downtown Tiffin

ABR approves Façade Grant for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

1.jpg$150,000 roof project awarded $10,000 grant

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 20, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for a roofing project at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The project will include the removal and replacement of the sanctuary’s slate roof at an estimated cost of $150,000. The project was awarded a $10,000 grant.

Church representative Gary Arnold said the grant will help defray the cost of necessary repairs. “This is something that we have to take care of; it’s wonderful that this grant can cover a portion of the cost,” he said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said the Façade Enhancement Grant program is a great tool for non-profit organizations. “I am pleased to see our local churches taking advantage of the grant,” he said. “There are a lot of costs associated with up-keeping such large buildings, and it is difficult on a non-profit budget.”

This grant brings the total investment related to the Façade Enhancement Grant Program for 2018 to $222,850 ($300,460 in total building investment), with a balance of $64,871 remaining in the city’s grant fund.

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 replaced 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

New event space to open in downtown Tiffin

The Chandelier set to open in former Civic Center

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-veTIFFIN, OHIO – February 2, 2018 – The Chandelier, a full-service wedding and event venue, is set to open in the former Civic Center building at 151 S. Washington St. in downtown Tiffin in late spring.

Investment partners Holly Hoffman and Tom Fretz are working to renovate the 7,500 square foot building, including upgrades to the kitchen, lighting, carpeting and dance floor. Once completed, the space could be used for weddings, corporate events and training, and community events.

“We will help plan the event right along with the client,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman and Fretz met through a mutual interest in the building, and bring complementing services to the table. Fretz is an experienced DJ and videographer and Hoffman previously managed the Neeley Center at Terra State Community College and will offer catering and event planning services.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited to see the vacant building back in use. “Downtown Tiffin has felt the lack of an event hall of this size since the Civic Center closed,” he said. “The Chandelier will be a great addition to what the downtown has to offer.”

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.

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.

2017 Christmas Events in Seneca County

Destination Holiday Events 2017Check out these great events in Tiffin this December. Winter is taking it’s time getting here, but Santa is on his way to Tiffin! He’ll be at a number of holiday events, giving everyone a chance to get their picture with the jolliest guy around! Find him:

Friday, December 1

Saturday, December 2

Sunday, December 3

Thursday, December 7

Saturday, December 9

Sunday, December 10

Thursday, December 14

Saturday, December 16

Sunday, December 17

Thursday, December 21

  • 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Frozone, 114 S. Washington St.

Saturday, December 23

  • 12 p.m.-2 p.m.: Jolly’s, 66 E. Market St.

Ready to pick out a tree or fresh wreath? Saturdays and Sundays Riehm farm will be open, with the fields still producing veggies and homemade cookies! Keep an eye out for Santa, as he stops by most weekends.

Christmas Trees & Family Fun

Riehm Produce Farm, 7244 N. SR 53

11 a.m.—7 p.m. November 25
11 a.m.—6 p.m. November 26
11 a.m.—7 p.m. December 2
11 a.m.—6 p.m. December 3
11 a.m.—7 p.m. December 9
11 a.m.—6 p.m. December 10
11 a.m.—7 p.m. December 16
11 a.m.—6 p.m. December 17

Still trying to get into the holiday spirit? No worries! There many events to chose from in Tiffin and Seneca County that are sure to put you in a holly-jolly mood.

Tiffin Events

Friday, December 1

  • 5:15 p.m.: Christmas Tree Lighting, southwest corner of Monroe & S. Washington Streets. Reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”, music by the Heidelberg Singing Collegians, and hot chocolate served by the Elks!
  • 7 p.m.: Tiffin University “Christmas at the Ritz”, Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St.

Saturday, December 2

Sunday, December 3

Monday, December 4

Friday, December 8

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Rock Run Holiday Open House, 2685 W. SR 224

Saturday, December 9

Sunday, December 10

Wednesday, December 13

Thursday, December 14

Saturday, December 16

Sunday, December 17

Monday, December 18

Monday, December 25

 

Fostoria Events

November 28—December 21

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturdays noon – 2 p.m. 11th Annual Santa at the Depot, LE&W Depot, 128 W. North St.

Friday, December 1

Saturday, December 2

And for those who have a competitive spirit, check out these fun community contest and cast your vote!

Christmas Story Contest
Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2018!

Write a happy Christmas memory and the winner will read their story at the 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!

4 pages handwritten or 2 pages typed. Age appropriate grammar is expected. Entries from students K through 12. Adults can submit in a new category! Participants must live in Seneca County or the event must take place in Seneca County. Entries may be dropped off at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library or the Chamber office during regular office hours.  Parents/Guardians will have to sign a waiver when the essay is submitted. Visit TiffinChamber.com for more information!

Window Contest: People’s Choice

This holiday season, be sure to visit all the local businesses participating in the Window Contest and vote for your favorite! Vote in person at one of the following locations:

Click here for a full brochure of the events listed above.

 

City receives funding for alley enhancement

Local foundations award $70,000 to pedestrian project

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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.

Downtown Tiffin wins Heritage Ohio Award

SIEDC, Chamber, universities recognized for Around the Town event

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 18, 2017 –  The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) Downtown Marketing Committee and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services received the Heritage Ohio Award for “Best Main Street Committee Event” for the annual Around the Town event in a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse October 17.

Around the Town is an annual event introducing incoming Heidelberg and Tiffin University students to businesses and organizations in the community. For 20 years, the event was held on the colleges’ respective campuses. In 2015, the Chamber partnered with the Downtown Marketing Committee through SIEDC and event was brought to a central location downtown, bringing both schools together and highlighting the proximity of downtown to the students.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded the partnership and stressed the importance of downtown revitalization efforts. “Around the Town is a wonderful event bringing together the college students and the community,” he said. “It is great to see our community organizations working together, and our commitment to the Main Street downtown approach paying off.”

Tiffin officially became a Heritage Ohio Main Street community in 2016, after two years of affiliate membership. The Ohio Main Street Program works with communities across the state to revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas. The program works on a four-point approach emphasizing, organization, design, promotions and marketing, and economic development in downtown revitalization.

About Heritage Ohio
Heritage Ohio is the statewide, not-for-profit preservation organization, dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect, preserve and revitalize Ohio’s heritage. Formed in 1989, is the coordinating agency for the Ohio Main Street Program. In 2002, Heritage Ohio was designated as the statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Heritage Ohio mission is to help people: save the places that matter, building community, and live better. Learn more at www.heritageohio.org.

Many communities, organizations and individuals submitted nominations for consideration. The awards recognize the numerous preservation and revitalization accomplishments of people, businesses, and organizations across the state. The Selection Committee reported an increased level of quality in nominations, awarding 16 categories at this year’s event.

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 downtown Pumpkin Stroll a success

pumpkin stroll stopOn Saturday September 30th, more than 300 members of the Seneca county community enjoyed the Tiffin Pumpkin Stroll, hosted by Simply Susan’s. Those that participated walked around beautiful Downtown Tiffin, collecting pumpkin-themed treats at local businesses. Business involved included:

If you missed the Pumpkin Stroll, there’s a similar event in spring! On the Chocolate Walk, guests will collect sweet treats as they make their way through downtown Tiffin. More information will be provided closer to the event.

The Historic Laird Arcade

LairdBuilt by Rezin Shawhan in the mid-1800s, the Laird Arcade has seen a resurgence since it was purchased by the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group in 2012. Both the interior and exterior of the building have been renovated, second floor offices improved, and the storefronts on the first floor are filled with new and exciting businesses.

1st Floor

2nd Floor Office Suites

For available spaces, downtown investment opportunities, and various business services contact Tyler Shuff at 419-618-9515 or shuffconsulting@gmail.com