president, Mercy Health – Toledo Rural Market. “We are dedicated to providing the highest quality and most compassionate care to our patients, and this rating only reaffirms all of the hard work that goes into our commitment to the Mercy Health mission.”

According to CMS, the Star Ratings were designed to drive systematic improvements in care and safety as hospitals strive to achieve and maintain high ratings.

Both Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Health – Willard Hospital have been recognized as top hospitals in the region for patient safety in the past. Also recently, Mercy Health – Tiffin Home Care received a five start rating from CMS, which is based on a review of eight process and outcome quality measures

Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital additionally was listed on the 2019 Top 100 Hospital by Chartis Center for Rural Health.

“Mercy Health has provided compassionate and quality care in region for more than 160 years and we’re extremely pleased that our teams have been recognized for the outstanding work that they do every day,” said Bob Baxter, president, Mercy Health – Toledo & Lima. “Receiving this rating from CMS is further proof of Mercy Health’s commitment to remaining among the nation’s best in the care we deliver to our community.”

The Mercy Health system strives to be a leader at all or our facilities. Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Health – Willard Hospital are among five Mercy Health hospitals in northwest Ohio that earned the top rating, including:

  • Mercy Health – Defiance Hospital
  • Mercy Health – St. Anne Hospital in Toledo
  • Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima

To view the rankings, visit https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html

About Mercy Health – Toledo
Mercy Health – Toledo is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health,one of the top 20 health systems in the United States, one of the largest employers in Ohio and part of the top performing quartile of Catholic health systems for lowest cost per case for patient care. Locally, Mercy Health is based in Toledo, Ohio, and serves 20 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Mercy Health – Toledo provides comprehensive primary and critical care services to residents as well as a robust physician group, Mercy Health Physicians, Life Flight critical air transport services and Mercy College of Ohio. Mercy Health – Toledo is proud to provide more than $111 million in community benefit in 2017 which includes charity care and community health services. With approximately 8,800 employees; 300 employed physicians and 2,200 medical staff members, Mercy Health has been part of the Northwest Ohio community it serves for more than 163 years. Please visit mercy.com for additional information and connect with Mercy Health – Toledo on Facebook, on Twitter at @mercynwohio and on Instagram.

Historic Paint Colors program planned

Get insights on the right paint color for your home

Press Release provided by Tiffin Historic Trust

Summer home repair projects often include house painting, especially for older homes after a hard winter. On Wednesday, April 3, Nicholas A. Macmillan, manager of Tiffin’s Sherwin-Williams Paint store, will provide insights on choosing the correct paint for your home or building. Macmillan’s presentation starts at 7 p.m. in the Frost Kalnow Room at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St. Sponsored by the Tiffin Historic Trust, the event is free and open to the public.

Accompanying the guest will be a local house painter who has experience working on older historic homes and can help answer the painting questions that plague homeowners. 

Sherwin-Williams is known for its historic interior and exterior preservation color palettes. They have coordinated color schemes for homes in all architectural styles from Victorian and Craftsman bungalows to suburban mid-century modern homes. The palette recommendations are based on the original color schemes used within the respective architectural eras. 

As a bonus, the Sherwin-Williams store in Tiffin will offer a discount to those who attend the program.

For more information, contact Mary at (419) 448-0370, visit www.tiffinhistorictrust.org or find the group on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/tiffinhistoric.trust.

Downtown Tiffin sponsoring Blooming Artist Stroll

Third Thursday Event in Downtown Tiffin

Downtown Tiffin is sponsoring the Blooming Artist Stroll 4-8 p.m. April 18, 2019. The stroll will feature musicians and local artists that will set up their creations inside of downtown Tiffin businesses.  Door prize entries will be available at each location.

Artists are needed to set up at this event for a small fee. To apply, download the application here.

For more information call Mary Lewis at (419) 448-0370 or email Jill Groves at manorridgecreations@gmail.com 

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. For more information, click here.

Architectural Board of Review approves façade grant to replace roof

The Renaissance awarded $10,000 for project

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 19, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant to replace the roof of The Renaissance. The City of Tiffin has set aside $100,000 for projects this year.

Building owner ReinX3 LLC requested $10,000 for the project at 27 S. Washington St. to be used to replace the rubber roof, add insulation and repair chimneys and exposed brick walls on the roof. The project is estimated to cost about $34,419.

With this project, the total amount spent for 2019 is $23,160.53 of the available $100,000. In January, the ABR approved grants for an apartment complex at 269 S. Washington St. and updates to the law offices at 27 Court St.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m glad to see more building owners take advantage of this program to beautify Downtown Tiffin,” he said.

To apply for a Façade Enhancement Grant, the building owner should meet with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Downtown Main Street Manager AmyReinhart to discuss how the program works and obtain an application. Once the application is submitted, reviewed and deemed complete and without issues, the Architectural Board of Review will consider it before approval. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 68 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $2.2 million.

About the Façade Enhancement ProgramThis 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 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.

City of Tiffin launches housing survey

Study enters next phase as city faces housing shortage

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 19, 2019 – The City of Tiffin and the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership announce today that they have officially opened an online housing survey to determine the market demand for housing. The survey is part of a City-funded study to determine what kind of housing is most needed and to attract developers to create that product. The survey can be found at tiffinsurvey.com and is expected to be open for until the end of April.

Understanding from local realtors and newcomers to the community that the housing supply has not been able to meet the current demand, the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership convened a committee of local realtors, builders, mortgage lenders, city council and administration members and plans were put together to interview multiple research firms. Dublin, Ohio-based DiSalvo Development Advisors was selected and hired at the end of last year.

The first phase of the study has unofficially revealed that there are about 60 homes for sale in the Tiffin market, and a recent apartment survey of 19 projects and more than 800 units showed there were just 3 vacancies. That is a 0.4 percent vacancy rate, compared to a healthy market which is considered 5 percent vacancy. The survey is the next step in the study process. It will be marketed to the general public, and TSEP will be working with local employers to distribute to their employees.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he welcomes the findings that the survey may bring. “My office regularly gets requests about housing needs within the city. We hope that the information gathered from this study can be used to sell Tiffin to developers for commercial projects and new housing opportunities. It’s a key part of our overall community and economic development strategy.”

Questions in the survey range from the types of home people are interested, prices and locations within the Tiffin area they would be interested in relocating to. In addition, there are questions related to the types of businesses that people would like to see in Tiffin.

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.org.

Hopewell Township Community Reinvestment Area #3

Hopewell Township’s Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) #3, may have a misleading name, as there is only one CRA in Hopewell Township. This CRA was established prior to the 1994 change in state law; such a CRA is often referred to as a “pre-1994” CRA. Please refer to the
main article on CRAs for general information. This article provides information on the benefits and process for obtaining a CRA tax exemption in Hopewell Township’s CRA #3. (Find a map of the CRA here.)

Benefits – Fixed

In a pre-1994 CRA, the benefit levels are fixed and not subject to negotiation or approval by any legislative body. They are as follows:

  • Renovation of residential property (two units or less) – 10 years, 100 percent
  • Renovation of residential (more than two units), commercial or industrial property – 12 years, 100 percent
  • New construction of residential, commercial, or industrial property – 15 years, 100 percent

Process

  • Step 1 – Contact Nick Dutro at TSEP, dutro@tiffinseneca.org or by cell at 419.767.0328 Nick can verify the project is in the CRA and help determine if there are any other resources that can help the project.
  • Step 2 – Draft and send a quick “letter of intent.” Once Step 1 has been completed, an email and/or letter should be sent to Seneca County Auditor Julie Adkins at jadkins@seneca-county.com. It needs to identify the parcels involved, amount of investment, business doing the investment, and timing.
  • Step 3 – Complete the project.
  • Step 4 – Fill out and submit application to
    Seneca County Auditor Julie Adkins at jadkins@seneca-county.com. She will then review the application for eligibility and completeness, and then verify the project has been completed. If the project is eligible and the application is complete, she will issue a letter notifying the applicant that the project (property improvements) will be exempted.

Program Contact

For additional information or questions, please contact Nick Dutro, Downtown Main Street Manager at TSEP, dutro@tiffinseneca.org or by cell at 419.767.0328