Amy Reinhart

Tiffin Facade Enhancement Grant Program: A step-by-step guide

The downtown Tiffin Facade Enhancement Grant Program was launched in 2014 to spur downtown revitalization by providing financial assistance for outside, street-facing building repairs. Eligible projects can receive a reimbursement of up to $10,000 in matching funds. Below is a step-by-step guide to the program.

Application process

The building owner should meet with SIEDC’s Downtown Main Street Manager, Amy Reinhart, to discuss how the program works and obtain an application. The application needs to be submitted and approved before any work has begun.

The building owner must include the following upon submission of their application:

  • Façade Enhancement Application
  • Architectural Board of Review Application  (See ABR Guidelines)
  • W9 form for City to open purchase order.
  • A minimum of two quotes from contractors on the work to be performed (if project is over $3,000 total).
  • Pictures of existing conditions.
  • Pictures or catalog cuts for the items to be purchased (awnings, doors, windows, etc.). If window replacement is recommended, a catalog cut along with dimensioned drawings of the window to be installed are required.  This will include the size of the window, any muntin bars as well as the depth and height of the frame around the window and at any corners where the windows connect.
  • If painting, the historic paint colors must be used. Please provide color samples from the historic line.  This can come from any paint company that provides a historic line, but Sherwin Williams and Ace Hardware do provide a paint discount for any building owner who receives façade approval.
  • A detailed description of the project

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Due to the first come first serve nature of the funding, incomplete applications will not be accepted.  When the funds run out, the program ends for the calendar year.  When determining the City budget, Council will determine if funding will be renewed for the following year.

Once the application and all above mentioned items are compiled, they should be brought to the Main Street Manager.  She will review the applications for completeness and determine if there are any issues that need to be addressed prior to submission of the application to the City.  She will work with the Chair of the Architectural Board of Review and the City Engineer’s office to determine if any additional items need to be addressed.

Once the application is reviewed and deemed complete and without any issues, the Main Street Manager will submit the application and attachments to the City to be added to the Architectural Board of Review Agenda.

Architectural Board of Review meetings take place the first and third Tuesday of each month at 3:30 in City Hall.  The owner or a representative must be present at the meeting to answer any questions that may come from the application.  The number of applications reviewed at the meeting is determined by the Chair due to the intensity of the application reviews.  To be considered for the upcoming meeting, all information must be turned in one week prior to the meeting, so proper distribution of materials can take place for Board members.  Additionally, the meeting agenda must be listed in the newspaper as it is required for all public meetings.

Beginning the project

Once the Architectural Board of Review has approved the application, work may begin on the project.  The owner will receive the certificate of appropriateness in the mail following the approval.

If any part of the project changes at any time during the work, the owner must contact the Main Street Manager for a change form.  The changes must be approved by the Architectural Board of Review, as this is a change to a contract that the owner entered into when receiving approval from the City for the funds.

Completing the project

The owner has until December of the following calendar year to complete the work.  For example: if a project is approved in March of 2016, the owner will have until December of 2017 to complete the work.  If the owner is approved in December of 2016, the work must be completed by December of 2017.

Once the work is complete, the owner will submit paid receipts from the contractor to the Main Street Manager.  The manager will complete the final inspection forms and submit those to the City Finance Director and City Engineer’s office along with the paid receipts.  The City Engineer will complete the inspection and sign off.  He will then send it to the City Finance Director who will complete the check and send it to the owner.  The check will be made out to the name on the W9 form only.

For examples of projects that have received grant funding, click here.

For the complete Facade Enhancement Program, click here.

For all questions and guidance through the process contact:

Amy Reinhart
Downtown Main Street Manager, SIEDC
419.619.5517
reinhart@senecacounty.org
M-Th, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

New maps help visitors discover Tiffin

city-map-for-web_page_1The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services and the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation have partnered to produce the city’s first-ever visitor’s map.

The map directs visitors to restaurants, attractions, entertainment and lodgings, and retail locations – all things a person from outside the town may be looking for. One side of the map encompasses the entire city of Tiffin, with the other side focused on downtown.

Chamber President and CEO John Detwiler brought the opportunity to SIEDC’s Downtown city-map-for-web_page_2Marketing Committee, of which he is the Chair. “We have never had a map of the city for our out-of-town visitors, and the committee was also looking at creating literature specific to downtown,” Detwiler said. “I am happy we were able to partner on this project; community collaboration is key in creating a successful and cohesive message.”

SIEDC Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart said the map was one of the goals set forth in the 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan and furthers the marketing mission of the Main Street downtown revitalization approach. “We have taken many steps this year to make it easier for visitors, students and residents to find their way downtown, and to promote local businesses. This is a great addition to the Discover Tiffin phone app, the new kiosks in front of the Joint Justice Center and on the university campuses, wayfinding signs at downtown intersections, and new parking signage for downtown lots,” she said.

The maps can be found at the Chamber (19 W. Market St., Ste C), and in several businesses. For a downloadable pdf, click here.

New Greek/pita restaurant to open downtown

 

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Left to right: Property Manager Tyler Shuff, Owner Fotis Diamantopoulos, SIEDC Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart and Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz

Put N Pita signs lease with Laird Arcade

 

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 18, 2016 – This week, Fotis Diamantopoulos signed a lease for a space in the Laird Arcade at 116 South Washington Street, where he plans to open a Greek and build-your-own pita restaurant, called Put N Pita, this winter.

The son of Greek immigrants, Fotis has lived in Tiffin for a decade, and he is following his father’s footsteps into the restaurant business. “I drive through downtown Tiffin every day and you can tell that things are changing, and I feel the vibe and want to be a part of it. My business model will include my dad’s Greek influence, an American twist and a Subway style,” he said.

Diamantopoulos said the menu is to include gyros and greek salads as well as traditional meats and all kinds of fresh produce that will be assembled to the customer’s order. In the future, he plans to expand the business into other types of ethnic foods and take-home options.

Tyler Shuff, Chairman of the Downtown Business Enhancement Committee through SIEDC said the restaurant fills two desired business categories for the community. “A Pita Pit and a Greek restaurant are on our list of businesses to recruit, and this takes care of both,” he said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is happy to see a new type of restaurant opening downtown. “I am excited to see a unique healthy, quick option for lunch in downtown Tiffin,” he said.

Diamantopoulos hopes to cater to times outside of the traditional dinner hour. The starting hours for the store will be lunch time and nights as late as 3 a.m. He plans to open for business in late fall or early winter.

About the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group

The Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group LLC. is a for-profit organization made up of community minded shareholders. The purpose of the TCRG is to encourage and promote downtown business. In 2012, Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group, LLC. purchased and now operates the Laird Building.

 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 at the company’s blog at http://www.senecasuccess.com.

Tiffin’s new Downtown Development Coordinator is hired

The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) is pleased to announce that Amy Reinhart has accepted the position of Downtown Development Coordinator and will begin on June 2, 2014.
Amy can be reached by cell at 419.619.5517 or by email at reinhart@senecacounty.org.
Amy received her degrees from Kent State University with honors, including one in architecture. She worked at SSOE for a couple of years and led the Young Architect’s Forum as President. She has also taught at the University of Toledo. In her most recent role, Amy took over the leadership of Leadership Seneca County, where for the past two years, she has done an amazing job managing volunteers, serving both employers and participants with the highest level of organization, professionalism, and effectiveness.
Fortunately, a number of very talented individuals applied for the position. In the end, it was a difficult decision, and Amy was the unanimous choice for everyone from the Downtown Development Committee, the Executive Committee, the Chamber, and SIEDC staff who participated. Her references gave glowing reviews, and I personally went to see her make a public presentation on LSC, where she did a great job. She has a passion for both downtown development and preservation, while approaching things with a practical “get things done” attitude. She understands the importance of the small business owner, of property owners, of events and projects in the downtown. She supports and understands the Main Street approach and is looking forward to learning more, as she works with us and you all to transform Tiffin into an Ohio Main Street Community. And she has read and understands the Downtown plan and its need to be refreshed and further implemented.